Ya’ll Fest

Friday, November 9

2:00
PM
  • YALLCrawl
    Blue Bicycle Books

    420 King Street

    YALLFest 2018 kicks off on Friday afternoon with YALLCrawl from 2-5 p.m. featuring favorite authors greeting fans and signing books. Stock up at Blue Bicycle Books (420 King Street), then go meet your favorite authors at various venues around town. Signings are first-come, first-serve. If lines form early, wristbands may be used to help with line and crowd control. Schedule of signings will be announced closer to the festival. Featured authors to include Victoria Aveyard, Soman Chainani, Jenny Han, Megan Miranda, Natasha Ngan, R.J. Palacio, Laura Sebastian, Nisha Sharma, Megan Shepherd, Neal Shusterman, Margaret Stohl, Scott Westerfeld, Ashley Woodfolk, Nicola Yoon.

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3:30
PM
  • Fierce Friday
    John L. Dart Library

    1067 King Street

    Presented by Fierce Reads

    YALLFest goes uptown! Join a select group of best-selling YA authors for this special Friday preview event hosted by Macmillan Fierce Reads, featuring book signings, giveaways, crafts, games, and food treats! Authors participating include Melissa Albert, Brandy Colbert, Stephanie Garber, Kami Garcia, Alexander London, Danielle Paige, Christine Riccio, Aminah Mae Safi, Courtney Summers, Adrienne Young. Free, but advance registration required at yallfest.citypapertickets.com. Please do not register for more than one Friday event. 

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4:00
PM
  • Red Carpet Preview
    Charleston County Public Library

    68 Calhoun Street

    Presented by Penguin Teen

    YALLFest authors walk the red carpet and then gather for a panel discussion at this annual kickoff event. Participating authors include Ally Condie, Brendan Reichs, Renee Ahdieh, David Arnold, Adib Khorram, Nic Stone and more. Free but advance registration required by calling 843-805-6903. Please do not register for more than one Friday event. 

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4:30
PM
  • Foodie Fun-Atics
    Charleston Depot

    23 Ann Street

    Presented by Let’s Talk YA

    Your favorite Disney authors team up with fans and Chef Shuai Wang from award-winning Short Grain food truck for fast-paced kitchen challenges. From cooking to eating to foodie trivia, this event will be full of surprises. Tentative line-up: J.C. Cervantes (The Storm Runners) Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles), Roshani Chokshi (The Star-Touced Queen and the forthcoming Aru Sha and the End of Time) and Corrie Wang (The Takedown).

    Free event but pre-registration required at yallfest.citypapertickets.com.

    Please do not register for more than one Friday event.

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Saturday, November 10

10:00
AM
  • Opening Keynote with Jenny Han and Morgan Matson
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

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  • Author Book Signings

    All featured authors will sign books for the public on Saturday with some authors participating in Friday’s YALLCrawl, 2-5 p.m.
    Signings and panels on Saturday will take place between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

    A full schedule of signings will be announced closer to the festival.

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  • Sponsor Happenings

    YALLFest’s sponsors are busy putting together a variety of fun events for fans.The fun starts on Friday with several events throughout town and continues on Saturday. Drink coffee with authors, get special swag, play trivia, eat cupcakes, biscuits and waffles. Complete schedule coming soon!

    On Saturday, all sponsors will have tent locations sprinkled among the festival venues with fun activities and giveaways.

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11:00
AM
  • Author Panels

    The schedule of panel discussions will be announced closer to the festival date. Our YALLFest authors will participate in a variety of talks about everything from LGBTQIA issues, character development and so much more. All discussions are free except for the big keynote talks featuring bestselling authors like James Patterson and R.J. Palacio.

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12:00
PM
5:00
PM
6:00
PM
  • YA Smackdown
    Charleston Music Hall

    37 John Street

    Presented by Let’s Talk YA

    The grand finale hosted by Soman Chainani and Brendan Reichs features all your favorite YALLFest authors playing games, lip syncing and generally having a blast. A can’t-miss event.

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