I’ve had the privilege to be part of some amazing conferences and festival, both on the program and as volunteer. These were some of the highlights!
I sort of forgot to update this in 2017. Oops? In case you’re curious, there was the Book Expo Children’s Author Breakfast! BookCon! WorldCon75! Dutch Comic Con! That time I got snowed in at a train station! I guess you should’ve been there. 😉
January 5, 2016, This Is Where It Ends launch, Books of Wonder, New York
Come help Marieke Nijkamp celebrate the launch of her emotional and suspenseful debut novel This is Where it Ends.
January 8, 2016, Real Teen Lives panel, Brookline Booksmith, Brookline
A panel discussion about real teen lives, with Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (FIRSTS), Annie Cardi (THE CHANCE YOU WON’T RETURN), Emily Martin (THE YEAR WE FELL APART) and moderated by Jen Malone (WANDERLOST).
January 9, 2016, Midwinter Debut Author Party, ALA Midwinter, Boston
A private party for librarians! Meet and greet 26 up-and-coming Young Adult and Middle Grade authors and chat about their 2016 debuts.
January 10, 2016, We Need Diverse Books panel, ALA Midwinter, Boston
The panelists, from exciting debuts to established NYT-bestselling authors, are all committed to diversifying library shelves, one book at a time. After a discussion on how their books add to the diversity of children’s literature, the authors will discuss how best to introduce LGBTQIA+ and disabled characters to library patrons. They’ll discuss issues of privilege, bias, and the importance of the ongoing need for these stories. With Kody Keplinger, Malinda Lo, Adam Silvera, Heidi Heilig, Marieke Nijkamp.
January 10, 2016, This Is Where It Ends signing, ALA Midwinter, Boston
More information tk.
January 13, Contemporary YA panel, One More Page Books, Arlington
Debut author Marieke Nijkamp joins us for the release of her first novel, THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, an stunning and intense story chronicling a school shooting from the perspectives of four different students over the course of 54 minutes of terror. Also featured on the panel will be local Young Adult authors Robin Talley (WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND) and Miranda Kenneally (JESSE’S GIRL)
January 23, 2016, Dutch This Is Where It Ends launch, Amsterdam
Join us for the Q&A and booksignging with Marieke Nijkamp, author of one of the most highly anticipated young adult novels of 2016: This is Where it Ends! Marieke will be interviewed by Maud Grefte, the proprietor of the Reading Miss Froggy youtube bookchannel. After the Q&A in the ABC Treehouse Marieke will sign her book in the store.
March 26-27, 2016, Dutch Comic Con, Utrecht
I will be a guest at DCC this year and will be signing books all weekend. For more information about panels, take a look here.
january 29, 2015, sarah benwell’s an evening of wishes, bath. reading
As part of Sarah Benwell’s An Evening of Wishes, the launch of her debut The Last Leaves Falling, I read a specially written prequel scene to This Is Where It Ends.
april 3, 2015, scbwi europolitan conference, amsterdam. opening keynote: here be dragons
In which I talk about diversity, medieval maps, and the worlds we build.
april 3, 2015, scbwi europolitan conference, amsterdam. diverse voices, diverse worlds — a panel
Join Marieke Nijkamp of We Need Diverse Books and a panel of publishing professionals to find out what their thoughts are on diversity in children’s literature. With agent Marietta Zacker, art director Martha Rago, and editor Jill Santopolo.
may 13, 2015, south irving library, dallas. we need diverse books panel
The Irving Public Library is proud to present a We Need Diverse Books panel featuring authors Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (Tiny Pretty Things, 2015); I.W. Gregorio (None of the Above, 2015); Marieke Nijkamp (This Is Where It Ends, 2016); and Natalie C. Parker (Beware the Wild, 2014). Refreshments, book sales and author signing to follow the panel. For more information call (972) 721-2606.
may 15, 2015, rt booklovers convention, dallas. we need diverse books, the rt edition
With too many white, straight, cis, able-bodied heroes and heroines populating the pages of our books, diversity is a hot topic of discussion in the literary world, including the romance and the YA communities. But words alone are not enough; We Need Diverse Books™ is committed to change beyond the hashtag. At the We Need Diverse Books™ panel, we will provide concrete and out-of-the-box ways to truly make a difference for authors of all genres, as well as librarians, booksellers and publishers. Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, I.W. Gregorio, Marieke Nijkamp (moderator), and Natalie C. Parker
may 17, 2015, bookpeople, austin. we need diverse books panel
A panel moderated by Cynthia Leitich Smith, featuring authors Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (Tiny Pretty Things, 2015); I.W. Gregorio (None of the Above, 2015); Marieke Nijkamp (This Is Where It Ends, 2016); and Natalie C. Parker (Beware the Wild, 2014).
may 17, 2015, bookpeople, austin. writing with your eyes open
A workshop for aspiring writes of all genres facilitated by 5 YA authors: Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, I.W. Gregorio, Marieke Nijkamp, and Natalie C. Parker.
may 17, 2015, the writing barn, austin. a diverse books meet & greet
A meet & greet with local authors, panelists, and teachers & librarians at the Writing Barn.
may 26, 2015, teen author carnival, new york city. only time will tell
A panel with Jennifer E. Smith, Tommy Wallach, Marieke Nijkamp, Leila Sales, Lance Rubin, Adi Alsaid, moderated by Rebecca Serle. Teen Author Carnival takes place at Jefferson Market Library.
may 26, 2015, teen author carnival, new york city. is ya too dark?
A panel with Lance Rubin, Anne Heltzel, Marieke Nijkamp, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, Adam Silvera, and moderated by Mitali Dave. Teen Author Carnival takes place at Jefferson Market Library.
may 29, 2015, book expo america, new york city. in-booth signing
From 2pm onward, I’ll be signing ARCs of This Is Where It Ends in the Sourcebooks booth (#3039) at BEA.
may 30, 2015, bookcon, new york city. we need diverse books: in our world and beyond
The panel will showcase the best and brightest in Science Fiction and Fantasy when Hugo Award winners Kameron Hurley (The Mirror Empire) and Ken Liu (The Paper Menagerie), World Fantasy Award winner Nnedi Okorafor (Who Fears Death), Daniel Jose Older (Shadowshaper) and Joe Monti (Executive Editor of Saga Press) join together for a moderated conversation about the role diversity plays in the genre, their works and their influences. Miranda Paul (introduction), Marieke Nijkamp (moderator).
august 7, 2015, nine worlds, london uk. beyond the binary: gender and sexuality in ya
More and more non-traditional characters enter the YA stage. Characters who defy gender norms and gender binaries. Characters who fall somewhere along the LGBTQIA* spectrum. Characters who kick ass and take names. How does YA explore these new stories, who are the characters we should be paying attention to, and what is there still to come?
James Dawson, Tom Pollock, Sarah Benwell, Lauren E James, Laura Lam, Marieke Nijkamp (moderator).
august 8, 2015, nine worlds, london uk. fantastic worlds… and where to find them
Making up an entirely new world can be complex, frustrating, and a lot of fun. Join these master worldbuilders as they discuss their worldbuilding process, the challenges they faced, and any tips they have for writers creating their own worlds.
Amy Alward, Joe Abercrombie, Den Patrick, Taran Matharu, Marieke Nijkamp (moderator), and more.
august 9, 2015, nine worlds, london uk. once upon a ya: lore and legends in ya literature
In many YA books, especially the speculative ones, storytelling plays an important role. Whether real or fictional, legends, folklore, mythology all give meaning and depth to a world and to characters. But how are legends born? What role do stories play within stories?
Mel Salisbury, Frances Hardinge, Tom Pollock, Liz de Jager, Marieke Nijkamp (moderator).
November 5, 2015, Eschacon, Amsterdam, World SF panel
Author and editor Bill Campbell will talk about his latest project The Stories For Chip, a tribute to Science Fiction Writers of America Grandmaster Samuel R. “Chip” Delany. Following the presentation is a panel discussion about World SF and diversity in the speculative fiction genre with authors Zen Cho, Corinne Duyvis, Marieke Nijkamp and Rochita Loenen-Ruiz.
November 6, 2015, Eschacon, Amsterdam, Speculative Fiction Writing Workshop
A workshop to kickstart your own writing.
May 31, 2014, BookCon, New York City. The World Agrees: #WeNeedDiverseBooks
After taking the internet by storm, the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign is moving forward with brand new initiatives to continue the call for diversity in children’s literature. Join the WNDB team as they share highlights of their campaign, discuss the success of grassroots activism, highlight diverse books and how everyone can diversify their shelves, and talk next steps for the campaign.
Ellen Oh (PROPHECY series), Aisha Saeed (WRITTEN IN THE STARS, 2015), Marieke Nijkamp, founder of DiversifYA, Lamar Giles (FAKE ID), and Mike Jung (GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES). Special guests include Grace Lin (WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON), Matt de la Peña (THE LIVING), and Jacqueline Woodson (BENEATH A METH MOON). Moderator: I.W. Gregorio (NONE OF THE ABOVE, 2015).
August 15, 2014, LonCon3 (WorldCon), London. Fantasy and Medievalism
High fantasy is almost invariably set in invented worlds inspired by medieval Europe. Can we put this down to the legacy of Tolkien and to genre works being in close conversation with each other? Or is there something about the place that medieval Europe occupies in our imagination that makes it a perfect companion for tales of epic striving and larger-than-life Good versus Evil? Either way, does this help or hinder the genre?
Kathryn (Kate) Laity (M), Suanna Davis, Robin Hobb, Marieke Nijkamp, Lynda Rucker.
August 17, 2014, LonCon3 (WorldCon), London. We Can Rebuild You: disability in science fiction
SF medicine regularly comes up with “cures” for disabled bodies — from Geordi LaForge’s visor to the transfer of Jake Sully’s consciousness in Avatar — but the implications of such interventions are not always thought through as fully as we might hope. How does a rhetoric of medical breakthroughs and scientific progress shape these stories, and shape SF’s representation of lived physical difference? In what ways can SF narratives address dis/ability without either minimising or exaggerating such difference?
Cherry Potts (M), Neil Clarke, Tore Høie, Helen McCarthy, Marieke Nijkamp.
August 17, 2014, LonCon3 (WorldCon), London. Diversity Within Young Adult Science Fiction
From Earthsea to Noughts and Crosses, The Summer Prince to Akata Witch, children and teens need to see books with characters that represent the diverse world they live in, whether they are dystopian romance or fantasy adventure. Organisations like We Need Diverse Books are helping to promote diversity in children’s literature, but what actions can we take – as readers, writers, publishers, and book-buyers – to help them in their goals? And who are the great authors of the past few years we should be catching up on?
Marieke Nijkamp (M), Kate Elliott, John Hornor Jacobs, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Mahvesh Murad.