BookPeople 2016 Kids & Teen Event Preview

We’re gearing up to welcome a ton of great authors to BookPeople in 2016. Last week we highlighted upcoming events for adults. Now let’s take a look at what the spring has in store for children and teens. There’s more to come, too. Stay tuned!

For a full listing of upcoming events, check out our website,

If you can’t attend the event and would like to order a signed copy of an event book, we can make that happen! We ship worldwide. Check each event’s page for details about ordering signed copies.

Tuesday, January 12 at 10:30AM

Here at BookPeople, we’re huge fans of Bad Kitty and her adorable antics! Tuesday morning, we’re reading her classic story, Bad Kitty, with Kitty herself as a special guest! Don’t miss this exciting storytime event at 10:30 AM!

LINDSEY STIRLING – The Only Pirate at the Party
Saturday, January 16 at 7PM

A classically trained musician gone rogue, Lindsey Stirling is the epitome of independent, millennial-defined success: after being voted off the set of America’s Got Talent, she went on to amass more than ten million social media fans, record two full-length albums, release multiple hits with billions of YouTube views, and to tour sold-out venues across the world. She’ll be here to talk about her new book, The Only Pirate at the Party, and sign books. Tickets Now Available.

Wednesday, January 20 at 7PM

Katherine Catmull is one of our favorite Austin writers. Her first middle grade novel, Summer and Bird, was a huge staff favorite and one of our bestsellers. We’re thrilled to welcome her back with her latest novel for young readers, The Radiant Road, our Top Shelf pick for January. Fast-paced adventure and spellbinding prose combine to weave a tale of love, loyalty, and the strength we carry within ourselves. Pre-order a signed copy.

VARIAN JOHNSON – To Catch a Cheat
Saturday, January 23 at 2PM

We’re super stoked to welcome back awesome Austin middle grade author Varian Johnson with To Catch a Cheat, the follow-up to the spectacular bestseller The Great Greene Heist! The Gang Greene reunites for their biggest job yet. To clear their names after being falsely accused of flooding the school gym, they’ll have to outrun the school’s security cameras, outwit a nosy member of the Honor Board, and outmaneuver the blackmailers while setting a trap for them in turn. Bring your young reader down to discover this latest big adventure! Pre-order a signed copy.

KIERA KASS – The Siren
Thursday, January 28 at 7PM

We’re thrilled to welcome Kiera Cass, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series, to BookPeople with a captivating stand-alone fantasy romance. Kahlen the Ocean siren has spent a lifetime following the rules–but when she falls in love with a humankind, she’s determined to follow her heart. Pre-order books & tickets.

EMMA VIRJAN – What This Story Needs Is A Hush and a Shush
Saturday, January 30 at 1PM

What this bookstore needs is a great big party for a book about a pig in a wig! Fortunately, that’s exactly what’s happening January 30! Austin author Emma Virjan has written and illustrated a delightful new follow-up, What This Story Needs Is a Hush and a Shush, to the BookPeople favorite and debut, What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig. Join us as we celebrate Pig with a party! Pre-order a signed copy.

(Dinosaur Boy Saves Mars, Confidentially Yours and Golden Girl)
Saturday, February 13 at 12PM

It’s a joint release party celebrating THREE new middle grade novels from THREE fabulous Austin authors! Cory Putman Oakes is back with another Dinosaur Boy book. This time our favorite Stegosaurus is yanked aboard a UFO and sent on a mission to Mars! Jo Whittemore’s new series is about four best friends writing their middle school newspaper’s advice column. And in Mari Mancusi’s new book, a snowboarding prodigy tries to reclaim her standing as the Golden Girl at her elite winter sports academy. Order signed copies.

PIERCE BROWN – Morning Star
Sunday, February 14 at 3PM

We’re thrilled to welcome Pierce Brown, mega-bestselling author of Red Rising and Golden Sun, with the third and final book in the Red Rising trilogy, Morning Star. We had a great time hanging out with Pierce at the 2015 Texas Teen Book Festival and cannot wait to hear him talk about his new book right here at BookPeople. The speaking portion of the event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing and only available with the purchase of a copy of Morning Star from BookPeople. Books and tickets for the signing are now available to pre-order.

LINCOLN PEIRCE – Big Nate Blasts Off!
Tuesday, February 23 at 6PM

We’re super stoked to welcome back cartoonist Lincoln Peirce with the eighth novel in his bestselling series for young readers, Big Nate Blasts Off! Bring your fans of Big Nate, Wimpy Kid, Timmy Failure and Dork Diaries down to the store tonight to learn about the latest Nate adventure! Pre-order a signed copy.

CARMEN OLIVER – Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies
Sunday, March 6 at 2PM

Lions, tigers and BEARS OH MY! But did you know that bears make the best buddies to read with? Join Carmen Oliver as she speaks and signs her new book Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies. Find out just why we all should have bears (preferably of the teddy variety) as our reading friends. Pre-order a signed copy.

OBERT SKYE – Lost & Found (Witherwood Reform School Vol. 2)
Friday, March 4 at 6PM

Mysteries are afoot again at Witherwood Reform School. The creatures that protect the school are revolting. Friends are going missing. The very ground is shaking. Will Tobias and Charlotte Eggers find a way out? Join us when bestselling author Obert Skye speaks and signs this spooky new middle grade tale! Pre-order a signed copy.

ALLY CONDIE – Summerlost
Monday, April 4 at 7PM

We’re thrilled to welcome Ally Condie, bestselling author of the YA Matched trilogy, to our store with a lovely middle grade novel about a young woman mourning the loss of her father and brother, and the surprises that await her in the small town where she’s forced to spend her summer. Pre-order a signed copy. 

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