Ya’ll Fest

Friday, November 9

2:00
PM
  • YALLCRAWL
    Blue Bicycle Books

    420 King Street

    YALLFest 2018 kicks off on Friday afternoon with YALLCrawl from 2-5 p.m. featuring favorite authors greeting fans and signing books. Stock up at Blue Bicycle Books (420 King Street), then go meet your favorite authors at various venues around town. Signings are first-come, first-serve. If lines form early, wristbands may be used to help with line and crowd control. Featured authors include Victoria Aveyard, Soman Chainani, Jenny Han, Megan Miranda, Natasha Ngan, R.J. Palacio, Laura Sebastian, Nisha Sharma, Megan Shepherd, Neal Shusterman, Nic Stone, Scott Westerfeld, Ashley Woodfolk.

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  • DHONIELLE CLAYTON SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    420 King Street

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  • JENNY HAN SIGNING
    Kudu

    4 Vanderhorst Street

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  • MEGAN MIRANDA SIGNING
    Underlined Pop-Up

    420 King Street

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  • MEGAN SHEPHERD SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    420 King Street

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  • NIC STONE SIGNING
    Record Stop

    43 John St.

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  • SCOTT WESTERFELD SIGNING
    Best Friend Train Museum

    36 John Street

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3:00
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3:30
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  • FIERCE FRIDAY
    John L. Dart Library

    1067 King Street

    Presented by Fierce Reads

    YALLFest goes uptown! Join a select group of best-selling YA authors for this special Friday preview event hosted by Macmillan Fierce Reads, featuring book signings, giveaways, crafts, games, and food treats! Authors participating include Melissa Albert, Brandy Colbert, Stephanie Garber, Kami Garcia, Alexander London, Danielle Paige, Christine Riccio, Aminah Mae Safi, Courtney Summers, Adrienne Young. SOLD OUT

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4:00
PM
  • PENGUIN TEEN RED CARPET PREVIEW
    Charleston County Public Library

    68 Calhoun Street

    Presented by Penguin Teen

    YALLFest authors walk the red carpet and then gather for a panel discussion at this annual kickoff event. Participating authors include Ally Condie, Brendan Reichs, Renee Ahdieh, David Arnold, Adib Khorram, Tiffany Jackson, Claire Legrand, and Nic Stone. The event is free, but advance registration is required; call 843-805-6903 to register. Please only register for one Friday event! 

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4:30
PM
  • FOODIE FUN-ATICS
    Charleston Depot

    23 Ann Street

    Presented by Let’s Talk YA

    Your favorite Disney authors team up with fans and Chef Shuai Wang from award-winning Short Grain food truck for fast-paced kitchen challenges. From cooking to eating to foodie trivia, this event will be full of surprises. Tentative line-up: Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles), Roshani Chokshi (The Star-Touched Queen and Aru Shah and the End of Time), Stephanie Kate Strohm (Love à la Mode) and Corrie Wang (The Takedown).SOLD OUT.

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Saturday, November 10

9:00
AM
  • COFFEE & CIDER GIVEAWAY WITH NOVL
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    Come enjoy free coffee or cider with NOVL and grab a water bottle to start off your day!

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9:30
AM
  • I READ YA BREAKFAST HOUR
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    420 King Street

    Free Donuts! Authors Sarah Enni, Lamar Giles, Stephanie Kate Strohm, Kaitlin Ward, and Scott Westerfeld will be on hand with a sugar injection to get your YALLFest started off right.

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10:00
AM
11:00
AM
  • WORLDS WITHIN WORLDS
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    If you’ve ever waited patiently for your Hogwarts letter, or dived deep into an old wardrobe, or even just suspected that your cat knows more than they let on, these stories about discovering the fantastic worlds that exist alongside our own are for you.
    The first 200 attendees will get a free copy of A World Without Pants — the 2017 Storyball Story! Sponsored by CreateSpace / Kindle Direct Publishing.
    Soman Chainani, Ally Condie, Brandon Mull, Brendan Reichs (Moderator), Jacqueline West

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  • TRAPPED GIRLS
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    We all feel a little stuck sometimes, but for these characters, the situation is a little more literal. Whether they are kept down by a powerful captor, or literally lost in a cave, these young women know what it is to be trapped—and to fight your way out again.
    Claire Legrand (Moderator), Natasha Ngan, Laura Sebastian, Megan Shepherd, Kaitlin Ward, Kiersten White

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  • PALACES FROM PARAGRAPHS: WORLDBUILDING DONE RIGHT
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    From myths and magic to currency and clothes, making a new world, especially one that feels real and detailed, is no easy task. These authors will tell you how they took it on.
    Dhonielle Clayton, Stephanie Garber (Moderator), Lisa Maxwell, Veronica Roth, Adrienne Young

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  • FOR ART’S SAKE: WRITING ART & MUSIC IN NOVELS
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    Music, art, movies—they shape all of us in one way or another. But how do these authors make us feel the beats of a song, or watch a painting come to life, or experience a Bollywood dance number? (Our money’s on sorcery.)
    Brandy Colbert, Sarah Enni (Moderator), Lamar Giles, Nisha Sharma, Ashley Woodfolk

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  • PICTIONARY WITH PENGUIN TEEN
    Charleston Museum — Courtyard

    360 Meeting Street

    Do you think you are the ultimate book nerd? Prove it! Join Penguin Teen and some of our favorite authors at The Penguin Teen Bookish Pictionary Challenge.
    This is a ticketed event and space is limited, so head to the Penguin Teen Booth prior to the event to get a ticket, while supplies last.
    David Arnold, Renée Ahdieh, Adib Khorram, Stephanie Perkins, Beth Revis

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  • J.C. CERVANTES SIGNING
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

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  • ROSHANI CHOKSHI SIGNING
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

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  • SPENCER HYDE SIGNING
    Best Friend Train Museum

    36 John Street

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  • ALEX LONDON SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books — Courtyard

    420 King Street

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  • MORGAN MATSON SIGNING
    Best Friend Train Museum

    36 John Street

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  • NEAL SHUSTERMAN SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    420 King Street

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  • STEPHANIE KATE STROHM SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    420 King Street

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  • SIOBHAN VIVIAN SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books

    420 King Street

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  • CORRIE WANG SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books

    420 King Street

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  • SCOTT WESTERFELD SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    420 King Street

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12:00
PM
  • FANS AND FANDOM
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Come in your best cosplay to hear these authors talk about what they’re fans of, and what it was like to discover they had fans of their own! Do they ever read fanfiction? Or write it? How many rom coms can they quote from memory? Were they Team Spike or Team Angel? Inquiring minds want to know!
    Alexandra Bracken, Soman Chainani, Jenny Han, Brandon Mull, Beth Revis (Moderator), Kiersten White

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  • REBELLIONS & RECONCILIATIONS
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    You know what it’s like: you’re just biding your time in a fantasy Viking world when your friend comes by when someone predicts via prophecy that you’ll rebel against an oppressive regime of silver-blooded people by assassinating the heir to Atlantis. Plus: spaceships. It’s just another day in the life of a YA protagonist.
    Victoria Aveyard, Danielle Paige, Veronica Roth (Moderator), Destiny Soria, Adrienne Young

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  • SOMETHING’S NOT QUITE RIGHT
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    A handful of horror. A fragment of fantasy. A smidgen of supernatural. An armful of the absurd. These stories start out in the real world…and then go a little sideways. We are Here For It.
    David Arnold (Moderator), Jimmy Cajoleas, David Levithan, Stephanie Perkins, Ronald L. Smith

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  • TWISTS AND TURNS: WRITING THE DARK, STRANGE, AND SIDEWAYS
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    Whether they’re messing with our heads, or taking us into the dark underground (literally!), or building a made-up fantasy world that’s actually a real fantasy world inside of a fictional fantasy world, there’s something not-so-straightforward about all of these stories. But when there’s no road map for what you’re writing, how do you find the way? These writers will guide us!
    Melissa Albert, Tiffany Jackson, Kass Morgan (Moderator), Rebecca Schaeffer, Megan Shepherd, Kaitlin Ward

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  • FIERCE READS FAN MEET-UP
    Charleston Museum — Courtyard

    360 Meeting Street

    Join us at the Charleston Museum Courtyard for the ultimate fan experience with trivia, games, and giveaways!

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  • RENÉE AHDIEH SIGNING
    Best Friend Train Museum

    36 John Street

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  • Dhonielle Clayton SIGNING
    Best Friend Train Museum

    36 John Street

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  • STEPHANIE GARBER SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books — Courtyard

    420 King Street

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  • LAMAR GILES SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    420 King Street

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  • EMIKO JEAN SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books

    420 King Street

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  • ADIB KHORRAM SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    420 King Street

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  • CLAIRE LEGRAND SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    420 King Street

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  • R.J. PALACIO SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books — Courtyard

    420 King Street

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  • NIC STONE SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books — Courtyard

    420 King Street

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1:00
PM
  • SPOTLIGHT ON: JAMES PATTERSON AND NATASHA NGAN
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Powerhouse authors James Patterson and Natasha Ngan sit down to discuss publishing, characters, writing tips, living abroad, and other crafty topics in our popular midday spotlight. Moderated by Brendan Reichs. Presented by NOVL.
    The first 300 people in line for the Spotlight will receive a wristband that will get them into the signing.

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  • SECOND LOVE
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    They say you never forget your first love—yeah, fine, whatever. But what about the one that comes after? Second loves can be just as powerful as the first. These authors tell us why.
    Jessica Brody, Brandy Colbert, Kami Garcia, David Levithan (Moderator), Nisha Sharma, Stephanie Kate Strohm

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  • SORRY NOT SORRY: PRICKLY PROTAGS
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    Funny. Ambitious. Honest. Determined. Smart. These stories show us that there’s more important things to be than “likable”—and that even if you’re not always easy to be around, your story is still worth telling.
    Mary H.K. Choi, Spencer Hyde, Alex London, Kass Morgan, L.C. Rosen, Corrie Wang (Moderator)

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  • HITS YOU IN THE FEELS: WRITING EMOTION
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    Hearts in throats, twisting guts, and gasping, so much gasping– writing emotion that the reader can really feel, without leaning on clichés, can be tough! These writers let out breaths they didn’t know they were holding, and share their secrets for giving you the feels.
    Deb Caletti, Sara Farizan, Anna Godbersen, Aminah Mae Safi (Moderator), Neal Shusterman, Ashley Woodfolk

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  • HMH TEEN WAFFLE GIVEAWAY
    Charleston Museum — Courtyard

    360 Meeting Street

    Join HMH Teen for a Fantasy Feast of waffles from Sweet Belgium, pins, and YA authors! Emiko Jean, Robin LaFevers, Rebecca Schaeffer, and Megan Shepherd will be in conversation about anti-heroines, dark magic, setting their books in faraway lands, and much more. First come first serve!

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  • Melissa Albert Signing
    Best Friend Train Museum

    36 John Street

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  • ALEXANDRA BRACKEN SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    420 King Street

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  • JIMMY CAJOLEAS SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books

    420 King Street

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  • LISA MAXWELL SIGNING
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

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  • STEPHANIE PERKINS SIGNING
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

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  • VERONICA ROTH SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    420 King Street

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  • CARRIE RYAN SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books — Courtyard

    420 King Street

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  • LAURA SEBASTIAN SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books — Courtyard

    420 King Street

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4:00
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  • MYTH MAKING
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Whether they’ve got a new take on ancient mythology, or they’ve invented myths of their very own, these authors talk about the stories that shape people, the gods that rule them, and the characters just trying to make it out in one piece.
    Renée Ahdieh, Melissa Albert (Moderator), Jimmy Cajoleas, Roshani Chokshi, Stephanie Garber, Alex London

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  • WHO DONE IT? MYSTERIES AND MORE
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    Whether there’s a missing friend, a ruined reputation, or a killer on the loose, these stories have one thing in common: something’s not right, and these characters are going to find out what really happened. Hear these authors’ talk intrigue, misdirection, and how to keep us guessing until the very end.
    Lamar Giles, Megan Miranda, Stephanie Perkins, Carrie Ryan (Moderator), Courtney Summers, Corrie Wang

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  • PITTER PATTER: WRITING FRESH LOVE STORIES
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    Love stories: we’ve been telling them for as long as we’ve been living them. So how do you make them feel fresh and exciting? These authors of amorous adventures tell us their secrets.
    Jessica Brody, Sarah Enni (Moderator), Kami Garcia, Stephanie Kate Strohm, Siobhan Vivian

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  • I’LL TAKE QUIDDITCH FOR $500: A FAN GAME SHOW
    Charleston Museum — Courtyard

    360 Meeting Street

    Test your bookish knowledge and compete head-to-head with fellow fans and bestselling authors Claire Legrand, David Arnold, Ashley Woodfolk, and Adib Khorram in categories like “Expecto Patronum,” “May the Force Be With You,” and more, using audio clips from your favorite YA audiobooks! Hosted by legendary audiobook narrator Fiona Hardingham! Sponsored by PRH Audio.

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  • KASS MORGAN SIGNING
    Best Friend Train Museum

    36 John Street

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  • AMINAH MAE SAFI SIGNING
    Best Friend Train Museum

    36 John Street

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  • RONALD L. SMITH SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    420 King Street

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  • JACQUELINE WEST SIGNING
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    420 King Street

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5:00
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  • CLOSING KEYNOTE WITH R.J. PALACIO AND NEAL SHUSTERMAN
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Two titans of storytelling face off in a battle royale for the ages! Okay, not really but these acclaimed authors will discuss the great humanity that lies at the heart of all of their work. Moderated by Alex London. Presented by Underlined

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  • AND WE’LL NEVER BE ROYALS
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    Heirs. Crowns. Queens. Courts. We can’t get enough of them, but what is it about fantastical royalty that fascinates and thrills us? (Answer: the capes. Definitely the capes.)
    Renée Ahdieh (Moderator), Emiko Jean, Robin LaFevers, Danielle Paige, Laura Sebastian

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  • LGBTQIA+ ASK ANYTHING PANEL
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    Join an assortment of our authors in a safe space to discuss gender and sexuality, both on the page and off.
    Sara Farizan, Adib Khorram, David Levithan (Moderator), Natasha Ngan, L.C. Rosen, Destiny Soria

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  • SECRETS AND THE ONES WHO KEEP THEM
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    Secret crushes, secret friendships, secret identities—you name it, these stories have got it. But whether you’re the one keeping the secret, or the one trying to unravel it, it’s all going to come out eventually. (We assume, anyway.)

    Anna Godbersen, Monica Hesse, Lisa Maxwell, Carrie Ryan, Nic Stone (Moderator)

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  • YA SMACKDOWN
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Presented by Let’s Talk YA

    The grand finale hosted by Soman Chainani and Brendan Reichs features all your favorite YALLFest authors playing games, lip syncing and generally having a blast. A can’t-miss event.

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