The Tweens Read Festival in Houston, Tex., brought together middle-grade authors and their readers on October 3 for signings, book talks, and activities. See photos from the event, and of participants, including Gene Luen Yang, Rebecca Stead, Lemony Snicket, Katherine Applegate, and more.

Author Cecil Castelucci signs a book for a fan.

The crowd packed the auditorium at South Houston High School, eager to hear from their favorite authors.

Author (and now agent!) Rebecca Stead meets a reader.

The Fantastic Fantasy panel, featuring (from l.,) Ingrid Law, Katherine Applegate, Kenneth Oppel, C. Alexander London, and Jonathan Maberry.

Michael Northrop, be-costumed author of the Tombquest series, poses with some fans.

One tween attendee got a (temporary) tattoo to commemorate the event.

Author Lemony Snicket’s official representative Daniel Handler signs books for a crowd of readers.

One reader shows off her new, signed book beside author C. Alexander London.

Debut author Kevin Sands signs a copy of The Blackthorn Key.

Tween attendees browse the books provided by local indie bookstore Blue Willow Bookshop.

Author Crystal Allen meets a fan.

Taking a break from the day’s festivities, these readers met up outside by the plethora of food trucks.

The Five Funny Guys! panel, featuring (from l.), Jeff Anderson, Nicholas Gannon, Daniel Handler, Geoff Rodkey, and Gene Luen Yang.

Teens soak up the paparazzi on the red carpet outside the festival.

Festival keynote speaker Gene Luen Yang with a fan dressed as a character from Boxers and Saints.