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
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
FRANCESCA LIA BLOCK
ARWEN ELYS DAYTON
MELISSA DE LA CRUZ
MATT DE LA PENA
ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON
DAVID J. PETERSON
HOLLY GOLDBERG SLOAN
SHERRI L. SMITH
TAMARA IRELAND STONE
JOHN COREY WHALEY
2 thoughts on “YALLWEST 2016”
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.