YALLFest Announces Authors for 2016 Festival

YALLfest_FinalThe sixth edition of YALLFest, a young adult book festival, will take over the Holy City on Friday and Saturday, November 11th & 12th. The event will once again feature a stacked lineup of rising stars and bestsellers participating in book signings, panels, and events.

Highlights of this year's event include:

  • Saturday: Opening keynote conversation between Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen) and Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes)
  • Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl) will give a featured talk in the festival’s midday spotlight
  • Sunday: Authors Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not), Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything), and Julie Murphy (Dumplin’) will close the festival with a round table discussion on a range of topics
  • Sunday: YA Smackdown featuring games, songs, and more

Keynote talks and featured events require tickets, which go on sale August 1st. Other panels and signings are free.

YALLFest’s 2016 roster includes the following returning authors:

  • Renée Ahdieh (The Wrath and The Dawn) Jennifer Armentrout (the Dark Elements series)
  • Leigh Bardugo (the Six of Crows series; the Grisha trilogy) Pseudonymous Bosch (the Secret series)
  • Alexandra Bracken (Passenger, the Darkest Minds series) Zac Brewer (The Blood Between Us)
  • Kiera Cass (The Crown)
  • Soman Chainani (The School for Good and Evil) Rachel Cohn (The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily) Ally Condie (the Matched trilogy)
  • Melissa de la Cruz (Return to the Isle of Lost) Sarah Dessen (Saint Anything)
  • Kami Garcia (The Lovely Reckless; the Beautiful Creatures series) Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grimm; So You Want to be a Jedi?) Ryan Graudin (Wolf by Wolf)
  • Jenny Han (The Summer I Turned Pretty; Burn for Burn) Varian Johnson (The Great Greene Heist)
  • Justine Larbalestier (My Sister Rosa) David Levithan (Hold Me Closer)
  • Alexander London (Proxy; The Wild Ones) Tahereh Mafi (the Shatter Me series)
  • Lauren Oliver (Replica; the Delirium trilogy) Danielle Paige (the Dorothy Must Die series) Aprilynne Pike (Glitter)
  • Brendan Reichs (the Virals series)
  • Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) Veronica Rossi (Riders)
  • Veronica Roth (the Divergent series) Carrie Ryan (Daughter of Deep Silence) Victoria Schwab (This Savage Song) Jennifer E. Smith (Blood for Blood)
  • Margaret Stohl (Black Widow: Forever Red; the Beautiful Creatures series) Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes)
  • Scott Westerfeld (Afterworld; the Leviathan series)
  • Cinda Williams Chima (Flamecaster; The Heir Chronicles) Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything; The Sun Is Also a Star)

First-­time YALLFest authors include:

  • Adi Alsaid (Let’s Get Lost),
  • Jesse Andrews (The Haters; Me and Earl and the Dying Girl ) Robert Beatty (Serafina and the Black Cloak)
  • Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns)
  • Sharon Cameron (The Forgetting; The Dark Unwinding) Dhonielle Clayton (Tiny Pretty Things)
  • Susan Dennard (the Witchland series) Laure Eve (The Graces)
  • Alex Gino (George)
  • Grady Hendrix (My Best Friend’s Exorcism)
  • Amie Kaufman (The Illuminae Files; the Starbound trilogy)
  • S.J. Kincaid (the Insignia series)
  • Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files; The Nevernight Chronicle) Emery Lord (When We Collided)
  • Samantha Mabry (A Fierce and Subtle Poison) Jennifer Mathieu (The Truth about Alice) Katharine McGee (The Thousandth Floor)
  • Julie Murphy (Dumplin’; Side Effects May Vary) Marieke Nijkamp (This Is Where It Ends)
  • Caleb Roehrig (Last Seen Leaving) Lance Rubin (Dentons Little’s Deathdate)
  • Ruta Sepetys (Salt to the Sea; Between Shades of Grey) Sara Shepard (The Heiresses; Pretty Little Liars)
  • Adam Silvera (History Is All You Left Me; More Happy Than Not) Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle)
  • Jonathan Stroud (the Lockwood and Co. series) Nova Ren Suma (The Walls Around Us) Courtney Summers (All the Rage)
  • Kara Thomas (The Darkest Corners) Suzanne Young (The Program)

For more information, visit the official website here.

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