Teen Thursday 5/14/15

It’s YA lucky day! It’s Teen Thursday!

Where we bring you YA news from around the globe and highlights from the
BookPeople Teen Press Corps blog! Don’t forget to check out the blog for new reviews, event reports, and other teen news!

Texas Teen Book Festival 2015!

It’s that time of year again – time to gear up for the Texas Teen Book Festival! The announcements of the awesome authors attending the 2015 festival are starting to come out. Today, it was announced that Sonia Manzano, known to many people as “Maria” on Sesame Street, will be the keynote speaker!!!!

Manzano will be talking about her upcoming memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx. We are so excited by this news! It is a great start and can’t wait to hear who else will be coming to Austin this fall.

To start planning your visit, information about attending this year’s festival is up, and you can keep it tuned here for author line up & programming announcements.

New for this year, is a fiction writing contest sponsored by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. You know Delacorte as the publisher of Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands & Teeth), James Dashner (The Maze Runner), Matt De La Pena (The Hunted), Ann Brashares (The Here and Now), Frank Portman (King Dork), and Libba Bray (Going Bovine). Delacorte’s got YA chops, to be sure. There is a deadline – July 1! – so be sure to check out all the rules and entry form. Good luck and happy writing!

Are you excited yet?? You should be!!

Get the news first by following TTBF online:

Texas Teen Book Festival (formerly the Austin Teen Book Festival) happens on Saturday, September 26, 2015 on the campus of St. Edward’s University. This event – and parking – is free and open to the public.

New YA Releases!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – this is a special collector’s edition that includes a preview Carry On, due out in October!
Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan
Kisses & Curses stories by Fifteen YA Authors!
Vanished by E.E. Cooper
The Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehrman
Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker – meet the author this Sunday! (see below for event details)
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton – meet the authors this Sunday! (see below for event details)

Upcoming YA Events!

There are lots of upcoming events in May and June. Mark your calendar and join us and these authors!

We Need Diverse Books YA Panel

And we need them NOW! Join us this Sunday, May 17 at 1PM, as five awesome YA authors discuss diversity in YA literature. I. W. Gregorio, Natalie C. Parker, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, and Marike Nijkamp will all be here to talk about their novels, their writing processes, and why we need more books that reflect the big, beautiful, dynamic world we all share. Austin author Cynthia Leitich Smith will moderate the conversation. We Need Diverse Books™ is a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people. We’re honored to host an official WNDB event and cannot wait to welcome these fantastic authors to BookPeople!

After the public event, the authors will host a writing workshop here at BookPeople. Space for the workshop is limited. If you’d like to attend, RSVP as soon as you can.

More about the event, the authors, and how to RSVP for the workshop, can be found here.

Tavi Gevinson, Rookie Yearbook Three

Come to the store on Friday, May 22 at 7PM to meet the creator and editor of the popular online magazine Rookie, Tavi Gevinson! Rookiemag.com is a website created by and for young women to make the best of the beauty, pain and awkwardness of being a teenager. In Rookie Yearbook Three, topics include cures for love, girl-on-girl crime, open relationships, standing for something, embracing our inner posers, and so much more. Featuring interviews with Rookie role models like Sofia Coppola, Amandla Stenberg, Greta Gerwig, and Kim Gordon. Also included is a bonus section chock-full of exclusive content including a pizza pennant, sticker sheet, valentines, plus advice and contributions from Lorde, Shailene Woodley, Dakota and Elle Fanning, Grimes, Kelis, Sia, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of Broad City, Haim, and more!

More about this event and to pre-order a signed copy!

Mark your calendar for these June YA events

Chandler Baker, author of Alive
Friday, June 12 at 7PM

Tera Lynn Childs & Tracy Deebs, authors of Powerless
Sunday, June 14 at 2PM

YA Movie News & Fun Stuff!

Paper Towns Trailer #2!

Mockingjay Part 2 official poster!

A Mega Mashup of many favorite YA series! Good for a laugh.


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