PopTop Stage

PopTop Stage

A perennial favorite in the Exhibit Hall, the PopTop Stage offers readings, panel discussions, and presentations on topics popular in libraries and among librarians—from crime fiction and poetry to trivia and vampires, and more.

 Time Friday  Saturday Sunday  Monday
 10:00-11:00am   Mob Panel International Crime Fiction Seedy Criminal Underbellies
 11:00-12:00pm   Marissa Moss 2K14 (through 12:30pm)  Lydia Millet
 12:00-1:00pm      Brian Francis Slattery
 1:00-2:00pm   Stephan Pastis with Teri Lesesne Congressman John
Lewis and Andrew Aydin on Civil Rights & Graphic Novels
 2:00-3:00pm   Len Vlahos Daniel Kraus with Kelly Gildea, Kirby Heyborne  
 3:00-4:30pm   Women in Mystery Poetry Blast  
6:00-7:00pm Foreword Reviews Awards      










Foreword Reviews' IndieFab Book of the Year Awards

Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a small group of indie authors and publishers whose work stands out from the crowd. On Friday, June 27 at 6pm all are invited as Foreword announces the winners of its 16th annual book of the year awards: IndieFab on ALA's Pop Top Stage. Awards in over 60 categories have been determined by a panel of over 100 librarians with cash prizes for the overall best in fiction and nonfiction and indie publisher of the year. Foreword Reviews is the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books.

Mob Panel

 Geoff SchumacherModerating is Geoff Schumacher, an author, editor and Mob Museum executive in Las Vegas, Nevada.




Morgan St. JamesMorgan St. James is an author who co-wrote La Bella Mafia, the story of Bella Capo, the daughter of a cruel mob figure, who married a mobster and received death threats when she tried to divorce him. 


Frank CulottaFrank Cullotta,nicknamed "The Las Vegas Boss," is a former enforcer for the Chicago Outfit, leader of the "Hole in the Wall" gang, and was a friend of notorious mobster Tony Spilotro. 



Tony MontanaTony Montana was one of the Chicago Outfit’s silent associates who was called in when the Mob needed a job done quick, clean and quietly. His memoir will be released this summer.  



Geno MunariGeno Munari is the publisher/owner of Houdini Publishing; Morgan, Frank and Tony all have books with Houdini. Geno is a world-class magician who performed at several Mob-run casinos back in the day and has many stories to share about that time. 



Sponsored by Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

Marissa MossMarissa Moss

Moss has written more than 50 children's books, from picture books to middle-grade and young adult novels. Her most recent novel, A Soldier's Secret: the Incredible True Story of Sarah Emma Edmonds, a Civil War Hero, won the California Silver Book Award. Barbed Wire Baseball, her latest picture book was named an ALA Notable Book and a Notable Book for Social Studies this year. Last year she started her own small children's book press, with four books now out by a mix of debut and established authors.

Sponsored by Creston Books

Stephan PastisStephan Pastis with Teri Lesesne

This session will feature a presentation by author-illustrator cartoonist Stephan Pastis, including a Q&A with YA literature expert Teri Lesesne. Pastis is the author-illustrator of Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, a New York Times bestseller. He is also the creator of the devoutly followed comic strip "Pearls Before Swine," which appears in more than 600 newspapers. His compilation Larry in Wonderland debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for paperback graphic novels.

Sponsored by Candlewick Press

Len VlahosLen Vlahos

Len Vlahos is the Executive Director of BISG (Book Industry Study Group), and the former COO of the American Booksellers Association, where he worked for the past 20 years. So he knows booksellers and booksellers know him. Len has also worked in indie, chain, and university bookstores, was an on-air personality for a commercial radio station in Atlantic City, and worked for a time for Internet marketing guru Seth Godin. He was in a punk rock band in the mid-1980s--The Woofing Cookies--that toured and had their music played on dozens of college radio stations coast to coast. You can visit him online at www.lenvlahos.com and on Twitter @LenVlahos. Join Len during his presentation and book signing while he plays songs from the book and looks for a brave attendee in the audience to join him on stage.

Sponsored by Egmont USA

Women in Mystery

Join these top women mystery authors as they discuss how and why the mystery genre brought out the best in their talents.

Rachel Howzell HallRachel Howzell Hall's first novel, A Quiet Storm, received a starred review from Library Journal and was a featured selection for Borders’ Original Voices program, as well as an alternate selection for Black Expressions book club. Hall is the Foundation and Corporate Grants Manager at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Los Angeles, which mobilizes community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children.

“Rachel Howzell Hall is the best pure storyteller you'll read this year.” —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

Sponsored by Tor Books

Hannah DennisonHannah Dennison began her writing career in 1977 as a trainee reporter for a small West Country newspaper in Devon, England. Hannah is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, the Willamette Writers, British Crime Writers’ Association and Toastmasters International. She is the author of the Vicky Hill mysteries, published by Berkley Prime Crime; this is her first hardcover publication!

Sponsored by Macmillan

Jane ClelandJane K. Cleland’s multiple award-nominated and IMBA best-selling Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series (St. Martin’s Minotaur) has been reviewed as an Antiques Roadshow for mystery fans. Library Journal named Consigned to Death a "core title" for librarians looking to build a cozy collection, one of only 22 titles listed, along with books by Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. “Josie” stories have also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

Sponsored by Macmillan

Kelli StanleyKelli Stanley is a critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning author of crime fiction (novels and short stories). She is best known for the Miranda Corbie series of historical noir novels and short stories set in 1940 San Francisco. The first novel of the series, City of Dragons, introduced Miranda, the unforgettable protagonist. It won the Macavity Award for Best Historical Novel, and was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Shamus Award, a Bruce Alexander Award and an RT Book Reviews Award, was a Mystery Guild selection of the month, and placed on many “best of the year” lists. City of Ghosts, the third in the series, will be published in 2014 by Minotaur Books.

Sponsored by Macmillan


International Crime Fiction

Cheryl Lu-Lien TanCheryl Lu-Lien Tan is the New York–based author of A Tiger in the KitchenA Memoir of Food and Family. A native of Singapore, she is now working on a novel. A former staff writer at the Wall Street Journal, her work has also appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post, among other publications. She has been an artist in residence at Yaddo and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She is a contributor to The Marijuana Chronicles and is editor of Singapore Noir.

Sponsored by Akashic Books

2K14The Class of 2k14's
YA vs. MG Trivia Showdown, hosted by Jay Asher & Josephine Angelini

Join THE CLASS OF 2K14 for a MG vs YA smackdown trivia game!  We'll split attendees into teams and each team will have a Class of 2k14 member as a helper.  Teams will rotate after a set number of questions so that the attendees will get to meet as many authors as possible.  A short Q&A will follow the game.  Bestselling authors Jay Asher and Josephine Angelini will emcee this lively and fun-filled event!


Congressman John LewisCongressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin on Civil Rights & Graphic Novels

Congressman John Lewis’ graphic novel memoir March: Book One, co-written by Andrew Aydin and drawn by Nate Powell, is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, one of YALSA's Outstanding Books for the College Bound, and the first graphic novel winner of a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

Andrew AydinTogether, co-authors Lewis and Aydin will discuss the phenomenal success of March: Book One, show how it fits into the long history of comics in the civil rights movement, and preview the much-anticipated Book Two.

Sponsored by Top Shelf Productions



Daniel KrausDaniel Kraus

Kraus is a Chicago-based writer and filmmaker, and an editor at ALA's Booklist. His debut novel, The Monster Variations, was selected for New York Public Library’s “100 Best Stuff for Teens.” Fangoria called his Bram Stoker-finalist, Odyssey Award-winning second novel, Rotters, “a new horror classic.” Upcoming novels include the Junior Library Guild selection Scowler (2013) and Trollhunters (2014), co-written with Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.

Kelly GildeaWe will have the Odyssey Award-winning Scowler Team on hand for a panel featuring Kelly Gildea (producer), Daniel Kraus (author) and Kirby Heyborne (narrator).

Sponsored by Random House



Kirby Heyborne






Poetry Blast

A reading featuring: The Lightening Dreamer, The Poem That Will Not End, Words With Wings, Rhyme Schemer, How I Discovered Poetry, Rutherford B. Who Was He?, The Superheroes Employment Agency, and Brown Girl Dreaming.

Poets onsite include: Emily Jiang, Margarita Engle, Joan Bransfield Graham, Nikki Grimes, K.A. Holt, Alan Katz, Marilyn Nelson, Kenn Nesbitt, Marilyn Singer, and Jacqueline Woodson.

Margarita Engle is a Cuban American poet and novelist whose work includes The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor book and winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award.

Joan Bransfield Graham’s award-winning books, Splish Splash and Flicker Flash--shape poems about water and light--inspire students to write their own poetry. 

New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children; including her distinguished and ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?

K.A. Holt is an active and connected member of the vibrant Texas writing community. Her previous books include Brains for Lunch: A Zombie Novel in Haiku.  Rhyme Schemer will be published in October.

Emily Jiang, Summoning the Phoenix (Shen's Books/Lee &

Alan Katz, Oops; Poems I Wrote When No One Was Looking (both
Margaret K. McElderry/S&S)

Marilyn Nelson is one of America’s most acclaimed poets and a three-time National Book Award Finalist for her poetry including A Wreath for Emmett Till and A Life in Poems.

Kenn Nesbitt, My Hippo Has the Hiccups (Sourcebooks
Jabberwocky); Revenge of the Lunch Ladies (Meadowbrook)

Marilyn Singer writes in many genres. Her poetry, such as Mirror Mirror for which she created a new poetry form, the “reverso,” has received six starred reviews, made many “year’s best” lists, and has been nominated for a myriad of state, city, and international awards. 

Jacqueline Woodson, winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, is the author of many classic books, including The Other Side and Show Way

Seedy Criminal Underbellies

Deborah Coonts

Deborah Coonts has built her own business, practiced law, flown airplanes, written a humor column for a national magazine, and survived a teenager. LUCKY BASTARD is the latest adventure in a series of Vegas set mysteries that are funny, sexy, and thrilling and received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.


Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate. She has wired herself with hidden cameras, gone undercover and in disguise to win 32 Emmys and 13 Edward R. Murrow awards for her groundbreaking journalism. After adding fiction to her resume, her first thriller THE OTHER WOMAN won the 2012 Mary Higgins Clark award. THE WRONG GIRL (2013) is now an Anthony and Daphne nominee for Best Mystery, and just won the coveted Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Mystery.

Sponsored by Tor Books

Lydia MilletLydia Millet

Lydia is the author of seven novels for adults, as well as a story collection called Love in Infant Monkeys, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Her first book for middle-grade readers, The Fires Beneath the Sea, was one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Children’s Books of 2011, as well as a Junior Library Guild selection. Pills and Starships is her first young adult novel.

Sponsored by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution

Brian Francis SlatteryBrian Francis Slattery

Slattery’s Spaceman Blues was nominated for the Connecticut Book Award and was awarded an A- by Entertainment Weekly. His stories have been published in Glimmer Train, McSweeney's, and The Revelator. An editor and co-founder of the New Haven Review, he also co-hosts Paper Trails, a show on WNPR about books. The Family Hightower takes a close look at capitalism and organized crime in the 20th century, and how increasingly, the former is starting to look a lot like the latter. It's about the legend of the self-made man, and what money can do to people, the problem of never knowing when you have enough.

Sponsored by Seven Stories