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2018 Schedule and Panel Descriptions



Opening Session – 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die

(10:15 – 10:45am)

We can’t think of a more exciting way to kick off your 4th annual Books Are Better Shared Conference than to talk to the author of 1000 Books To Read Before You Die: A life changing list. You will be among the first to hear from this author as the book publishes October 2nd.

Author Headliner: James Mustich

Panel #1 – The Historical Perspective

(11:00am – 11:45pm)

Many authors bring their extensive knowledge about history and culture to their books. Learn more about how to explore those topics and what the authors hope you will take away.

Panel members: Tilar Mazzeo, Tatjana Soli, Amy Stewart

Discussion Leader: Marilyn Diebold


Panel #2 – The Personal Perspective

(11:00am – 11:45)

Authors often bring their own unique experiences to their writings.  How do we talk about books when the author’s personal experience is introduced.

Panel members: Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Casey Gerald, Lydia Kiesling, Neel Patel, Cherise Wolas

Discussion Leader: James Mustich


Lunch With an Author

12:00 – 12:40 (Lunch #1)
12:45 – 1:25 (Lunch #2)

Pick up a box lunch and find an author you would like to get to know better. Each author table seats 9.


Sales Reps Make the best Book Group Suggestions

12:00 – 12:40 (Lunch #2)
12:45 – 1:25 (Lunch #1)

Who is closest to the source of what the next big book will be? Who knows what book the industry is buzzing about? That would be the publishers’ sales representatives. We want you to meet them and find out about the latest books and what the industry is buzzing about!

Panel members: Amy Comito, Wade Lucas, Steven Atinsky,


The Social Perspective 

(1:30pm – 2:15pm)

How do we look at topical issues in fiction?  Social and political commentary is finding a prominent voice in books. How do we talk about and learn from the issues raised by the authors?

Panel Members: Christina Dalcher, James Frey, Stephen Markley, Shobha Rao

Discussion Leader: Susan Groux


Closing Session – The Industry Perspective

(2:15pm – 3:00pm)

Learn what goes on behind the scenes once a book goes into the publishing cycle and what’s ahead for the book publishing industry.

Panel Members: Taylor Haggerty, Wade Lucas  and Holly Watson

Discussion Leader: Megan Beatie


Book Signing and Final Book Buying Opportunity

(3:00pm – 3:30pm)

This is a great time to share and exchange books and thoughts about the day.

Thank you for attending BABS 2018!