Book Riot Live brings together the authors you’ve been dying to meet, and the ones who will become your new favorites. Our line-up includes speakers across genres and mediums because a good story is a good story, no matter its packaging. Check out the list below, and stay tuned — we’ll be adding more in the coming months!

Guest Speakers

Andrea Lam

Publicity, Penguin Classics

Baz Dreisinger

Journalist & Author

Emily Jacobson

Correctional Services Librarian, New York Public Library

Jackson Bird

Wizard Activist

Jeph Jacques

Author and Cartoonist

Joni Rodgers

Author & Ghostwriter

Kathryn Ratcliffe-Lee

Senior Marketing Associate, HarperCollins

Ken Liu

Author & Translator

Mara Wilson

Writer & Actress

Michael Reynolds

Editor-in-Chief, Europa Editions

Michael Strother

Editor, Harlequin Teen

Myles Karr

Tattoo Artist

Nicholas Higgins

Director of Outreach Services, BPL

Phoebe Robinson

Author & Comedian

Rachel Fershleiser

Internet Book Nerd

Ryann Redmond


Sarah Andersen

Cartoonist & Illustrator

Sara Quiroz

Culinary Librarian

Shakira Smalls

Job Search Training Coordinator, Queens Library

Sona Charaipotra

Co-Founder of Cake Literary and Author

Tara Clancy

Author & Storyteller

Valentine De Landro

Artist and Illustrator

Riot Squad

Amanda Nelson

Managing Editor, Book Riot

Becky Stone


Jeff O’Neal

CEO and Co-Founder, Riot New Media

Jenn Northington

Director of Events and Programming, Riot New Media

Jessica Plummer

Contributor, Book Riot Comics

Kristina Pino

Contributor, Book Riot

Liberty Hardy

Contributing Editor, Book Riot

María Cristina García Lynch

Contributor, Book Riot Comics

Preeti Chhibber

Contributing Editor, Book Riot

Rachel Smalter Hall

Associate Editor

Rachel Manwill

Contributor, Book Riot

Rebecca Joines Schinsky

Director of Content & Product Strategy, Riot New Media

Rincey Abraham

Contributing Editor, Book Riot

Rita Meade

Host, Dear Book Nerd Podcast

Advisory Committee

Kate Gavino

Last Night's Reading

Lisa Lindle

Communications Specialist, American Library Association

Mark Oshiro

Mark Reads and Mark Watches

Paul Legault

Director of Programs and Communications, CLMP

Preeti Chhibber

Contributing Editor, Book Riot