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First Book Riot Live Panels Revealed!

Jenn Northington

Director, Editorial Operations

Jenn Northington has worked in the publishing industry wearing various hats since 2004, including bookseller and events director, and is currently Director of Editorial Operations at Riot New Media Group. You can hear her on the SFF Yeah! podcast nerding out about sci-fi and fantasy. When she’s not working, she’s most likely gardening, running, or (obviously) reading. Find her on Tumblr at jennIRL and Instagram at iamjennIRL.

Got your tickets for Book Riot Live? Here are four more reasons to get excited: our first panel reveals!

Bookish Jeopardy: Watch as authors, industry folk, and readers go head to head in a battle of wits, memory, and courage! Who will prevail? Come and find out. Hosted by Ryan Chapman, trivia wrangler extraordinaire and author of Conversation Sparks: Trivia Worth Talking About.


Farm to Table: How a Book Gets Made: From the first word to the second printing to the last press release, find out what goes into making a book at every stage. Speakers include: author Sarah McCarry; editor Alvina Ling; author and art director Peter Mendelsund; publicist and writer Gregory Henry.


The Many Faces of Fandom: Join moderator/Tumblr meme librarian Amanda Brennan and panelists Ellia Bisker, Ariel Bissett, and Mark Oshiro as they explore the many facets and faces of fandom, from fan-fic to music to BookTube and beyond.


Fighting the Good Fight: Turning Awareness into Action: You’ve read the think-pieces, crunched the statistics, and are learning more about discrimination and social injustice in publishing and literature. What’s next? Find out from folks who are already fighting the good fight and working to make publishing a more equitable, diverse arena. Speakers include: Lauren Bird, The Harry Potter Alliance; Sona Charaipotra, We Need Diverse Books; Lynn Melnick, VIDA.


Stay tuned for reveals, additional speakers, and hijink details here.