Nearly 70 authors will be participating in book signings, special events, panel discussions, and keynote conversations during YALLFest 2019,, presented by Underlined. Keynote events are ticketed and will be held at Charleston Music Hall on Saturday, Nov. 9. The festival wraps up with the can’t-miss YA Smackdown on Saturday evening, hosted by authors Nic Stone and Angie Thomas.
10:00 AM: OPENING KEYNOTE CONVERSATION WITH HOLLY BLACK AND TOCHI ONYEBUCHI
Presented by Penguin Teen.
Powerhouse of inventive YA fantasy Holly Black (The Cruel Prince) and and sparkling up-and-coming talent Tochi Onyebuchi (Beasts Made of Night) give us a glimpse into their magical minds in an unforgettable opening keynote conversation.
1:00 PM: SPOTLIGHT ON: KATE DICAMILLO AND ROSHANI CHOKSHI
Presented by Disney Worldwide Publishing.
Join beloved authors of novels for all ages, Kate DiCamillo (Beverly, Right Here) and Roshani Chokshi (Aru Shah and the Song of Death) as they discuss telling tales that children love, following their imaginations into an astonishing variety of stories, and how, exactly, you entertain and inspire choosy readers by the thousands.
5:00 PM: CLOSING KEYNOTE CONVERSATION WITH KAREN MCMANUS AND STEPHANIE GARBER
Presented by Flatiron Books and Underlined.
Master of the YA thriller Karen McManus (Two Can Keep a Secret) joins with the lush imagination of Stephanie Garber (Finale) in a conversation that will keep you on the edge of your seat, at the outer limit of your dreams, and ready to devour their unputdownable novels. Craft, creativity, and killer plots will close out this year’s YALLFest.
6:00 PM: YA SMACKDOWN
Presented by Reading Partners.
YALLFest’s most beloved tradition, the Smackdown, will bring your favorite authors on stage with hosts Angie Thomas and Nic Stone for games, laughs, tears and dancing.
Charleston Music Hall
37 John Street
Charleston, South Carolina, 29403