Pasadena Loves YA 2017

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Our fourth annual teen book festival, Pasadena Loves YA, featured 17 authors, 4 panels, and a book blitz. We owe a gazillion thanks to everyone who helped with the event including all the participating authors who not only donated their time and expertise, but also took care of their own […]

Mermaids, Magic, and String Theory: How Authors Create Fantasy Worlds

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Transcript by Hadley Willman, grade 11 Photos by Katie Ferguson The second panel of the Pasadena Loves YA event was called Mermaids, Magic, and String Theory: How Authors Create Fantasy Worlds. Participating panel speakers were Josephine Angelini, author of the Worldwalker trilogy, Tobie Easton, author of the Mer Chronicles, Shannon […]

Pasadena Loves YA 2016

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Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s Pasadena Loves YA. This was our third teen festival here at Pasadena Public Library, and it’s quite amazing to see how it has grown.  We hoped you enjoyed meeting 19 amazing YA authors and making friends with other fans. Thank you to […]

Interview with Shannon Messenger

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    In August, one of our teen reviewers got the chance to snag a Skype interview with Shannon Messenger, one of the authors who will be featured at our annual Pasadena Loves YA book festival on September 17. The two series under her name are the ongoing middle grade […]

Pasadena Loves YA: Fantasy & Sci-Fi

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recap by Hadley, teen blogger The YA Sci-Fi and Fantasy panel featured Jessica Brody, author of the Unremembered series, Romina Russell, author of Zodiac, and Kiersten White, author of Illusions of Fate. The moderator of the panel was Livia Blackburne, author of Midnight Thief.   What makes your story unique compared to other […]

Writing with authors Nicole Maggi, Michelle Levy, and Charlotte Huang

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recap by Madison Comick, Grade 8   I participated in a Young Adult Writing Workshop at the Pasadena Central Library. The workshop leaders were Nicole Maggi, author of Winter Falls, In the Mouth of the Wolf, and The Forgetting, and Michelle Levy, author of Not After Everything, which debuts August 4, 2015.  Nicole […]

Pasadena Loves YA: Second Chances

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by Hadley, teen blogger “Second Chances” featured Brandy Colbert, author of Pointe, Morgan Matson, author of Since You’ve Been Gone, Sarah Tomp, author of My Best Everything, and the panel moderator, Lauren Miller, author of Free to Fall among other well-known novels. The questions varied from asking about life before writing to […]

Pasadena Loves YA: THANK YOU

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Uniting fans and authors… On Saturday, May 23, twenty Young Adult authors and nearly 450 guests gathered at the second annual teen book festival, Pasadena Loves YA at Pasadena Central Library. The keynote speaker was Mary McCoy, author of Dead to Me (and a teen librarian at Los Angeles Public Library).  All authors […]

What’s Your Superpower? — writing workshop and conversation with Author Amy Tintera

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Our focus for June was SUPERPOWERS!  We had a short writing exercise followed by a conversation with special guests author Amy Tintera and writer Kimberly Cooper, who answered writing and publishing questions posed by the teens. Writing prompt We started out with brainstorming on various superpowers.  There are usual superpowers […]

Shadow and Bone — discussion recap

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May’s book discussion pick was Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo     What we did Shadow and Bone author Leigh Bardugo brightened up our meeting by joining us via Skype!  Each attendee asked multiple questions about the book, her ideas, and career.  We also discussed her book at length […]