Austin Teen Book Festival — Palmer Events Center, September 29th

I am looking forward to the Austin Teen Book Festival, which will be taking place at the Palmer Events Center in Austin on September 29th from 9:30 am – 5 pm. The festival is sponsored by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation and BookPeople, a local bookstore. The festival is in its third year and is the biggest book festival of its kind in the country. Festival Director Heather Schubert says of the festival, “The Austin Teen Book Festival’s rapid growth is a testament to the extent to which the event is valued by teens, parents, librarians, and teachers.” This year they are expecting a crowd of over 4,000 people!

For more information about Festival, please check out their website at:

Or their Facebook page at:!/pages/Austin-Teen-Book-Festival/279530382062638

The keynote speakers at this year’s Festival will be Neal Shusterman and Libba Bray.

Neal Shusterman will be speaking about the sequel to his 2007 book, Unwind.


In a future world, parents may “unwind,” or disassemble, their offspring between the ages of thirteen and eighteen to harvest their body parts for others’ use. Teens Connor, Risa, and Lev fight to uphold their beliefs and perhaps save their own lives.

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Libba Bray won the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction from the American Library Assocation for her book, Going Bovine.

GOING BOVINE                                                          

After sixteen-year-old Cameron Smith is diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob, aka mad cow, disease, he sets off in search of a cure with a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital. Strong language. Michael L. Printz Award.                                                                                                                             

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There will be panel discussions on a variety of topics, and the authors will speak on these panels throughout the day.

This year’s panels include:

  • “Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads,” featuring Neal Shusterman, Marissa Meyer, Rachel Cohn, Jeff Hirsch, and Dan Krokos, and moderated by Greg Leitich Smith.
  • “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore,” featuring Libba Bray, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Leigh Barduga, and Rae Carson, and moderated by Sarah Rees Brennan.
  • “Creature Comfort,” featuring Scott Speer, Anna Banks, Gina Damico, Tara Hudson, and Martha Brockenbrough, and moderated by Sophie Jordan.
  • “Real Life Happens,” featuring Jesse Andrews, Elizabeth Scott, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, E.M. Kokie, and Jessica Lee Anderson, and moderated by John Corey Whaley.

Moderator John Corey Whaley won the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction and the William A Morris YA Debut Award for his novel, Where Things Come Back.

WHERE THINGS COME BACK                                              

Seventeen-year-old Cullen Witter believes he knows everything about his dreary town of Lily, Arkansas. Then his cousin dies from an overdose, his brother Gabriel goes missing, and an extinct woodpecker reemerges. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. Printz and Morris Awards.                                                                                                                         

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  • “The Thrill of the Chase,” featuring Will Richter, Lex Thomas, Eliot Schrefer, and Allie Carter, and moderated by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
  • “What Would You Do For Love?,” featuring Allie Condie, Kresley Cole, Jessica Shirvington, Tamara Ireland Stone, and Jessica Khoury, and moderated by Tracy Deebs.

TBP has books by many of the authors attending the festival in our collection, such as Libba Bray, Sarah Rees Brennan, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Ally Carter, Rachel Cohn, Ally Condie Kami Garcia, Neal Shusterman, John Corey Whaley.

The Teen Book Festival should be a great event for readers and writers of Teen fiction. Hope to see you there!