The Vegas Valley Book Festival will host one of the region’s largest gatherings of young adult authors Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School in downtown Las Vegas at 401 S. Fourth St. An expected 33 authors of young adult fiction will participate in panel discussions, readings and conversations in the festival’s reader’s tent located at the Young Adult Festival Plaza at the south end of the school campus.
Barnes & Noble will host a festival sales booth that will include a wide variety of books for young adults, including those of participating authors.
A special feature of the young adult program this year is the school visits project, which will send an expected 21 authors into 32 local schools. The young adult program, aimed at audiences 12-18 years of age, was introduced last year and drew new audiences to the festival.
“Many readers feel that young adult literature is compelling to teens because it provides a slice of life that is real to them, while not being pretentious or judgmental,” Festival Literary Chair Eileen Horn said. “Teens can identify with main characters that are grounded in their own similar struggles, knowing they are not alone in facing a similar situation.”
Young Adult Programs Schedule Nov. 3
10-11 a.m. “Writing for Teens,” a workshop presented by bestselling author Matt de la Pena in Room 125. Get tips and advice on writing for teens.
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. “Who Says There’s Not Something for Everyone?” Matt de la Pena, Sara Zarr, Simone Elkeles, Kirsten Hubbard, Abby McDonald, Stephanie Perkins and moderator Lindsey Leavitt will discuss the wide range of contemporary fiction available for teens.
12:30-1:30 p.m. “Paranormal Lover’s Paradise: Vampire, Angel, Ghost or Zombie.” Daniel Marks, Daniel Waters, Dan Haring, Sara Wilson Etienne, Lauren Kate, Emily McKay, Melissa de la Cruz, and Suzanne Selfors will engage in a lively conversation about the diverse characters, real and unreal, in young adult fantasy, in a panel moderated by Kevin Emerson.
1:45-2:45 p.m. “Girl Power: From Sweet to Spicy (and Sometimes Cyborg!). Jen Calonita, Kieran Scott, Elizabeth Eulberg, Kiera Cass, Ginger Rue, Kody Keplinger, Marissa Meyer, Rosemary Clement-Moore and moderator Suzanne Young will talk about the many strong and independent female characters in today’s young adult fiction.
3-5 p.m. Book signings in the reader’s tent by visiting authors.
7:30-9:30 p.m. The young adult program concludes with the Steampunk Ball, in the chapel of Bunkers Mortuary, 925 Las Vegas Blvd. North. Bestselling authors Kiersten White, Suzanne Lazear and Bethany Griffin will read excerpts from their works. A reception, book signings, photo opportunities and other activities are planned. The event is free and open to the public.
This year’s young adult program sponsors include Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Clark County School Librarians Association, City National Bank and several local schools.
The Vegas Valley Book Festival, now in its 11th year, will take place Nov. 1-3, with most programs scheduled at the Historic Fifth Street School and the Clark County Library, located at 1401 E. Flamingo Road. The festival is produced by the city of Las Vegas; Las Vegas-Clark County Library District; UNLV’s Black Mountain Institute; American Institute of Graphic Artists, Las Vegas chapter; Las Vegas Review-Journal; and Nevada Humanities, a festival founder. A schedule of events and a roster of featured authors will be posted online at www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org and updated as information becomes available. For more information about the Vegas Valley Book Festival, please call (702) 229-5431 or go online to www.artslasvegas.org.