Ya’ll Fest

2020

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 will be available for sale in August.
• All seating is general admission.

Saturday, November 9

10:00
AM
  • Opening Keynote Conversation with Holly Black and Tochi Onyebuchi
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Presented by Penguin Teen.

    Powerhouse of inventive YA fantasy Holly Black (The Cruel Prince) and and sparkling up-and-coming talent Tochi Onyebuchi (Beasts Made of Night) give us a glimpse into their magical minds in an unforgettable opening keynote conversation. Moderated by Veronica Roth.

    $9.

    Wristbands for Holly Black’s signing (happening at 11 a.m.) will be given out first-come first serve at the Opening Keynote, 10 am on Saturday. You must have a ticket to get a wristband, and no one is allowed to line up for the 11 am signing without a wristband

    Don’t worry — there are still ample tickets available!

     

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11:00
AM
  • We’re Fans First
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Whether a fandom is just one of many sources of inspiration, or actually finds its way into a book, every author was a fan before they were a writer. Come find out if your faves like your faves. Cosplay encouraged. Moderated by Veronica Roth with Stephanie Garber, Maurene Goo,  Adam Silvera, and Angie Thomas.

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  • Fantastically Fresh: Inventive Worlds
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    Want to get lost in a world that feels completely new and unexpected? These authors can make that happen. Moderated by Julie C. Dao with Roshani Chokshi, Kami Garcia, Megan Shepherd, Adrienne Young, and Amélie Wen Zhao.

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  • Hot Takes: Modern Love Stories
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    These love stories are way more complicated than the standard formula — and way more fun. Moderated by Tiffany Schmidt with Nandini Bajpai, Ronni Davis, Sophie Jordan, Christine Riccio, and Debbie Rigaud.

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  • Thrill Seekers
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    Writers of action-packed tales that get hearts pounding and pages turning. Moderated by Carrie Ryan with Sharon Cameron, Emily A. Duncan, Kwame Mbalia, Derek Milman, and Corrie Wang.

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12:00
PM
  • Truth or Dare
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Presented by Kindle Direct Publishing.

    A YALLWEST favorite descends on Charleston, a game of brave and honest hearts! Moderated by Brendan Reichs with Soman Chainani, Ally Condie, Kate DiCamillo, Kwame Mbalia, and Margaret Stohl.

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  • Playing in Someone Else’s Sandbox
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    From Star Wars to Shakespeare, these engaging yarns take an existing framework and make it all their own. Moderated by Zoraida Córdova with Kami Garcia, Danielle Paige, and Tiffany Schmidt.

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  • Fighting Your (Literal) Demons
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    They say the real monsters we fight are within. Well, in this case, they’re wrong. How do you stay alive when your enemies are big, scary, and murdery? Come find out. Moderated by Scott Reintgen with Cinda Williams Chima, Coco Ma, Ashley Poston, and Kaitlin Ward.

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1:00
PM
  • Tales from the Future
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    Divided societies, wild west adventure, and journeys through the stars—these books have all the dreams (and nightmares) of the future you could possibly want. Moderated by Ashley Poston with Zoraida Córdova, Charlotte Nicole Davis, Scott Reintgen, and Corrie Wang.

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  • Tough Girls, Tough Situations
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    Whether their battles are close to home or in unfamiliar lands, these girls rise to the occasion — and redefine strength. Moderated by Jodie Lynn Zdrok with Dhonielle Clayton, Nadine Jolie Courtney, Camryn Garrett, Brittney Morris, and Rory Power.

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  • I Bounce Back: Healing, Recovery, and Resilience
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    After something tough happens, how do we move forward? Life dealt these characters a tough hand, but their stories are far from over. Moderated by Ronni Davis with Kacen Callender, Mason Deaver, and Mark Oshiro.

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  • Spotlight On: Kate DiCamillo and Roshani Chokshi
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Presented by Disney Worldwide Publishing.

    Join beloved authors of novels for all ages, Kate DiCamillo (Beverly, Right Here) and Roshani Chokshi (Aru Shah and the Song of Death) with moderator Ally Condie as they discuss telling tales that children love, following their imaginations into an astonishing variety of stories, and how, exactly, you entertain and inspire choosy readers by the thousands.

    $9

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2:00
PM
  • Contemp Realness
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Amateur sleuths! World-famous pop stars! Ambitious rappers! Don’t let the real-world settings of these stories fool you—these contemporary tales are as imaginative as they come. Moderated by Nic Stone with Mary H.K. Choi, Jenny Han, Karen M. McManus, and Angie Thomas.

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  • Assassins
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    They’re sent to kill, but their stories are far more complicated than life and death. Moderated by Rosiee Thor with Jordan Ifueko, Danielle Paige, and Amélie Wen Zhao.

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  • Wondrous and Strange
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    Stories that will neither be contained nor categorized. They will, however, entrance. Moderated by Sharon Cameron with Sara Faring, David Levithan, Kim Liggett, and Rory Power.

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  • The Royal We
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    Whatever the world, there are those who covet power, glamor, nobility, and status and those who would do anything to escape it. Moderated by Megan Shepherd with Kacen Callender, Makiia Lucier, and Coco Ma. 

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3:00
PM
  • Dark Fantasy
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Welcome to worlds where morals are grey, magic is dark, and the line between heroes and villains is hardly ever clear. Each of these fantasies will transport you to adventure where wonder abounds but safety is not guaranteed. Moderated by Holly Black with Dhonielle Clayton, Renée Ahdieh, Emily A. Duncan, Alex London, and Cinda Williams Chima.

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  • Slice of Life
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    Come and escape into someone else’s life for a little while with these stellar contemporary authors. Moderated by Mark Oshiro with Nadine Jolie Courtney, Camryn Garrett, and Julian Winters.

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  • LGBTQIA+ Q&A
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    Authors who write across the LGBTQIA+ are ready to answer anything you want to ask in this annual celebration of community, trust, and open conversation. Moderated by David Levithan with Kacen Callender, Charlotte Nicole Davis, Mason Deaver, Derek Milman, Ashley Poston, Rosiee Thor, and others.

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4:00
PM
  • Powers and Magic and Magic Powers
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Let’s be real: we’ve all longed for the ability to summon the remote from across the room when we’re comfy on the couch. These characters might just be able to do it — and more. But what happens when a regular person finds themselves capable of doing something…irregular? (Fun and mayhem, that’s what.) Moderated by Soman Chainani with Julie C. Dao, Kim Liggett, Brendan Reichs, Margaret Stohl, and Adrienne Young.

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  • Moody and Mysterious
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    Authors of various genres talk building compelling mysteries… and the winsome characters who solve them. Moderated by Renée Ahdieh with Sara Faring, Derek Milman, Brittney Morris, Carrie Ryan, Jodie Lynn Zdrok 

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  • Real Problems, Made Up Worlds
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    How does mental illness fit into a world with dragons? If a civilization has spaceships, would it also have Prozac? And who does an elf see when they need a therapist? This panel will explore mental illness in genre fiction, because even epic heroes can use some help sometimes. Moderated by Alex London with Charlotte Nicole Davis, Tochi Onyebuchi, Veronica Roth, and Kaitlin Ward.

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  • Booksplosion
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    Booktubers Jesse George, Kat O’Keefe, and Christine Riccio

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5:00
PM
  • Fame and Infamy
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    Fame and high school both have their challenges, but the combination of the two can get dramatic. Explore tales of celebrity and notoriety with these notorious authors. Moderated by Maurene Goo with Nandini Bajpai, Mary H.K. Choi, Debbie Rigaud, and Julian Winters.

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  • Unlikely Allies
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

    Nothing should keep them together, anything might to tear them apart. Moderated by Makiia Lucier with Ally Condie, Jordan Ifueko, and Rosiee Thor.

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  • Closing Keynote Conversation with Karen McManus and Stephanie Garber
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Presented by Flatiron Books and Underlined.

    Master of the YA thriller Karen McManus (Two Can Keep a Secret) joins with the lush imagination of Stephanie Garber (Finale) in a conversation that will keep you on the edge of your seat, at the outer limit of your dreams, and ready to devour their unputdownable novels. Craft, creativity, and killer plots will close out this year’s YALLFest.

    $9

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