Tuesday, March 26, 2013

YA in LA: YA Guide to the LA Times Festival of Books

Jaclyn Moriarty. Elizabeth Wein. Gayle Forman. Sarah Dessen. Veronica Roth. Jaclyn Moriarty. And that's just to name a few. Someone call Zack Morris because like Noelle, I am having a Jessie Spano-level meltdown.

The LA Times released their Festival of Books schedule today and I thought I'd highlight the most important events -- the YA ones, of course! The Festival runs from Saturday, April 20 to Sunday, April 21 at USC. It's free but all indoor events require a ticket, which are limited and have a $1 service charge per ticket. You also have the option of buying a $30 Festival Pass which gives you 8 tickets for indoor events before they're open to the public, as well as tickets to the LA Times Book Prize ceremony.

Relevant Dates:
  • Thursday, March 28 at 10 am: $30 Festival Pass goes on sale. Individual tickets for Book Prize ceremony also on sale. (I don't see the price of this ticket listed.)
  • Sunday, April 14 at 9 am: Tickets for indoor events available to the general public. Cost: $1 service fee per ticket.
  • Friday, April 19 at 7:30 pm: Los Angeles Times Book Prize ceremony in the Bovard Auditorium (YA finalists listed below).
  • Saturday, April 20 at 10 am: Festival of Books begins!

Book Prize Honorees for Young Adult Literature:

Schedule for Saturday, April 20:

Schedule for Sunday, April 21:

I'm going to try to hit as many events as possible. I can't wait to find out if Veronica Roth is really so tall that her height is one of her Frequently Asked Questions, or if Gayle Forman dresses like a hipster adult, or if Tahereh Mafi wears her homemade Shatter Me shoes. I'm so excited (I'm SO excited!) about Elizabeth Wein and Jaclyn Moriarty. Code Name Verity and A Corner of White were two of my favorite books of 2012. Is anyone else planning on going? Which author would you Jessie Spano over?

For more information, check out the official website. All screenshots were taken from the Schedule page.

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