YA Fiction fans of all ages will have an amazing opportunity to meet and interact with many of their favorite authors at the Fourth Annual YALLFest, coming up this November. The talent and energy at this event is guaranteed to knock your socks off. Perhaps best and most generous of all, the majority of events at YALLFest are completely free. Learn more by reading the press release, below, or by visiting www.yallfest.org.
CHARLESTON, S.C- June 5,2014.-The fourth annual YALLFest, the largest and only author-run Young Adult (YA) book festival in the country, will bring 60 acclaimed authors, including 37 New York Times bestsellers to Charleston on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8, 2014. An expanded format this year includes two days of interactive panels, signings and readings taking place at various venues in historic downtown Charleston.
The line-up at this year’s festival includes the best and brightest in the YA world. YA’s hottest author, Veronica Roth, whose breakout hit
Divergent just hit the 20 million mark in sales, will return to YALLFest as a panelist. “YALLFest is a fantastic blend of raucous laughter, thoughtful discussions, amazing books, and of course, delicious pie,” said Roth.
An opening keynote conversation with internationally bestselling James Dashner (The Maze Runner, and forthcoming feature film adaptation) and friend Sara Zarr (National Book Award-nominated Story of a Girl) will kick things off Saturday, November 8, and a closing keynote will feature the internationally bestselling duo Sarah Dessen (The Moon and More) and Ally Condie (Matched trilogy).
Returning this year is the Middle Grade Storyball, where middle school kids will have the opportunity to write and publish their own story alongside renowned children’s authors. The festival concludes with the wildly popular YA Smackdown where all authors compete in storytelling games for the coveted “Golden Pie” trophy and the official YALLFest band, Tiger Beat, headlined by author Libba Bray, performs.
YALLFest was co-founded by Jonathan Sanchez, owner of Charleston’s only locally owned and operated bookstore, Blue Bicycle Books, and Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia (co-authors of the Beautiful Creatures series). Melissa de la Cruz, (author of the Blue Bloods series) is the festival’s director of development,supported by fellow executive board members Brendan Reichs (co-author of the Virals series) and Pseudonymous Bosch (author of the Secret series.)
In addition to Roth, Dashner, Zarr, Dessen, Condie, Bray, Stohl, Garcia, de la Cruz, Bosch and Reichs, the festival is proud to welcome a diverse roster of bestselling panelists who include Ann Brashares (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants novels); Kiera Cass (The Selection trilogy); Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush trilogy); Gayle Forman (If I Stay, and forthcoming feature film adaptation); Marie Lu (Legend trilogy);Lauren Oliver (Delirium trilogy); Kathy Reichs (Virals and Bones television adaptation); Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park); Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy); Scott Westerfeld (Uglies novels) and fifteen-year-old Maya Van Wagenen (Popular).
Newberry Award-winning Rita Williams-Garcia is a special guest of the festival, alongside many bestsellers and authors of note including
Kwame Alexander, Jennifer Armentrout, Leigh Bardugo, Alexandra Bracken, Matt de la Pena, Jim di Bartolo, Lauren Billings & Christina Hobbs (as Christina Lauren), Coe Booth, Jocelyn Davies, Susan Ee, Dan Ehrenhaft, Sarah Fine, Adam Gidwitz, Ryan Graudin, Adele Griffin, Nikki Grimes, Lev Grossman, Michelle Hodkin, Ellen Hopkins, Varian Johnson, Michael Johnston, David Levithan, C. Alexander London, E. Lockhart, DJ MacHale, Sarah J Maas, Barnabas Miller, Sarah Mylnowski, Lauren Myracle, Danielle Paige, Stephanie Perkins, Morgan Rhodes, Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis, Kieran Scott, Jennifer E. Smith, Natalie Standiford and J.E. Thompson.
YALLFest’s mission is to improve literacy through great YA literature and it is quickly becoming the most highly anticipated annual event for booklovers of all ages. For more information visit www.yallfest.org.