[image-2] [image-3]Remember, way back when, those dog days of summer, being a kid in the public library, either by choice or by parental force, skimming through plastic-covered hardbacks and flimsy, yellowed paperbacks, looking for something that you could sink your prepubescent teeth into? And then, when you found it. Whether it was the Redwall series (a personal fave), Goosebumps, Nancy Drew, Harry Potter, wherever your literary tastes led you, it was like a weight was lifted. You knew that for the next few hours, or days, hell even weeks, you had a treasure to return to.

Every November, thanks to YALLFest, we get to relive those glorious days of seeking solace in the crisp pages of a well-loved book, and we get to share that love with the next generation. Last year, the fest drew more than 13,000 young adult and middle grade readers on a single Saturday. This year, a star-studded lineup of keynote authors is sure to attract even bigger crowds, both young and old (we already have our calendars fully cleared).

[image-1]Lovable actor and funnyman Jason Segel (yes, that Jason Segel), who also happens to be a best-selling author, will be at YALLFest with co-author Kirsten Miller speaking about their stories on Sat. November 11. The two are behind the Nightmares! series, “hilariously frightening” middle grade novels.

Authors Marissa Meyer (Heartless, Lunar Chronicles) and Cassandra Clare (Lord of Shadows, Shadowhunter series) team up to discuss their works in a keynote conversation. Meyer’s Renegades will be released Nov. 7, days before the fest. To mark the occasion, MacMillan Fierce Reads will be giving away a $1,500 travel voucher for a Meyer fan and friend to come to Charleston. The winners will also receive front row seats at Meyer and Clare’s keynote, tickets to Fierce Read-sponsored events, and invitations to a Renegades celebration. Register to win between July 7-25 at Jointherenegades.com.

Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls) flies in from London to take part in a conversation about his newest teen novel Release. Ness will be joined by Renée Ahdieh who will be on hand to discuss her historical fantasy Flame in the Mist.


Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give is a story of racial violence told through the eyes of an African-American heroine. A huge YA 2017 debut, Thomas’ book has been on the New York Times bestseller list since February. Thomas is joined by Becky Albertalli, whose tale of a high school teen’s coming out story, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, is being made into a movie.

Tickets for the 2017 YALLFest keynote talks and featured events go on sale August 1.