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 […]

Pasadena Loves YA: From Draft to Finish Line

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recap by Hadley, teen blogger “From Draft to Finish Line” featured four authors from HarperCollins Publishers. The panel moderator was Kody Keplinger, well renowned author of The Duff as well as featured title Lying Out Loud. The other three authors were Victoria Aveyard, author of Red Queen, Alexis Bass, author of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Teen Book Festival — photos, recap, & thank yous

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On April 26, nearly 150 guests gathered at Central Library to meet, get books signed, and hear 20 YA and middle grade authors speak at the 2014 Pasadena Teen Book Festival.  Teens, Bridge to Books, and YA Book Council volunteers managed registration, setup, and book signing lines as guests poured […]