This year’s NYC Teen Author Festival took place March 24–31 at various public venues throughout New York City, with authors participating in signings, readings, panels, and a Reader’s Theater. The event was capped off by a “mega-signing” at Books of Wonder in Manhattan, featuring more than 50 authors. Now in its 12th year, the festival was launched by YA authors David Levithan, Sarah Mlynowski, and Daniel Ehrenhaft as a way for authors to connect with their fans and with one other. We've rounded up a selection of highlights from the events. All photos by David Levithan.
The festival kicked off at the Strand Book Store with (back row, from l.) Kevin Emerson, Katherine Locke, Jimmy Cajoleas, Shawn Sarles; (front row, from l.) Amy Ewing, and Kayla Cagan.
(From l.): Authors Tara Altebrando, Stewart Lewis, Derek Millman, Lygia Day Peñaflor, and Sara Holland discuss writing suspense at the New York Public Library.
A discussion of craft at the Mulberry Street branch of the NYPL, featuring (front row, from l.) Alyson Gerber, K.K. Perez, Maxine Kaplan, Kit Frick, Alisa Kwitney, Sara Holland, Sona Chairochopra; (back row, from center) Arvin Ahmadi, Mark Oshiro, Carolyn Mackler, Amy McNamara, and Lizzy Mason.
Little City Books welcomed (from l.) Alex London, Lilliam Rivera, Victoria Schwab, Jennifer E. Smith, and Ben Phillipe.
A gathering of Scholastic’s NYCTAF authors.
(From l.): Authors Ashley Woodfolk, Abby Sher, Lauren Gibaldi, and Jenn Marie Thorne shared their approaches to portraying difficult character relationships at the NYPL.
(From l.) Andrew Simonet, Torrey Maldonado, and Kheryn Callendar delivered page-to-stage performances at the Reader’s Theater event at Barnes & Noble Upper West Side.
NYPL hosted the “Defying Convention” panel with authors (from l.) Sarah Beth Durst, Elizabeth Lim, Charlotte Davis, Marit Weisenberg, Jessica Khoury, Jessica Brody, and Joanne Rendell.
(From l.): Stephanie Kate Strohm, Joanne Rendell, and Jessica Brody at the Books of Wonder mega-signing.
Oshiro and Locke at Books of Wonder.