Sunday, November 6, 2011

It's (Almost) Time For YallFest 2011!!!

If you remember, we did a post about YallFest a few months ago. And I'm so excited that we have officially made it to the one week countdown until YallFest hits Charleston, SC. Starting next Saturday morning, authors will be taking the town by storm with panels, signings, pie, and so much more! This is one event you won't want to miss.

If you've been following the YallFest website for the past few months, you've seen author announcements, author interviews, and many teasers of what to expect at the festival. We're going to use this post as a "Comprehensive Guide To YallFest" and try to summarize four months worth of announcements into one. So here we go!

YallFest is hosted by Blue Bicycle Books and authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl of the Beautiful Creatures Novels. And here's where it gets REALLY exciting! There will be "eleven New York Times & international bestsellers, one with a book-to-film adaptation, eight more with films in production or optioned, six Southern authors, and three former teachers." There will be twenty six authors total including:

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl - Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos (New York Times Bestseller)
David Levithan - Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, The Lover’s Dictionary, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (New York Times Bestseller)
Melissa de la Cruz - Witches of East End, The Au Pairs series, Blue Bloods series, (New York Times Bestseller)
Heather Brewer - The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod (Eighth Grade Bites et al) (New York Times Bestseller)
Kaleb Nation - The Bran Hambric Series
Ellen Hopkins - Identical, Burned, Crank, Glass, Impulse (New York Times Bestseller)
Andrea Cremer - Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose (New York Times Bestseller)
Beth Revis- Across the Universe (New York Times Bestseller)
Carrie Ryan- The Dark and Hollow Places, The Dead-Tossed Waves, The Forest of Hands and Teeth (New York Times Bestseller)
Isaac Marion- Warm Bodies
Sarah Rees Brennan- The Demon’s Lexicon, The Demon’s Covenant, The Demon’s Surrender
Kimberly Derting- The Body Finder, Desires of the Dead, The Last Echo, The Pledge
Adele Griffin- The Julian Game, Picture the Dead, V is for Vampire, Where I Want to Be (National Book Award Finalist)
Lisa Brown- Vampire Boy Goodnight, Picture the Dead, Sometimes You Get What You Want, How to Be
Victoria Schwab- The Near Witch
Michelle Hodkin- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Kwame Alexander - Crush: Love Poems, Kupenda: Love Poems, Dancing Naked on the Floor
Saundra Mitchell - The Vespertine, Shadowed Summer, The Springsweet
Diana Peterfreund- Rampant, Secret Society Girl, Under the Rose, Ascendant
Caitlin Kittredge - The Iron Thorn, The Black London Series, The Nocturne City Series
Pseudonymous BoschThe Name of This Book is Secret, If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late, This Book is Not Good For You (New York Times Bestseller)
Katie CrouchMagnolia League, Girls in Trucks, Men and Dogs (New York Times Bestseller)
Holly Goldberg Sloan I’ll Be There
Eliot Schrefer - Geek, The Deadly Sister, The School for Dangerous Girls
Natalie Standiford - How to Say Goodbye in Robot, Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters

Here is a photographic guide to all the authors that I put together in case you don't recognize the names. Memorize these faces. Then when you get to the festival you can impress your friends with your knowledge of the authors.

Since announcing all the authors, a few of them were asked a few questions about their experiences as a teenager, their favorite books growing up, and what their looking forward to most at YallFest. Here are just a few of the interviews:

Kami Garcia 
Margaret Stohl
Michelle Hodkin
Melissa de la Cruz
Kimberly Derting
Carrie Ryan
Beth Revis
Andrea Cremer
Kaleb Nation
Adele Griffin
Saundra Mitchell
Isaac Marion

Most of the main panels will be taking place at the American Theater on the Ballroom Stage, but check out the schedule to make sure that there aren't any panels you want to see conflicting. I would hate for you to miss something. So plan ahead!

The festival will come to a close with the YA Smackdown on Saturday evening. This will be the only portion of the festival that is ticketed, but at the low price point of five dollars a ticket you'll be wanting to bring the whole family!

Just in case all of that went over your head, we made a video to summarize it even more. Where this post was a comprehensive guide, this video is more of a "YallFest Digest".

Also, check out Kaleb Nation's video promoting it. He's dressed as a zombie!

If you have any reserve holding you back from coming, please try to work past it. This will be the book festival of the year. I'm already predicting that.

Just to put it in a little perspective, these are all the books we're lugging down there. We just might need a suitcase for all of them!

So that's pretty much all you have to know about YallFest that can be learned from the internet. The only real way to learn about it is to experience it with your own eyes! Don't let yourself regret not going.

If you have any questions about the festival, you can either ask us in the comments below or tweet them directly to @YallFest and we'll answer them as best we can!

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