It’s that time of year again, the Austin Teen Book Festival! This year brings big changes and big names! Neal Shusterman (Unwind and Everlost series) is the opening speaker, and Libba Bray (Gemma Doyle series and Beauty Queens) will close out the day. This year, the festival will take up the entire event center! Check out the details below:
Cost: FREE! Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012 Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm Location: Palmer Events Center 900 Barton Springs Road Austin, TX 78746
There are a total of 36 amazing authors!
Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads - Neal Shusterman, Marissa Meyer, Rachel Cohn, Jeff Hirsch, Dan Krokos, and Greg Leitich Smith (moderator)
We’re Not In Kansas Anymore - Libba Bray, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Leigh Bardugo, Rae Carson, and Sarah Rees Brennan (moderator)
Creature Comfort - Scott Speer, Anna Banks, Gina Damico, Tara Hudson, Martha Brockenbrough, and Sophie Jordan (moderator)
Real Life Happens - Jesse Andrews, Elizabeth Scott, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, E.M. Kokie, Jessica Lee Anderson, and John Corey Whaley (moderator)
The Thrill Of the Chase - William Richter, Lex Thomas (Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies), Eliot Schrefer, Ally Carter, and Jennifer Lynn Barnes (moderator)
What Would You Do For Love? - Ally Condie, Kresley Cole, Jessica Shirvington, Tamara Ireland Stone, Jessica Khoury, and Tracy Deebs (moderator)
Mission: Fostering a community effort to celebrate and promote reading by connecting teens to local and award-winning authors, whose writing spans across genres and interest levels.
Goals of the Festival:
- Have fun!
- Connect teen readers to local and award-winning authors
- Bring together teens who enjoy reading
- Encourage struggling readers
- Support, promote, and celebrate recreational reading
- Promote life-long reading
Festival to-do List (for teens):
- Meet all of your favorite or soon-to-be favorite authors
- Have an author autograph your book
- Hang out with your friends and others who enjoy reading
- Make new friends
- Buy new, signed books
- Enjoy food, drinks, prizes, and other entertainment
- Take your picture in the Ally Condie “Reached Bubble”
Interested in reading books by the ATBF12 authors? Both Westbank and Laura’s Library will have displays in the young adult sections.