We are truly grateful for all the authors who are coming to Charleston this weekend just for what we think will soon be the nation’s top Young Adult book festival. It’s an amazing, wide ranging group, former soccer moms and teachers, graduates of Yale, Williams, Harvard, Brown, Columbia who love spinning rich stories, natural talents like Isaac Marion, author of Warm Bodies, whose bio proclaims he’s never won an award and never went to college.
A few can’t miss events:
10 am The middle grade panel featuring Pseudonymous Bosch (ask any fifth grader). Will he finally reveal his true identity? Use a voice modulator? Proxy?
1 pm David Levithan, co-author of Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist.
2 pm Ellen Hopkins – much revered author of gritty novels-in-verse.
3 pm Lisa Brown and Adele Griffin in full Victorian regalia, will create an on-the-spot ghost story, with your help. Adele is a two-time National Book Award finalist, and Lisa is the author of How to Be and Vampire Boy’s Goodnight, which I’d rank with just about anything Maurice Sendak ever wrote. She’s also the author of these terrific 3-panel Book Reviews in the San Francisco Chronicle.
4pm HollYAwood Panel – Kaleb Nation, author and YouTube sensation, will moderate this panel about the transition from page to screen, while a crew films the first episode of his new reality show, Kaleb’s Nation.
5 pm Zombie Attack Panel, Dave Stohl, Head of Worldwide Studios, Activision Video Games will be on hand just days after the release of the latest Call of Duty release, with free giveaways.
Come early and stay for the YA Smackdown at 6pm. Full schedule and festival map right here.