Pasadena Teen Book Festival

Cross-posted from Pasadena Public Library Teens Blog
  On April 26, nearly 150 guests gathered at Pasadena 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 through the auditorium, Great Hall, West Patio, and the Story Room.  All attendees received tote bags (designed by Alethea Allarey, a co-founder of Bridge to Books).  Vroman’s Bookstore handle books sales for us.
Photo by Katie Ferguson


Keynote speaker: Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle
Special guest: Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle
Speaking Authors
Jesse Andrews, author of Me and Earl and The Dying Girl
Me and Earl and  The Dying Girl
Carrie Arcos, author of There Will Come a Time
Carrie Arcos There Will Come a Time
Katherine Ewell, author of Dear Killer
Katherine Ewell Dear Killer
Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7s
Holly Goldberg Sloan Counting by 7s
Aaron Hartzler, author of Rapture Practice
Rapture Practice
Tracy Holczer, author of The Secret Hum of a Daisy Tracy Holczer The Secret Hum  of a Daisy
Kristen Kittscher, author of The Wig in the Window
Kristen Kittscher The Wig in the Window
Catherine Linka, author of A Girl Called Fearless
Catherine Linka A Girl Called Fearless
Gretchen McNeil, author of 3:59
Lissa Price, author of Enders
Elizabeth Ross, author of Belle Epoque
Belle Epoque
Frances Sackett, author of The Misadventures of the Magician's Dog
The Misadventures of 
the Magician’s Dog
Rachel Searles, author of The Lost Planet
The Lost Planet
Sarah Skilton, author of High and Dry
High & Dry
Amy Spalding, author of Ink Is Thicker Than Water
Ink Is Thicker than Water
Ann Redisch Stampler, author of Afterparty
Margaret Stohl, author of Icons
Carol Tanzman, author of Circle of Silence
Circle of Silence
Amy Tintera, author of Reboot
Lisa Yee, author of Warp Speed
Warp Speed
Allen Zadoff, author of Boy Nobody
Boy Nobody
Signing only

Schedule of events

Photo by Alfonso Huerta
11:30 am Vroman’s book sale table opens Check-in begins
Photo by Alfonso Huerta
12:00 pm – Auditorium Welcome & Announcements 12:10 pm – Auditorium Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle Keynote speech, followed by a conversation with Aaron Hartzler, author of Rapture Practice 12:50 pm – Story Hour Room Andrew Smith signing
Photo by Katie Ferguson
12:50 pm – Auditorium YA in Real Life:  Amy Spalding (Ink Is Thicker Than Water), moderator Jesse Andrews (Me and Earl and The Dying Girl), Carrie Arcos (There Will Come a Time), Aaron Hartzler (Rapture Practice), Ann Redisch Stampler (Afterparty) 1:40 pm – West Patio YA in Real Life panel signing with Maurene Goo (Since You Asked…) and Laurisa White Reyes (The Last Enchanter)
Photo by Alfonso Huerta
1:40 pm – Auditorium Thrills & Chills:  Gretchen McNeil (3:59), moderator, Catherine Linka (A Girl Called Fearless), Lissa Price (Enders), Sarah Skilton (High & Dry), Carol Tanzman (Circle of Silence) 2:30 pm – West Patio Thrills & Chills and Middle Grade Authors panels signing
Photo by Alfonso Huerta
2:30 pm – Auditorium What’s Your Superpower?:  Margaret Stohl (Icons), moderator, Katherine Ewell (Dear Killer), Elizabeth Ross (Belle Epoque), Amy Tintera (Reboot), Allen Zadoff (Boy Nobody/The Unknown Assassin) 3:15 pm – West Patio What’s Your Superpower? panel signing
Photo by Katie Ferguson
3:15 pm – Auditorium Middle Grade Authors: Alyson Beecher moderator (from Bridge to Books), Tracy Holczer (The Secret Hum of a Daisy), Kristen Kittscher (The Wig in the Window), Frances Sackett (The Misadventures of the Magician’s Dog), Rachel Searles (The Lost Planet), Holly Goldberg Sloan (Counting by 7s), Lisa Yee (Warp Speed) 3:55 pm – Auditorium Closing announcements

Thanks to the excellent publicity efforts by our partner Bridge to Books, the social media coverage was impressive. Check it out!

Photo by Alfonso Huerta
Photo by Katie Ferguson
Photo by Alfonso Huerta
Photo by Katie Ferguson
Photo by Katie Ferguson
Photo by Katie Ferguson
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Thank you

On behalf of the Pasadena Public Library, we would like to thank our partner Bridge to Books, the teen volunteers, volunteers from YA Book Council, Vroman’s Bookstore, and all the tweeps and bloggers out there for helping to make this happen.  We’d also like to thank Macmillan Kids, Random House, and Scholastic for swag donations.
For more info about upcoming events at the library, visit For info about Bridge to Books, visit For questions about this event, email Jane Gov at

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