Teen Thursday 9/3/15

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 Fest 2015 News!

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TTBF15 is less than one month away!!!!! All the authors have been announced. Here’s a round up of news that you may have missed.

The #TTBF15 schedule has been announced!

To see who is speaking and signing at each event, check out the schedule and then hover the mouse over each item. Signings will be a little different this year – we’ll talk more about this in a later blog post – so be sure to plan your day accordingly.

Spotlight on #TTBF15: Keynote Speaker Sonia Manzano

This will be the first of many “Spotlight on #TTBF15” articles that will be published on our Teen Press Corps blog.

Sonia Manzano is an award-winning actress and screenwriter, and children’s author. She’s best known for her work on the beloved television show, news-Sonia-ManzanoSesame Street.

Sonia is known for her support of educational development and literacy of children across the world, but she also advocates for children & teens to follow their dreams. This topic also shines through in her published works. Sonia’s most recent book, also for young adults, is a memoir called Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx. Set in the Bronx during the 1950’s, this memoir paints a lasting portrait of a girl’s resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions.

Read the full article.

New Releases from #TTBF15 Authors!

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen new releases Nicola Yoon, Una LaMarche, Jennifer E. Smith, Sonia Manzano, Libba Bray, and David Levithan. Head on over to the Teen Press Corps blog to see all these plus many others by great authors.

Psst – we also have many books by TTBF15 authors on display in our teen section. Come by, pick up a few, and get some reading done *before* the fest!


We only went back to 2014 for this Throwback Thursday. Here is part of our Teen Press Corps that covered everything about the fest last year. The TPC will again be hard at work live blogging, interviewing, and having a great time at the 2015 fest.

TTBF is in need of volunteers and there is still space for exhibitors. Teens and adults can sign up for volunteer shifts. More info here.

It’s also not too late to be an exhibitor at TTBF15. Check out all the info here.

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.

Are you excited yet?? You should be!! #TTBF15 is now less than two months away!!

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.

September Buzz Book: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy


What The Teen Press Corps Is Saying

“Willowdean Dickson is just a normal high school girl trying to make it though life. The thing is no one treats her like she’s normal because of one thing, Willowdean is fat and that’s all there is to it. She’s tired of feeling insecure and decides to get back at everyone by joining a beauty pageant. I liked this book a ton because it talks about stuff no one really likes to admit or say. It made me realize that I am one of those people who look at size and I now more than ever, see how horrible I’ve been. This book was hilarious and romantic and just perfect! This book speaks to me and it should be everyone’s favorite book.”–Miriam, Teen Press Corps

Meet Julie when she leads a conversation with Leigh Bardugo about Leigh’s new book, Six of Crows. This great event happens on Tuesday, September 29 at 7PM. Even though the focus of the event is on Leigh’s new book, Julie may talk a bit about Dumplin’ and the film adaptation progress. Come on out!

Read more about this Buzz Book.

Upcoming YA Events!

In addition to TTBF15, we have fantastic YA events happening at the store this fall. Here’s a list of all YA interest events through the end of the year. For more info about each of these events, click on over to the Teen Press Corps blog.

Mari Mancusi for Smoked on Wednesday, September 16 at 7PM!
Leigh Bardugo for Six of Crows on Tuesday, September 29 at 7PM!
Chelsea Clinton for It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! on Thursday, October 8 at 7PM!
Austin Kleon for Steal Like an Artist Journal: A Notebook for Creative Kleptomaniacs on Friday, October 23 at 7PM!
Jack Gantos for The Trouble in Me on Sunday, November 1 at 1PM!
Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor for Welcome to Night Vale on Friday, November 6 at 7PM!
Joelle Charbonneau for Need on Friday, November 13 at 7PM!

Hollywood News!

The first official trailer for TTBF15’s Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave!

The Wrap reports the film adaptation of John Green’s Looking for Alaska has been delayed because the movie makers are having trouble casting the title role of Alaska Young. C’mon folks, find someone so we don’t have to to wait longer!

Great news for TTBF15 author Nicola Yoon! Her debut YA novel Everything, Everything has been optioned by MGM. Adaptation is underway.

And finally, The Scorch Trials isn’t even out yet (Sept. 18!) but there is already a little info on the film adaptation of The Death Cure, the third film and book in James Dashner’s Maze Runner series. The director, Wes Ball said in an interview that The Death Cure is going to be set one year after The Scorch Trials as well as a few other little hints about what we should expect.

Be sure to check out more reviews and articles over on the Teen Press Corps blog!

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