Y'ALL STAY AT HOME Virtual Festival This Weekend, April 25th - 26th, 2020!

Hi bookworms! Are you sad that all of your author signings and book conferences and festivals have been cancelled this year? I know I am!

There were a couple of great local signings I'd been looking forward to, a festival, and, of course, the annual Book Expo Conferences. I usually go to BEA, see friends, hear about new fall titles, and see a couple of Broadway shows (Yep, also cancelled).

I'm sure these things make you as sad as they do me, but this is the best thing for us all, too. Thankfully, the authors and publishers are trying to connect with readers virtually and bring us these experiences in new, unexpected ways.

This weekend, YALLWEST, one of the biggest annual book festivals, which always brings out over 20,000 avid readers, becomes Y'ALL STAY HOME -- and hey, I can finally attend because it's always all the way across the country!

The virtual festival will take place this weekend, Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th.
www.yallwest.com will have all the information and sign-ups. The festival will begin at 10 am PST. Keynote Speaker Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn, Stormlight Archive) will make his presentation at 4 pm PST. The final event will take place on Sunday at 5 pm PST with authors reading some of their earliest writing!

YALLWEST was founded by two #1 New York Times Best Selling Authors, Melissa de la Cruz (ALEX AND ELIZA, Disney's Descendants) and Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures). The two co-wrote the upcoming release JO AND LAURIE, which revises the beloved classic Little Women so that Jo and Laurie get together. They'll talk a bit about the process during the 10 am PST opening event.

YALLWEST is the largest gathering of its kind geared exclusively to Young Adult and Middle Grade readers. It offers signings, panels, giveaways, and more.

To bring the experience to readers virtually, the online festival will feature more than 70 authors, and feature online panels and games all weekend long (The full schedule is available at www.yallwest.com), as well as host online giveaways!

The conference also got in touch with twenty schools in LA that are underserved and found ways to connect students to authors and bring them e-books and Zoom visits.

Here are some of the events in store, pulled straight from the press release:

Festival founders and #1 New York Times bestselling authors Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures) and Melissa de la Cruz (The Queen’s Assassin) open the event at 10:00 AM (PDT) by discussing their decade-long collaboration culminating in their upcoming novel, Jo & Laurie

Starsight and Mistborn series author Brandon Sanderson will lead the afternoon keynote at 4:00 PM (PDT). 

Saturday closes as Angie Thomas, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling blockbusters On the Come Up and The Hate U Give, host the annual YALLWEST SMACKDOWN variety show with Nic Stone (Dear Martin). 

Pseudonymous Bosch and Shane Pangburn host a Middle Grade Storyball on Sunday at 10:00 AM (PDT). 

The entire YALLSTAYHOME experience will end with a star-studded lineup of authors reading their earliest writing on Sunday, April 26th at 5:00 PM (PDT). 

Additional YALLSTAYHOME attending authors include Cassandra Clare, Rainbow Rowell, Karen McManus, Maureen Johnson, Ransom Riggs, Victoria Aveyard, Marie Lu, Roshani Chokshi, Mariko Tamaki and many others (see below for full line-up). 

Multiple bestselling authors will appear on the virtual stage for the festival’s Saturday opening and closing events. 

Friday, April 24th will be a Fierce Friday Preview event from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM (PDT). This event is also free, but registration is required. 

Full event schedule and panel registration can be found at yallwest.com/schedule. 

Here are some of the authors who will be in attendance, with more to come! 

Renée Ahdieh 
Melissa Albert 
Becky Albertalli 
Elise Allen 
Janella Angeles 
Victoria Aveyard 
Gwenda Bond 
Pseudonymous Bosch 
Alexandra Bracken 
Julie Buxbaum 
Cecil Castellucci 
Traci Chee 
Soman Chainani 
Roshani Chokshi 
Dhonielle Clayton 
Ally Condie 
Mintie Das 
Charlotte Nicole Davis 
Melissa de la Cruz 
Jennifer De Leon 
Natasha Díaz 
Hafsah Faizal 
Jennifer Donnelly 
Simone Elkeles 
Sarah Enni 
Francesca Flores 
Romina Garber 
Stephanie Garber 
Kami Garcia 
Stuart Gibbs 
Holly Goldberg Sloan 
Adalyn Grace 
Shannon Hale 
Frances Hardinge 
Carlos Hernandez 
Isabel Ibañez 
Jordan Ifueko 
George M Johnson 
Leah Johnson 
Maureen Johnson 
Mike Johnston 
Marisa Kanter 
Amie Kaufman 
Bill Konigsberg 
Jay Kristoff 
Victoria Lee 
David Levithan 
Alex London 
Marie Lu 
Tahereh Mafi 
Sam Maggs 
Karen M. McManus 
Tehlor Kay Mejia 
Shannon Messenger 
Samuel Miller 
Bethany C. Morrow 
Sarah Mlynowski 
Lauren Myracle 
Danielle Paige 
Shane Pangburn 
Lewis Peterson 
Rory Power 
Brendan Reichs 
Ransom Riggs 
Lilliam Rivera 
Margaret Rogerson 
Zan Romanoff 
Rainbow Rowell 
Brandon Sanderson 
Adam Silvera 
Rachel Lynn Solomon 
Tara Sim 
Margaret Stohl 
Nic Stone 
Mariko Tamaki 
Angie Thomas 
Maggie Tokuda-Hall 
Sarah Watson 
David Yoon 
F.C. Yee 
Abigail Hing Wen 
Tracy Wolff 
Nicola Yoon 

Please visit YALLWEST.COM for a full schedule of events and to sign up!