Sunday Annual Banquet & Emerson Greenaway Award Presentation
Monday NERTCL Lunch Speaker – Chris Grabenstein
Chris Grabenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of the Lemoncello series, the Wonderland series, the award-winning Haunted Mystery series, and The Island of Dr. Libris. He is also the co-author (with James Patterson) of the #1 Bestsellers I Funny, House of Robots, Treasure Hunters, Jacky Ha-Ha, Word of Mouse, Pottymouth and Stoopid, and many others. He studied communications and theater at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville then moved to New York City with six suitcases, a typewriter, and very little money. Chris also spent close to twenty years writing radio and television commercials for Burger King, Seven Up, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dr Pepper, and many, many others. Chris spent four years having everything he wrote rejected by publishers, producers, and strangers he met on the street. Now he’s had over fifty different books published and is working on several new projects including more Lemoncello adventures, the Max Einstein series with James Patterson, and a book called Shine!, co-authored by his extremely talented wife (and longtime first editor), J.J. Grabenstein. Chris and J.J. live in New York City with their cat Phoebe Squeak and lots and lots of ideas. Bio info taken from http://chrisgrabenstein.com/about-chris/
Monday General Lunch – Bassey Ikpi
Bassey Ikpi is a writer and mental health advocate. Her debut essay collection, I’M TELLING THE TRUTH BUT I’M LYING, is forthcoming in August from Harper Perennial. An active voice in the mental health community, Bassey is the founder of The Siwe Project, a global non-profit centering the lives of Black and Brown people in conversations surrounding mental health. She is also the creator of #NoShameDay, an initiative that attempts to reduce stigma and create space for neurodivergent people to be heard and seen through their own stories. Bassey lives in Maryland and is working on various projects.
Baker & Taylor YA Book Buzz Lunch – Bobbie Bensur
During Tuesday’s lunch, join us for a Book Buzz of upcoming YA literature. Then come back to the vendor hall after lunch for a chance to pick up some swag at the Baker & Taylor booth!
As the CATS sales manager for the Eastern Region at Baker & Taylor, Bobbie works to support the children’s and teen librarians east of the Mississippi River. Before joining Children’s & Teen Services (CATS) department at Baker & Taylor, she spent nearly ten years on the publishing side of the children’s trade book industry, most recently as a sales rep for Random House Children’s Books. She has a Masters in Creative Writing with a concentration in children’s fiction, and is currently working on a YA novel of her own! Bobbie is based in southern Maine.
HarperCollins Adult Literature Book Buzz Lunch – Chris Connolly, Lainey Mays & Virginia Stanley
During Tuesday’s lunch, join us for a Book Buzz of upcoming adult literature. Then come back to the vendor hall after lunch for a chance to pick up some swag at the HarperCollins booth!
Chris Connolly is the Marketing Associate of the Library Marketing team. Hailing from IN, he spends his free time reading science fiction and wandering NYC park. David Lynch is his spirit animal. Lainey Mays is the Marketing Assistant of the Library Marketing team. Originally from MS, her hobbies include visiting museums in the city, podcasts, and watching too much Netflix. Her favorite book is Anne of Green Gables, and it’s all because of a librarian. Virginia Stanley is the Director of Library Marketing. She was included in Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers edition, being called a “Bridge Builder” because of her outreach to libraries across the country and including libraries on author tours as often as possible.