This past weekend I had the honor of attending the Austin Teen Book Festival in Texas. The enthusiasm of so many young adult readers was inspirational and was a gift to witness. The keynote speaker was New York Times Bestselling author Ellen Hopkins. A plethora of top names in Young Adult literature were flown in from as far off as Canada and Australia. They included our own potato, S. (Stephanie) A. Bodeen, James Dashner, Ally Carter, Pam Bachorz, Catherine Jinks, Jon Skovron, Kenneth Oppel, Susan Colasanti, Charles Benoit, Melissa de la Cruz, Nancy Werlin, Alexandra Adornetto Kiersten White and Sophie Jordan. Wonderful company, with an overflowing audience as well. And to top it off, time shared with my friend Stephanie!
To learn more, check out thier website-- austinteenbookfestival.com