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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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YALLFest Schedule

The full 2014 schedule of non-ticketed panels and signings on Sat., Nov. 8, will be posted Nov. 1. Until then, here’s 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


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           


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    


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     


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


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


Blue Bicycle Books/YALLFest Offices:

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

All venues are within one block radius of Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St., site of book sales, book signings, literary bazaar, and more (i.e. pie sales!).

MUSIC HALL = Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

BALLROOM = American Theater Ballroom, 446 King St.

CINEMA = American Theater Cinema, 446 King St.