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YALLFest is coming up, and we don’t want you to miss out on any panels, prizes, or pets (yes, you read that right). Scroll down to see what’s happening at YALLFest this year, both in-person and virtually!

 

Virtual Events and Giveaways

 

Monday 11/8 

Rec-a-Reads Giveaway

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20 winners will receive one physical galley. Titles include: I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys, Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor, Right Where I Left You by Julian Winters, and All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir.

Click here when it’s time to enter

 

Friday, 11/12

7pm ET

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Bring Your Pet to YALLFest: Join Penguin Teen authors and their furry friends for fun book trivia, Q&A, and a chance to win a goodies basket! Authors include:
• J. C. Cervantes, Flirting With Fate
• Sabaa Tahir, All My Rage
• Navdeep Singh Dhillon, Sunny G’s Series of Rash Decisions
• Morgan Rhodes, Echoes and Empires

Click here to register

 

In-person Events

Friday, 11/12

Signings 

 

2pm ET

SIGNING — AYANA GRAY

BLUE BICYCLE BOOKS — TENT

422 King Street

 

4pm ET

SIGNING — MELISSA DE LA CRUZ

BLUE BICYCLE BOOKS — TENT

422 King Street

 

Saturday, 11/13

Signings

 

11am ET

SIGNING — GAYLE FORMAN

BLUE BICYCLE BOOKS — COURTYARD

418 King Street

 

12PM ET

SIGNING — STACEY LEE

CHARLESTON MUSEUM

360 Meeting Street

 

12PM ET

SIGNING — MARIE LU

CHARLESTON MUSEUM

360 Meeting Street

 

12PM ET

SIGNING — MARGARET STOHL

CHARLESTON MUSEUM

360 Meeting Street

 

12PM ET
SIGNING — RANSOM RIGGS

BLUE BICYCLE BOOKS — COURTYARD

418 King Street

 

12PM ET 

SIGNING — ADAM SASS

BLUE BICYCLE BOOKS — TENT

422 King Street

 

12PM ET 

SIGNING — JULIAN WINTERS

BLUE BICYCLE BOOKS — COURTYARD

418 King Street

 

1PM ET

SIGNING — MELISSA DE LA CRUZ

BLUE BICYCLE BOOKS — COURTYARD

418 King Street

 

3PM ET

SIGNING — ALLY CONDIE

CHARLESTON MUSEUM

360 Meeting Street

 

3PM ET

SIGNING — AYANA GRAY

BLUE BICYCLE BOOKS — COURTYARD

418 King Street

 

3PM ET

SIGNING — BRENDAN REICHS

CHARLESTON MUSEUM

360 Meeting Street

 

Panels

11am ET

Panel: THE NEXT STAR WARS

CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL

37 John Street

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With SFF books serving both as foundational blueprints for expansive universes (see: Dune, Game of Thrones, etc) and as significant parts of their expansion (see: Star Wars), how do you write for that? Moderated by Margaret Stohl with Jordan Ifueko, Marie Lu, Ransom Riggs, and Victoria Aveyard

 

11am ET

Panel: ANTAGONISM

CHARLESTON MUSEUM

360 Meeting Street

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Realistic or Fantastic, what makes a villain villianous in 2021? What does that say about us? How has that changed over time? Moderated by Brendan Reichs with Ally Condie, Claribel A. Ortega, Lori M. Lee, and Michael Johnston.

 

11am ET

Panel: FEAR ITSELF

AMERICAN THEATER — BALLROOM

446 King Street

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What does what we and our beloved characters fear say about our world? What can we learn from it? Moderated by Tiffany D. Jackson with Adam Sass, Ayana Gray, Cherie Dimaline, and Grady Hendrix

 

11am ET

Panel: WHY LOVE STORIES MATTER

AMERICAN THEATER — CINEMA

446 King Street

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If love is universal, why are love stories so often seen as pop genre pieces rather than literature? Moderated by Stephanie Garber with Abbi Glines, Julian Winters, Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, and Tashie Bhuiyan.

 

12PM ET

Panel: FROM FAIRY TALE TO FAIRYVERSE: SPONSORED BY DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE

CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL

37 John Street

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How do the stories we love become the worlds we live in? Moderated by Michael Johnston with Elizabeth Lim, Jen Calonita, Melissa de la Cruz, and Soman Chainani. Sponsored by Disney Publishing Worldwide

 

12PM ET

Panel: ALL MY FICTIONS ARE TRUE

CHARLESTON MUSEUM

360 Meeting Street

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Writers are always writing about themselves, they just don’t admit it. True or false? Or maybe…Truth or Dare! Moderated by Ally Condie with Abbi Glines, Namina Forna, Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, and Stephanie Garber.

 

1PM ET

Panel: COLLEGE PLANS (AND OTHER THINGS THAT WENT AWRY)

AMERICAN THEATER — CINEMA

446 King Street

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In 2021, some characters can get as sidelined as the rest of us. Moderated by Julian Winters with Jonny Garza Villa, Dustin Thao, and Margot Wood

 

1PM ET

Panel: PLOTTING A BEST-SELLING NOVEL

AMERICAN THEATER — BALLROOM

446 King Street

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Authors talk the craft of rising action. Moderated by Soman Chainani with Nandini Bajpai, Tashie Bhuiyan, Ayana Gray, and Elizabeth Lim

 

2PM ET

Panel: UNSEEN

CHARLESTON MUSEUM

360 Meeting Street

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What can the fantasy of hidden worlds teach us about the world we see around us? Moderated by Ryan Graudin with Kwame Mbalia, Mark Oshiro, and Brendan Reichs

 

2PM ET

Panel: JUVENILIA

AMERICAN THEATER — BALLROOM

446 King Street

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Everyone starts somewhere…authors read their childhood writing. Moderated by Marie Lu with Jen Calonita, Adalyn Grace, Elizabeth Lim, and Claribel A. Ortega.

 

2PM ET

Panel: DRAW ME A STORY, TELL ME A PICTURE

CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL

37 John Street

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What can writing for graphic novels teach us about storytelling? What changes when images are involved? Moderated by Judith Stephens with E. Lockhart, Justin A. Reynolds, Lilliam Rivera, and Margaret Stohl

 

3PM ET

Panel: AMA: WRITING EDITION

CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL

37 John Street

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Writers talk craft questions, in writing and in the writer’s life. Moderated by Victoria Aveyard with Amy Foster, Tahereh Mafi, Adam Sass, and Julian Winters

 

3PM ET

Panel: PROTAGONISM

AMERICAN THEATER — CINEMA

446 King Street

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Realistic or Fantastic, what makes a hero heroic in 2021? What does that say about us? How has that changed over time? Moderated by Judith Stephens with Jen Calonita, Charlotte Nicole Davis, Stacey Lee, and Nisha Sharma.

 

4PM ET

Panel: NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT

AMERICAN THEATER — BALLROOM

446 King Street

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You think 2021 was weird, check out 1912, 1926, 1927 and 1997. Moderated by Dhonielle Clayton with Chloe Gong, Stacey Lee, and Angie Thomas.

 

4PM ET

Panel: THE LONGEST CON: SPONSORED BY BLOOMSBURY

CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL

37 John Street

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The role of fandom and community in career and world building. Discuss. Moderated by Margaret Stohl with Melissa de la Cruz, Tracy Deonn, Marie Lu, and Aiden Thomas. Sponsored by Bloomsbury

 

4PM ET

Panel: REAL WORLD PROBLEMS: SPONSORED BY PIQUE BEYOND THE BOOK

CHARLESTON MUSEUM

360 Meeting Street

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There’s nothing like propulsive conflict to make for a compelling story – and nothing like the real world for propulsive conflict. Discuss. Moderated by Nic Stone with Gayle Forman, Angela May, Mary Alice Monroe, and Mark Oshiro. Sponsored by Pique Beyond The Book

 

5PM ET

Panel: FRIENDINGS & ENDINGS

CHARLESTON MUSEUM

360 Meeting Street

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MG authors talk the importance of character connection in resolving their stories. Moderated by Gayle Forman with Lori M. Lee, Angela May, Kwame Mbalia, and Mary Alice Monroe.

 

5PM ET

Panel: THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD

AMERICAN THEATER — CINEMA

446 King Street

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Writers discuss the books they haven’t written from the worst idea to the one that got away. Moderated by Melissa de la Cruz with Jordan Ifueko, Tahereh Mafi, Shanna Miles, and Steven Salvatore

 

5PM ET

Panel: THE FANTASY OF FANTASY

AMERICAN THEATER — BALLROOM

446 King Street

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Now that Dune is a household name, has the Fantasy of Fantasy been lost? Would the Simarillion exist in the era of Slurpee Cups? Discuss. Moderated by Ransom Riggs with Charlotte Nicole Davis, Namina Forna, Michael Johnston, and Aiden Thomas

 

6PM ET

Panel: YA SMACKDOWN

CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL

37 John Street

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YALLFest’s most beloved tradition, the Smackdown, is back for the TENTH TIME!

That’s ten years of Golden Pie Awards, Juvenilia, Tiger Beat, LivingTableau Book Covers, Hollywood Squares, Borderline-Inappropriate Sketches Based on Picture Books and Epic Lip Sync Battles.

Come see your favorite authors on stage with hosts Soman Chainani (School for Good and Evil) and Brendan Reichs (Darkdeep) for games, laughs, tears and dancing.

 

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Cover Reveal: I GUESS I LIVE HERE NOW

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Cover Reveal: PRACTICE GIRL by Estelle Laure

Cover reveal! Jo never heard of the label “practice girl”…until she was called one. And those two devastating words would irreversibly change the way she saw everyone–including herself. Jo Beckett is looking for love. She’s fallen for a few boys, but for some reason, they’ve never fallen for her. One night, at a party she … Continued
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Cover Reveal: THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF HOODIE ROSEN

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