Thanks so much to Courtney Saldana from Ontario's Ovitt Family Community Library for inviting us to their annual Teen Book Fest! My friend David from YABC and I attended yesterday to meet Stephen Chbosky, Andrew Smith, Leigh Bardugo, Ann Stampler, Marie Lu, Gretchen McNeil, Lex Thomas, Morgan Matson, Sara Wilson Etienne, Jessica Brody, Jennifer Bosworth, and Carrie Arcos. Sadly Glenn Olsen could not make it, but he affirms that he'll be there next year! Traditionally published YA authors who are interested in attending next year's event should probably contact Courtney.
I didn't get a lot of photos (the lighting was a bit dark in the auditorium), but David blogged about the event here.
Gretchen McNeil, Jessica Brody, Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies
Andrew Smith, Lex Hrabe, and Thomas Voorhies + moderator :) Just the boys!
I couldn't get the last panel photo with Suzanne Lazear, Jennifer Bosworth, Leigh Bardugo, and Lex Thomas -- the sun kept streaming through the window behind them and I couldn't make out the faces on most of the photos, so I deleted them. Sigh!
I came away with a copy of Winger by Andrew Smith--which won't be released until Tuesday!--Quarantine by writing duo Lex Thomas, and Jessica Brody's Unremembered. I also picked up Jessica's 52 Reasons to Hate My Father. I'm really glad they had the paperback--I hated the hardcover art! The paperback is way cuter... actually all of the new paperbacks of her books have better covers than before! If you're looking for summer beach reads, look no further.
If you had to get just one book, I'd say go with Winger.
Unless you don't like having feelings.
What's in your book stack this week?