YALLWEST 2016

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Fellow nerds, rejoice. The line up for this year’s Yallwest has just been announced and it’s beyond spectacular. It’s specmazing. It’s amtacular. You get the point.

What is Yallwest, you ask? Only the best YA book festival on the West Coast (it’s a sister event to the much beloved Yallfest, a book festival I’ve been secretly jealous about for years).  This is only the second year, and while last year felt very new and therefore a little bumpy, it was awesome. We had the best time. Based on this year’s author list, I’m sure to be making a fool of myself having a blast the whole weekend. I mean, Jenny Han is going to be there. JENNY HAN (among other amazing authors, some of whom I had the pleasure of meeting last year. But Jenny Han).

Locals, mark your calendars now. April 30-May 1 at Santa Monica High School. This is not some stuffy day where you barely get to meet your favorite authors. No, your favorite authors are organizing the event and handing out your passes and getting lunch off the grilled cheese truck with you. They’re standing outside, walking around between panels and signings, talking to fans and taking pictures. Because, in the end, they’re just bookworms like we are, right? (Even though they’re really our version of a rock star, Jenny Han).

Here is the basic info, per the event website:

 

SATURDAY OPENING KEYNOTE

Rainbow Rowell

STORY/MAKER KEYNOTE

Sana Amanat

MIDDLE GRADE KEYNOTE

Soman Chainani & Melissa de la Cruz

SATURDAY CLOSING KEYNOTE

Matt de la Pena & Jason Reynolds

SUNDAY OPENING KEYNOTE

Marie Lu & Tahereh Mafi

Authors

RENEE AHDIEH

ADI ALSAID

MT ANDERSON

JOSIE ANGELINI

JENNIFER ARMENTROUT

BRODI ASHTON

VICTORIA AVEYARD

LEIGH BARDUGO

DAVE BARRY

ROBIN BENWAY

HOLLY BLACK

FRANCESCA LIA BLOCK

GWENDA BOND

PSEUDONYMOUS BOSCH

JENNIFER BOSWORTH

ERIN BOWMAN

ALEXANDRA BRACKEN

NATHAN BRANSFORD

LIBBA BRAY

CECIL CASTELLUCCI

SOMAN CHAINANI

SUSANE COLASANTI

BRANDY COLBERT

ALLY CONDIE

ARWEN ELYS DAYTON

MELISSA DE LA CRUZ

MATT DE LA PENA

HEATHER DEMETRIOS

DEBRA DRIZA

SIMONE ELKELES

SETH FISHMAN

AIMEE FRIEDMAN

MICHELLE GAGNON

KAMI GARCIA

STUART GIBBS

ALEX GINO

DAPHNE GOTTLIEB

MICHAEL GRANT

SHANNON HALE

DEAN HALE

JENNY HAN

CYNTHIA HAND

HARRIETT HAPGOOD

AARON HARTZLER

KIRSTEN HUBBARD

J.R. JOHANSSON

ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON

AMIE KAUFMAN

KODY KEPLINGER

JESSICA KHOURY

JESSI KIRBY

ISAAC KLAUSNER

JAY KRISTOFF

STEPHANIE KUEHN

MERCEDES LACKEY

NINA LACOUR

CHRISTINA LAUREN

EMMY LAYBOURNE

DAVID LEVITHAN

ALEX LONDON

MARIE LU

TAHEREH MAFI

SARAH MCCARRY

KIMBERLEY MCCREIGHT

RICHELLE MEAD

JODI MEADOWS

SARAH MLYNOWSKI

JULIE MURPHY

JENNIFER NIVEN

ALYSON NOEL

ELLEN OH

DANIELLE PAIGE

MARY PEARSON

RIDLEY PEARSON

DAVID J. PETERSON

SARA RAASCH

BRENDAN REICHS

JASON REYNOLDS

RANSOM RIGGS

GARY ROSEN

VERONICA ROTH

RAINBOW ROWELL

PAUL RUDNICK

MARIE RUTKOSKI

AISHA SAEED

ROBYN SCHNEIDER

JEFFREY SELF

NEAL SHUSTERMAN

ADAM SILVERA

EVELYN SKYE

HOLLY GOLDBERG SLOAN

SHERRI L. SMITH

SONYA SONES

AMY SPALDING

SCOTT SPEER

WENDY SPINALE

JESSICA SPOTSWOOD

NOELLE STEVENSON

MARGARET STOHL

TAMARA IRELAND STONE

ELISSA SUSSMAN

SABAA TAHIR

VALERIE TEJEDA

AMY TINTERA

SIOBHAN VIVIAN

SCOTT WESTERFELD

JOHN COREY WHALEY

KIERSTEN WHITE

NICOLA YOON

BRENNA YOVANOFF

SARA ZARR

Hope to see you all there!

 

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2 thoughts on “YALLWEST 2016

  1. Ha! I just read your recap from last year and you don’t even mention running into your FAVORITE librarian! Maybe if you’re lucky, it will happen again this year and you’ll have a chance to redeem yourself ; -)

    But seriously, hopefully I’ll see you and Miss C again this year.

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