Ya’ll Fest

2021

EVENT SCHEDULE


• All panels and signings are free and open to the public except for the keynote talks and the YA Smackdown.
• Tickets for keynotes and the Smackdown on sale now
• Proof of full Covid vaccination or negative PCR lab Covid-19 test is required for entry. Vaccination final dose must be received at least 14 days prior to the event (No later than Oct. 30). Negative PCR lab test must be taken within 72 hours.
• Free wristbands, required for YALLFest 2021 admittance, will be distributed on site to all vaccinated / negative test attendees.
• All seating is general admission.

Saturday, November 13

10:00
AM
  • Opening Keynote Conversation with E. Lockhart and Adam Silvera: Sponsored by Underlined
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

     

    Sponsored by Underlined. The first 500 people in the door will receive a water bottle and sticker sheet from Underlined!

     

    After 2 long years, YALLFest is back in real life! You will not want to miss the insane energy of the Charleston Music Hall as we kick off the Tenth Annual Festival with E. Lockhart (We Were Liars) and Adam Silvera (They Both Die at the End).

    With two of the most popular books on TikTok, Lockhart and Silvera will discuss the twisty plots, intriguing characters, and lots and lots of tears that keep them at the TipTop of the bestseller list.

     

    NOTE: Proof of full Covid vaccination or negative Covid-19 test is required for entry. Vaccination final dose must be received at least 14 days prior to the event (no later than Oct. 30). Negative test must be taken within 72 hours. 

    Free wristbands, required for YALLFest 2021 admittance, will be distributed on site to all vacccinated / negative test attendees.

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11:00
AM
  • The Next Star Wars
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

     

    With SFF books serving both as foundational blueprints for expansive universes (see: Dune, Game of Thrones, etc) and as significant parts of their expansion (see: Star Wars), how do you write for that? Moderated by Margaret Stohl with Jordan Ifueko, Marie Lu, Ransom Riggs, and Victoria Aveyard

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  • Antagonism
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

     

    Realistic or Fantastic, what makes a villain villianous in 2021? What does that say about us? How has that changed over time? Moderated by Brendan Reichs with Ally Condie, Claribel A. Ortega, Lori M. Lee, and Michael Johnston.

     

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  • Fear Itself
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    What does what we and our beloved characters fear say about our world? What can we learn from it? Moderated by Tiffany D. Jackson with Adam Sass, Ayana Gray, Cherie Dimaline, and Grady Hendrix

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  • Why Love Stories Matter
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    If love is universal, why are love stories so often seen as pop genre pieces rather than literature? Moderated by Stephanie Garber with Abbi Glines, Julian Winters, Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, and Tashie Bhuiyan.

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12:00
PM
  • From Fairy Tale to FairyVerse: Sponsored by Disney Publishing Worldwide
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    How do the stories we love become the worlds we live in? Moderated by Michael Johnston with Elizabeth Lim, Jen Calonita, Melissa de la Cruz, and Soman Chainani. Sponsored by Disney Publishing Worldwide

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  • All My Fictions Are True
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    Writers are always writing about themselves, they just don’t admit it. True or false? Or maybe…Truth or Dare! Moderated by Ally Condie with Abbi Glines, Namina Forna, Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, and Stephanie Garber.

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  • Writing and Re-Writing Reality
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    How do stories become true? How do our truths become stories? Why does storytelling matter to a troubled world? Moderated by Nisha Sharma with Nandini Bajpai, David Levithan, and Rachael Lippincott

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  • After Squid Game
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    Dark is the new content, or is it? Moderated by Amy Foster with Cherie Dimaline, Adalyn Grace, Grady Hendrix, and Neal Shusterman

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1:00
PM
  • College Plans (and other things that went awry)
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    In 2021, some characters can get as sidelined as the rest of us. Moderated by Julian Winters with Jonny Garza Villa, Dustin Thao, and Margot Wood

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  • Enemies, A Love Story: Sponsored by Pique Beyond The Book
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Is the journey from enemies to lovers the greatest story arc of all? Moderated by Eric Smith with Chloe Gong, Rachael Lippincott, Shelby Mahurin, and Neal Shusterman. Sponsored by Pique Beyond The Book

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  • The Ordinary Extraordinary
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    From school to spellcasting, how do characters and writers move between the magic and the mundane?  Moderated by Justin A. Reynolds with Ryan Graudin, Claribel A. Ortega, and Lilliam Rivera

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  • Plotting a Best-Selling Novel
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    Authors talk the craft of rising action. Moderated by Soman Chainani with Nandini Bajpai, Tashie Bhuiyan, Ayana Gray, and Elizabeth Lim

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2:00
PM
  • Unseen
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    What can the fantasy of hidden worlds teach us about the world we see around us? Moderated by Ryan Graudin with Kwame Mbalia, Mark Oshiro, and Brendan Reichs

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  • Juvenilia
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    Everyone starts somewhere…authors read their childhood writing. Moderated by Marie Lu with Jen Calonita, Adalyn Grace, and Elizabeth Lim

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  • Why the Where?
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    What makes some settings into characters, and others not? Moderated by Margot Wood with Tracy Deonn, Shanna Miles, Steven Salvatore, and Eric Smith.

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  • Draw Me A Story, Tell Me A Picture
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    What can writing for graphic novels teach us about storytelling? What changes when images are involved? Moderated by Judith Stephens with E. Lockhart, Justin A. Reynolds, Lilliam Rivera, and Margaret Stohl

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3:00
PM
  • AMA: Writing Edition
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Writers talk craft questions, in writing and in the writer’s life. Moderated by Victoria Aveyard with Amy Foster, Tahereh Mafi, Adam Sass, and Julian Winters

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  • AMA: LGBTQIA+ Edition
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    Writers talk queer issues, in books and in life. Moderated by David Levithan with Jonny Garza Villa, Rachael Lippincott, Steven Salvatore, and Aiden Thomas.

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  • AMA: Mental Health Edition
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    Writers talk mental challenges, in books and in life. Moderated by Adam Silvera with Tashie Bhuiyan, Mark Oshiro, Lilliam Rivera, and Margot Wood.

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  • Protagonism
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    Realistic or Fantastic, what makes a hero heroic in 2021? What does that say about us? How has that changed over time? Moderated by Judith Stephens with Jen Calonita, Charlotte Nicole Davis, Stacey Lee, and Nisha Sharma.

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4:00
PM
  • No Time Like the Present
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    You think 2021 was weird, check out 1912, 1926, 1927 and 1997. Moderated by Dhonielle Clayton with Chloe Gong, Stacey Lee, and Angie Thomas.

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  • The Longest Con: Sponsored by Bloomsbury
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    The role of fandom and community in career and world building. Discuss. Moderated by Margaret Stohl with Melissa de la Cruz, Tracy Deonn, Marie Lu, and Aiden Thomas. Sponsored by Bloomsbury

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  • Real World Problems: Sponsored by Pique Beyond The Book
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    There’s nothing like propulsive conflict to make for a compelling story – and nothing like the real world for propulsive conflict. Discuss. Moderated by Nic Stone with Gayle Forman, Angela May, Mary Alice Monroe, and Mark Oshiro. Sponsored by Pique Beyond The Book

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  • The Unlikeables
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    Sometimes the best characters are the ones we like the least – why? Moderated by E. Lockhart with Jonny Garza Villa, Adalyn Grace, Shelby Mahurin, and Dustin Thao

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5:00
PM
  • Friendings & Endings
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    MG authors talk the importance of character connection in resolving their stories. Moderated by Gayle Forman with Lori M. Lee, Angela May, Kwame Mbalia, and Mary Alice Monroe.

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  • The Greatest Story Never Told
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    Writers discuss the books they haven’t written from the worst idea to the one that got away. Moderated by Melissa de la Cruz with Jordan Ifueko, Tahereh Mafi, Shanna Miles, and Steven Salvatore

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  • The Fantasy of Fantasy
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    Now that Dune is a household name, has the Fantasy of Fantasy been lost? Would the Simarillion exist in the era of Slurpee Cups? Discuss. Moderated by Ransom Riggs with Charlotte Nicole Davis, Namina Forna, Michael Johnston, and Aiden Thomas

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  • Closing Keynote Conversation with Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, and Ashley Woodfolk
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

     

    The book world was electrified by the announcement of six high-wattage authors joining forces for an interlinked novel, and this summer’s release of Blackout did not leave fans in the dark! The six stories of teens finding love during a power outage lit up the New York Times bestseller list and has sparked a film and TV series in the works with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions.

    Five Blackout contributors and YALLFest legends Dhonielle Clayton (Shattered Midnight), Tiffany D. Jackson (White Smoke), Nic Stone (Fast Pitch), Angie Thomas (Concrete Rose), and Ashley Woodfolk (When You Were Everything) will link circuits for our closing keynote — it’s going to be lights OUT!

     

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6:00
PM
  • YA Smackdown
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    YALLFest’s most beloved tradition, the Smackdown, is back for the TENTH TIME!

    That’s ten years of Golden Pie Awards, Juvenilia, Tiger Beat, LivingTableau Book Covers, Hollywood Squares, Borderline-Inappropriate Sketches Based on Picture Books and Epic Lip Sync Battles.

    Come see your favorite authors on stage with hosts Soman Chainani (School for Good and Evil) and Brendan Reichs (Darkdeep) for games, laughs, tears and dancing.

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