• Texas Teen Book Festival
We’re excited to announce the annual Texas Teen Book Festival will take place October 12 at Southwestern University this year. 

We can’t wait to celebrate Young Adult books, authors, and readers of all ages! Make sure you’re following their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates on all things TTBF, and in the meantime, #ReadEverything.

Schedule of Events

10:00 a.m.

Author Introductions + Keynote Address with Erika Sánchez
Alma Thomas Theater(10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)

11:15 a.m.

What’s Your Platform: How to Find Your Voice and Make Your Mark
Author Panel, Alma Thomas Theater (11:15 AM – 12:00 PM) From YouTube to podcasts to journalism, these multi-talented authors have each made their mark in the media in a different way. Join them in the theater at 11:15 for a can’t-miss conversation about finding the right platform for your unique voice.

Featuring: Mary H.K. Choi, Akilah Hughes, Lauren Shippen
Moderator: Ashley Nguyen

Kill Your Darlings
Author Panel, McCombs Center Ballroom (11:15 AM – 12:15 PM)
Mystery, mayhem, and murder take center stage in these decidedly twisted tales. Stop by the ballroom at 11:15 to plumb the depths with five ruthless authors who aren’t afraid of the dark.  

Featuring: Renée Ahdieh, Amy Rose Capetta, Jennifer Donaldson, Lamar Giles, Gretchen McNeil
Moderator: Rachel Roepke

12:15 p.m.

Let’s Go to the Movies with the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival!
Special screening, Alma Thomas Theater (12:15 PM – 1:15 PM)
Join us for a special screening of some of the all-time best movies submitted to the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, a yearly video contest in which young filmmakers create movies that tell the stories of Newbery award-winning books in about 90 seconds. Come to the theater at 12:15 to see some weird, creative, funny, sweet films and get some expert tips on how to make your own!

Hosted by author and 90-Second Newbery founder James Kennedy and Newbery Honor recipient, author Thanhha Lai.

Signing Session 1
Signing Tent, Academic Mall (12:15 PM – 1:00 PM)

Authors: Katharyn Blair, Amy Rose Capetta, Lamar Giles, Bill Konigsberg, Gretchen McNeil, Abdi Nazemian, Erika Sánchez, Alex Temblador

1:30 p.m.

Reality Bytes
Author Panel, Alma Thomas Theater (1:30 PM – 2:15 PM)
Who we are online can feel inseparable from who we are in life. But these identities aren’t always as aligned as they seem. Stop by the theater at 1:30 to hear four cyber-savvy novelists explore what happens when realities collide.

Featuring: Arvin Ahmadi, Mary H.K. Choi, Katharyn Blair, Brittney Morris
Moderator: James Kennedy

Even Stranger Things
Author Panel, McCombs Center Ballroom (1:30 PM – 2:15 PM)
Powers strange and perilous flow through the pens of these five novelists. Join them in the ballroom at 1:30 to discover the magic that lurks within. Just be warned: power always comes with a price.

Featuring: Margaret Owen, Kristina Pérez, Katy Rose Pool, Lauren Shippen, Alexandra Villasante
Moderator: Griffin Mauser

Signing Session 2
Tent, Academic Mall (1:30 PM-2:15 PM)

Authors: Kat Cho, Jennifer Donnelly, Akwaeke Emezi, Thanhha Lai, Sandhya Menon, Christopher Myers, Rory Power, Misa Sugiura, Kate Williams


It’s Our World. Now What?
Author Panel, Alma Thomas Theater (2:30 PM – 3:15 PM)
The world is so big that it’s easy to feel small. But change has to begin somewhere—you just have to decide where to start. Join us in the theater at 2:30 to hear from five feisty authors about what it means to make the world your own.

Featuring: Joelle Charbonneau, e. E. Charlton-Trujillo, Brandy Colbert, Akwaeke Emezi
Moderator: Christopher Myers

Love Me for Who I Am
Author Panel, McCombs Center Ballroom (2:30 PM – 3:15 PM)
Falling in love should feel easy (right?), but life isn’t always that simple. Join these five insightful authors in the ballroom at 2:30 to discuss how to balance where we come from with who we love and who we want to be.

Featuring: Nandini Bajpai, Bill Konigsberg, Abdi Nazemian, Gabby Rivera, David Yoon
Moderator: Ami Gandhi

Signing Session 3
Signing Tent, Academic Mall (2:30 PM – 3:15 PM)

Authors: Arvin Ahmadi, James Kennedy, Tricia Levenseller, Brittany Morris, Margaret Owen, Kristina Pérez, Katy Rose Pool, Lauren Shippen, Alexandra Villasante


Fresh Ink Winners Presentation + Keynote Address with Akilah Hughes
Alma Thomas Theater (3:30 PM -4:30 PM)


Fierce, Funny, and Fearless
Author Panel, Alma Thomas Theater (4:45 PM- 5:30 PM)
They’re fierce. They’re funny. And they’re downright fearless in a tough spot. Come to the theater at 4:45 for a panel full of dynamic heroines and the wild thrill of adventure. What more can you possibly want?

Featuring: Kat Cho, Jennifer Donnelly, Tricia Levenseller, Rory Power, Kate Williams
Moderator: Mandy Curtis

This Is Us
Author Panel, McCombs Center Ballroom (4:45 PM – 5:30 PM)
Full of joys, frustrations, and outright contradictions, our families can be a lot. But, really, who would we be without them? Join these five authors in the ballroom at 4:45 to face the drama and tackle the messy truth head-on. 

Featuring: Thanhha Lai, Sandhya Menon, Erika Sánchez, Misa Sugiura, Alex Temblador
Moderator: Ashley Nguyen

Signing Session 4
Signing Tent, Academic Mall (4:45 PM – 5:30 PM)

Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Nandini Bajpai, Joelle Charbonneau, e. E. Charlton-Trujillo, Mary H.K. Choi, Brandy Colbert, Jennifer Donaldson, Akilah Hughes, Gabby Rivera, David Yoon


All Author Signing Session
Academic Mall Tent Area (5:45 PM – 6:30 PM)

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