Join us for a madcap YA library takeover — YALLWEST style! We’ll be kicking off the festival weekend with a night of signings, tomfoolery, swag giveaways, food — and life size video games.
Participating Authors: Kami Garcia, Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Veronica Roth, Roshani Chokshi, Caleb Roehrig, James Dashner, Nicola Yoon, Kate Hart, Victoria Aveyard, Alexandra Bracken, Danielle Paige, Rachel Renee Russell, Ryan North, Maurene Goo, S. Jae-Jones, and more!
Location: Barnum Hall
Moderator: Jennifer E. Smith
Panelists: Kami Garcia, Nicola Yoon, Lilliam Rivera, Sandhya Menon, & Adi Alsaid
Location: North Gym
Moderator: Susan Dennard
Panelists: Kami Garcia, Traci Chee, Leigh Bardugo, Kiersten White, Lindsay Cummings, & Sasha Alsberg
Location: Centennial Quad
The grand finale, starring your favorite authors.
Location: Barnum Hall
Grab your jammies and join your favorite YA authors for some spooky, silly fun and games! Enjoy time-honored slumber party favorites like Truth or Dare, Boy Meets Girl, Skittles and Books and Secrets, and create your very own spooky mad lib story. Snacks, swag, and prizes abound — and the best freaky, funny, and/or fantastic slippers win!
Location: LL2/Exhibit/Reader Level, Hanover F-G
Grand Hosts: Kami Garcia, Lea Nolan
Hosts: Marlo Berliner, Patty Blount, Lucy D. Briand, Elizabeth Briggs, Lisa Brown Roberts, Erica Cameron, Erica M. Chapman, Rachel Davidson Leigh, Brenda Drake, Pintip Dunn, Anne Eliot, Julia Ember, Rebekah R. Ganiere, Kimberley Griffiths Little (AKA: Kimberley Montpetit), Jeanne Hardt, Amalie Howard, Evelyn Lederman, CB Lee, Jenna Lincoln, Marie Marquardt, CM McCoy (AKA: Colleen Oefelein), Jodi Meadows, Jenny Moyer, L.H. Nicole, Shaila Patel, Kristina Pérez (AKA: K.K. Pérez), Crystal Perkins, Kathryn Purdie, Roxanna Rose (AKA: Rose Summers), Jessica, Ruddick (AKA: Jessica Linden), Ginger Scott, Kristin Smith, Erin Summerill, Gracie Wilson, Darcy Woods, Sara York
YA readers know there’s nothing better than a good love story. From Bella and Edward to Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, they root for the couples they love. But fans often disagree about the way romance should play out on the page—especially if the romances in question involve love triangles, instalove, and sex (or no sex). Are love triangles dead? Is there a universal definition of instalove? How much sex is “too” much on the page? We have assembled a panel of YA authors who write great love stories to find out what they think, and if they agree!
Location: LL3/Conference/Industry Level, Spring
Moderator: Danielle Paige
Panelists: Kami Garcia, Kiera Cass, Abbi Glines, Jenny Han, Emery Lord, Katie McGarry, Sara Shepard
Kami Garcia will be signing at the Giant Book Fair from 11:00am to 2:00pm.
Join Fierce Reads and Swoon Reads for the *sweetest* event at RT. Chat books with fellow YA lovers, hang out and color (!) in your exclusive book quotes coloring book, and feed your sweet tooth at our candy bar!
Location: LL1/Ballroom Level, Regency V
Appearing: Kami Garcia, Erin Beaty, Jenny Moyer, Jenn P. Nguyen, Kristen Orlando, Mary E. Pearson, Danika Stone
Today’s young adult novelists aren’t afraid to share their passion for the things they love. Whether they geek out over graphic novels or anime, their favorite TV show, video game, or SHIP, we love authors who are proud of their fandoms. Join this impressive group of YA authors and celebrate the books, shows, movies, and fandoms they love!
Location: International Tower/LL2, Embassy A-B
Moderator: Rachel Davidson Leigh
Panelists: Kami Garcia, Renée Ahdieh, Cora Carmack, Jenny Han, Danielle Paige, Anna Todd