Well, the Young Adult Book (“YAB”) Fest 2013 is a wrap! This was the very first year for this festival, and I for one am REALLY hoping that they decide to do it again next year! I had such a great time, and everybody I saw there seemed to be having so much fun, I really don’t see why they wouldn’t! Here are some photos from this weekend and some random remarks which may or may not relate to the photos they are near . . .
Me and my girl, Krissi Dallas! (With an adorably pregnant Jessica Lee Anderson in the background!)
Later, Krissi and I made a Cynthia Leitich Smith sandwich! Just ’cause.
P.J. Hoover (and her super cute shirt!) provided a safe harbor for this pup, who was visiting the two Book Spot pups for the evening!
The next morning, we headed to Round Rock High School to kick off the fest! Here I am in the green room with Madeline Smoot (kudos to Madeline, by the way, for all of her organizing and MC-skills this weekend!), P.J. Hoover, Jessica Lee Anderson, and Jessica’s cute baby bump!
I got to meet Ernest Cline before our panel! He was super cool, even though he was flying under the radar in his Camry on Saturday (the DeLorean was in the shop!). It was very fun to be on a panel with Ernie – his answers were unfailingly witty but, at the same time, very informative. He gave us some very intriguing glimpses into his writing process and some great teasers about his upcoming book, ARMADA.
Speaking of our panel, here we are! Doing Blue Steel. Because I made them. Actually, I’m pretty sure it was all Ernie Cline’s fault. From left to right: Ernest Cline, Sharon Bayliss, Krissi Dallas, Rachel Harris, Greg Leitich Smith, and yours truly. This was the first panel I ever moderated, and I am so grateful to my fellow panelists for being super awesome and making me look good!
I had a great time getting to know Rachel Harris (author of MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY) and Sharon Bayliss (author of THE CHARGE)!
P.J. Hoover, Mari Mancusi, Jo Whittemore, and I anxiously awaited the afternoon keynote address.
The keynote was given by (excuse me, ROCKED by) Andrea Cremer and David Levithan (co-authors of INVISIBILITY). I started this book the day before the festival, and now that I’ve heard Andrea and David act out a small part of it, I can’t wait to read the rest of it while picturing the two of them in my head!
Not to brag or anything, but I did get to sign at their table afterwards. E. Kristin Anderson and I were duly starstruck I was honored to share my chocolate with them!
I learned some important button lessons on Saturday. 1) Buttons about cute boys (the Luc buttons) go faster than buttons about cool cats (the Sonya buttons), so I shall order the next batch accordingly. 2) You can never have enough buttons. The second after I gave out the last “I CAN SEE SONYA” button, a girl ran up who was a big Sonya fan and she was really bummed that I had run out. I felt terrible! But I got her address and I’m going to send her one as soon as the new order comes in. As a side note, Sonya has fans! SQUEEEE!
It was a great festival! I’d like to give special thanks to Danny (pictured above) and Julie from The Book Spot for making the festival happen! The Book Spot is such a special place and I’m delighted that YAB Fest brought them some visibility. If you’re ever in Round Rock, stop in to say hi to them, the Book Spot pups, and their awesome book selection. They totally rock