It’s YA lucky day! It’s Teen Thursday!
Where we bring you YA news from around the globe and highlights from the
BookPeople Teen Press Corps blog! Don’t forget to check out the blog for new reviews,
event reports, and other teen news!
Texas Teen Book Fest 2015 News!
It’s that time of year again – time to gear up for the Texas Teen Book Festival! The author announcements wrap up this week, and has been a HUGE news week! In the coming weeks, we’ll share interesting facts about the authors, panel line ups, and the festival schedule. Here is the latest:
Yessss! Rick Yancey is coming to TTBF15! The third book of the 5th Wave series isn’t going to be out until May 2016, but maybe he’ll give us some teasers. And movie scoop! Can’t wait to hear from this favorite author as he talks about all this (we hope), The 5th Wave, and The Infinite Sea.
Jesse Andrews is coming back to TTBF! It’s been a few years since he last visited the festival, and we are so glad he’s going to be here a few months after the release of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl movie. Yahoo!
Wow, the announcements this week are awesome. Author & editor extraordinaire David Levithan is the first closing speaker announced! His new book, Another Day, is a companion to Every Day. (And did you read Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story? Do.) We can’t wait!
LIBBA BRAY! She joins David Levithan as the co-closing speaker at TTBF15! Lair of Dreams, the follow-up to The Diviners, is the brand new book and we are looking forward to hearing her and David’s witty repartee.
This week’s Teen Thursday wasn’t published yesterday because we wanted to include the last big announcement of the week, and the final major festival announcement: The Texas Throwdown! This year’s game show will be all Star Wars themed, and will feature the Jedi mind skills of Pierce Brown, Jenny Han, Claudia Gray, Aaron Hartzler, Cindy Pon, and Gareth Hinds.
In other news – TTBF is in need of volunteers and there is still space for exhibitors. Teens and adults can sign up for volunteer shifts. More info here.
It’s also not too late to be an exhibitor at TTBF15. Check out all the info here.
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!! #TTBF15 is now less than two months away!!
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.
August Buzz Book!
August Buzz Book is Trouble Is a Friend of Mine from debut author Stephanie Tromly! Teen Press Corps member Eden has this to say about it:
“Trouble is a Friend of Mine kept me on my toes, but in a humorous way rather than a suspenseful one. Digby and Zoe’s antics were hilarious, and there was no way of predicting what they were going to do next. Every single one of the characters, even the minor ones, had their own special quirks and were interesting to read about. The emotions weren’t very deep, but if you really think about it it just fits Zoe’s personality as the narrator and the light-hearted tone of the book. Even the dramatic parts had a kind of airy feeling to them, if that makes sense. All in all, this is a great mystery/slice of life book and I’m really, really hoping that Stephanie Tromly will write a sequel.”
Upcoming YA Events!
Leigh Bardugo is headed to Austin this fall on her Magic & Mayhem Tour. She’ll be stopping by BookPeople on Tuesday, September 29 at 7PM. Don’t miss this fun and cool author as she speaks about and signs her newest book, Six of Crows, a new story set in the Grisha universe. Read this for more about this event or to preorder a signed copy.
News from Hollywood!
The stunning and emotional novel, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is moving closer to the big screen! The film now has a director, as well as a star. Elle Fanning is attached to star, and Miguel Arteta to direct. No projected release date or other cast announced yet. We’ll keep an ear out.