Ya’ll Fest

Serena Valentino

Disney Villains series

Serena Valentino is best known for weaving tales that combine mythos and guile with her work on the comic book series GloomCookie and Nightmares & Fairy Tales, and her best selling Disney Villain Novels which have earned her critical acclaim for her unique style of storytelling, bringing her readers into exquisitely frightening worlds filled with terror, beauty and extraordinary female protagonists.

Her Disney Villain novel series would be best enjoyed if read in this order: Fairest of All: The Story of the Wicked Queen, The Beast Within: The Story of Belle’s Prince, Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch, Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy. Mother Knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch and The Odd Sisters: A Villains Book to be released in Summer 2019. Book 7 will be out Summer 2020, Book 8 summer of 2021, and Book 9 Summer of 2022.

Serena lives in New Orleans with her dog Gozer, and a very tiny kitty named Momma.

  • Friday, November 8
  • Disney Foodie Fun-Atics
    4:30 PM, American Theater — Cinema
  • Saturday, November 9
  • Let’s Talk Books & Biscuits: Presented by Disney Publishing Worldwide
    10:00 AM, Charleston Museum — Courtyard
  • Playing in Someone Else’s Sandbox
    12:00 PM, American Theater — Ballroom
  • The Royal We
    2:00 PM, American Theater — Cinema


Tochi Onyebuchi

Riot Baby, War Girls, Crown of Thunder

Julian Winters

Running with Lions, How To Be Remy Cameron

Maurene Goo

Somewhere Only We Know, I Believe in a Thing Called Love, The Way You Make Me Feel

Sophie Jordan

The Me I Meant to Be, Reign of Shadows, Uninvited series

Kim Liggett

The Grace Year, The Unfortunates, Heart and Ash

Rory Power

Wilder Girls

Camryn Garrett

Full Disclosure

Charlotte Nicole Davis

The Good Luck Girls

Derek Milman

Swipe Right for Murder, Scream All Night 

Coco Ma

Shadow Frost

Debbie Rigaud

Truly Madly Royally, Hope: Project Middle School

Michael Johnston

Confessions of a Dork Lord

Nadine Jolie Courtney

All-American Muslim Girl, Romancing the Throne

Nandini Bajpai

A Match Made in Mehendi

Ronni Davis

When the Stars Lead to You

Rosiee Thor

Tarnished Are the Stars

Sara Faring

The Tenth Girl

Serena Valentino

Disney Villains series

Tiffany Schmidt

Bookish Boyfriends: A Date with Darcy & The Boy Next Story

Mark Oshiro

Anger is a Gift

Ibi Zoboi

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America, My Life As an Ice Cream Sandwich

Mason Deaver

I Wish You All the Best

Amélie Wen Zhao

Blood Heir

Ashley Poston

The Princess and The Fangirl, Soul of Stars

Brittney Morris


Emily A. Duncan

Wicked Saints

Jodie Lynn Zdrok


Jordan Ifueko


Julie C. Dao

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix

Kacen Callender

King and the Dragonflies, This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying, Two Can Keep a Secret

Kate DiCamillo

Beverly, Right Here

Makiia Lucier

Song of the Abyss, Isle of Blood and Stone

Adam Silvera

History Is All You Left Me, More Happy Than Not

Kwame Mbalia

Tristan Strong Punches A Hole in the Sky

Adrienne Young

The Girl the Sea Gave Back, Sky in the Deep

Tiffany Jackson

Monday’s Not Coming, Allegedly

Ronald L. Smith

Black Panther: The Young Prince, Hoodoo, The Mesmerist

Sara Farizan

Here to Stay, If you Could Be Mine, Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel

Sarah Enni

Tell Me Everything

Spencer Hyde

Waiting for Fitz

Nisha Sharma

My So-Called Bollywood Life

Stephanie Kate Strohm

That’s Not What I Heard, The Taming of the Drew, It’s Not Me, It’s You, The Date to Save, Prince in Disguise

Stephanie Perkins

There’s Someone Inside Your House, Anna and the French Kiss, My True Love Gave to Me

Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood

Monica Hesse

Girl in the Blue Coat, American Fire

Megan Miranda

Fragments of the Lost, The Safest Lies, Fracture

Mary H.K. Choi

Permanent Record, Emergency Contact

L.C. Rosen

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)

Kiersten White

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, And I Darken trilogy, Slayer, Paranormalcy trilogy

J. C. Cervantes

The Storm Runner, The Fire Keeper

Destiny Soria

Beneath the Citadel, Iron Cast

Jimmy Cajoleas

The Good Demon, Goldeline

Jessica Brody

The Geography of Lost Things, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, Better You Than Me

Jacqueline West

The Collectors, Dreamers Often Lie, The Books of Elsewhere series

Emiko Jean

Empress of All Seasons, We’ll Never Be Apart

Kaitlin Ward

Where She Fell, Girl in a Bad Place, Bleeding Earth

Lamar Giles

Spin, Overturned, Endangered, Fake ID

Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire

R. J. Palacio


Neal Shusterman

Dry, Thunderhead, Challenger Deep

Kass Morgan

Light Years, The 100

Megan Shepherd

The Madman’s Daughter series, The Cage series, The Secret Horses of Briar Hill, Grim Lovelies

Laura Sebastian

Lady Smoke, Ash Princess

Rebecca Schaeffer

Not Even Bones

Lisa Maxwell

The Devil’s Thief, The Last Magician, Unhooked, Sweet Unrest, Gathering Deep

Deb Caletti

A Heart in a Body in the World, The Last Forever, Essential Maps for the Lost, Honey, Baby Sweetheart

Siobhan Vivian

Stay Sweet, The Last Boy and Girl in the World, The List

Morgan Matson

Save the Date

Robin LaFevers

Courting Darkness, the His Fair Assassin trilogy

Brandon Mull

Fablehaven, Beyonders, the Five Kingdoms series

Brandy Colbert

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph, Pointe, Finding Yvonne, Little & Lion

Adib Khorram

Darius the Great Is Not Okay

David Arnold

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, Mosquitoland

Ashley Woodfolk

The Beauty That Remains

Claire Legrand

Furyborn, Sawkill Girls, The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, Some Kind of Happiness

Aminah Mae Safi

Tell Me How You Really Feel, Not the Girls You’re Looking For

Beth Revis

 Give the Dark my Love, Across the Universe trilogy, Rebel Rising

Anna Godbersen

When We Caught Fire, Bright Young Things, the Luxe series

James Patterson

Crazy House, Maximum Ride

Timothy Banks

2017 YALLFest poster artist

Alex R. Kahler

Runebinder, Echoes Of Memory

Scott Reintgen

Saving Fable, Nyxia Uprising, Nyxia

Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone

Erin Bowman

Taken trilogy, Vengeance Road

Holly Black

Heart of the Moors, The Silver Mask, The Cruel Prince

Sona Charaipotra

Tiny Pretty Things, Shiny Broken Pieces

Joelle Charbonneau

Dividing Eden, Need

Jim Di Bartolo

In the Shadows

Sarah Beth Durst

Drink Slay Love, Chasing Power

Jeff Giles

The Edge of Everything

S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong, Shadowsong

Peter Lerangis

The Lost Girls, the Seven Wonders series

Lisa McMann

The Unwanteds series, Going Wild series

Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince, A Night Divided

Hilary Reyl

Kids Like Us, Lessons in French

Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Kiss, The Winner’s Crime

Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer, Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy

Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato

Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being Normal, All About Mia

F.C. Yee

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves, Aru Shah and the End of Time, The Star-Touched Queen

Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows

E. Lockhart

Genuine Fraud, We Were Liars

Patrick Ness

Release, A Monster Calls

Kekla Magoon

Shadows of Sherwood, How It Went Down, X

Karuna Riazi

The Gauntlet

Nic Stone

Jackpot, Odd One Out, Dear Martin

Katherine Locke

The Girl with the Red Balloon

Rachel Renée Russell

Dork Diaries series, The Misadventures of Max Crumbly

Rebecca Serle

Famous In Love, Truly Madly Famously

Cora Carmack

The Losing It series, The Rusk University series

Zoraida Córdova

Star Wars: A Crash of Fate, Labyrinth Lost, The Vicious Deep trilogy

Maggie Thrash

Honor Girl, Strange Truth series

Christina Lauren


Marissa Meyer

Renegades, Heartless

Rhoda Belleza

Empress of a Thousand Skies

Tim Floreen

Tattoo Atlas, Willful Machines

Corrie Wang

City of Beasts, The Takedown

Stephanie Garber

Finale, Legendary, Caraval

Mackenzi Lee

This Monstrous Thing, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Cindy Pon

Want, Sacrifice, Serpentine

Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give, On the Come Up

Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King, Goodbye Days

Kirsten Miller


Jason Segel

Otherworld, Nightmares!

Suzanne Young

All In Pieces, The Program

Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything; The Sun Is Also a Star

Cinda Williams Chima

The Seven Realms, The Shattered Realms, and The Heir Chronicles

Scott Westerfeld

Impostors, Afterworlds, Leviathan series, Zeroes series

Kara Thomas

The Darkest Corners

Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night, An Ember in the Ashes

Courtney Summers

Sadie, All The Rage, This Is Not A Test series

Christine Riccio

Again, But Better

Nova Ren Suma

The Walls Around Us

Jonathan Stroud

Lockwood & Co. series

Margaret Stohl

The Life of Captain Marvel, Cats v. Robots, Mighty Captain Marvel, Black Widow series, Beautiful Creatures series

Maggie Stiefvater

All the Crooked Saints, The Raven Cycle

Natalie Standiford

The Only Girl in School, Switched at Birthday

Jennifer E. Smith

Windfall; Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

Sara Shepard

The Heiresses, Pretty Little Liars

Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea, Between Shades of Grey

Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song, Shades of Magic series

Aisha Saeed

Written in the Stars

Carrie Ryan

Dead Air, The Map to Everywhere, Daughter of Deep Silence

Lance Rubin

Denton’s Little Death Date

Veronica Roth

The Fates Divide, Carve the Mark, Divergent series

Veronica Rossi


Caleb Roehrig

Last Seen Leaving

Jason Reynolds

Ghost, All American Boys

Brendan Reichs

The Darkdeep, Nemesis, Virals series

Aprilynne Pike

Glitter, Life after Theft

Danielle Paige

The End of Oz, Stealing Snow series, Dorothy Must Die series

Lauren Oliver

Ringer, Replica, Delirium trilogy

Daniel José Older

Bone Street Rhumba series, Shadowshaper

Kat O’Keeffe


Nnedi Okorafor

The Book of Phoenix

Julie Murphy

Dumplin’, Side Effects May Vary

Barnabas Miller

7 Souls, The Girl with the Wrong Name

Katharine McGee

The Thousandth Floor

Jennifer Mathieu

Devoted, The Truth About Alice

Samantha Mabry

A Fierce and Subtle Poison, All the Wind in the World

Emery Lord

When We Collided, Open Road Summer

Alex London

Black Wings Beating, Proxy, The Wild Ones, Dog Tags

David Levithan

Someday, You Know Me Well, Hold Me Closer

Justine Larbalestier

My Sister Rosa, Liar

Stephanie Kuehn

Charm & Strange, Delicate Monsters

Jay Kristoff

Nevernight chronicles, The Illuminae Files

S.J. Kincaid

The Diabolic, Insignia series

Brendan Kiely

The Last True Love Story, The Gospel of Winter, All American Boys

Amie Kaufman

The Illuminae Files, Starbound trilogy

Grady Hendrix

My Best Friend’s Exorcism

Jenny Han

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series

Ryan Graudin

Invictus, Wolf by Wolf, The Walled City

Alex Gino


Adam Gidwitz

A Tale Dark and Grimm, So You Want to Be a Jedi?

Jesse George


Kami Garcia

Broken Beautiful Hearts, The Lovely Reckless, Beautiful Creatures series

Laure Eve

The Graces, Fearsome Dreamer

Daniel Ehrenhaft

That’s Life, Samara Brooks; Dirty Laundry

Nathan Durfee

illustrator of The Only Girl in School

Sarah Dessen

Saint Anything, The Moon & More

Susan Dennard

Windwitch, Witchland series

Melissa de la Cruz

Alex and Eliza, The Isle of the Lost, 29 Dates

Ally Condie

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe, The Beast, The Darkdeep

Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl series

Rachel Cohn

Shrimp, The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily series

Dhonielle Clayton

The Everlasting Rose, The Belles, Tiny Pretty Things

Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil series

Kiera Cass

The Siren, The Crown

Sharon Cameron

Rook, The Dark Unwinding, The Forgetting

Zac Brewer

The Cemetery Boys, Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, The Slayer Chronicles

Libba Bray

Lair of Dreams, The Diviners, Beauty Queens

Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds, The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, Passenger

Pseudonymous Bosch

The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers, Bad Magic, the Secret series

Gwenda Bond

Girl in the Shadows, Girl on a Wire, Lois Lane series

Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns, Anna series, Goddess War series

Robert Beatty

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer, Six of Crows series, Grisha trilogy

Victoria Aveyard

War Storm, Red Queen series

Jay Asher

What Light, Thirteen Reasons Why

Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Problem with Forever, Wait for You series,

Jesse Andrews

The Haters, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited, Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens

Adi Alsaid

North of Happy, Never Always Sometimes, Let’s Get Lost

Renée Ahdieh

The Beautiful, Smoke in the Sun, Flame in the Mist