April 10, 2014

Pasadena Teen Book Fest Promo & Guest Post by Bridge to Books

at 4/10/2014 12:00:00 AM

Today we have a guest post from Bridge to Books, answers to some Frequently Asked Questions, as well as a couple of giveaways and the renaming contest!

Event date: Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 12pm-4pm

Venue: Pasadena Public Library, 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91101

Free event - Tickets at Eventbrite (SOLD OUT! Wait List is open)

More information - Grab a Badge

Presented by Pasadena Public Library and Bridge to Books

Tue March 25 - Read Now Sleep Later - Spotlight on Catherine Linka
Mon March 31 - The Windy Pages - Spotlight on Gretchen McNeil
Mon March 31 - The Windy Pages - Spotlight on Holly Goldberg Sloan
Wed April 2 - FangirlFeeels - Spotlight on Jesse Andrews
Fri April 4 - What a Nerd Girl Says - Spotlight on Andrew Smith
Mon April 7 - What a Nerd Girl Says - Spotlight on Margaret Stohl
Tue April 8 - Adventures of a Book Junkie - Spotlight on Amy Tintera
Thu April 10 - The Consummate Reader - Bridge to Books Guest Post
Fri April 11 - iFandoms Collide - Spotlight on Rachel Searles
Mon April 14 - Nite Lite Book Reviews - Spotlight on Sarah Skilton
Tue April 15 - Nite Lite Book Reviews - Spotlight on Allen Zadoff
Wed April 16 - The Reader's Antidote - Spotlight on Elizabeth Ross
Fri April 18 - A Bookish Escape - Spotlight on Ann Redisch Stampler
Mon April 21 - iFandoms Collide - Spotlight on Carol Tanzman
Tue April 22 - The Book Twins - Spotlight on Carrie Arcos
Thu April 24 - Birth of a New Witch - Spotlight on Katherine Ewell

Guest Post

Bridge to Books members Alyson Beecher, Alethea Allarey, and Thuy Lam answer some questions and share their excitement about the Pasadena Teen Book Festival:

Why are you excited about the Pasadena Teen Book Festival?

Alyson: I hear about all these amazing Teen Book Festivals in other areas and I am excited that we get to experience our own version of it. I look forward to the day when Pasadena's is as well know as Austin or Decatur. 

Alethea: Our librarian friend Jane Gov and I have been talking about putting on our own book festival for years! Now it's finally happening, and I hope we can do it for years to come.

Thuy: It's a bunch of great teen authors speaking and signing in a beautiful historic library that isn't too far from where I live. What's not to be excited about?

While the festival is unable to provide food to attendees this first year, what would your ideal brown bag lunch be?

Alyson: I am fine with a sandwich, chips and fruit. I go more for the authors presenting than any food that is provided.

Alethea: I think I will be too stressed out running the event to eat! But I'm bringing emergency rations in the form of a sandwich, granola bar, and apple juice.

Thuy: Since we probably can't get too fancy with a bag lunch I'll go with some sort of tasty sandwich, chips, a cookie (gotta have cookies) and a beverage of some sort.

We have some amazing author guests this year! But if we bring in a whole new set of authors next year, who would be in your Top 5 or Top 10?

Alyson: My top 5 changes about every 6 months depending on what I am reading. Since I get to meet so many wonderful folks out here, I selected people that I do not normally get to see. With that said, I would love to have Patrick Ness, Holly Black, Laurie Halse Anderson, Markus Zusak, Sherman Alexie, Lisa McMann, Neal Shusterman, Jo Knowles, AS King, and Stephen Chbosky. Wow, I managed to come up with 10. Phew!

Alethea: Maria V. Snyder is always at the top of my list, but I'd love to see some debut authors and people we don't see here very often. Mary McCoy, Ava Dellaria, Brandi Colbert, Jessica Love, and Livia Blackburne. Lish McBride, Sally Green, Susann Cokal... And I totally gotta convince Mary Pearson to come up because her new novel Kiss of Deception is ah-mazing!

Thuy: Marissa Meyer, Robin LaFevers, Maggie Stiefvater, Richelle Mead, Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, Leigh Bardugo, Neal Shusterman, Tamora Pierce, Laini Taylor.

If you could pick a fictional/fantastical place to hold the festival next year, where would it be and why?

Alyson: Hmm...when I think of fantastical, I think about some great hall in a huge castle with dragons flying around outside and Elves and Dwarves as guests. Or maybe even Hogwarts, I bet there would be some great rooms to use there for different panels.

Alethea: Hogwarts, most definitely! Because Westeros is waaaay too dangerous.

Thuy: Can I say Hogwarts? Or at least Harry Potter World once it opens in Universal City.

What is your favorite thing about young adult OR middle grade books right now?

Alyson: For the past couple of years, both middle grade and young adult books have been offering some amazing stories for readers to explore and savor. I can find something to read in any genre. And I can find books that will make me laugh or cry or keep me on the edge of my seat. There are characters to embrace and celebrate.

Alethea: I love how changeable both YA and middle grade books are... I think all of the meaningful LGBTQ stories I've read have been in these groups of books, and I am hopeful that racial diversity won't be far behind. I think the audience has a tendency to embrace rather than exclude new things, and that bodes really well for storytellers.

Thuy: I love that there are so many different YA and middle grade books right now. I really feel like there is something for everyone, whether you love high fantasy, contemporary or something in between. There's a lot of stuff to choose from right now and it's just exciting to see what's coming up next. 


Q: How do I get a free tote?

A: The first 150 attendees to arrive at the registration desk will get a free Pasadena Teen Book Festival tote bag! You may arrive as early as 11:30 am to pick up your tote and shop at the Vroman's book sale table.

Q: Do I have to buy a book at the Festival to get my books signed?

A: No purchase is necessary. You may bring books from home. Please remember that purchasing from our on-site vendor will help support the event and raise the chances of it happening again next year!

Q: What if I want to see an author on a panel but I need to be at the signing area at the same time?

A: Go ahead and get your book signed -- we will be Livestreaming the panels and the video will be available to watch online after the event, so you can see what you may have missed!

Q: Will there be food at the Festival?

A: Unfortunately we are unable to offer refreshments to the entire audience at the Festival, but you are absolutely welcome to bring your own lunch/snacks to consume during the event. Food will be allowed in certain areas like the auditorium, the story room, and the signing patio. Just be sure to keep the library clean.

Q: Where should we park?

A: While we do have some parking at the library lot and on the street, there are about 150 additional spaces at the University of Phoenix (enter on Garfield Ave just past the library lot). You can check out the map here.

Alternate parking areas

330 E Union St (corner of Euclid) $4 all day, 2 blocks from venue
135 N Los Robles Ave (enter on E Union St) $5 all day, 3 blocks from venue


#1: ARC of A Girl Called Fearless
Winner may request personalization/autograph
Open to US residents only - ends 4/25/2014
Enter with Rafflecopter #1
#2: Choose from 1 of the books featured at the Pasadena Teen Book Festival
Winner may request personalization/autograph
Open to US residents only - ends 4/25/2014
Enter with Rafflecopter #2
#3: $50 Gift Card to Vroman's Bookstore
Open to attendees of the Pasadena Book Festival only! - ends 4/21/2014

To enter, suggest a new, unique/clever/fun name for the Pasadena Teen Book Festival. Examples of other cool names for teen book fests include (already taken, unfortunately) Teen Author Carnival, YALLFest, and YABFest. What should we call our event from now on? Email your top 3 best name suggestions to info@pasadenateenbookfest.com OR fill out this form! A panel of judges will choose the best name from all of the submissions. The winner will be announced at the Festival!


fishgirl182 on April 11, 2014 at 8:53 AM said...

Thanks for having us on, Lisa. I love that we all said Hogwarts. We gotta make it happen somehow. And thanks for reminding me that I have to bring a lunch that day. I can't wait to meet all of the wonderful authors and readers next week!


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