The YAK Is Back! (Young Adult Keller Book Fest, That Is!)

Posted January 14, 2013

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This weekend I have the privilege of attending YAK Fest, for the second year in the row! The Young Adult Keller (“YAK”) Book Festival is one of my all-time favorite book festivals. Last year was a BLAST, and this year is shaping up to be even better!

Check out the event poster: that’s me on the “K!”



Here’s everything you need to know. Please note that I will be on the “This is Not Normal” Panel (yes, yes, I know – how fitting!)

WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 9am – 5pm
COST: Dude, it’s FREE.
OPEN DOOR: Come when you can and stay for as long as you like, of course we want you there all day!
WHERE: Keller High School, 601 N. Pate Orr Rd. Keller, TX 76248
SOCIAL MEDIA: twitter / facebook / blog

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Simone Elkeles, BAM. That’s what we’re talking about.


Panels of AWESOME Breakdown:

Keeping It Real – Jessica Anderson, Charles Benoit, Chris Crutcher (afternoon only), Simone Elkeles, Guadalupe Garica McCall, Jessica Warman, Lori Aurelia Williams and Shannon Greenland

This is Not Normal – Rosemary Clement Moore, Cory Oakes, Victoria Scott, Mary Lindsey and Jeff Hirsch

This is Not Normal Either – Krissi Dallas, Tracy Deebs, Greg Leitich Smith and Andrea White

Vampire Smack Down – Cynthia Leitich Smith, Rachel Caine and Jason Henderson

Poetry Workshop – Colin Gilbert

A Walk on the Weird Side – Kelley Milner Halls

Choctaw Tales – Tim Tingle


Here’s the schedule of AWESOME:



Because we know you’ll have questions, here are some things that CAN and WILL HAPPEN:
There will be books available for purchase from The Book Carriage, and they will be selling books all day.
The Book Carriage will accept cash and credit cards.
You may bring some books from home for authors to sign.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase at lunch.
Why, yes there is a twitter hashtag. It’s  #YAKFest13 – thanks for asking. We WANT you to tweet.
Of course you can talk and have your picture taken with your favorite author(s) during the signing.  We insist upon it.

Other stuff that is just as important:
Want to VOLUNTEER? It’ll be fun. We promise.  If interested please contact Janet at
MEDIA INQUIRIES? Please contact Stacy at

I hope to see you all there!


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