We're going to the Young Adult Book Festival this Saturday at Charleston!! If any of you lovely readers/bloggers will be there you may spot us. We're identical twins so we're kind of hard to miss :)
Becca and I are so excited to attend this fest. There are so many great authors attending (even Veronica Roth!). Here are the authors and panels we're most looking forward to:
ALL THE FANTASY
Libba Bray (The Diviners), Cinda Chima (The Heir Chronicles), Melissa de la Cruz (Witches of East End), Mike Johnston (Frozen), Lisa McMann (Crash), Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky)
Moderator: Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy)
Why we're excited: We've been to lots of panels and signings (even YALL Fest last year) but I have yet to see/hear/look upon Veronica Rossi or Libba Bray. I'm so excited to hear these ladies speak! Plus, with Leigh Bardugo moderating -- you really can't go wrong.
GRAND OLE YA'OPRY
All our Southern authors! Michelle Hodkin (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer), David Macinnis Gill (Rising Sun), C.J. Lyons (Broken), Myra McEntire (Hourglass), Stephanie Perkins (Lola and the Boy Next Door), Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth), Victoria Schwab, J.E. Thompson
Moderator: Brendan Reichs (Virals)
Why we're excited: Yay for the South! We saw Myra McEntire at the Decatur Book Fest this year and she is hilarious. So we can't wait to see her again in this panel. Michelle Hodkin, Stephanie Perkins, and (of course) Victoria Schwab will be great!
“Girl Power, Boy Power” A Conversation with Veronica Roth (Divergent) and Rae Carson (The Girl of Fire and Thorns)
Why we're excited: This will probably be the only time we ever get to see Veronica Roth (now that she's so popular). So I'm really curious to see what these two ladies have to say. Plus, the keynote is usually informal and lots of fun!
YA-LIST IN HOLLYWOOD
Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List), Melissa de la Cruz (Witches of West End), Gayle Forman (If I Stay)
Moderator: Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures)
Why we're excited: Hollywood! They will probably be talking about the books into movies, and we're obsessed with adaptations. I'm so excited for If I Stay and I know Rachel Cohn's Beta just got optioned for TV while Witches of East End is currently playing on Lifetime. This is a must see panel for sure!
Those are our most anticipated but there are lots of other panels. And since they put three panels on during the same time, you have to make some tough choices if you do go. We'll try to have a recap next week when we get back :)