For those who don't know, Yallfest is an annual young adult festival held in Charleston, South Carolina. It's my first time going and I'm soo freaking excited! I'm going with my friend Jessica and her mom, who I've known my whole life. We're driving down Friday and coming back Monday. The festival itself is on Saturday, November 10th. There's going to be 49 authors there, with panels and signings galore!
I have in mind the authors I HAVE to see and then the ones I'd like to see if there's time. I just have no idea what to expect, as I've never been there.
Here's the list of authors going (I've highlighted the authors who I've read books by):
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Sarah Rees Brennan
Melissa de la Cruz
David Macinnis Gill
Trenton Lee Stewart
John Corey Whaley
The authors on my MUST-SEE/sign list are:
1. David Levithan (Every Day, Dash & Lily's Book of Dares)
2. Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices)
3. Carry Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth)
4. Jenny Han (The Summer I Turned Pretty)
5. Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss; Lola and the Boy Next Door)
6. Simone Elkeles (Perfect Chemistry)
7. Ellen Hopkins (Perfect, Crank, Impulse, etc.)
Those are my tops. I don't know how the timing of everything is going to work. There will be panels throughout the day and the authors only sign at certain times. There's also a keynote presentation with Cassandra Clare and Holly Black that morning and then at the end of the day there is the YA Smackdown. I'll be going to both of those. So. I'm soo excited and a little bit terrified. I don't think I've ever been to Charleston. I've been to Myrtle Beach plenty of times as a kid. SO I'm also excited to go someplace new and do a little sightseeing. Not sure what else is on the agenda at this point yet.
If there's anyone who has gone to Yallfest in the past I would LOVE to get some pointers from you! As far as what to expect, thoughts on bringing books from home to have signed, etc. I already own books on all the above authors that I want signings from..I was thinking of just bringing a bookbag?
I'll DEF be doing a post-Yallfest post! I'm going to try and do some pre-scheduled posts for this weekend when I'm not around. I, unfortunately, am one of few people who actually does NOT have a smart phone. So I am going to be unable to get on the Internet while I'm away. Twitter is a completely foreign concept to me.
Yay! 4 day workweek!! :)