Last week’s New York City Teen Author Festival attracted 1,000 attendees to events featuring some 90 authors over the course of the seven days. Calling those numbers “pretty sweet,” organizer David Levithan shared some photos from the diverse array of panels and other gatherings.
From l., Jennifer E. Smith, Melissa Walker, Bennett Madison, Gayle Forman, and Kristen-Paige Madonia were at the Mulberry Street branch of NYPL for the “I’ll Take You There: A Change of Scenery, A Change of Self” panel, in which they discussed how plunging their characters into new places helps reveal the characters’ true selves.
After the Scholastic YApalooza event, Jeff Hirsch and J.J. Howard signed at the Scholastic Store.
First-timer Tiffany Schmidt participated in the New Voices Spotlight at NYPL’s 42nd Street branch, where she and three other authors shared five-minute readings from their work.
Later that afternoon at the NYPL, Lindsay Ribar, Jeri Smith-Ready, Jessica Spotswood, and Alexandra Monir spoke at the “Born This Way: Nature, Nurture, and Paranormalcy” panel, which explored issues of identity in paranormal and supernatural teen fiction.
At Soho’s McNally Jackson bookstore, the so-called Mutual Admiration Society showcased authors Nova Ren Suma, Victora Schwab, Sharon Cameron, A.S. King, and Diana Peterfreund.
Rainbow Rowell, Kimberly Sabatini, and Barry Lyga were among the nearly 50 authors on hand for Books of Wonder’s No-Foolin’ Mega-Signing.