Friday, May 18, 2012

YALLFest 2012 lineup announced

50+ YA authors will descend on the city in November

Posted by Erica Jackson Curran on Fri, May 18, 2012 at 3:00 PM

YALLFest, the young adult book festival hosted by Blue Bicycle Books, is still months away, but the lineup has already been revealed and the buzz is spreading. The Hollywood Crush blog at mtv.com reported on the initial announcement, which tells you a thing or two about how trendy the YA scene is — not to mention the caliber of authors set to descend on the city the weekend of Nov. 10.

Pseudonymous Bosch (the Secret Series) has joined Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz (co-authors of Beautiful Creatures) as an event organizer, and they've invited 48 of their fellow YA authors to the event. Some new names that should be a big draw for young readers are Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments), Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Trenton Lee Stewart (The Mysterious Benedict Society), and Kathy Reichs (Bones).

Blue Bicycle's Jonathan Sanchez says the response to the festival has been huge, in large part because of the lure of the Holy City. "It's the big draw," he says. "People love coming to Charleston. Writers are very sociable, and they really like coming together and seeing the town. It's the perfect venue because it's old and haunted." Find out more at yallfest.org.

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