YAK (Young Adult Keller) Book Fest 2014: Where Writers and Readers Go to Party

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I’ve been to a lot of events in the past year, but I can honestly say that none of them compare to YAK Fest. From Neal Shusterman’s keynote, to author Krissi Dallas leading everyone in the YAK Fest Dance (performed to the tune of YMCA), I could already tell this was going to be the event of the year. Where else can you dress up with teens and fellow authors and take crazy pictures in the photo booth? Here are some highlights from the day.

Krissi Dallas pumping up the crowd

Krissi Dallas pumping up the crowd

 

 

 

 

Authors were asked to answer the question ‘What’s your greatest fear?’ My answer? Being forced to do algebraic equations.

Admitting my greatest fear to the crowd.

Admitting my greatest fear to the crowd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The great Neal Shusterman! What an amazing keynote.

Neal Shusterman Keynote

Neal Shusterman Keynote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Escape Hatch gave us the chance to connect with readers and have a little fun.

Taking a selfie with Tara Hudson and Victoria Scott in the Escape Hatch photo booth.

Taking a selfie with Tara Hudson and Victoria Scott in the Escape Hatch photo booth.

 

Connecting with teens and fans. Best part of the day!

Connecting with teens and fans. Best part of the day!

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Picture with one of the bloggers from 2 and a half fangirls. Love them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even though I’m a published author, I still get butterflies around some of my peers. Mostly I just stare as my little debut heart pinches itself to make sure it’s not dreaming. Shhhh, don’t tell, but sometimes I still feel like an imposter. I wonder if that ever goes away.

Panel Time! Look who I get to sit with!

Panel Time! Look who I get to sit with!

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Panel time with fellow authors Victoria Scott, Tara Hudson, Mary Lindsey, and Joy Preble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wow, look at that crowd! Readers had some great questions for us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A huge thank you to all of the authors, teens, and volunteers that worked so hard to organize this event. I loved every minute of it and hope I get to come back next year!

Selfie with Soon To Be Published Author and YAKFest Volunteer, Jana Grissom.

Selfie with Soon To Be Published Author and YAKFest Volunteer, Jana Grissom.

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