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The first author I met was Ernest Cline (Ready Player One, Armada). My librarian friend drug me to see him for his Armada release at Book People. I didn’t read Ready Player One, and I still haven’t read it or my signed copy of Armada.
Ernest Cline was funny to listen to, but it was a long wait for him to arrive and then an hour for his talk. I was ready to sit down and get on with my life.
In 2015 I went to Texas Teen Book Festival for the first time. The keynote speaker was Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on Sesame Street.
Pierce Brown, Claudia Gray, Sophie Jordan, Jenny Martin, Rick Yancy were on a panel talking about the future settings of their books and a lot about killing off characters. Honestly, I think this was the panel that was the most fun all day.
Libba Bray and David Levithan closed the day out with a comedic skit. There were a lot of other authors there that year, but these are the ones I really remember best.
I went again in 2016. This time I drove by myself. There were limited amount and variety in books for sale, fewer signings, fewer panels, and six of the seven panels overlapped. The two panels I enjoyed the most were about keeping secrets and identity. Conner Roehing, Carrie Jones, Sherri L. Smith, Adriana Mather, and Maggie Thrash were on the first panel. Isabel Quintero, Jeffrey Seif, Paula Garner, and Joe Jimenez were on the second panel. I liked Isabel and Joe’s input the best on their panel. After the festival concluded, my teacher friends and I went to see Miss Peregrine’s House of Peculiar Children.
In September 2017, Jason Reynolds came to my school. We were selected from a grant and he came to our school and went to a few other Austin-area schools.
In 2017 I went to TTBF again and this time I think they tried to scale back some. There were not near as many books available for purchase. Perhaps it was just me, but the author representation seemed slim compared to previous years, too. I was so excited because Texas Teen Book Festival reposted my book haul photo! 🙂
I saw Jason Reynolds again, and a classmate from college, Lizzie Velasquez. Marie Lu was one of the keynote speakers talking about her new book Warcross. The Fate panel was actually pretty fun. Julie Murphy, Kathryn Ormsbee, Mackenzi Lee, Adam Silver, and Jenna Evans Welch were on the panel and were a ball. Another panel had Jennifer Mathieu, Anna-Marie McLemure, Connor Roehing, and Mitali Perkins.