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Epic Reads at YALLFest 2017

It’s almost that time of year again! Team Epic Reads is headed to YALLFest and we are so ready to book shimmy with everyone in Charleston! Check out the schedule below so you don’t miss your chance to meet your favorite authors, attend some pretty awesome panels, and pick up free swag. 😎

Can’t make it to YALLFest 2017? Don’t worry because we’re giving away a prize pack of all our YALLFest goodies to one lucky Epic Reader. Enter for a chance to win here! 

Friday, November 10th

YALLCRAWL 2 – 4 PM
Many of your favorite authors will be signing at shops and businesses along Upper King Street! Featuring:

Patrick Ness
Blue Bicycle Books Tent
420 King Street @ 2 PM

Victoria Aveyard
Kudu
4 Vanderhorst Street @ 2 PM

Becky Albertalli
Pure Theatre
477 King Street @ 2 PM

Lauren Oliver
Blue Bicycle Books Courtyard
420 King Street @ 3 PM

Soman Chainani
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
501 King Street @ 3 PM

Angie Thomas
Pure Theatre
477 King Street @ 3PM

 

Saturday, November 11th

Epic Reads Booth | 10 AM – 5 PM
Swing on by our booth (located on the corner of John Street and Meeting Street) and say hi! We’ll be giving away free swag and advance copies of books while supplies last. A sneak peek of what we’re giving away below…

P.S. If you stop by and show us you follow Three Dark Crowns on Facebook, we’ll hook you up with some series swag!

Opening Keynote: Patrick Ness and Renée Ahdieh | 10 AM
Bestselling and Carnegie medal-winning author Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls) will be flying in from London to take part in the fun and will be featured in a ticketed discussion of his latest book, Release, with #1 New York Times bestseller, Renée Ahdieh (A Flame in the Mist) during the afternoon.

Becky Albertalli Signing
| 10 AM
Best Friend Train Museum, 36 John Street

Soman Chainani Signing | 10 AM
Blue Bicycle Books – Courtyard, 420 King Street

Angie Thomas Signing | 10 AM
Best Friend Train Museum, 36 John Street

Authors as Fans | 11 AM
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street
Moderator Veronica Roth with Leigh Bardugo, Renée Ahdieh, Sabaa Tahir, Stephanie Garber, and Victoria Aveyard. Cosplay is encouraged for this panel, which will explore what you loved as a kid and/or what you love now, and how that informs your writing and creativity. Spoiler: at least one author will come dressed as a Malfoy. 

Romance in All Its Forms | 11 AM
Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street
Moderator Kami Garcia with Lauren Oliver, Roshani Chokshi, Cora Carmack, Cindy Pon, and Nicola Yoon. Ah, romance. When one person meets another and they both fall madly in love. It’s that simple, right? ….Right, guys?

FU (Feminists United) | 11 AM
American Theater – Ballroom, 446 King Street
Moderator Libba Bray with E. Lockhart, Samantha Mabry, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, Mackenzi Lee. Our books are filled with kickass heroines, powerful girls, and wonder women. Our world could use more of them. We’re on it.

Joelle Charbonneau Signing | 11 AM
Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street

Sci-Fi Shenanigans | 12 PM
Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street
Moderator Cindy Pon with Scott Reintgen, Alexandra Bracken, Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller, and Veronica Roth. From space (the final frontier!) to parallel dimensions to time travel to robots, some of your faves talk all things science fiction, why they write it, and what they love most about it.

Yes, More Funny Business | 12 PM
American Theater – Cinema, 446 King Street
Moderator Margaret Stohl with Libba Bray, F.C. Yee, Becky Albertalli, Christina Lauren, and Rebecca Serle. It’s not easy making people laugh — especially on the page. Let’s see if our amusing authors can make you crack a smile while they chat about humor in writing.

Sona Charaipotra | 12 PM
Blue Bicycle Books – Courtyard, 420 King Street

Dhonielle Clayton  | 12 PM
Blue Bicycle Books – Courtyard, 420 King Street

Mackenzi Lee | 12 PM
Best Friend Train Museum, 36 John Street

The Here and Now | 1 PM
Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street
Moderator Kekla Magoon with Angie Thomas, Patrick Ness, Zac Brewer, and Nic Stone. Some of our favorite contemporary authors talk about reflecting the world how it is — and telling the stories that need to be told now.

Monsters and Creatures And Mages and More | 1 PM
American Theater – Ballroom, 446 King Street
Moderator Lisa McMann with Zoraida Córdova, S. Jae-Jones, Carrie Ryan, and Alex R. Kahler
There’s all kinds of magical mayhem in these authors’ books! Hear firsthand how they craft the unique mythologies and monstrosities of their worlds.

Victoria Aveyard Signing | 1 PM
Blue Bicycle Books – Tent, 420 King Street

Genre Wars: Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy | 2 PM
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street
Moderator Dhonielle Clayton with Marissa Meyer, Joelle Charbonneau, Marie Rutkoski, Laini Taylor, Brendan Reichs, and Sarah Beth Durst. Star Trek or a trek to Mordor? Battle school or a school for witchcraft and wizardry? Sci-fi or fantasy? The debate dares authors to make a case for their favorite.

Page to Screen | 2 PM
American Theater – Ballroom, 446 King Street
Moderator Lauren Oliver with Rebecca Serle, Becky Albertalli, David Levithan, Nicola Yoon, and Jesse Andrews. YA authors dish on their upcoming or recent book-to-movie adaptations.

Zac Brewer Signing | 2 PM
Best Friend Train Museum, 36 John Street

Patrick Ness Signing | 2 PM
Blue Bicycle Books – Tent, 420 King Street

Veronica Roth Signing | 2 PM
Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street

Spotlight on: Angie Thomas and Becky Albertalli  | 3 PM
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street
One of the biggest young adult debuts of 2017 is Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give, a story about race and police violence told through the eyes of a teenage African-American heroine. The book has been on the New York Times bestseller list since February. Angie will team up with Becky Albertalli, whose debut Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, exploring the pitfalls of a first same-sex romance in its hero’s coming-out drama, is on its way to the big screen from 20th Century Fox.

Rule-Breakers (And Law-Breakers!) | 3 PM
American Theater – Ballroom, 446 King Street
Moderator Caleb Roehrig with E. Lockhart, Joelle Charbonneau, Tim Floreen, Corrie Wang, Kami Garcia, and Lisa Williamson. Authors talk about their rebellious characters who bend the rules — and sometimes just flat out break them! — as well as how to write about the gray areas of human behavior.

Under the Influence | 3 PM
American Theater – Cinema, 446 King Street
Moderator Danielle Paige with Rhoda Belleza, Hilary Reyl, Mackenzi Lee, and Carrie Ryan
What you love has a lot to do with what you make. So how do you stay original while still being influenced and inspired by the creators who light your fires?

Erin Bowman Signing | 3 PM
Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street

Lauren Oliver Signing | 3 PM
Best Friend Train Museum, 36 John Street

Ever-Expanding Universes | 4 PM
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street
Moderator Leigh Bardugo with Cassandra Clare, Soman Chainani, Margaret Stohl, and Maggie Stiefvater. Spin-offs. Companion worlds. Shared universes. Authors create worlds and then spend an entire series exploring them. Explore the creative process that allows authors to keep it all straight, even as their worlds grow beyond what they first imagined.

Ask Me Anything – The LGBTIA+ Edition | 4 PM
American Theater – Ballroom, 446 King Street
Moderator David Levithan with Tim Floreen, Katherine Locke, Alex R. Kahler, Mackenzi Lee, and Zac Brewer. An informal round table Q&A of authors talk gender and sexuality on and off the page.

Royalty & Political Schemery | 5 PM
Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street
Moderator Renée Ahdieh with Victoria Aveyard, Tomi Adeyemi, Danielle Paige, Sabaa Tahir, and Rhoda Belleza. When you play the game of thrones, you win or … well, you know. Royalty! Intrigue! Cunning! Power! These stories have it all.

Pantsers, Plotters, Plodders, And Procrastinators | 5 PM
American Theater – Cinema, 446 King Street
Moderator Lisa McMann with Erin Bowman, Maggie Thrash, Cora Carmack, and Jenna Evans Welch. Somehow, despite the array of cat videos present on the internet, books are still being written. How does this sorcery occur? Maybe these authors can figure it out together…

 


 

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