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FRIDAY, August 1
WELCOME TO THE LIT TRACK/FANFIC COFFEE HOUR
This is the kickoff panel for all of Lit Track! Meet the authors! Hear all about what’s going on. And to wake you up and get you ready for the day, some of our authors will read some fanfic they’ve written. Yeah. You heard us. We’re starting the day with fanfic. *drops mic* *walks away*
THE BOOK CLINIC WITH DOCTOR BLACK
Are you writing a book? Is it broken? Are you deeply confused as to how this happened? Did the plot flatline? Do you just know something is wrong but can’t figure out what? Book doctor Holly Black is here to help. Like Dr. House, she can diagnose the problem. It’s often not what you think. It’s never lupus.
Let’s make a WHOLE NEW WORLD! But first, let’s figure out all the rules of how this world works. NO BIG DEAL, RIGHT? Some people love the worldbuilding part of writing a story; others quake. This is a panel about constructing the framework, establishing logic, making magic, building societies—and making it all make sense.
Holly, Alaya, Kazu, Scott, Malinda
2-2:50PM (Signing Booths)
“THE BOOK WAS BETTER”: HAVING YOUR BOOKS MADE INTO A MOVIE
We’ve all seen movies based on books we love—but what’s it actually like to write a book and see it turned into a film? What’s the process? What happens when material is changed? How do you deal with the nerves, the highs, and the lows? Our panel of authors have been through it and have lived to tell the tale.
John, Holly, Gayle, Laurie, Robin
SATURDAY, August 2
THE RETURN OF “I WAS A TEENAGE WRITER”
We do it every year because it’s awesome. See and hear some of today’s top YA writers reading from some of their early—very early—works. Works that possibly should have been destroyed, but thankfully, were not. We’ve all got to start somewhere.
John, Gayle, Robin, Alaya, Lauren, Kazu, Varian, Scott, Malinda, Holly, Maureen
THIS PANEL IS GRAPHIC
It’s graphic novel time! How are graphic novels created? How do you balance the story and art? If adapting a novel, how do you make the leap from text to illustration? What advantages are there to the graphic novel format, or limitations?
Kazu, Rainbow, Holly, Scott
THE PROCESS P*RN PANEL
It’s time to get down and dirty and talk about how we do it. How do we write books? Outlines? Off the cuff? In order? In random sections? On file cards? By hand? On computer? In the dead of night? At all hours? During the day, like a normal? And how many times do we do it over again? This panel has no shame.
Varian, Lev, Malinda, Rainbow, Holly
3-3:50PM (Signing Booths)
I just finished reading the ARC of your newest series with Holly Black. I gotta say I’m sooooo excited for more! Loved it!! — v-e-r-t-e-b-r-a-t-e
Thanks! I put this up here for Holly to read it. Also I thought I’d start intro-ing some of the character designs that Cassandra Jean did. Meet Call, our grumpy protagonist, and his pet, Havoc, a wolf with a secret.
I did things in my 30s that were ignored by the world, that could have been quickly labeled a failure. Here’s a classic example; in 1974 I did a movie called Phantom of the Paradise. Phantom of the Paradise, which was a huge flop in this country. There were only two cities in the world where it had any real success: Winnipeg, in Canada, and Paris, France. So, okay, let’s write it off as a failure. Maybe you could do that.
But all of the sudden, I’m in Mexico, and a 16-year-old boy comes up to me at a concert with an album - a Phantom of the Paradise soundtrack- and asks me to sign it. I sign it. Evidently I was nice to him and we had a nice little conversation. I don’t remember the moment, I remember signing the album (I don’t know if I think I remember or if I actually remember). But this little 14 or 16, whatever old this guy was… Well I know who the guy is now because I’m writing a musical based on Pan’s Labyrinth; it’s Guillermo del Toro.
The work that I’ve done with Daft Punk it’s totally related to them seeing Phantom of the Paradise 20 times and deciding they’re going to reach out to this 70-year-old songwriter to get involved in an album called Random Access Memories.
So, what is the lesson in that? The lesson for me is being very careful about what you label a failure in your life. Be careful about throwing something in the round file as garbage because you may find that it’s the headwaters of a relationship that you can’t even imagine it’s coming in your future.
Tithe was, at one time, optioned by the Jim Henson company. I even went to the studio in LA. Unfortunately, the option lapsed, but I would absolutely love to have a film version of Tithe that was in any way like Labyrinth and Dark Crystal, two of my favorite films of all time. Who knows? The future is a mystery. I live in hope.
I think, in fact, that makes more sense in a world in which there are Coldtowns (or perhaps called something else) which aren’t built around hot zones where the infections spread from, but rather sanctuaries that the uninfected ran to and barricaded. Forts would be good for that, because they are pre-existing structures built to keep things out and many historical forts are uninhabited.
It would be super interesting…