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All Day

Showcase - 1st Floor
Festival Marketplace
Meet over 30 authors and organizations.

Library Lobby - 1st Floor
Friends of the Dallas Public Library Table
Come visit with Friends of the Dallas Public Library board members and learn more about how public support for our libraries is critical. Friends of the Dallas Public Library Board Member

Public Art Tours of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library - 1st floor
10:00 am
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
Friends of the Dallas Public Library board member Robert (Bob) Reitz will lead guided Public Art Tours through the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. You’ll want to see the amazing treasures housed at our library.

Youth Discovery Center - 2nd floor
Stop by and visit with the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators & Laura Geringer Bass. Both will be available during the day showcasing their work and talking with visitors.

10:00 am

10:00 - 11:00 am
Siddie Joe Johnson - 2nd floor
Presenting the Siddie Joe Johnson Collection
Discover some of the rare items from the Siddie Joe Johnson Children's Literature Collection of the Dallas Public Library as curator Jonathan Carr exhibits and discusses the background of some of the collection’s most unusual pieces.

10:30 – 11:30 am
Auditorium - 1st floor
Hillary Jordan, author of Mudbound, When She Woke and Aftermirth.
Hillary Jordan received her BA in English and political science from Wellesley College and spent fifteen years working as an advertising copywriter before turning to fiction. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.

10:30 - 11:30 am
Community Exchange - 1st floor
Love and Romance In the Age of #metoo
Authors Lindsay Emory, Elizabeth Essex, and Jaye Wells share with the audience what romance writers have to say about loving fully and openly in our day and age, and how modern romance heroines reflect and shape the feminist conversation.
Community Partner: Dallas Area Romance Writers

10:30 - 11:30 am
6th floor
African American Poetry Speaks: Truth, Power and Love
Award winning poets Efrem Zemill, Paul “Phroze” Munson and Pharoah share their journeys in the world of writing, the art of expression, and the richness, complexity, and diversity of the African American spoken word.
Community Partner: The Dock Bookshop

10:30 - 11:30 am
Pollock Performance Space - 4th floor
Bridge the Gap Chamber Players is a semi-classical chamber music organization in Dallas comprised of young professional artists and arts administrators with a passion for sharing their love of music through free public classical concerts. Their mission is to make music of all kinds more accessible to the community.

10:45 - 11:00 am
Kahn Pavilion - 2nd floor
Bilingual storytime with Cynthia Wildridge – Children’s book author of Bun E. Learns to Count in French.

11:00 am

11:00 - 11:15 am
Kahn Pavilion - 2nd floor
Storytime with Patricia Vermillion – Picture book author of Texas Chili.

11 am – 1 pm
Craft Area - 2nd floor
Bilingual Storytime Station

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Siddie Joe Johnson – 2nd floor
YA Author Kayla Cagan, author of Piper Perish

11:30-11:45 am
Kahn Pavilion - 2nd floor
Storytime with R. D. Bell – Children’s book author of The Lonliest Letters on Alphabet Road.

11:45 am - Noon
Kahn Pavilion - 2nd floor
Illustration Demonstration with Korey Scott – Children’s Book Illustrator of The Energy Bus for Kids.

Noon

Noon – 1 pm
Auditorium - 1st floor
Mariko Tamaki, author of This One Summer, Skim and Emiko Superstar.

Noon - 1:00 pm
6th floor
Daniel Kalder, author of The Infernal Library, Strange Telescopes and Lost Cosmonaut.

Noon - 1:00 pm
Community Exchange - 1st floor
Debunking The Myths: How to get Published
Authors Michael Mooney, Brantley Hargrove, and Melissa Shultz
Getting published is the dream of so many, but often eluded. Panelists will offer tips and advice from their own personal experiences to dispel some of the many myths that surround the publishing process from query letters to proposals to pitching ideas to editors.
Community Partner: University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism

Noon - 12:15 pm
Kahn Pavilion - 2nd floor
Storytime and Activity with Alan Elliot – Picture book author of Willy the Texas Longhorn.

12:15-12:30 pm
Kahn Pavilion - 2nd floor
Writing Presentation with Beth Bowland – Middle Grade author of Polaris.

12:30-12:45 pm
Kahn Pavilion - 2nd floor
Storytime with Leslie Widener – Picture book illustrator of Chukfi Rabbit's Big, Bad Bellyache: A Trickster Tale.

12:45 to 1:00 pm
Kahn Pavilion - 2nd floor
Show and Tell and Puppet Show with Polly Holyoke Middle Grade author of The Neptune Series.

1:00 pm

1:00 - 2:00 pm
Siddie Joe Johnson- 2nd floor
Teaching Social Justice through Children's Books Authors Nancy Churnin and Karen Blumenthal discuss how biographies about real figures can inspire students to feel they can make a difference in working for social justice. Their respective books show how picture books and narrative nonfiction can engage young readers on difficult topics, critical thinking and broader global understanding.

1:00 – 3:00 pm
Craft Area - 2nd floor
Make a Minecraft Selfie

1:00 - 1:15 pm
Kahn Pavilion - 2nd floor
Storytime with Kena Sosa – Picture book author of The Unhuggables.

1:15 - 1:30 pm
Kahn Pavilion - 2nd floor
Storytime with Bettina Restrepo – Author of Illegal and Moose and Magpie.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Community Exchange - 1st floor
Kara Bietz, author of Until I Break

1:30 - 2:30 pm
6th floor
Tackling Tropes
Authors Rosemary Clement, Russell Connors, Melissa Lenhardt, Jenny Martin, Alex Martinez, Michelle O’Neal, Larry Enmon and David Goodner will discuss how tropes effect the writing landscape. Tropes are seen across genres and target audiences and can quickly become cliché. Knowing how to reinvent and retool tropes can help aspiring authors keep their writing fresh in a saturated market.
Community Partner: DFW Writers Workshop

1:30 - 1:45 pm
Kahn Pavilion - 2nd floor
Middle Grade Storytime with Lori Stephens – Middle Grade author of Pierre François: 5th Grade Mishaps.

1:45 - 2:00 pm
Kahn Pavilion - 2nd floor
Show and Tell with Marie Sontag – Author of the Ancient Elements Series.

2:00 pm

2:00 to 3:00 pm
Auditorium – 1st floor
Lisa Wingate, author of Before We Were Yours, The Sea Keeper's Daughters and The Story Keeper.

2:00 - 3:00 pm
Pollock Performance Space – 4th floor
Performance by Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dallas Black Dance Theatre will perform a work from their exciting repertoire. Founded in 1976 by Ann Williams, the mission of Dallas Black Dance Theatre is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs that bridge cultures and reach diverse communities.

2:00-2:15 pm
Kahn Pavilion - 2nd floor
Storytime with Nancy Churnin – Children's book author of Charlie Takes His Shot.

2:15-2:30 pm
Kahn Pavilion - 2nd floor
Storytime with Karen Blumenthal – Middle Grade/Young Adult author ofOn the Trail of Bonnie and Clyde.

2:30 to 3:30 pm
Siddie Joe Johnson- 2nd floor
Books & Beats
Your favorite rap song is an art! Teens from The Dock Bookshop explore topics in hip-hop lyrics and how they relate to young adult literature, art, and culture.
Community Partner: The Dock Bookshop

3:00 pm

3:00 - 4:00 pm
Community Exchange - 1st floor
Jesse Andrews, author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and The Haters. His new YA novel Munmun was released April 3, 2018.

3:00 - 4:00 pm
6th floor
Brantley Hargrove, author of The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras in conversation with Mike Mooney.

3:00 – 5:00 pm
Craft Area - 2nd floor
Art with Friends

4:00 pm

4:00 – 5:00 pm
Siddie Joe Johnson- 2nd floor
Laura Geringer Bass - Hear middle grade and young adult author Laura Geringer Bass talk about her experiences as a writer, why she wrote her new book The Girl With More Than One Heart, and engage in writing activities to help you tell your own story.

4:30 to 5:30 pm
Community Exchange - 1st floor
Storytellers Without Borders Meet student journalists participating in the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation-funded project Storytellers Without Borders. This innovative collaboration between The Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Public Library.