RT Book Lover's Teen Day - April 9

I'm totally excited about a new event coming up for YA book lovers in Los Angeles. RT Book Review Magazine's Booklovers Convention will be held on April 6-10, including a special day just for teens!

WHAT: RT Booklovers Teen Day < Detailed list of events and authors attending | Facebook | Twitter | Blogspot

WHERE: Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Resort < 404 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071, (213) 624-1000

WHEN: Saturday, April 9 < 11 am - 7:30 pm

WHO: Awesome YA authors! > Click here to see them all, or scroll down for a link list.

HOW: Register online. This is where it gets a little hairy. I pulled the info below from their website:

Fees: Special Saturday Teen Day Pass (11:00am to 7:00pm)

$25.00 for Adults (for Book Fair, Workshops, and party)
$25.00 for a Teen PLUS one adult (for Book Fair, Workshops, and party)
If a teen comes with 2 adults the second adult pays $15.00

  • 11am-2pm—Book Fair
  • 2:30-5:30pm —workshops
  • 5:45-7pm— Party
Book Fair Only
$5.00 per Teen for Book Fair Only
$5.00 per Adult for Book Fair Only (even if they are accompanying a teen)

Got all that?

You can skip right to the registration from here. Fill in all of the required info and payment info, including Convention Information (even if you don't need a hotel--it's not necessarily about that).

All Teen Day attendees, adults and teens both, select Teen Day Pass from the drop-down menu.
If you're still stumped, you can tweet me and I'll walk you through.

Signing up for Events

Okay, once you've paid your $25 entry fee, you get a profile page. Here's mine.

Go the the Agenda Menu (third from the left, at the top of the page) and click Search Agenda.

Every time you type "Teen" in the box, a short list of the individual events will pop up, for example, "Book Fair Plus Teen Day"is the first one.

Click on the event name and hit Submit. Make sure you're signing up just for the Teen Day events, as some of the others are part of the larger (more expensive) convention.

Look for the clickable text link that says "Reserve" and it will add your name to the list of attendees as well as update the count. At the time of this article, only about 10% of the 250 available spots have been reserved for most of the events, but that will change as more and more people hear about this awesome venue!

Go back to the Search Agenda page each time you want to add another event. Make sure you're logged in! There are workshops, "speed-dating" sessions where you get to chat with authors in small group sessions, as well as readings and a party at the end of the day!

Thanks to Jane and Leslie at YA Book Council (YABC) for the heads up on both the event and the signup instructions!

I've already gotten a lot of questions, even though I've never been to one of these events before:

What will I wear?!?
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes--dress code for conventions is business-casual.

Will I need cash?
You will be able to purchase autographed books from the authors participating in the Book Fair, so start saving those pennies! Also, at some point you may want a meal or some coffee--and convention-area food is usually $$ than normal.

We are also trying to determine if we'll be allowed to bring in books we already own to be signed by the authors; I'm thinking probably not, but it's worth asking. I'll let you know if we hear back from RT!

Here's what Jane got in response from Jo Carol from the RT Convention:

Can we bring books that we already own to get them signed?
"You are more than welcome to bring your own books for signing. Each book you bring will require a removable sticker or invisible ink stamp before you can take them in the Bookfair -- RT Convention Staff will have tables set up for this purpose. Any book that does not have a sticker/stamp showing it is your book, must be purchased. More information will be given out at the convention."

According to their tweets, it's 1 book (brought from home) per author--and anyway, you don't want to trudge around all day with 30 books in a totebag PLUS whatever you pick up at the convention. I'm planning to bring no more than a dozen books to be signed + maybe buy a couple at the event :D

For more information, please visit the RT Booklovers Convention home page. I am in no way, shape, or form part of the team producing this event, so you're better off asking them than me. I'm just an overly enthusiastic prospective attendee. :)

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One of the things that drives me crazy is the wish to tweet at this type of event as it clashes with the actual attention span I have for being AT the event I'm tweeting. So this time I've decided to come up with a Twitter reference list of people who'll be at the event.

The event hashtag is #rtteenday!
RTTeenDay - The event management team, who can also be found on Facebook
RTReadSmarter - The mothership :) at www.rtbookreviews.com

frootjoos - Me! I'll be there.
AllThingsYA - If I'm there, so are they.
alybee930 - My partner in crime for most things YA :D
missjanegov - Austenphile and YABC founder

(I'll be adding to this list; if you're attending and want to be added, leave a comment with your twitter name!)

Authors, Oh My

Whenever people have asked me in the last day or so, Who's going to be there?, my mind has pretty much crashed like an old 286Mhz processor. There are SO. MANY. AUTHORS.

So, just to keep myself sane (or close to it) here's an alphabetical list of authors attending RT Teen Day. Facebook links go to public pages (unless I couldn't find one).

Kelley Armstrong - The Darkest Powers & The Darkness Rising series

Jennifer Lynn Barnes - Raised by Wolves

Holly Black - The Curse Workers and The Modern Faeries series 


Ally Carter - The Gallagher Girls and Heist Society series

Nikki Carter - The So For Real series

Tera Lynn Childs - The Medusa Girls series

Kristi Cook - Haven

Heather Davis - Never Cry Werewolf and The Clearing

Clare B. Dunkle - The Hollow Kingdom trilogy

Simone Elkeles - The Perfect Chemistry, Leaving Paradise, and How to Ruin series

Tina Ferraro - The ABC's of Kissing Boys

Colleen Houck - The Tiger's Curse Saga

CC Hunter - The Shadow Falls series

Michele Jaffe - Rosebush and The Bad Kitty series

Sophie Jordan - The Firelight series

Jackie Morse Kessler - The Riders of the Apocalypse series

Sophie Littlefield - Banished and Aftertime

Mari Mancusi - The Blood Coven series

Richelle Mead - The Vampire Academy & Bloodlines series

Alyson Noel - The Immortals & Radiance series

Carrie Ryan - The Forest of Hands and Teeth series

Jeri Smith-Ready - The Shade Trilogy

Rachel Vincent - The Soul Screamers series

Oh my. Look at the time! I'd better get to bed... lots of reading to do before I can fall asleep :D