The 2017 YALLWEST Schedule is here!

-This schedule is subject to change, so be sure to check back before the festival!-  

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-All authors will be signing for one hour (unless wristbanded)-

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-Wristbanded signings are marked with an asterisk* on the schedule-

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-Information on restricted, wristbanded signings is at the bottom of this page-


FRIDAY

4 PM

FIERCE FRIDAY YALLWEST PREVIEW NIGHT  

4 PM - 8 PM - Santa Monica Public Library

Join us for a madcap YA library takeover -- YALLWEST style! We'll be kicking off the festival weekend with a night of signings, tomfoolery, swag giveaways, food -- and life size video games.

Authors include Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Veronica Roth, Roshani Chokshi, Caleb Roehrig, James Dashner, Kami Garcia, Nicola Yoon, Kate Hart, Victoria Aveyard, Alexandra Bracken, Danielle Paige, Rachel Renée Russell, Ryan North, Maurene Goo, S. Jae-Jones, and more!

Get tickets here


SATURDAY

9 AM

FESTIVAL OPENS 🙌 🙌 🙌 

9 AM

Book sales and booths open, line ups start


10 AM

OPENING KEYNOTE: MASTERING FANTASY 💛 💙

CASSANDRA CLARE IN CONVERSATION WITH DANIEL JOSE OLDER

10 AM - Barnum Hall

Get tickets here

 

Wake Up With I Read YA! 🍩

10 AM - Main Quad

Breakfast is the most important meal of your YALLWEST. Start your day off right with donuts from Scholastic I Read YA! Join authors Elizabeth Eulberg, Sara B. Larson, and Wendy Spinale.

 

SIGNING

10 AM - Centennial Quad

Renée Ahdieh

Ryan North

Benjamin Alire Saenz

Mark Waid

Kasie West

Kiersten White


11 AM

AM SPOTLIGHT: WRITING YALLDRENALINE 💥

JAMES DASHNER IN CONVERSATION WITH BRENDAN REICHS

11 AM - Barnum Hall

Get tickets here! Presented by First in Line

 

SWIPE RIGHT: LOVE AND THE MODERN MILLENNIAL ❤️📱❤️

11 AM - North Gym

Moderated by Jennifer E. Smith with Nicola Yoon, Lilliam Rivera, Sandhya Menon, Adi Alsaid, and Kami Garcia

 

KINGDOMS & QUESTS: EPIC FANTASY ROADTRIPS 👑🐉 

11 AM - Cafeteria

Moderated by S. Jae-Jones with Roshani Chokshi, Jessica Cluess, Heidi Heilig, Linda Sue Park, and Erin Summerill

 

MG TRUTH OR DARE 💯 

11 AM - Tent

Moderated by Dean Hale with Soman Chainani, Holly Goldberg Sloan, Lisa McMann, Elizabeth Eulberg, and Tamara Ireland Stone

 

YALLCRAFT: SO YOU WANT TO GET PUBLISHED? ✏️📚 

11 AM - Humanities Building

Moderated by Seth Fishman with Caleb Roehrig, Abigail Johnson, Amy S. Foster, C. B. Lee, and Kass Morgan

 

REAL STORIES THAT INSPIRE 🌈

11 AM - Gallery

Moderated by Sarah Enni with Sam Maggs, Julie Foudy, Hunter March, Sara Miller, and Josh Sundquist

 

EPIC READS BOOK-NERD YOGA 🙏

11 AM - Epic Reads Tent

Namaste here and read! Take a deep breath and let Epic Reads transport you to a place of book-nerdy zen with BOOK-NERD YOGA. Mix & mingle with fabulous Epic Reads authors as you stretch your reading muscles in the Santa Monica sunshine.

 

SIGNING

11 AM - Centennial Quad

Pseudonymous Bosch

Zac Brewer

Melissa de la Cruz

Marie Lu

Daniel Jose Older

Danielle Paige

Veronica Roth*

Neal Shusterman

Adam Silvera

Evelyn Skye

Margaret Stohl


12 PM

FAMILY DRAMZ: EXPLORING THE WAYS FAMILIES FUNCTION AND DYSFUNCTION 👨‍👧‍👦 👩‍👩‍👧 👪  

12 PM - Barnum Hall

Moderated by Ally Condie with Lilliam Rivera, Jennifer Niven, Benjamin Alire Saenz, and Angie Thomas

 

THE 7TH ANNUAL STORYBALL: AN INTERACTIVE, CROWD-SOURCED WRITING GAME WHERE KIDS DO THE WORK & AUTHORS DO THE FOOLISHNESS 😂

12 PM - North Gym

Moderated by Pseudonymous Bosch and Alexander London with Rachel Renée Russell, Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Lisa McMann, Jeramey Kraatz, Philip de Leon, Armand Baltazar, and Noah Klocek

 

STORYMAKERS IN COMICS: MARVEL'S AVENGERS AND BEYOND ‼️

12 PM - Cafeteria

Moderated by Jason Harris with  Margaret Stohl (Captain Marvel), Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Guardians), Ryan North (Squirrel Girl), Marguerite Bennett (Angela), Steve Wacker (Marvel Animation), Mark Waid (Avengers, Black Widow), and Kate Leth (Hellcat)

 

BOOKSPLOSION 💥 📖 💥

12 PM - Tent

Meet YALLWEST & Youtube favs PolandbananasBOOKS, Jessethereader, and Katytastic for the third annual Booksplosion!

 

YOUR PLAYLIST NEEDS HELP: AUDIOBOOKS 💬💬

12 PM - Humanities Building

Join our game show inspired panel with audio producer, Julie Wilson, and two award-winning actors, Jayne Entwistle, and Kirby Heyborne, as they talk about their experiences telling stories, creating characters, and making funny sounds with their mouths. Lucky audience members will take the stage for a magical (Harry Potter) experience. There are prizes to be won and the first 250 attendees receive two FREE audiobooks.  

 

YALLCRAFT: SO YOU'RE THINKING OF WRITING A SERIES? 📕 📗 📘 📙

12 PM - Gallery
Moderated by Traci Chee with Kasie West, Lola St. Vil, Evelyn Skye, and Lindsay Cummings

 

FIRST IN LINE PIZZA PARTY 🍕🍕

12 PM - Main Quad

Join First in Line authors James Dasher, Jessica Cluess, Jennifer E. Smith, Nicola Yoon, Kiersten White and Leigh Bardugo for games, prizes, and free pizza. (Get it while it lasts!)

 

SIGNING

12 PM - Centennial Quad

Adi Alsaid

Victoria Aveyard*

Roshani Chokshi

Cassandra Clare*

Susan Dennard

Abigail Johnson

CB Lee

Lauren Oliver

Linda Sue Park

Brendan Reichs

Erin Summerill

Josh Sundquist


1 PM

I SHIP IT: FANDOMS 💖

1 PM - Barnum Hall

Moderated by Margaret Stohl and Veronica Roth with Marie Lu, S. Jae-Jones, Maurene Goo, and Melissa de la Cruz

 

CLEVER CRIMINALS & DASTARDLY DEEDS: BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL 😇😈

1 PM - North Gym

Moderated by Susan Dennard with Traci Chee, Leigh Bardugo, Kiersten White, Lindsay Cummings, Kami Garcia, and Sasha Alsberg

 

MG KEYNOTE: REAL DORKS & REAL FRIENDS ✏️

RACHEL RENÉE RUSSELL IN CONVERSATION WITH SHANNON HALE

1 PM - Cafeteria

With Dork Diaries illustrator Nikki Russell

Get tickets here! Presented by Simon and Schuster (Riveted)

 

STORYMAKERS IN GAMES: GIVING MEANING TO GAMEPLAY MECHANICS 🎮

1 PM - Tent

Moderated by Sam Maggs (Bioware, Unannounced Title) with  Dave Stohl (Call of Duty), Matt Dunn (League of Legends), Adam Foshko (Activision), Michael Fletcher (Destiny 2), James Myers (Call of Duty),  Jason Harris (Destiny 2) and Ariel Lawrence (League of Legends)

 

STORYMAKERS: STORY IN TV 📺

1 PM - Humanities Building

Moderated by Raphael Simon (Secret Series) with Alison Tatlock (Stranger Things), Simran Sethi (Freeform), Kass Morgan(Author, The 100), Art Brown (Dragons: Race to the Edge), Douglas Sloan (Dragons: Race to the Edge) and Holly Goldberg Sloan (Counting by 7's)

 

WRIT LARGE: MYTHS, FOLK TALES, AND MODERN RETELLINGS 🌙

1 PM - Gallery

Moderated by Zoraida Cordova with Megan Whalen Turner, Wendy Spinale, Cecil Castelluci, Natalie C. Parker, Tracey Baptiste, and F.C. Yee

 

GET LIT 🎤🎤

1 PM - Main Quad

Join students from Bell High School as they learn classic poetry, claim a poem that resonates, and then pen their own spoken word response pieces, which they perform in tandem.

 

NOVL PHOTO BOOTH OPENS ✌️😁

1 PM - Science Quad

Smile! Stop by the NOVL Photo Booth from 1 to 4pm, to get your picture taken with authors, silly props, and of course books.

 

SIGNINGS

1 PM - Centennial Quad

Armand Baltazar

Marguerite Bennett

Jessica Cluess

Sarah Enni

Jeramey Kraatz

Kate Leth

Alex London

Lilliam Rivera

Angie Thomas

Nicola Yoon*

 

Sandhya Menon (in the Riveted booth)


2 PM

ALT FACTS, ALT FUTURES: WRITING THE POST DYSTOPIAN ⛔️

2 PM - Barnum Hall

Moderated by Veronica Roth with Marie Lu, Renée Ahdieh, Claudia Gray, Marcus Sedgwick, and Neal Shusterman

Attendees will get free ARCs of Red Rising by Pierce Brown from Del Rey Books.

 

YALLCRAFT: WRITER BY DAY, RESEARCHER...ALSO BY DAY: STORIES WE LOVE AND HOW WE FIND THEM 🗄📝

2 PM - North Gym

Moderated by Alexandra Bracken with Evelyn Skye, Brendan Reichs, Jennifer Niven, and Sara Miller

 

STORYMAKERS IN ANIMATION: PIXAR & PEERS 🌀

2 PM - Cafeteria

Moderated by Seth Fishman with Paul Wee (Simpsons), Shawna Mills (Lucasfilm), Claire Keane (Disney), Armand Baltazar (Pixar), Noah Klocek (Pixar), and Josie Trinidad (Zootopia, Wreck It Ralph)

 

HEROES, INC: MIDDLE GRADE MONSTERS & HEROES 🐲

2 PM - Tent

Moderated by Pseudonymous Bosch with Tracey Baptiste, Jeramey Kraatz, Linda Sue Park, and Lisa McMann

 

YALLCRAFT: SO YOU WANT A CAREER IN PUBLISHING? 👩🏾‍💻 👨🏽‍💻

2 PM - Humanities Building

Moderated by Erin Stein with Sona Charaipotra, Peter Knapp and Kieran Scott

 

THE ONLY WAY OUT IS THROUGH: SURVIVAL AND THE SERIOUS STORY 💪

2 PM - Gallery

Moderated by Adi Alsaid with Zac Brewer, Tamara Ireland Stone, Adam Silvera, and Caleb Roehrig

 

PENGUIN TEEN PRESENTS: A SCHUYLER BALL 🎂

2 PM - Main Quad

Featuring Alex & Eliza: A Love Story author Melissa de la Cruz, a Hamilton sing-a-long, and Sprinkles cupcakes!

 
 

SIGNING

2 PM - Centennial Quad

Cecil Castellucci

Zoraida Cordova

Kami Garcia

Maurene Goo

S. Jae-Jones

Sam Maggs

Sarah Mlynowski

Kass Morgan

Natalie C. Parker

Rachel Renée Russell & Nikki Russell*

Wendy Spinale

Megan Whalen Turner


3 PM

 

PM SPOTLIGHT: FANDOMS & FAN FAVES  😍😍

CHRIS COLFER IN CONVERSATION WITH MELISSA DE LA CRUZ

3 PM - Barnum Hall

Get tickets here! Presented by NOVL. 

 

WRITING THE RESISTANCE: WORLD BUILDING IRL ⚡️ ⚡️

3 PM - North Gym

Moderated by Daniel José Older with Marie Marquardt, Victoria Aveyard, Angie Thomas, Benjamin Alire Saenz, and Sona Charaipotra

 

UNEXPECTEDLY LIT: FINDING FEMINISM IN NON-TRADITIONAL PLACES & PAGES 👯

3 PM - Cafeteria

Leigh Bardugo with Lauren Oliver, Kate Hart, Sarah Nicole Lemon, Sandhya Menon, and Dhonielle Clayton

 

YALLCRAFT JUVENALIA: GIFTED WRITERS GIVE US THE GIFT OF THEIR SUPERBAD EARLY WRITING 😳 😱

3 PM - Tent

Lola St. Vil, Heidi Heilig, Jennifer E. Smith, Hunter March, Julie Foudy, Josh Sundquist, Ameriie, Wendy Spinale, and F.C. Yee

 

STORYMAKERS LIVE: LET'S ALL PLAY THE SUPERHERO FAMILY FEUD ⭐️⭐️

3 PM - Humanities Building

Moderated by Ryan North and Dean Hale with Shannon Hale, Kate Leth, Marguerite Bennett, Gerry Duggan, Steve Wacker, Margaret Stohl, Marie Lu, Mark Waid, and Cecil Castellucci

 

MYSTERIES, SECRETS, AND LIES 👀👀

3 PM - Gallery

Moderated by Amy Foster with Elizabeth Eulberg, Jeff Giles, Corrie Wang, and Sara B. Larson

 

EPIC READS BOOK-NERD YOGA 🙏

3 PM - Epic Reads Tent

Namaste here and read! Take a deep breath and let Epic Reads transport you to a place of book-nerdy zen with BOOK-NERD YOGA. Mix & mingle with fabulous Epic Reads authors as you stretch your reading muscles in the Santa Monica sunshine.

 

UCLA QUIDDITCH SCRIMMAGE 💯

3 PM - Baseball Field

Real Quidditch. Real brooms. Wear your house colors and cheer on your favorite chasers and beaters. Match followed by a lesson for novices.

 

MESSY BOOK OLYMPICS  🥇🥈 🥉

3 PM - Green Space

Go for gold in our first ever Messy Book Olympics! Compete in book themed games and challenges, have fun, and win prizes. All participants will get a free XL YALLWEST shirt to protect your clothes . 

 

SIGNING

3 PM - Centennial Quad

Tracey Baptiste

Alex Bracken*

Traci Chee

James Dashner*

Claudia Gray

Lisa McMann

Jennifer Niven

Riley Redgate

Kieran Scott

Marcus Sedgwick

Holly Goldberg Sloan

Tamara Ireland Stone

John Corey Whaley


4 PM

FANTASYISH: THE ROLE OF FANTASY IN THE NEW SURREALITY OF 2017 ✨

4 PM - Barnum Hall

Moderated by Alex London with Cassandra Clare, Danielle Paige, Daniel José Older, Megan Whalen Turner, and Zoraida Cordova

Attendees will get free ARCs of The Waking Land by Callie Bates from Del Rey Books.

 

VILLAINS - BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME: AUTHORS FROM THE SHORT STORY COLLECTION SHARE THOUGHTS ON WRITING EXCEPTIONAL VILLAINY 🔮

4 PM - North Gym

Moderated by Ameriie with Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Renée Ahdieh, Sasha Alsberg, and Sarah Enni

 

GOT 99 ISSUES BUT THIS BOOK AIN'T ONE: WRITING CONTEMPORARY ISSUES, NOT "ISSUE BOOKS" ✍️

4 PM - Cafeteria

Moderated by Dhonielle Clayton with Abigail Johnson, Nicola Yoon, Marie Marquardt, Zac Brewer, and Kate Hart

 

WRITING: HOW THE HELL DO WE DO THIS ❓❓❓

4 PM - Tent

Moderated by Kiersten White with Roshani Chokshi, Jessica Cluess, Sarah B. Larson, Erin Summerill, and Jeff Giles

 

FEMSHIP, BROMANCE, AND PLATONOMY: HOW CHARACTERS CONNECT IN ALL THE WAYS 👫 👭 👬

4 PM - Humanities Building

Moderated by Maurene Goo with Riley Redgate, Sarah Nicole Lemon, John Corey Whaley, Sarah Mlynowski, and Ally Condie

 

COOKIES & COMPETITION WITH RIVETED 🍪 🍪

4 PM - Main Quad

Stop by to sample some cookies from Auntie Apple and test your YA book knowledge! Play with (and against) some of your favorite Simon & Schuster authors for a chance to win exclusive ARCs and swag! Authors will include Neal Shusterman, Lisa McMann, Lilliam Rivera, Sandhya Menon, Simon Curtis, and Cindy Pon. 

 

 

BOOKSTAGRAMMER MEET UP  📷📱📚

4 PM - Green Space

Meet Instgrammers BookCaden (@athousandbookstoread), Jesy (@jesyelyse/@jesysbooks), Fiderly (@readsleepfangirl), and Teen Ambassador Jordan (@pagetravels) at the first ever YALLWEST Bookstagrammer event!

 

SIGNING

4 PM - Centennial Quad

Leigh Bardugo*

Gerry Duggan

Elizabeth Eulberg

Shannon Hale + Dean Hale

Amy Foster

Julie Foudy

Hunter March

Caleb Roehrig

Jennifer E. Smith

Corrie Wang

F. C. Yee


5 PM

PM KEYNOTE: THE PERSISTERS 🌸 🌸 🌸

YALLWEST CHAIRS VICTORIA AVEYARD, ALEXANDRA BRACKEN & DANIELLE PAIGE IN CONVERSATION ON WOMENHOOD & WRITERHOOD

5 PM - Barnum Hall

Get tickets here! Presented by Epic Reads.

 

REAL SCIENCE 🔬

5 PM - North Gym

Moderated by Ryan North with Cecil Castellucci, Lauren Oliver, Neal Shusterman, James Dashner, and Claudia Gray

 

ASK ME ANYTHING: THE LGBTQIA+ EDITION 🏳️‍🌈 

5 PM - Cafeteria

Moderated by Sam Maggs with Jeramey Kraatz, John Corey Whaley, Adam Silvera, Natalie C. Parker, Benjamin Alire Saenz and CB Lee

 

CONTEMPORARY WORLD-BUILDING: WORLD BUILDING IRF (IN REAL FICTION)  🏥 🏦  🏠 🏛

5 PM - Humanities Building

Moderated by Sarah Mlynowski with Riley Redgate, Marcus Sedgwick, Kasie West, and Corrie Wang

 

WRITOPIA LAB PRESENTATION 📝 

5 PM - Gallery

Hear from the next generation of authors as Writopia Lab students, elementary to high school, read original works developed with professional authors like YALLWEST’s Jessica Cluess 

 

SIGNING

5 PM - Centennial Quad

Ameriie

Ally Condie

Soman Chainani

Sasha Alsberg + Lindsay Cummings

Heidi Heilig

Dhonielle Clayton + Sona Charaipotra

Kate Hart

Sara B Larson

Jeff Giles

Sarah Nicole Lemon

Marie Marquardt


6 PM

SMACKDOWN: THE GRAND FINALE STARRING YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS 🤣

6 PM - Barnum Hall

Get Tickets here! Presented by Disney. 


*WRISTBANDED SIGNINGS

Wristbands for restricted signings will be handed out One Hour before the signing is scheduled to start. They will be distributed at the Wristbanding Tent on the Science Quad (this will be on the map when it is posted). Only individuals with a wristband will be allowed into the signing line at the Centennial Quad.

All signings not listed here do not require wristbands from the Wristband Tent, but  may be wristbanded in line, capped or limited on the day of the festival  to ensure authors make it to all of their events (and have time to eat, use the bathroom, rest and do other things they annoyingly have to do as humans beings). 

Book limits and posed photo restrictions are used to make sure as many people as possible get to meet the author & to stop the authors' faces from cramping up and falling off from smiling for too many photos. 

 

VICTORIA AVEYARD

Wristbands handed out at 11 AM

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LEIGH BARDUGO

Wristbands handed out at 3 PM

Will sign all books, but only personalize one

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ALEXANDRA BRACKEN

Wristbands handed out at 2 PM

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CASSANDRA CLARE

Wristbands handed out at 11 AM

Limit to 2 books: one must be LADY MIDNIGHT or TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY 

Will sign both books, but only personalize the LADY MIDNIGHT or TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY 

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JAMES DASHNER

Wristbands handed out at 2 PM

Limit 1 book

No posed photos

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VERONICA ROTH

Wristbands handed out at 10 AM

Limit 2 books

No posed photos

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RACHEL RENÉE RUSSEL

Wristbands handed out at 1 PM

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NICOLA YOON

Wristbands handed out at 12 PM