YALLWEST (aka the greatest book festival on the west coast) is less than a month away! We are counting down the days at my house and the planning and prepping have already commenced! If you’ve never attended YALLWEST before, imagine two days filled with meeting your favorite authors, getting books signed, scoring amazing ARCs and book swag, and getting to hang with some of your favorite book bloggers! It’s a book nerd’s dream come true! Tickets for the events are available now. I hope to see you all there!
What to expect at YALLWEST 2018
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING YA FANTASY AUTHORS TAMORA PIERCE, TOMI ADEYEMI, VERONICA ROTH AND SABAA TAHIR
TO HEADLINE YALLWEST 2018
SANTA MONICA, CA: YALLWEST returns with more than 100 authors for the fourth year on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Santa Monica High School. YALLWEST, which is sponsored this year by Epic Reads and Underlined, and its sister festival YALLFEST (in Charleston, S.C.) are the biggest teen and middle grade book festivals in the country. Last year YALLWEST drew over 20,000 attendees and donated thousands of dollars in book sale proceeds to school libraries in the Santa Monica Malibu School District, as well as hundreds of books to students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. YALLWEST is largely free and open to the public.
Tamora Pierce (Tempests and Slaughter) will appear in conversation with Tomi Adeyemi, author of the instant #1 New York Times bestseller and debut West African YA fantasy Children of Blood and Bone, for the morning keynote (presented by Underlined) at 10:00 AM. Divergent and Carve the Mark series author Veronica Roth will be in conversation with Sabaa Tahir (Ember in the Ashes) for the afternoon keynote (presented by Epic Reads) at 4:00 PM. Both events will take place at Barnum Hall on the Santa Monica High School campus and are ticketed events ($8) for space. Tickets are available for purchase at https://www.yallwest.com/tickets/
Additional YALLWEST attending authors include Becky Albertalli, Victoria Aveyard, Alexandra Bracken, Dhonielle Clayton, E. Lockhart, Gayle Forman, David Levithan, Brenda Reichs, and Angie Thomas (see next page for full line-up). Festival co-founders Margaret Stohl, Melissa de la Cruz, and Pseudonymous Bosch will host the festival’s closing YALLWEST SMACKDOWN variety show with dozens of authors on stage at 6:00 PM.
YALLWEST is the brainchild of a group of bestselling YA authors and YALLFEST organizers/alumni, including co-directors Melissa de la Cruz and Margaret Stohl. Additional authors on the board include Kami Garcia, Pseudonymous Bosch, Marie Lu, Ransom Riggs, Tahereh Mafi, Richelle Mead, Leigh Bardugo, Brendan Reichs, Ally Condie, Holly Goldberg Sloan and Veronica Roth, as well as Gabriel Sandoval, Jonathan Sanchez, and Patrick Dolan.
Friday, May 4th will be a Fierce Friday Preview event at the Santa Monica Public Library from 6PM- 8PM. Fierce Friday includes signings, giveaways and games. This event is also free, but registration is required.
On Saturday May 5th from 9AM-7PM, YALLWEST will offer a full day of panels, signings, music, photobooths, food trucks, bookselling, cupcake parties, Quidditch gaming, giveaways and nonstop fun. The full schedule of panels and events will be posted at www.yallwest.com.
2018 Author Lineup
We had the most amazing time at YALLWEST last year (as you can see in my recap post here), and we can’t wait to see what this year’s event has in store!
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