The sixth annual Boston Teen Author Festival took place on September 23 at the Cambridge Public Library and the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Mass. The event drew more than 500 readers—up from roughly 300 last year—for a series of breakout sessions with YA authors, signings, photo-ops, and more. Read on for some highlights from the day’s festivities.

The “Family Portrait” panel poses for a group photo, complete with accessories. (From l.): Moderator Kat Cho, S.K. Ali, Jen Malone, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and Sarah Nicole Lemon. Photo: Ashley and Jeff Poreda

Authors and readers awaiting the start of the intro panel, in which all 40 authors presented their latest books, before breaking out into panels. (Back row, from l.): Lilliam Rivera, Jason Reynolds, and Brendan Reichs. Photo: Ashley and Jeff Poreda

The group Q & A featured the festival’s full lineup of writers, including Leigh Bardugo (center), Ashley Herring Blake (immediate r. of center), Akemi Dawn Bowman, and Susan Dennard. Photo: Ashley and Jeff Poreda

Stacey Lee (l.), Adam Silvera, and Lana Popović get ready to work some magic at the “Fantastical Four” panel.

(From l.): Axie Oh, Linsey Miller, and S.M. Park meet and greet fans. Photo: Mei Lin Barral Photography

Hundreds of readers turned out for the signing session that took place at the end of the day. (From l.): Rhoda Belleza, Katie Bayerl, Tara Altebrando, S.K. Ali, and Kristy Acevedo. Photo: Mei Lin Barral Photography