The Texas Teen Book Festival announces a lineup of 29 authors representing popular and critically acclaimed writers in the Young Adult genre. Two of the most-anticipated headliners are James Dashner, author of the Maze Runner series, and Lauren Oliver, creator of the bestselling Delirium series and Before I Fall. Other headlining authors include Scott Westerfeld, Marie Lu, A.S. King and Andrew Smith.
The one-day festival takes place Saturday, October 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St. Edward’s University, 3001 South Congress Ave. Organizers say the location offers free parking. The full list and schedule are available at texasteenbookfestival.org.
“This year’s festival is the one to attend,” says librarian and festival founder Heather Schubert. “You’ll find amazing keynotes, interactive events, writing workshops, a hilarious game show and much, much more. Expect to leave with a list of new favorite authors and a stack of books you can’t wait to read.”
The popular game show feature is a high-energy competition with teams of authors led by Marie Lu (the Legend trilogy) and Paolo Bacigalupi (Shipbreaker).
“This year’s Game Show will take the competition to a new, ridiculous level with challenges ranging from the awesome to the zany,” says show host Sarah Pitre. “I’m looking forward to hijinks with some of my favorite authors, all of whom are good sports. I promise that they will walk away with at least some remnant of their pride,” Pitre says.
The Texas Teen Book Festival “bookends” the Texas Book Festival, which features books for all ages and takes place October 25 and 26 in and around the state capitol building. Both festivals are free and open to the public, thanks to generous donors, sponsors and volunteers.