If you live in the South like I do, you've noticed one thing over the past few years. There are few great author events and signings for us to geek out at.
Now I don't know about you, but I live in the upstate of South Carolina. Nothing substantial happens here. I usually have to drive an hour in any direction just to make it out to an author event. A few weeks ago, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, authors of the Beautiful Creatures books, announced a new book festival coming to Charleston, SC and promised that it would be epic! The YallFest is a HUGE leap forward in my opinion.
If you haven't heard about it yet, it is going to be huge! Here's what the official YallFest tumblr has to say about it:
YALLFest 2011 will bring twenty top young adult writers from all over the country to historic downtown Charleston, S.C., for two days of seminars and panels. Events at the College of Charleston, Fri., Nov. 11th, and Blue Bicycle Books on Sat., Nov. 12th.There will be NYT Best-selling authors galore! Authors like Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, David Levithan, Ellen Hopkins, Andrea Cremer, Melissa de la Cruz, Gayle Forman, Heather Brewer, Kaleb Nation, Carrie Ryan, Beth Revis, Sarah Rees Brennan; and that is only half of the guests! Every few days, the YallFest tumblr will be announcing a new attending author, so you can expect the next few weeks of announcements to be filled with big names.
I am super excited about this event and cannot wait until November! If you can make it out, let us know. This will be one book fest you won't want to miss! We'll be sure to keep you updated as each of the authors are revealed. Also be sure to follow @YallFest on Twitter for more updates and news daily.