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Texas Teen Book Fest 2015 News!
It’s that time of year again – time to gear up for the Texas Teen Book Festival! The announcements of the awesome authors attending the 2015 festival are starting to come out. Here is the latest:
Nicola Yoon is making her debut appearance at TTBF and she’ll be talking about her debut book, Everything, Everything, about a girl who is literally allergic to the outside world, and how her world changes after 17 years of living inside with limited human interaction.
Huntley Fitzpatrick is coming to Austin! The Boy Most Likely To is her next book and it’s the romantic companion to My Life Next Door, which if you haven’t read, what are you waiting for? You’ll love these books and meeting Huntley!
TTBF15 author Jenny Han (P.S. I Still Love You) was interviewed by the Huffington Post. The interview ran this week, and it covers her writing process, her success, reader reactions to her Asian-American characters, and more. We can’t wait to hear more from Jenny at TTBF!
To start planning your visit, information about attending this year’s festival is up, and you can keep it tuned here for author line up & programming announcements.
Are you excited yet?? You should be!!
Texas Teen Book Festival (formerly the Austin Teen Book Festival) happens on Saturday, September 26, 2015 on the campus of St. Edward’s University. This event – and parking – is free and open to the public.
Upcoming YA Events!
Fun upcoming events of YA interest this summer. Mark your calendar and join us and these authors!
Monday, July 13 at 7PM
Chris Colfer of Glee fame is a middle-grade author. Even though his books are a little younger than YA, some of you might be interested in meeting him and getting his new book, The Land of Stories, Book 4: Beyond the Kingdoms. He won’t be signing any Glee or other memorabilia. Check out the event details and rules here.
Friday, July 17 at 7PM
Mary E. Pearson, author of The Heart of Betrayal, the second book in The Remnant Chronicles. Princess Lia is a captive in the hostile kingdom of Venda, where she, Rafe, and Kaden, have a complicated and uneasy relationship with the Komizar, the unpredictable and sly ruler of Venda.
Tuesday, July 28 at 7PM
Ernest Kline, author of Ready Player One and his new book Armada. While both these books are published for adults, but we know you – our teen customers – love Ready Player One, too!
YA in the News!
Malala Yousafzai, the (almost) 18-year-old Nobel laureate and activist, recently launched a campaign called #booksnotbullets, which aims to encourage world leaders to spend money on education rather than military endeavors. She hopes people will be inspired to support this campaign and asks people to post a picture of themselves with a book and tag it #booksnotbullets. And by the way, if you haven’t read her memoir, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, you really should. Malala is incredible.
Laini Taylor, author of the popular Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, and her publisher, Little, Brown, ran a promotional campaign to support the paperback release of the third book of the series, Dreams of Gods and Monsters. The promotion asked fans to tweet #UnlockLainiTaylor, which once 613 hashtags were reached, would unlock a never before published chapter which the author claims was her inspiration for writing the series. The chapter is annotated with comments by Taylor, which give readers an interesting peek into her writing and thought process. Fans unlocked the chapter, and now it’s available for everyone to read. Check it out, especially all you budding authors!
Bestselling author of The Selection series, Kiera Cass did an interview with her local newspaper. For all you fans of her books, it is worth a read and you might get a little insight to her life, how the books came to be, and more.
New Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 posters have been released and they are fierce. Part of a series called “Faces of the Revolution,” each poster features a close up of one pivotal character with a large red mockingjay painted on their face. The lead up to the movie has been fantastic, and we can’t wait to see how it all turns out. (Of course, we’ve read the books, so we know how it turns out, but to see how it unfold on the big screen is a completely different experience.)
Texas, you did it! John Green and the cast of Paper Towns will be stopping in Dallas on July 16!
— Paper Towns (@PaperTownsMovie) July 8, 2015
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