Ya’ll Fest

2020

EVENT SCHEDULE


• Schedule and author appearances subject to change.
• All panels and signings are free and open to the public except for the keynote talks and the YA Smackdown.
• All seating is general admission.
• For signings, please bring no more than 3 books per author per trip through line.
• Pictures are permitted, but authors may not be able to accommodate all requests.
• Festival staff may limit some signings with wristbands as needed to allow authors to keep their schedules.

Friday, November 8

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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, button making, games, and food treats!

    Featuring authors Roshani Chokshi, Nadine Courtney, Emily A. Duncan, Sara Faring, Stephanie Garber, Kami Garcia, Maurene Goo, Kim Liggett, Alex London, Adrienne Young, and Jodie Lynn Zdrok.

    SOLD OUT

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  • Signing — Kate DiCamillo*
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    422 King Street

    *Signing is contingent on travel schedule. Pray for no delays!

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  • Red Carpet Preview
    Charleston County Public Library

    68 Calhoun Street

    Presented by Penguin Teen.

    Your favorite YA authors walk the red carpet and then gather for a panel discussion at this annual kickoff event.

    Featuring authors Renée Ahdieh, Danielle Paige, Ally Condie, Brendan Reichs, Julie Dao, Charlotte Davis, and Tochi Onyebuchi.

    SOLD OUT

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4:30
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  • Disney Foodie Fun-Atics
    American Theater — Cinema

    446 King Street

    Presented by Disney Publishing Worldwide.

    Your favorite Disney authors team up with fans and chef Shuai Wang from forthcoming Jackrabbit Filly for fast-paced food challenges. Hosted by Corrie Wang and featuring authors Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova, and Kwame Mbalia.

    SOLD OUT

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Saturday, November 9

10:00
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  • I Read YA Breakfast
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    422 King Street

    Start the day off right! Come meet awesome authors, eat a delicious donut, and get a “Be True to Your Shelf” tote bag. Featuring Sharon Cameron, Mason Deaver, Debbie Rigaud, Rosiee Thor, and Kaitlin Ward. At the I Read YA Tent next to the Big Tent at Blue Bicycle Books. 

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  • Let’s Talk Books & Biscuits: Presented by Disney Publishing Worldwide
    Charleston Museum — Courtyard

    360 Meeting Street

    Enjoy some hot biscuits and mix and mingle with authors Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova, Kwame Mbalia, and Corrie Wang.

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  • SIGNING — Renée Ahdieh
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    422 King Street

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  • Signing — Charlotte Nicole Davis
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    422 King Street

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  • Signing — Danielle Paige
    Blue Bicycle Books — Courtyard

    418 King Street

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  • Signing — Scott Reintgen
    Blue Bicycle Books — Courtyard

    418 King Street

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  • Underlined Totes Royal Giveaway
    Underlined Pop-Up Tent

    418 King Street

    Start your day with coffee, cider, treats, and a reusable coffee sleeve.

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  • 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
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11:30
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  • Underlined: Namina Forna ARC giveaway
    Underlined Pop-Up Tent

    418 King Street

    Meet debut author Namina Forna and receive a signed exclusive YALLFest ARC!

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12:00
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  • 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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  • I’ll Take Quidditch for $500: A Fan Game Show
    Charleston Museum — Courtyard

    360 Meeting Street

    Sponsored by Penguin Random House Audio.

    Compete head-to-head with fellow fans and bestselling authors Nic Stone, Renee Ahdieh, David Levithan and Alex London in themed categories featuring clips from popular audiobooks.

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  • Signing — Nandini Bajpai
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

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  • Signing — Emily A. Duncan
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

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  • Signing — Kwame Mbalia
    American Theater — Ballroom

    446 King Street

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  • Signing — Debbie Rigaud
    Blue Bicycle Books — Courtyard

    418 King Street

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  • Signing — Veronica Roth
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    422 King Street

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  • Signing — Carrie Ryan
    Blue Bicycle Books — Courtyard

    418 King Street

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  • Signing — Adam Silvera
    Blue Bicycle Books — Courtyard

    418 King Street

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  • Signing — Kaitlin Ward
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    422 King Street

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  • Signing — Adrienne Young
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    422 King Street

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  • Tor Teen: Tales from the Future giveaway
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    Tor Teen will give away 50 ARCs of A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow to the first 50 attendees upon entrance to the panel Tales from the Future.

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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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  • Lilia Buckingham ARC giveaway
    Underlined Pop-Up Tent

    418 King Street

    Meet influencer and debut author Lilia Buckingham and receive a signed exclusive YALLFest ARC.

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  • 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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  • Signing — Kacen Callender
    Blue Bicycle Books — Courtyard

    418 King Street

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  • Signing — Cinda Williams Chima
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

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  • Signing — Mason Deaver
    Blue Bicycle Books — Courtyard

    418 King Street

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  • Signing — Sophie Jordan
    Blue Bicycle Books — Courtyard

    418 King Street

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  • Coco Ma
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    422 King Street

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  • Signing — Ashley Poston
    Blue Bicycle Books — Tent

    422 King Street

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  • Tor Teen: Moody and Mysterious giveaway
    Charleston Museum

    360 Meeting Street

    Tor Teen will give away 50 ARCs of Sensational by Jodie Lynn Zdrok to the first 50 attendees upon entrance to the panel Moody and Mysterious.

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  • 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.

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  • YA Smackdown
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Presented by Reading Partners.

    YALLFest’s most beloved tradition, the Smackdown, will bring your favorite authors on stage with hosts Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give) and Nic Stone (Dear Martin) for games, laughs, tears and dancing. $16.

     

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