2018 Texas Teen Book Festival Lineup

Tenth fest brings YA stars Marissa Meyer, Patrick Ness, & more

The Texas Teen Book Festival turns 10 in 2018, and this annual celebration of young adult lit is marking the milestone with another stellar lineup of YA writers, including New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer, debuting Archenemies, the second installment in her superhero series The Renegades Trilogy.

Marissa Meyer

Joining Meyer at the Oct. 6 event will be three dozen more YA stars, among them A Monster Calls author Patrick Ness, whose new book And the Ocean Was Our Sky asks the question: What if Moby-Dick had been told by the whale?; David Levithan, the co-writer of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, who's soon to release Someday, the latest tale of A, who appeared in the books Every Day and Another Day; and the previously announced keynote speakers Nic Stone, who's about to release Odd One Out, the follow-up to her hit debut novel Dear Martin; and the father-son team of Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman, who collaborated on Dry, a novel about a catastrophic drought that hits suburbia.

Of course, there are the usual sessions and panels, including a panel on activism past and present that will feature authors Ebony Adams and Anita Sarkeesian, co-authors of History vs Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don't Want You to Know; Julissa Arce, author of the memoir Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream; and Nadya Okamoto, author of Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement.

And don't forget that costumes aren't simply allowed; they're encouraged – and they can earn you prizes. TTBF is once again partnering with Epic Reads for the Third Annual Costume Contest. Dress as your favorite literary figure, classic or contemporary, from this world or some other, and you might take home literary prizes from Epic Reads, including brand-new books. There will also be the Epic Reads Photo Ops Booth, so you can capture yourself in your cosplay glory with a souvenir image.

Looking for a favorite YA lit-maker? The full lineup of authors and their featured books are as follows:

● Adib Khorram (Darius the Great Is Not Okay)
● Alex London (Black Wings Beating)
● Alexa Donne (Brightly Burning)
● Andrew Smith (Rabbit & Robot)
● Anita Sarkeesian & Ebony Adams (History vs. Women: The Defiant Lives They Don't Want You to Know)
● April Genevieve Tucholke (The Boneless Mercies)
● Beth Revis (Give the Dark My Love)
● Cynthia Leitich-Smith (Hearts Unbroken)
● David Levithan (Someday)
● Ellen Hopkins (People Kill People)
● Heidi Heilig (For a Muse of Fire)
● Julie C. Dao (Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix)
● Julissa Arce (Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream)
● Katharine McGee (The Towering Sky)
● Kiersten White (The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein)
● Kristen Simmons (Pacifica)
● L.L. McKinney (A Blade so Black)
● Laini Taylor (Muse of Nightmares)
● Leila Sales (If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say)
● Lilliam Rivera (The Education of Margot Sánchez)
● Marissa Meyer (Archenemies)
● Mark Oshiro (Anger Is a Gift)
● Mary E. Pearson (Dance of Thieves)
● Morgan Matson (Save the Date)
● Nadya Okamoto (Period Power: A Manifest for the Menstrual Movement)
● Natalie C. Parker (Seafire)
● Neal & Jarrod Shusterman (Dry)
● Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please!)
● Nic Stone (Odd One Out)
● Nova Ren Suma (A Room Away from the Wolves)
● Patrick Ness (And the Ocean Was Our Sky)
● Richelle Mead (The Emerald Sea)
● Rios de la Luz (Itzá)
● Taran Matharu (The Outcast)
● Tochi Onyebuchi (Crown of Thunder)

The Texas Teen Book Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 6, 8:30am-6:30pm, at St. Edward’s University, 3001 S. Congress. The event is free to the public. For more information, visit the Texas Teen Book Festival website.

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