events & visits


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upcoming

June 11-13, 2021: PRIDE BOOK FEST | virtual event


past events

May 13-16, 2021: GREENSBORO BOUND LITERARY FESTIVAL | virtual event

November 16, 2019 (8:00 am – 4:00 pm): 38th ANNUAL KENTUCKY BOOK FAIR | Lexington, KY

October 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm: BIBLIOFEAST 2019 | Charlotte, NC

October 19 (8:00 am – 4:00 pm): ANDERSON’S 16th ANNUAL YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE CONFERENCE | Naperville, IL

October 10 – 13, 2019: INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE | New Orleans, LA

October 4, 2019 (5:30 pm – 7:00 pm): NC SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE | Winston-Salem, NC

September 21, 2019: YA-Hoo Festival | Chattanooga, TN

September 5 – 8, 2019: BOOKMARKS FESTIVAL OF BOOKS & AUTHORS | Winston-Salem, NC

July 27, 2019: HECK YA BOOK FEST | Main Street Books | Davidson, NC

July 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm: AUTHOR PANEL with AMY REED, JAYE ROBIN BROWN, & AMBER SMITH | Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

July 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm: AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION: AMBER SMITH and JANET MCNALLY | Talking Leaves Books | Buffalo, NY

June 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm: Amber Smith presents SOMETHING LIKE GRAVITY in conversation with JENNIE LIU | Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

June 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm: Amber Smith presents SOMETHING LIKE GRAVITY in conversation with BRENDA RUFENER | Quail Ridge Books | Raleigh, NC

June 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm: Amber Smith presents SOMETHING LIKE GRAVITY with special guest GILBERT GILLESPIE | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

June 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm: Amber Smith presents SOMETHING LIKE GRAVITY in conversation with MASON DEAVER | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

June 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm: SOMETHING LIKE GRAVITY BOOK LAUNCH PARTY! | Main Street Books | Davidson, NC

May 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm: MASON DEAVER PRESENTS I Wish You All The Best, IN CONVERSATION WITH AMBER SMITHPark Road Books
| Charlotte, NC

March 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm: YA PANEL with BRENDA RUFENER & JAYE ROBIN BROWN, MODERATED BY AMBER SMITHQuail Ridge Books | Raleigh

March 27 – 30, 2019: AWP ANNUAL CONFERENCE | Portland, OR

  • Thursday, March 28th (4:30 – 5:45) A103-104, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

    • PANEL – Storms: This panel explores the waves of discontent in the lives and the world of Young Adult Literature, functioning as its own form of political and social action Panelists: Pamela L. Laskin, Suzanne Weyn, Lynn DiLorio, Marilyn Nelson, and Amber Smith

  • Saturday, March 30th (3:00 – 4:15)  B114, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

    • PANEL – YA in the Era of #MeToo: Changing the Conversation about Sexual Assault Panelists: Mary Crockett Hill, Amy Reed, Amber Smith, Nicole Maggi, and Shaun David Hutchinson

March 16, 2019: RosieCon BOOK FESTIVAL | Indianapolis, IN

  • (12:30 – 1:30) PANEL – Reading the Rainbow

    • The panel, which consists of both members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their straight allies, will discuss the place of LGBTQIA+ stories in YA literature, and the necessity to universalize diversity in books Panelists: Jay Coles, Lance Rubin, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Amber Smith, and John Corey Whaley Moderator: Saudra Mitchell

  • (2:00 – 3:00) PANEL – Artistic Blend 

    • Writing is not these authors only talent. Panel will discuss how they are Renaissance people, and how their artistic talents influence their writing PANELISTS: Joelle Charbonneau, Emmy Laybourne, Kirsty McKay, Veronica Rossi, Amber Smith, Francesca Zappia, Jeff Zentner Moderator: Lucy Gellert

  • (3:30 – 4:30)

     PANEL – Where are the Parents

    • Teen literature often has missing or absent parents. Panel will discuss whether this is an intentional element of the story, or just a part of YA literature Panelists: Lamar Giles, Katie McGarry, Amber Smith, Sonya Sones Moderator: Emilie Lynn

2018

October 20, 2018: MID-CITIES TEEN BOOK FEST | Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

October 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm: OUR STORIES, OUR VOICES AUTHOR PANEL | Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

September 30, 2018 @ 3:00 pm: OUR STORIES, OUR VOICES YA AUTHOR PANEL | Main Street Books | Davidson, NC 28036

August 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm: OUR STORIES, OUR VOICES YA AUTHOR PANELQuail Ridge Books | Raleigh, NC

April 20 – 21, 2018: SOUTHERN KENTUCKY (SOKY) BOOK FEST | Bowling Green, KY

Friday, April 20th: Children and Teen Day (9 am – 2 pm)

  • 1 – 1:50 pm: PANEL – Family Feud (Regency Room) Panelists: Jenn Bishop, Jessica Burkhart, Brigid Kemmerer, Amber Smith, Mitali Perkins, and Brenda Rufener

Saturday, April 21st (9 am – 3 pm)

  • 9 – 9:50 pm: PANEL – Shadows and Secrets – Dark Topics and Why We Go There (Room 163A) Panelists: Amanda K. Morgan, Kim Savage, Amber Smith, Emmy Laybourne, and Brenda Rufener

April 3 – 6, 2018: TEXAS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE | Dallas, TX

March 24, 2018, 11:30 – 1:00 pm: MINT TO CHAT ABOUT THAT: READING & SIGNING | Mint Museum Randolph | Charlotte, NC

March 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm: YA AUTHOR PANEL with AMY REED & BRENDA RUFENER | Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

March 17, 2018 @ 2:00 pm: YA AUTHOR PANEL with AMY REED & BRENDA RUFENER | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

March 10 – 11, 2018: TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS | Tucson, AZ

Sunday, March 11th:

  • 11 – 11:45 am: BOOK SIGNING (Mostly Books, Booth 241) 

  • 1 – 1:30 pm: AUTHOR CHAT (Teen Activities Tent): Teens can conference with Amber Smith about writing fiction on difficult life issues.

  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm: PANEL – Abuse and Deception: Breaking the Cycle (Education Room 351, The College of Education) Panelists: Laurie Halse Anderson, Amy Fellner Dominy, Amber Smith; Moderated by Hannah Gomez

  • 4 – 5:00 pm: PANEL – Alternate Pathways to a Writing Career (Education Room 351, The College of Education) Panelists: Stephanie Elliot, Amber Smith, Jessica Spotswood, James L. Swanson; Moderated by Susan Lowell

March 7, 2018 @ 1:30 pm: CONVERSATIONS LIVE! INTERVIEW with host CYRUS WEBB | Tune in here: Blog Talk Radio

March 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm: YA AUTHOR PANEL with AMY REED & BRENDA RUFENER | Quail Ridge Books | Raleigh, NC

February 25, 2018 @ 3:00 pm: BOOK TALK + LETTER WRITING ACTIVITYMain Street Books | Davidson, NC

February 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm: BOOK LAUNCH PARTY for The Last to Let GoPark Road Books | Charlotte, NC

2017

November 4, 2017: EPICFEST LITERARY FESTIVAL 2017, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library | Charlotte, NC

July 26 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 pm: MINT TO CHAT ABOUT THAT: BOOK READING, CHAT, & SIGNING with Amber Smith, author of The Way I Used to Be, and Delilah McDonald, MSW, LCSW, Psychotherapist &Teen Health Educator | Mint Museum Uptown | Charlotte, NC

December 14, 2016, 5:30 – 8:30 pm: AUTHOR VISIT & BOOKSIGNING / W.O.W. (WINE ON WEDNESDAYS) | Mint Museum Uptown | Charlotte, NC

2016

November 21, 2016, 9:20 – 9:45 am: ALAN WORKSHOP | “Rape and Healing” YA Author Panel, with Laurie Halse Anderson & E.K. Johnston | Atlanta, GA

November 20, 2016, 2:30 – 3:15 pm: PANEL with LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON & KENNETH OPPELLittle Shop of Stories | Decatur, GA

November 19, 2016, 2:00 – 4:00 pm: AUTHORPALOOZA (Book Signing) | Books-A-Million (Rivergate) | Charlotte, NC

June 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm: YA AUTHOR DISCUSSION with ROBIN CONSTANTINE | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

June 24 – 26, 2016: ALA ANNUAL CONFERENCE, American Library Association | Orlando, FL

June 18, 2016, 2:00 – 4:00 pm: BOOK SIGNING | Books-A-Million (Rivergate) | Charlotte, NC

June 15, 2016 @ 6:00 pm: YA AUTHOR PANEL | AMY REEDROBIN CONSTANTINE, MEGAN MIRANDA, & MEGAN SHEPHERDPark Road Books | Charlotte, NC

June 10, 2016 @ 6:30 pm: TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL (B-Fest) | Barnes & Noble (The Arboretum) | Charlotte, NC

June 4, 2016 @ 6:30 pm: YA AUTHOR PANEL with AMY REEDROBIN CONSTANTINE, & MEGAN SHEPHERDAvid Bookshop | Athens, GA

May 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm: YA AUTHOR PANEL with AMY REED & ROBIN CONSTANTINEMalaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe | Asheville, NC

April 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm: BOOK RELEASE PARTY for The Way I Used to BeTalking Leaves Books | Buffalo, NY

April 10, 2016 @ 12:30 pm: Los Angeles Times FESTIVAL OF BOOKS | Los Angeles, CA “Young Adult Fiction: Hard Truths” Author Panel, with Elana K. Arnold, Marisa Reichardt, & Aaron Hartzler | Los Angeles, CA

April 2, 2016: TEEN BOOK CONVENTION | “Life is Rough” Author Panel, with E.K. Johnston, Ray Villareal, Nicola Yoon, and Amy Zhang | Alief Taylor High School, Houston, TX

March 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm: BOOK LAUNCH PARTY for The Way I Used to Be | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC