Derek Milman



Derek Milman has worked as a playwright, screenwriter, film school teacher, DJ, and underground humor magazine publisher. A classically trained actor, he has performed on stages across the country and appeared in numerous TV shows, commercials, and films. Milman currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, where he writes full time. Swipe Right for Murder is his second novel for young adults.




9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
Riddle Me This: Twisty Young Adult Thrillers

10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
State Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
It’s Still Okay to Not Be Okay: Neurodiversity in Young Adult Literature

12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
State Library, First Floor Teen HQ
Young Adult Book to Screen Triva

3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
Reading the Young Adult Rainbow


Swipe Right for Murder

An epic case of mistaken identity puts a teen looking for a hookup on the run from both the FBI and a murderous cult in this compulsively readable thriller.

Finding himself alone in a posh New York City hotel room for the night, Aidan does what any red-blooded seventeen-year-old would do–tries to hook up with someone new. But that lapse in judgement leads him to a room with a dead guy and a mysterious flash drive…two things that spark an epic case of mistaken identity that puts Aidan on the run–from the authorities, his friends, his family, the people who are out to kill him–and especially from his own troubled past.

Inspired by a Hitchcock classic, this whirlwind mistaken-identity caper has razor-sharp humor, devastating emotional stakes, and a thrilling storyline with an explosive conclusion to make this the most compelling YA novel of the year.

*Entertainment Weekly‘s 15 Best YA Books of the Summer

*One of Most Anticipated Queer Books of 2019 (Hypable)

*One of Barnes & Noble’s Most Anticipated LGBTQAP YAs of 2019

*11 New YA Books to Get Excited About (Pure Wow)

*29 New LGBTQ+ YA Books To Add To Your Reading List (

*25 Awesome Queer YA Books To Preorder RIGHT NOW (Book Riot)


Scream All Night

A darkly hilarious contemporary realistic young adult novel about growing up and finding your place in the world, perfect for fans of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Running with Scissors.

Goodreads Hottest YA Books of Summer * B&N Teen Blog Most Anticipated YA Debuts of 2018 * Buzzfeed


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