Meet the Authors at Young-Adult Literary Convention

If you stand in line for the next young-adult book series to be available in stores or count down the hours until you can buy the electronic version for your tablet, then YALLFest 2012 is your Comicon.

The second annual YALLFest will bring 45 acclaimed authors, including 25 New York Times bestsellers, to Charleston, Saturday, Nov. 10. YALLFest is the largest festival in the South specifically geared toward Young Adult Literature and the 2012 festival will expand into Middle Grade (grades 2-6) and Crossover (adult) genres.

This packed day is full of free events for the avid young reader including panels, signings, readings and more at the American Theater on Upper King Street, Charleston Music Hall and Blue Bicycle Books. The day begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 6 p.m. Kicking things off is a special keynote talk from No. 1 New York Times bestseller Cassandra Clare (City of Bones -- The Mortal Instruments series) and New York Times bestseller Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles). The day will conclude with the Young Adult Smackdown, with all 45 writers on stage at once competing in storytelling games for the coveted “Golden Pie” trophy.

YALLFest has a mission to improve literacy through great young-adult literature. In its inaugural year, the 2011 festival brought 2,000 fans to Charleston to meet their favorite authors and participate in fun, interactive panels and events.

The authors participating in this year’s festival have a combined Twitter presence of more than one million followers. But through YALLFest, featured writers have the opportunity to connect with fans face-to-face.

Presenting sponsors of the 2012 festival are Blue Bicycle Books and, with generous additional support from the Charleston Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and CreateSpace.

This year’s featured writers are: Kwame Alexander, Jennifer Lyn Barnes, Holly Black, Pseudonymous Bosch, Sarah Rees Brennan, Heather Brewer, Kiera Cass, Cinda Chima, Cassandra Clare, Andrea Cremer, Katie Crouch, Gitty Daneshvari, Melissa de la Cruz, Matt de la Pena, Kim Derting, Simone Elkeles, Elizabeth Eulberg, Gayle Forman, Kami Garcia, Adam Gidwitz, David Macinnis Gill, Adele Griffin, Deborah Harkness, Jenny Han, Michelle Hodkin, Ellen Hopkins, Tonya Hurley, Michele Jaffe, Kami Kinard Caitlin Kittredge, Alyson Noel, David Levithan, Stephanie Perkins, Diana Peterfreund, Kathy Reichs, Brendan Reichs, Beth Revis, Jessica Rothenberg, Carrie Ryan, Eliot Schrefer, Natalie Standiford, Trenton Lee Stewart, Margaret Stohl, Cate Tiernan, Siobhan Vivian, Marjory Wentworth, John Corey Whaley, and Kathryn Williams.

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