2016 Texas Teen Book Festival: The Details

The Texas Teen Book Festival is always a starry affair, but it's especially so this year with Mindy Kaling as first author. The beloved creator and star of Hulu's The Mindy Project, playwright, and author of the autobiographical Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and Why Not Me? will open the 2016 fest on Sat., Oct. 1, in a Q&A with Sarah Pitre (Forever YA Book Club) (10:15am, St. Ed's Recreation & Convocation Center). Before that, Kaling will sign books for the first 250 people to buy copies at the TTBF store.

Kaling's in good company, with keynotes from The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series' Laini Taylor and The Grisha Trilogy's Leigh Bardugo bookending the fest, and a host of other critically acclaimed novelists, each of whom will sit in on one of seven panel discussions related to themes in YA literature.

The popular Texas Throwdown Game Show, in which teams of authors compete in crazy contests, asks this year's six participants: "Are You BC or AD?" – comparing their grasp of the ancient world and the 21st century through games like Pictionary and stylish toga wrapping. Braving the throwdown will be David Arnold (Kids of Appetite), E.K. Johnston (A Thousand Nights), Rene S. Perez II (Seeing Off the Johns), Caleb Roehrig (Last Seen Leaving), Jeffery Self (Drag Teen), and Sabaa Tahir (A Torch Against the Night). BookPeople's Topher Bradfield emcees. (12:30pm, RCC Gym)

The TTBF will also host a costume contest sponsored by Fierce Reads, which will have a photo booth to capture festivalgoers in their literary finery.

If you can't wait until Saturday to start your celebration of youthful prose, you can take in a screening of Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 adaptation of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar on Fri., Sept. 30. Forever YA's Sarah Pitre will lead a pre-show discussion with authors Sabaa Tahir, David Arnold, and Renée Ahdieh. All attendees will be entered in a drawing for a ticket at the TTBF Author Social.

For the full festival schedule, visit www.texasteenbookfestival.org.

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