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YAKing It Up at YAKfest 2013

I have some events coming up, and I’ve been remiss about updating the appearances page. But this one is SOON—Saturday, January 19th, to be exact—and it’s going to be freaking amazing. All these YA authors in one spot and FREE! Details below! lemmling-yak

 

If you haven’t heard of YAK Fest, then listen up. It’s the newest (and hippest) YA book festival in Texas. And we want YOU to come.
Here’s the deal, it’s free fun entertainment and you just might make a new friend or two.
Maybe even get your picture taken with your favorite author. So, check out the 411 below and COME.

WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 9am – 5pm
COST: Dude, it’s FREE.
OPEN DOOR: Come when you can and stay for as long as you like,
of course we want you there all day!

WHERE: Keller High School, 601 N. Pate Orr Rd. Keller, TX 76248
SOCIAL MEDIA: twitter / facebook / blog

https://twitter.com/YAK_Fest

https://www.facebook.com/YAKbookfest

http://teacherweb.com/TX/KellerHighSchool/YAKFest/apt1.aspx

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Simone Elkeles, BAM. That’s what we’re talking about.

Panels of AWESOME Breakdown:

Keeping It Real – Jessica Anderson, Charles Benoit, Chris Crutcher (afternoon only), Simone Elkeles, Guadalupe Garcia McCall,
Jessica Warman, Lori Aurelia Williams and Shannon Greenland

This is Not Normal – Rosemary Clement Moore, Cory Oakes, Victoria Scott,
Mary Lindsey and Jeff Hirsch

This is Not Normal Either – Krissi Dallas, Tracy Deebs,
Greg Leitich Smith and Andrea White

Vampire Smack Down – Cynthia Leitich Smith, Rachel Caine
and Jason Henderson

Poetry Workshop – Colin Gilbert

A Walk on the Weird Side – Kelley Milner Halls

Choctaw Tales – Tim Tingle

Because we know you’ll have questions, here are some things that CAN and WILL HAPPEN:
There will be books available for purchase from The Book Carriage,
and they will be selling books all day.
The Book Carriage will accept cash and credit cards.
You may bring some books from home for authors to sign.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase at lunch.

Why, yes there is a twitter hashtag. It’s #YAKFest13 – thanks for asking. We WANT you to tweet.
Of course you can talk and have your picture taken with your favorite author(s) during the signing.
We insist upon it.

Where is YAK Fest being held?

Keller High School
601 N. Pate Orr Rd.
Keller, TX. 76248

Do I have to register for this event?

No preregistration is needed; you can just show up the day of the event!
We will have registration tables at the entrance so you can complete a brief survey and register to win door prizes.

YAK Fest is open to all lovers of YA lit.

Can I buy books at YAK Fest?

Yes indeed! The Book Carriage, an independent bookshop in Roanoke, TX, will be on hand
to sell books by all our authors.

I already have books! May I bring them to be signed?

Yes, you may bring books you already own, but we cannot promise that all the authors will be able to sign multiple books for you.
There may be a limit of one or two books for autographs.

Is YAK Fest on Facebook? Twitter?

Yep! You can “like” us and then yak at us right here:

http://www.facebook.com/YAKbookfest

(copy the link and paste it into your browser, please)

Follow us on Twitter @YAK_Fest
hashtag #YAKfest13

Yay spring!

After the freakish weather this winter, March has come in like a tame lion here in North Texas. March and October are my favorite months in Texas; generally whichever one I’m currently experiencing edges out the other.

In the fall, October is when we start to get a break from the relentless heat (even September days are more oppressive than not). Though we’ve had an unusually cold and stormy winter, I don’t look at the arrival of spring with the same relief as, say, someone up north might. People have been griping about the cold here for at least a month, saying they’re ready for warmer whether. But knowing that summer is on the way just isn’t something I get excited about.

However, March isn’t hot yet. It’s still cool enough I can leave my windows open and blow out the stuffiness of winter. The trees are budding, the daffodils are blooming, and the birds are chirping. Even better, I can enjoy it, because the spring winds are cool and keep the lid off the dutch oven that the city will become as summer closes in.

The dogs love it, too, as long as it’s not raining. They roll in the grass, sunning their bellies, and generally are adorable. The whether motivates me to get out and take them for walks, to clean my house and organize my closets.

Unfortunately, it does not motivate me to sit at my computer and write. I guess this is what they mean by Spring Fever.

It’s Friday, so don’t forget to check out my post on Genreality. Today’s topic: the YA protagonist.