The Texas Teen Book Festival, the kid sister to the Texas Book Festival, returns to St. Edward's University on October 6. The one-day event, a celebration of all things teen spirit, is free, open to all, and spotlights the best in young adult literature.
Released on July 25, the lineup for the 2018 festival includes New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer, author of the nuevo classics The Lunar Chronicles and Renegades. Meyer will be in Austin to discuss her latest book, Archenemies.
Other literary stars shining bright include Patrick Ness, New York Times bestselling author of A Monster Calls, which was turned into a movie starring Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones in 2016. David Levithan, yet another NYT bestseller, will discuss his latest tome, Someday, the third installment of his Every Day book series.
“Texas Teen Book Festival has truly become a beloved and indispensable part of the Texas YA lit scene," said Meghan Goel, TTBF programming director, in a news release.
Taking a page from past years, the TTBF will also feature literary panels and sessions, including one on the importance of activism. Authors Ebony Adams, Anita Sarkeesian, Julissa Arce, and Nadya Okamoto will lead a discussion designed to empower and educate young people to the importance of engaging in civic issues.
"It's been amazing to watch this festival grow from a grassroots effort of librarians and booksellers ... into a major, nationally renowned book festival that brings together top YA authors and thousands of our community's young readers, year after year,” Goel continued.
Meyer and company join a roster of previously announced writers including Nic Stone and Neal Shusterman, author of Dry, a book he co-wrote with his son Jarrod Shusterman.