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YALLFest 2014

Who’s coming: 60 of the country’s top YA authors, including 25 New York Times bestsellers.

What: Panels, presentations and signings on three stages on Upper King Street, as well as the infamous YA Smackdown!

When: Fri., Nov. 7 and Sat., Nov. 8, 2014

Where: Blue Bicycle Books, the American Theatre, Charleston Music Hall, Upper King Street, Charleston, SC

Cost: FREE!

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Rock out with Natalie!

Fun Facts about YALLFest author Natalie Standiford:

She the bassist in Tiger Beat.

Local Charleston artist Nathan Durfee painted the covers of her two middle grade novels, THE SECRET TREE and SWITCHED AT BIRTHDAY. 

Her most recent book is part of the bestselling The 39 Clues series. 

Her boyfriend (and YALLFest date) Eric Weiner co-created Dora the Explorer.

I cant decide which is better: Boy Bands or Cake for Breakfast???

Fun Fact about author YALLFest author Kiera Cass: “I was born in South Carolina! I like cake! And boy bands!” Who doesn’t love cake, boy bands, AND Kiera!!!! We cant wait for #YALLFest14 just to hear all about The Selection series and that “secret” project she mentioned during her last book tour to Charleston. #TEAMMaxon #TEAMAspen

2014 — What You Need To Know!

Friday, Nov. 7, 3 - 5 pm. Upper King Street.

Penguin March

YALLFest 2014 kicks off a day early with the Penguin March, a ‘lit-crawl’ book signing with seven top authors. Get books and a map at Blue Bicycle Books, then go meet your favorite authors at various venues on Historic Upper King Street. Tentative line-up: James Dashner, Gayle Forman, Sarah Dessen, E. Lockhart, Lauren Oliver, Kiera Cass and Scott Westerfeld.

Free. Presented by Penguin

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Friday, Nov 7, 4 pm. Charleston County Public Library, Teen Lounge, 60 Calhoun St.

YALLFest Red Carpet Preview

A select group of authors will walk the carpet on their way to this special preview panel. Authors TBA.

Free. Space is limited, reservations required, call the library at 843.805.6903. Presented by BiblioBoard           

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Sat. Nov. 8, 10 am. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Opening Keynote Conversation

James Dashner (The Maze Runner) and Sarah Zarr (Story of a Girl)   

$7. Tickets herePresented by Random House    

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Sat. Nov. 8, 4 pm. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Closing Keynote Conversation

Sarah Dessen (Along For the Ride) and Ally Condie (Matched)    

$7. Tickets herePresented by Penguin     

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Sat. Nov. 8, 6 pm. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

YA Smackdown Featuring Tiger Beat

Hosted by authors Adam Gidwitz and Gayle Forman, this all-star jam brings dozens of our featured authors on stage at once. Come root for your favorites as they compete in storytelling and improv games, and otherwise embarrass themselves, all for the chance to win the coveted Golden Pie trophy. Wrapping things up will be a mind-melting, roof-blowing performance by all-author band Tiger Beat!

$7. Tickets herePresented by Epic Reads

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Sat. Nov. 8, 10 am to 5 pm. Upper King Street.

The rest of YALLFest!

*18 panels and talks in the American Theater, 446 King St. and Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

*Booksignings with all 60 authors in venues near Blue Bicycle Books.

*Literary Bazaar of Exhibitors in the Big Tent by Blue Bicycle Books

Free! Exact schedule of panels, signings and locations to be announced Nov. 1

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Blue Bicycle Books/YALLFest Offices:

420 King St., Charleston, SC, 29403. 843.722.2666

YALLFest Tickets ON SALE NOW!

Tickets for the Opening Keynote, Closing Keynote, and the YA Smackdown are on sale now! 

Buy here

*Tickets are nonrefundable and available only online. All ticketed events sold out last year, don’t delay!

We’ve extended the deadline for the #TigerBeatSongRequest contest!
We loved the videos we’ve seen so much that we want to see more!

You now have until September 6th to submit a video & get a chance to be ON STAGE AT YALLFEST!

So record yourself/your friends/your cat rocking out to your favorite song and post it to Instagram with #TigerBeatSongRequest & @yallfest to win!

More info: http://yallfest.org/post/93784906813

We’ve extended the deadline for the #TigerBeatSongRequest contest!

We loved the videos we’ve seen so much that we want to see more!

You now have until September 6th to submit a video & get a chance to be ON STAGE AT YALLFEST!

So record yourself/your friends/your cat rocking out to your favorite song and post it to Instagram with #TigerBeatSongRequest & @yallfest to win!

More info: http://yallfest.org/post/93784906813

Instagram a video of you signing, lip-syncing, interpretive dancing, etc (be creative) to a song you want Tiger Beat to play at YALLFest this year! Tag it with #TigerBeatSongRequest & @yallfest and, if your song gets chosen, you’ll get to rock out on stage with your favorite authors at#YALLFest!More info here: http://yallfest.org/post/93784906813

Instagram a video of you signing, lip-syncing, interpretive dancing, etc (be creative) to a song you want Tiger Beat to play at YALLFest this year! 

Tag it with #TigerBeatSongRequest & @yallfest and, if your song gets chosen, you’ll get to rock out on stage with your favorite authors at#YALLFest!

More info here: http://yallfest.org/post/93784906813

Get to know local Charleston YALLFest author!!

Did you know YALLFest author ryangraudin was a competitive synchronized swimmer in high school!?? She told us all about it. “Nose clips, hair gel, sparkly swimsuits and all! I ranked second in South Carolina (which wasn’t as awesome as it sounds, since we were the only team).”

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Dystopian Author and the Accidental Chihuahua mix!

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Did You Know? marielubooks  loves dogs!  She said “I have two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, who were planned, and a Chihuahua mix, who was an accident.” Maybe she can tell us all about that accidental Chihuahua mix at #YALLFest14 ??

Matt De La Pena

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Fun Facts about YALLFest author  Matt de la Pena 

“I have a 36 inch vertical leap. Or at least I did. Now I’m old”

“I try really, really hard to get books with diverse characters into the hands of diverse readers (well, actually, ALL readers).”

We love Matt’s dedication to diversity!!! Maybe he can show us that vertical jump November 8th!! Better start practicing Matt YALLFest is right around the corner! #YALLFest14

There’s a GIRL in the BOYS bathroom!!!!

The last time YALLFest author Kieran Scott went to a Broadway show, the line was 10 miles long for the ladies’ bathroom and there was only 1 guy in the men’s room, so she led a hostile takeover of the men’s facilities. THAT’S JUST HOW SHE ROLLS!!!