Ya’ll Fest

2017

EVENT SCHEDULE


• Books from all featured authors will be available at the YALLFest book marketplace inside the big tent next to Blue Bicycle Books.
• Pre-ordered books can be picked up inside the bookstore. Preorder up to Thursday Nov. 10. Some signed books will be available post-festival.
• Many books will already be flatsigned by authors — you may still have them personalized.
• No more than 3 books per author per trip through line.
• Please do not block the sidewalk and keep the right of way clear at all times. Line up single file against buildings.
• Pictures are permitted, but don't expect every author to grant your request.
• Festival staff may limit certain author signings with wristbands as needed to allow authors to keep their schedules.

Friday, November 11

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  • Red Carpet Preview
    Charleston County Public Library

    69 Calhoun Street

    A star-studded event hosted by the YA department of the Charleston County Public Library. Pre-registration is full. Additional seats will open November 4. You can call (843) 805-6903 beginning at 9 a.m. that  morning.

    Participating authors include Renee Ahdieh, Libba Bray, Sarah Dessen, Brendan Reichs, Ruta Sepetys, Courtney Summers, and Jay Asher

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Saturday, November 12

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  • Saturday Morning Coffee, presented by NOVL
    Best Friend Train Museum

    36 John Street

    Guest baristas (also known as NOVL authors) Pseudonymous Bosch, Libba Bray, Kami Garcia, Ryan Graudin and Jennifer E. Smith, hand out coffee and cider from Kudu Coffee before the opening keynote. FREE.

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  • Panel: MIDDLE GRADE STORYBALL
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

     

    Pseudonymous Bosch, C. Alexander London, Soman Chainani, Adam Gidwitz, Alex Gino, Eoin Colfer, Carrie Ryan, Robert Beatty, Natalie Standiford, Barnabas Miller, Daniel Ehrenhaft

    Per YALLFest tradition, join beloved authors Pseudonymous Bosch & C. Alexander London as they corral a troupe of hilarious MG authors — and their audience — to collaborate on the story of the century.

    Wristbands for Eoin Colfer’s 3 p.m signing will be given out at this event. Limited to 100 people.

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  • Panel: UNLIKABLE FEMALE PROTAGONISTS
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    Moderator Justine Larbalestier with Courtney Summers, Leigh Bardugo, Renee Ahdieh, Kara Thomas, Libba Bray

    The pressure to be “likable” is something we all feel (especially as young women) and our fictional YA characters are no exception; but can you like a book without liking the main character?

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  • Panel: DRAMA VS. DRAH-MA
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    Moderator Stephanie Keuhn with Susan Dennard, Brendan Kiely, Jason Reynolds, Ruta Sepetys, and Julie Murphy

    Portraying emotion in stories can be tricky; how do authors walk the line between drama and melodrama?

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  • Panel: CRIMINALS & DETECTIVES
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    Moderator Gwenda Bond with Kami Garcia, Sara Shepard, Caleb Roehrig, and Katharine McGee

    Heists, mysteries, and murder most foul! Authors discuss why some characters break the rules, some enforce them, and some are just looking for answers.

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  • Singing: Becky Albertalli
    Blue Bicycle Books

    420 King Street

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  • Signing: Adi Alsaid
    Blue Bicycle Books

    420 King Street

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  • Signing: Jay Asher
    Best Friend Train Museum

    36 John Street

    PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE

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  • Signing: Zac Brewer
    Blue Bicycle Books — Courtyard

    420 King Street

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  • Signing: Amie Kaufman
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

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  • Signing: S.J. Kincaid
    Best Friend Train Museum

    36 John Street

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  • Signing: Jay Kristoff
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

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  • Signing: Marieke Nijkamp
    Best Friend Train Museum

    36 John Street

    THIS SIGNING HAS BEEN CANCELED

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  • Signing: Lauren Oliver
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    420 King Street

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  • Signing: Jonathan Stroud
    Blue Bicycle Books — Courtyard

    420 King Street

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  • Booktuber Booksplosion
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    Bookish fun and Q&A with the Booksplosion Team: Jesse George of Jessethereaders, Katie O’Keefe of Katytastic, and Christine Riccio of Polandbananasbooks. To be followed by a meet and greet.

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  • Epic Reads Special Event: Fantasy Fans Author Meet Up
    Epic Reads Lounge at the American Theater

    446 King Street

    Bring your books and get them signed from authors Margot Wood, Kendare Blake, Cinda Williams Chima, Danielle Paige, Veronica Rossi and Victoria Schwab.

    Limited to 60 people. Wristbands will be given out at the American Theater 30 minutes prior to event.

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  • Panel: DARK FANTASY
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Moderator Aprilynne Pike with Jonathan Stroud, Kendare Blake, Jay Kristoff, Maggie Stiefvater, and Sabaa Tahir

    Let’s explore creepy, twisty tales with characters who go where others fear to tread — and authors who do the same.

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  • Panel: CONTEMPORARY – LIGHT VS. HEAVY
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    Moderator  Kami Garcia with Jennifer E. Smith, Caleb Roehrig, Marieke Nijkamp, Jason Reynolds, Jenny Han

    Stories help us make sense of life, whether they’re funny, sweet love stories or painfully honest tales of tough situations. Is one harder to write than the other?

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  • Panel: HEROES, SUPER AND OTHERWISE
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    Moderator Margaret Stohl, Gwenda Bond, Scott Westerfeld, Danielle Paige, Brendan Kiely, and Kiera Cass

    Reluctant antiheroes, noble knights, and everything in between, these characters are here to come to the rescue. But not every hero needs super powers to save the day — or do they?

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  • Panel: HERE ONE DAY, GONE THE NEXT
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    Moderator Rachel Cohn with Courtney Summers, Veronica Rossi, Aisha Saeed, and Sharon Cameron

    A loved one, a way of life, or even a memory, it can be tough to deal when you suddenly don’t have what you need. How does loss help build a story?

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  • Signing: Pseudonymous Bosch
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

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  • Signing: Alexandra Bracken
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    Limited to 100 people.

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  • Signing: Libba Bray
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    420 King Street

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  • Signing: Eoin Colfer
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Wristbands will be given out at the Middle Grade Storyball event at the Charleston Music Hall at 12 p.m., first-come, first-serve. Limited to 100.

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  • Signing: Ally Condie
    Blue Bicycle Books — Courtyard

    420 King Street

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  • Signing: Ryan Graudin
    Best Friend Train Museum

    36 John Street

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  • Signing: Grady Hendrix
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    420 King Street

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  • Signing: Barnabas Miller
    Blue Bicycle Books

    420 King Street

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  • Signing: Sara Shepard
    Best Friend Train Museum

    36 John Street

    Limited to 100 people.

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  • Signing: Natalie Standiford
    Blue Bicycle Books

    420 King Street

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  • Signing: Kara Thomas
    Best Friend Train Museum

    36 John Street

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  • Signing: Cinda Williams Chima
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    420 King Street

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  • Epic Reads Special Event: Contemporary Fans Author Meet Up
    Epic Reads Lounge at the American Theater

    446 King Street

    Bring your books and get them signed by authors Becky Albertalli, Zac Brewer, Dhonielle Clayton, Katherine McGee, Lauren Oliver and Angie Thomas.

    Limited to 60. Wristbands will be given out at American Theater 30 minutes prior to event.

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  • Closing Keynote
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Presented by First In Line

    A conversation with Nicola Yoon, Adam Silvera, and Julie Murphy.

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  • Panel: ALL THE FEELS
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    Jennifer Mathieu, Rachel Cohn, Lauren Oliver, Emery Lord, Jennifer Armentrout

    Why do authors like to torture* their readers with big feelings? (*um, entertain?)

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  • Panel: PAST AND FUTURE
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    Moderator Cinda Williams Chima with Ryan Graudin, S.J. Kincaid, Grady Hendrix, Katharine McGee, and Kiera Cass

    Some authors choose not to live in the now — how and why do they write their way out of one era and into another?

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  • Panel: WORST. ADVICE. EVER
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    Moderator Suzanne Young with Susan Dennard, Jonathan Stroud, Adi Alsaid, Laure Eve

    Authors dish on the worst advice they’ve ever gotten, about writing or about life, and (hopefully!) give us better tips than the ones they got.

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