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NYC Teen Author Festival Recap

Last year, I went to almost every event for NYC Teen Author Festival, but this year, I only made it to the last two. And here's my recap!

Day 6

Saturday consisted of 3 amazing panels and lots of readings.

The first panel was called Rising to the Challenge: YA Characters Facing Down What Life Throws Them. The panel consisted of Tara Altebrando, Matt Blackstone, Susane Colasanti, Kody Keplinger, Siobhan Vivian, and K.M. Walton and was moderated by David Levithan. I loved getting to hear each author talk about the harder situations in which their characters find themselves, and if and how that related to each author personally.

The second panel was Killer Instincts: Death, Murder, and the YA Novel and was lots of diabolical fun. Panelists Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Gina Damico, Kim Harrington, and Barry Lyga chatted with moderator Marie Rutkoski about the presence of death and violence in each of their books. Needless to say, this was all quite entertaining.

The third panel was Moments of Truth: Characters at a Crossroads. The panelists Natasha Friend, Margie Gelbwasser, Jennifer Hubbard, Stewart Lewis, Sarah Darer Littman, Jess Rothenberg, and Daisy Whitney all read briefly from their books and talked about (or skirted around) the major turning points for their characters.

I think my favorite part of this panel, though, was when Stewart Lewis sang a song that he wrote for his novel, You Have Seven Messages.

The last event was a series of readings from upcoming books. We got to hear from Dan Krokos (False Memory), David Levithan (Every Day), Marie Rutkoski (The Shadow Society), Alyssa Scheinmel (The Stone Girl), and Eliot Schrefer (Endangered). I can definitely say that I'm looking forward to each of these awesome-sounding books!

While mingling around this whole day, I had the opportunity to chat with lots of awesome people including Erica from The Book Cellar, Adam from Books of Wonder, and Mitali from Teen Author Carnival, as well as well as authors Kody Keplinger, Courtney Sheinmel, Stephanie Perkins, Daisy Whitney, and Dan Krokos, however briefly. I even scored an ARC of Dan's upcoming book, False Memory!

Day 7
Books of Wonder signing

Last year, the big signing at Books of Wonder was pure madness. This year, it was almost pure madness, perhaps because I made the smart decision to only get a couple of books signed: Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg and The List by Siobhan Vivian.

While trying to do my utmost blogger duty and take lots of pictures, I got to chat with lots and lots of awesome people including (but not limited to) bloggers Erica from The Book Cellar, Cialina from Muggle-Born.net, Rachel from Bookshelf Lust, and Beth from Bookish Bethie; Adam from Books of Wonder and Mitali from Teen Author Carnival; one of my favorite MacKids employees; and authors (in no particular order) Kody Keplinger, Elizabeth Eulberg, Jocelyn Davies, Susane Colasanti, Gayle Forman, Anne Heltzel, Sarah Beth Durst, Carley Moore, Andy Marino, Michael Northrop, E.C. Myers, Arlaina Tibensky, Siobhan Vivian, Melissa Walker, and Alecia Whitaker.

So, maybe I didn't get pictures of everyone...but I did get stuff to give away here, including lots of swag and a signed book!


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