I previously shared keynotes, individual speakers, and authors in conversation in an earlier post. (If you missed it check it out now.) Now, it is time to share the panels. Panels are tried and true tradition at the ALAN Workshop. in fact, most new authors are on a panel for their first ALAN workshop appearance. I have heard some wonderful authors for the first time as part of a panel. For example, I heard Matt de la Pena, Coe Booth, Kekla Magoon, Cody Keplinger, Varian Johnson, Adriana Mather and David Lubar as panelist. I love their books and a small conversation sparked my interest. I pulled their book from the pile and started reading.
This year we have limited panels to only three authors. Sure, it would be great to have more authors, but I wanted to make sure new voices are heard. Some well established authors will be on panels this year. Not to marginalize them by any means, but to allow them to nurture and support some of the new authors or to share with authors who write in their genre, their style, or who share similar themes in their writing.
We have ten panels, thirty authors and the list includes some of my very favorite authors. More important, some of these authors are some of my favorite people and prized members of the ALAN community. Do you know them all? I doubt it? Check them out and get ready for a great at the ALAN Workshop.
All pictures are linked to the author's web page. Click on the link. Follow them on Facebook. Welcome them to the ALAN Workshop on twitter and include #ALAN2019. You can start to get to know them right now!