We’re coming for you, California! 🛫
Team Epic Reads is headed back to the west coast for YALLWEST Book Festival and we absolutely cannot wait to see everyone there. We’ll be there all day on Saturday, May 4th, and we know you book nerds like to be prepared so we have all our epic events—plus special author moments, panel shout outs, and more—below! Plus, there’s an all-day feature that we’re bringing out for y’all that we’ve never done before. We’re so excited!
Epic Reads at YALLWEST
HERE’S EVERYTHING AT BOOTH #105
11:00AM–4:00PM | Sign up for the first-ever Epic Reads Casting Call!
We’re looking for book nerds ready to step into the spotlight. Come by and share your favorite books, rave about your favorite authors, and go full-on book nerdy about your love of YA. Interested in becoming a star or making a cameo in an Epic Reads video? Just come to the Epic Reads booth to sign up! We’ll take care of the rest. Soon enough you can see yourself on the small-screen—and we promise some fun surprises along the way!
10:00AM | Fantasy galley giveaway
Make it to Booth #105 in time and you can be one of the first to read one of these truly epic upcoming fantasy novels! You’ll have the choice between advance copies of the following, while supplies last:
- The Beholder by Anna Bright
- Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
- Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
- Crier’s War by Nina Varela
11:00AM | Let’s celebrate Epic Pride!
Get a head start on Pride Month celebrations with the chance to score an advance copy of Like a Love Story—and get it signed by author Abdi Nazemian! But that’s not all, because we’ll also have special Epic Pride bandanas for you to rep your pride proudly.
1:00PM | Contemporary galley giveaway
Fantasy not your thing? No worries! We’ll have a second round of galley giveaways Saturday afternoon for fans of romance, road trips, and all things realistic. Follow your heart with an advance copy of these incredible books while supplies last:
- With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
- Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry
- Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson
- I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
12:00PM | Magic abounds in Nocturna
Swing by Booth #105 to celebrate the launch of this epic new Latinx-inspired fantasy series with a delicious lunchtime treat—and for the chance to win a finished copy before it hits shelves!
To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her… and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks.
As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced into an impossible mission: steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or be stripped of her magic forever…
2:00PM | Join us for the Sarah Dessen Ice Cream Social
All book nerds know one thing to be true: Summer isn’t summer without a Sarah Dessen book to read. And this summer, we have one that will have you in your feels year-round—The Rest of the Story! Stop by Booth #105 for an advance copy while supplies last, plus a sweet scoop of Van Leeuwen ice cream. Is there any better way to celebrate the day?!
Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when Emma was twelve. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.
Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family that she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl…
Epic Authors at YALLWEST
DON’T MISS THESE SUPERSTARS
Of course if you’re headed to YALLWEST, you want to see some panels! Getting to see your fave authors discuss literally anything is always a good time. YALLWEST has a full schedule on their website here, but we wanted to pull out some highlights for you, in case you’re a TL;DR kind of person. And hey, no judgment. Book nerds have to prioritize their reading time, right?!
11:00AM | If Nobody Dates IRL, Why Are Rom-Coms on the Rise? 💕
LOCATION: BARNUM HALL
What’s with the return of the rom-com in an era when fewer teens than ever are dating? Why the interest in fictional dates if teens IRL rarely go on them? Is human-to-human romance overrated? Featuring: Mary H. K. Choi, Melissa De La Cruz (moderator), Sarah Dessen, Sandhya Menon, Adam Silvera, Jennifer E. Smith and David Yoon
12:00PM | Our Fave Villains (+ the Bad Guys They Write About) 🌚🌝
LOCATION: BARNUM HALL
If heroes are defined by the villains they face, who defines the villains? Featuring: Pseudonymous Bosch, Alexandra Bracken (moderator), Soman Chainani, Ally Condie, Tahereh Mafi, Karen M. McManus and Ransom Riggs
1:00PM | Stronger 💪
LOCATION: BARNUM HALL
It’s the year of the female superhero + yet festivals still have panels called “Strong Female Characters.” When can women just be characters? When can women writers just be writers? Do women have to be a different kind of strong then men? Do they have to be a different kind of writer? Featuring: Somaiya Daud, Shannon Hale, Natasha Ngan, Busy Phillips, Erika L. Sánchez, Margaret Stohl (moderator) and Angie Thomas
Signings will take place throughout the day! Some of our authors are listed below, but please check the official YALLWEST schedule to see details pertaining to rules, limitations, and early timing for each one. This is meant to help you get an idea of your day, but is in no way complete. Make sure you read all the details on their official site!
11:00AM | Innovation Quad
- Lauren Oliver
12:00PM | Innovation Quad
- Veronica Roth*
1:00PM | Innovation Quad
- Sarah Dessen*
- Katy Loutzenhiser
- Tahereh Mafi*
- Adam Silvera*
2:00PM | Innovation Quad
- Audrey Coulthurst
- Abdi Nazemian
- Angie Thomas*
3:00PM | Innovation Quad
- Maya Motayne
5:00PM | Innovation Quad
- Brittany Cavallaro
- Mindy McGinnis
* Denotes special rules apply. Please check the YALLWEST site!
Will we see you at YALLWEST this year?! Let us know! We can’t wait to *book shimmy* with y’all!