This weekend was YAK Fest (The Young Adult Keller Book Fest) in Keller, Texas and MAN did I have a great time!
On Friday evening, we were treated to an Author’s Dinner at The Book Carriage and Coffee Shop, a beautiful indie bookstore in downtown Roanoke. I somehow neglected to take a picture of the gorgeous brick building, so I stole this one off of their website (sorry, Larry and Angie! I hope you don’t mind!!)
Here’s a bunch of the authors! Clockwise from the top: Charles Benoit (his book: YOU); Ellen Hopkins (Crank, Burned, Impulse and the list goes on and on .. .); Jeff Hirsch (The Eleventh Plague, which I am currently reading and which gives me nightmares – in a good way, Jeff!); J.M. Richardson (The Twenty-Nine); ME; fellow Austinite Lori Williams (Broken China); and Krissi Dallas (whose awesome Phantom Island series takes me to a happier place after Jeff’s book has thoroughly freaked me out).
Here is me with Ellen Hopkins! Can you tell by my face here that I am slightly excited to meet her?! She could not have been cooler in person, by the way!
And here’s me with Krissi Dallas! Her Phantom Island series (starting with Windchaser and Windfall) is a must-read – she sometimes calls it “fantasy for people who don’t like fantasy.” But I think it’s one of those rare series that has something for everyone. LOVE IT.
The next morning, we headed to Keller High School for the festival! Yes, that weird shaped shadow in the picture is me
This sign in front of the library caught my eye . . .
Here is Kelly Milner Halls (Saving the Baghdad Zoo) posing with the YAK! (What? You assumed there wouldn’t be any actual yaks at YAK Fest?)
Here are all of our books! WOOT!
The Speculative Fiction Panel (left to right: Jeff Hirsch, J.M. Richardson, me, Samantha Cook and Krissi Dallas) posing with our first group of the day!
This girl had the best hat of the day – hands down!
Three cheers for three Veil fan girls! These ladies were awesome!
We had three panel sessions, then an autograph session, and then we were all done! It was a wonderful day of book-talk! I was really impressed by the great questions we received from the awesome folks who came to see us, and from our fabulous and fearless moderator (Nancy, from Girls in the Stacks!). Once we were finished for the day, I kind of just wanted to do it all over again!
I’d like to send out a huge THANK YOU to Lucy Kubo, the lovely and very hard-working genius behind the entire event – congratulations, Lucy, and to all of the other librarians, staff, and volunteers who worked so hard to make the day a success. (Once you’re all rested up, you’d better get started planning next year’s fest! You’re going to have to work pretty hard to top this one!!)