Friday, September 7, 2018

YALLFest 2018 author lineup announced including writer of 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before'

Come one, come y'all

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 12:43 PM

Poster art by Nathan Durfee. - PROVIDED
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  • Poster art by Nathan Durfee.
The eighth annual young adult book festival, YALLFest, hits Upper King Street this November with its usual array of book signings, author talks, and special panels. Today the full author roster was announced, including authors like Victoria Aveyard, Lamar Giles, Sarah Enni, David Levithan, James Patterson, Kass Morgan, Brendan Reichs, Angie Thomas, Corrie Wang, and many, many more.

Starting today you can purchase tickets to keynote and spotlight conversations. The opening keynote features Jenny Han, perhaps best known for writing To All The Boys I've Loved Before (a huge book-turned hit on Netflix if you haven't checked it out yet); and Morgan Matson, a bestselling American novelist and writer of NYT bestseller, Since You've Been Gone.

On Sat. Nov. 10 a panel features prolific author and philanthropist James Patterson, writer of books like Alien Hunter, I, Alex Cross, and The Quickie; and Natasha Ngan, author of Girls of Paper and Fire, The Elites, and The Memory Keepers.

YALLFest's closing keynote features R.J. Palacio, graphic designer and author of children's books Wonder, 365 Days of Wonder, and Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories; and Neal Shusterman, who has won the National book Award for Young People's Literature for his book, Challenger Deep.

While most festival events, including Friday night's YALLCrawl signings, are free and un-ticketed, there are a few free special events that do require tickets, like the Penguin Red Carpet Preview; those tickets will be released soon.

Check out the full author lineup and stay up to date with ticket releases online at

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Local printmaker Kyle Brown presents freshwater inspired fishing art in 'Hook + Pond' exhibit

Not your traditional fishing art

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 11:09 AM

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Local printmaker and painter Kyle Brown presents a series of limited edition prints at a new exhibit, Hook + Pond, opening at West Ashley's mixed-use arts space, The Schoolhouse, on Wed. Sept. 19 from 5-8 p.m. Hook + Pond features 15 freshwater-inspired works by Brown, from hooks and jigs to actual prints of fish, like largemouth bass and bluegill. The exhibit is sponsored by Straight to Art, a local organization that helps artists sell and show their work.
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Brown's journey to becoming an artist started years ago, when he worked as a relief worker in war zones and refugee camps in Rwanda, Mozambique, Turkey, and Honduras. According to Brown's artist bio, "these years profoundly affected his view of the world as well as his relationship to art, color, and the human condition."
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Brown is also the former owner and founder of Oliver Pluff, a wholesale tea company. During his time as a tea company owner, Brown designed 200 products, and subsequently fell in love with the art of printmaking, taking classes at Redux and growing his repertoire of both prints and paintings.
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In an artist's statement, Brown says, "As I studied species of fish to look for ideas for abstract art, I noticed that fish have colored stripes that remind me of the stripes on Jupiter. I began screenprinting with the idea of pairing species of fish with planets, moons, and constellations."

Learn more about Brown's work online at

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