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BAM 2022 SCHEDULE

10:00- 11:00 am

BAM Fam Good Morning!
 

Courtyard Riser

Hey BAM Fam! Each year we love seeing your smiling faces at the BAM Festival – our annual, free book and music festival for all ages where members of our community can celebrate books and the authors and illustrators that create them through author readings, book signings, live music and more! Hurry and grab a seat – this is the only place you will be able to see all of our presenters in one place!

11:00 AM

Storytime

Robert Forbes

Calling all animal lovers! Are you ready for a story time with some of your Beast Friends? Join successful businessman turned author, Robert Forbes, as he shares mischievous poetry about some not too beastly creatures from his three books of poetry for children.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- Corner Courtyard, Story Time Tent

11:00 AM

Writing Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Ashley Woodfolk, Stacie Ramey, Lauren Gibaldi, Kim Johnson

In their writing, authors are always trying fresh and new things that may scare them. Just like you! Join these authors as they talk about how they created stories and adventures about tough topics that they may or may not have experienced firsthand. Learn how they accomplished this in the past, what they think is important going forward, and what they might do differently now.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- 2nd Floor, Studio 411

11:00 AM

Cooks in the Kitchen

Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Lynne Marie, Linda Sue Park

We’ve got the recipe for cooking up some food in books! The first ingredient includes the author’s story and the history of food itself. Come enjoy some yummy tidbits about baking, broth, and everything in between in books.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- 3rd Floor, Clematis Room

12:00 PM

Mental Health Matters

Jess Redman, Adib Khorram, Neal Shusterman, Stacie Ramey, Eric Smith

We are amidst a global pandemic. We are also amidst a national mental health crisis. You're not alone If you've been struggling with your mental health, even before COVID. Let these authors and characters shed some light on your state of mind.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- Commission Chambers

12:00 PM

Illustrator Smackdown II

Jarrett Lerner, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Jenin Mohammed

In case you missed the first one! Cheer on some of your favorite illustrators as they compete in a kid-judged, live-action drawing competition where you help decide what masterpieces our experts create.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- 3rd Floor, Auditorium

12:00 PM

GET PUBLISHED: THE BAM FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE

Stephen Kozan

Enter this free writing contest and come back to BAM 2023 as a published author! Author Stephen Kozan will get you started with a few writing warm-ups to get you on your way to enter the flash fiction challenge. One piece will be selected, and the winner will receive the opportunity to craft a book, edit, and publish it with Mr. Kozan’s own publishing company!

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- 2nd Floor, Studio 411

1:00 PM

IT’S ALIVE!

Jenin Mohammed, Jarrett Lerner, Juana Medina

Draw alongside a professional illustrator and bring your best ideas to life at this creature feature in Studio 400. We provide the materials, you provide the creativity.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- 2nd Floor, Studio 411

1:00 PM

Spelling Sorcery

Claribel Ortega, Stacie Ramey, Dana Swift

Whether it’s cauldrons and brooms or spooky dark rooms, these tales will satisfy anyone interested in literary witchcraft and magic!

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- 3rd Floor, Auditorium

2:00 PM

Little Stories, Big Messages

Alexandra Alessandri, Kerry O'Malley Cerra, Juana Medina, Vanessa Brantley

We'll discuss stories for children that tackle important themes and issues with grace. From navigating current events to dealing with personal adveristy, these authors help kids find perspective and voice in tough times.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- Courtyard Riser

2:00 PM

Middle Grade Magic: How to Survive School

Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Jess Redman, Debbie Reed Fischer, Sherri Winston

Sometimes being a middle schooler does NOT feel magical. From bullying and puberty, to changing relationships with family and friends, these years can be tough! These authors have been there, done that. Their books present the realities of middle school and show how you too can survive! Come for the books, stay for the (sometimes hilarious) yearbook photos and writings from our authors’ own preteen years.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- 3rd Floor, Clematis Room

2:00 PM

From Fandoms to Fanfiction

Claribel Ortega, Neal Shusterman, Kwame Mbalia

Calling on all fangirls and fanboys! Disney, Star Wars, fairytales: Are you a fan? Retellings of our favorite stories breathe new life into classic worlds. Bonus–what’s the next big craze?

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- 3rd Floor, Auditorium

3:00 PM

Final Panel & Announcement of Workshop winner

Stephen Kozan & Kids!

Enjoy our final panel, and find out who won the BAM Flash Fiction challenge!

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- Courtyard Riser

11:00 AM

Illustrator Smackdown

Yangsook Choi, Juana Medina, Mike Wohnoutka,

Cheer on some of your favorite illustrators as they compete in a kid-judged, live-action drawing competition where you help decide what masterpieces our experts create.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- 3rd Floor, Auditorium

11:00 AM

Published Before 18

Stephen Kozan, Raelen T. Mauge, Darrel Creary, Breanne Wright, Samantha Mason, Ryan Snider

These young authors have finished books before finishing high school! Check out the kind of stories that young people write for their readers (and their peers!)

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- Courtyard Riser

11:00 AM

Family Matters

Chad and Dad Richardson, Shannon Hitchcock

Family is not only the heart of the home. Whether it be family secrets, family stories, or family reunions, family is often found at the heart of books. Join these authors as they discuss how family shapes their stories.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- 2nd Floor, Digital Studio

12:00 PM

Seeing Myself In Picture Books

Antwan Eady, Alexandra Alessandri, Yangsook Choi, Valerie Bolling, Audrey Ades

Seeing yourself on a page can be a life changing and life affirming experience. Join these authors in reminiscing about their “AHA!” moments and cooking up those moments for future readers.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- 3rd Floor, Open Floor

12:00 PM

The Impact of Seeing Oneself in Literature

G. Neri, Linda Sue Park, Debbie Reed Fischer, Kim Johnson

Seeing a character that reminds you of yourself can be life changing. This panel will cover how authors and characters can make young people feel seen and can set a groundwork for understanding others.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- Courtyard Riser

12:30 PM

Storytime

Chad and Dad Richardson

Sit down for a special Storytime hosted by a special BAM 2022 guest!

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- Corner Courtyard, Story Time Tent

1:00 PM

#OwnVoices: Our Identities and How They Inform Us

Kwame Mbalia, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Kerry O'Malley Cerra, Sherri Winston

Now more than ever, it’s important that stories be told in genuine, positive, and experienced ways. Why is it important that these stories are told by these authors? From different experiences, to diverse cultures, these authors know how to tell their characters’ stories because they’ve experienced them firsthand.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- Commission Chambers

1:00 PM

Collaborator Fusion: BAM EDITION

Lauren Gibaldi, Eric Smith, Ashley Woodfolk, Chad and Dad Richardon

Oftentimes, a storyteller’s journey is a solitary one. Not for these creators! Join us for this roundtable and learn about their process in making a narrative together–as a team!

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- 3rd Floor, Open Floor

2:00 PM

Storytime

Lynne Marie

Sit down for a special Storytime hosted by a special BAM 2022 guest!

Sloans, Rosemary Ave., The Square

2:00 PM

From Bromance to Romance

Dana Swift, Adib Khorram, Lauren Gibaldi, Akshaya Raman

Love in all its forms! From romance to bromance, femships and friendships. Romantic and platonic loves include unique relationships between two characters and the terms are popping up everywhere in books, movies, and television.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- 2nd Floor, Digital Studio

2:00 PM

Rhyme and Rhythm—Poetry In All Its Forms

Shauna Reynolds, G. Neri, Robert L. Forbes

From concerts to spoken word, from poetry slams to rap battles, poetry shines through so much of our media. Join these writers and poets as they talk about the versatility of rhyme and rhythm, how it affects us, and how it’s evolved throughout history.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

11:00 AM

Truth or Dare Jr.

Antwan Eady, Sherri Winston, Ed Masessa, David LaRochelle, Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Ever wanted to invite your favorite character to your slumber party? Well, we can’t do that, but at this panel, kids get to ask questions! The consequences if they don’t answer: they must showcase a weird talent! Find out everything you want to know about these writers and their books. More like “Truth or Talent,” authors answer questions honestly or must perform a talent.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- 3rd Floor, Open Floor

11:00 AM
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Fact or Fiction

Akshaya Raman, Neal Shusterman, Jess Redman

Come see how unreal worlds in fantasy & sci-­fi allow authors to explore real-­world issues differently from contemporary fiction. How does the real world inspire the fiction in novels? Where did these authors find their fantastical elements?

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- Commission Chambers

11:30 AM

Storytime

Rob Sanders

Sit down for a special Storytime hosted by a special BAM 2022 guest!

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- Corner Courtyard, Story Time Tent

12:00 PM

Storytime

Shauna Reynolds

Sit down for a special Storytime hosted by a special BAM 2022 guest!

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- Corner Courtyard, Story Time Tent

12:00 PM

From Kingdoms to Queendoms and Everything In Between

Akshaya Raman, Kwame Mbalia, Dana Swift

For much of history, fantasies began with a damsel in distress. These authors will discuss what’s changed, what’s stayed the same, how we’ve pioneered a new standard throughout history, and the work yet to be done.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- 3rd Floor, Clematis Room

1:00 PM

The Book Zoo

Robert Forbes, David LaRochelle, Ed Masessa, Lynne Marie, Catherine Guthrie Bailey

Do you love animals? If so, then this is the group for you! Join these authors and illustrators  as they discuss their books that are all about our scaly, feathery, and furry friends!

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- 2nd Floor, Digital Studio

1:00 PM

All Stories Have a Little Truth

G. Neri, Shannon Hitchcock, Audrey Ades, Rob Sanders

Books have the ability to spark the imagination and expand our horizons. Join these authors as they discuss the power of nonfiction and the real people and experiences that inspire them.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- Courtyard Riser

1:30 PM

Storytime

Linda Sue Park

Sit down for a special Storytime hosted by a special BAM 2022 guest!

Sloans, Rosemary Ave., The Square

2:00 PM

“How-To” Draw Heroes!

Jarrett Lerner, Yangsook Choi, Mike Wohnoutka

Have you ever wanted to be able to draw the characters you read about? Impress your friends with your new skill in this step by step lesson on drawing attending authors’ characters.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- 2nd Floor, Studio 411

2:00 PM

The Cost of Book Banning

Stacie Ramey, Eric Smith, Rob Sanders, Ashley Woodfolk, Kim Johnson

We’ve seen it in headlines: beloved books being banned for their content. These authors will weigh in for what that means for writers, readers, and society as a whole.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach- Commission Chambers

2:30 PM

Storytime

Ed Masessa

Sit down for a special Storytime hosted by a special BAM 2022 guest!

Sloans, Rosemary Ave., The Square

3:00 pm

BAM Closing

Please join us as we take our annual author photo and thank our audience, our guests, and our sponsors for their support. We hope to see you next year!