YALLWEST 2020 Will be Virtual This year! @Mbeatie @Yallwest #YallStayHome

YALLWEST 2020 REBRANDED AS YALLSTAYHOME: OVER 70 BESTSELLING & AWARD-WINNING AUTHORS CREATE A VIRTUAL BOOK FESTIVAL 

YOUR TOWN, YOUR STATE: YALLWEST returns for its sixth year with more than 70 authors presenting on April 25-26, 2020. The annual gathering typically draws over 20,000 readers to Santa Monica High School, but this year’s event will be entirely virtual. The biggest teen and middle grade book festival in the country is going worldwide (web). 

Rebranded as YALLSTAYHOME, this free event will feature a weekend of online panel discussions, giveaways, games and more. Special events will surround the festival, with promotions across social media platforms. Additionally, the festival is connecting participating authors with twenty underserved Los Angeles schools for virtual visits via Zoom and providing e-books to their students. 

Festival founders and #1 New York Times bestselling authors Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures) and Melissa de la Cruz (The Queen’s Assassin) open the event at 10:00 AM (PDT) by discussing their decade-long collaboration culminating in their upcoming novel, Jo & Laurie. Starsight and Mistborn series author Brandon Sanderson will lead the afternoon keynote at 4:00 PM (PDT). Saturday closes as Angie Thomas, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling blockbusters On the Come Up and The Hate U Give, host the annual YALLWEST SMACKDOWN variety show with Nic Stone (Dear Martin). Pseudonymous Bosch and Shane Pangburn host a Middle Grade Storyball on Sunday at 10:00 AM (PDT). The entire YALLSTAYHOME experience will end with a star-studded lineup of authors reading their earliest writing on Sunday, April 26th at 5:00 PM (PDT). 

Additional YALLSTAYHOME attending authors include Cassandra Clare, Rainbow Rowell, Karen McManus, Maureen Johnson, Ransom Riggs, Victoria Aveyard, Marie Lu, Roshani Chokshi, Mariko Tamaki and many others (see next page for full line-up). Multiple bestselling authors will appear on the virtual stage for the festival’s Saturday opening and closing events. 

Friday, April 24th will be a Fierce Friday Preview event from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM (PDT). This event is also free, but registration is required. 

Full event schedule and panel registration can be found at yallwest.com/schedule. 

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AND MORE TO COME! PLEASE VISIT WWW.YALLWEST.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION. 

2020 FESTIVAL LINEUP YALLSTAYHOME • April 25-26, 2020 

Renée Ahdieh 

Kami Garcia 

Sarah Mlynowski 

Sarah Mlynowski 

Melissa Albert 

Becky Albertalli 

Elise Allen 

Janella Angeles 

Victoria Aveyard 

Gwenda Bond 

Pseudonymous Bosch 

Alexandra Bracken 

Julie Buxbaum 

Cecil Castellucci 

Traci Chee 

Soman Chainani 

Roshani Chokshi 

Dhonielle Clayton 

Ally Condie 

Mintie Das 

Charlotte Nicole Davis 

Melissa de la Cruz 

Jennifer De Leon 

Natasha Díaz 

Hafsah Faizal 

Jennifer Donnelly 

Simone Elkeles 

Sarah Enni 

Francesca Flores 

Romina Garber 

Stephanie Garber 

Stuart Gibbs 

Holly Goldberg Sloan 

Adalyn Grace 

Shannon Hale 

Frances Hardinge 

Carlos Hernandez 

Isabel Ibañez 

Jordan Ifueko 

George M Johnson 

Leah Johnson 

Maureen Johnson 

Mike Johnston 

Marisa Kanter 

Amie Kaufman 

Bill Konigsberg 

Jay Kristoff 

Victoria Lee 

David Levithan 

Alex London 

Marie Lu 

Tahereh Mafi 

Sam Maggs 

Karen M. McManus 

Tehlor Kay Mejia 

Shannon Messenger 

Samuel Miller 

Bethany C. Morrow 

Lauren Myracle 

Lauren Myracle 

Danielle Paige 

Danielle Paige 

Shane Pangburn 

Shane Pangburn 

Lewis Peterson 

Lewis Peterson 

Rory Power 

Rory Power 

Brendan Reichs 

Brendan Reichs 

Ransom Riggs 

Ransom Riggs 

Lilliam Rivera 

Lilliam Rivera 

Margaret Rogerson 

Margaret Rogerson 

Zan Romanoff 

Zan Romanoff 

Rainbow Rowell 

Rainbow Rowell 

Brandon Sanderson 

Brandon Sanderson 

Adam Silvera 

Adam Silvera 

Rachel Lynn Solomon 

Rachel Lynn Solomon 

Tara Sim 

Tara Sim 

Margaret Stohl 

Margaret Stohl 

Nic Stone 

Nic Stone 

Mariko Tamaki 

Mariko Tamaki 

Angie Thomas 

Angie Thomas 

Maggie Tokuda-Hall 

Maggie Tokuda-Hall 

Sarah Watson 

Sarah Watson 

David Yoon 

David Yoon 

F.C. Yee 

F.C. Yee 

Abigail Hing Wen 

Abigail Hing Wen 

Tracy Wolff 

Tracy Wolff 

Nicola Yoon 

Nicola Yoon 

AND MORE TO COME! PLEASE VISIT WWW.YALLWEST.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION. 

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