Austin Teen Book Fest Snags Rob Thomas

'Veronica Mars' creator and Sarah Dessen added to lineup

Rob Thomas
Rob Thomas
Courtesy of Jen Orr

We announced just last week that Holly Black was joining opener Maggie Stiefvater as the Austin Teen Book Festival's closing speaker. This morning, two more big names were dropped: Rob Thomas and Sarah Dessen.

Thomas is perhaps best-known for being the creator of the cult hit TV series Veronica Mars, which was recently in the news for its record-smashing Kickstarter campaign. But he's an award-winning author too: His YA novel Rats Saw God was published in 1996 and received the American Library Association's award for best YA book the following year.

Dessen has also been publishing since the late Nineties, but her latest, The Moon and More is due out from Viking Juvenile next month, so she'll have plenty to talk about too.

You can read more about the lunch speakers – including Thomas' take on self-doubt and taste in Austin chips and salsa – in two interviews posted over on the ATBF website.

The fifth annual Austin Teen Book Festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Austin Convention Center. Watch this space for new developments and announcements.

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