I love book festivals! Who doesn’t? The chance to talk to others about books, interact with authors you love, and discover new favorites … Anyways, last year I attended the first YALLWest and in November I attended YALLFest, and I’m very excited to say I’ll be at YALLWest this weekend. Here’s all you need to know about the festival.
What I’m most excited for
- Fierce Friday! I don’t quite know what to expect from this, but really love a lot of the authors. It’ll be fun.
- The book swap! It’s on at 2pm and I’m so excited to get some new reads and swap away some favorites.
- History is Not So Boring panel. I love historical fiction and am excited to see what these wonderful authors bring to the table. (Saturday 4pm)
- Of course, the Saturday night keynote at 5pm. It’s always a blast.
- Tahereh Mafi and Marie Lu Opening Keynote Discussion at 11am. Two of my favorite authors who always have something interesting to say and have th coolest sense of style. In fact- Tahereh has style blog- check it out here
- Myths and Legends Panel at 2pm. I’m super excited to here Evelyn Skye speak- I loved her debut The Crown’s Game (my review here).
- And of course so many other panels/signings/events/everything! Find the full list here.
Tips for first time festival-goers
- You can’t go to every panel you want to, even if they’re all at different times. Sorry, you just can’t.
- A lot like that, don’t plan for panels and signings all day. There are great events, games, and meet ups all the time that you’ll miss if you’re in signing lines the whole time.
- Don’t be afraid to talk to authors. They don’t bite, and as long as they’re not rushing to get somewhere, most of them would be happy to chat
- Bring money for books and food. I mean, an In N Out food truck… how can you not?
- Bring backup! A friend or family member is always a good idea, and will hold all your new books!
- If you only go to two panels, here are the two:
- Good Writers, Bad Writing. This one is absolutely hilarious. (Saturday at 12 and Sunday at 1). It was my favorite in Charleston and in Santa Monica last year. It’s just the best.
- Strong Female Characters (Ugh!). This panel is not a new one, but the message is so important and the feminist dialogue is great. (Sunday at 12)