2018 YALLWEST Schedule

-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 or otherwise noted)-

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-Limited, wristbanded signings are marked with an asterisk* on the schedule-

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Wristbands will be distributed one hour before a wristbanded signing at the designated table near the Information Booth at the entrance of the Signing Area . Queues for receiving wristbands can start 45 minutes before before that distribution. 

MORE INFORMATION ON WRISTBANDED SIGNING RULES IS HERE.

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For those who receive wristbands, lining up can start 30 minutes before a wristbanded signing time.

For non-wristbanded signings, lining up can start 20 minutes before signing time.

 *Program subject to change. Check the text-based online schedule below for real time updates. 

*Program subject to change. Check the text-based online schedule below for real time updates. 

FRIDAY

6 PM

FIERCE FRIDAY YALLWEST PREVIEW NIGHT  

6 PM - 8 PM - Santa Monica Public Library

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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 — and more.

Here is the star-studded list of attending authors: Tomi Adeyemi, Alexandra Bracken, Dhonielle Clayton, Laurie Devore, Gayle Forman, Kami Garcia, Abbi Glines, Maurene Goo, Richelle Mead, Marissa Meyer, Tamora Pierce, Hilary ReylAngie Thomas, Tillie Walden, and Jen Wang.

Get tickets here


SATURDAY

9 AM

FESTIVAL OPENS 🙌 🙌 🙌 

9 AM

Book sales and booths open, line ups start


10 AM

MORNING KEYNOTE: THE JOB OF FANTASY  💛 💙

Tamora Pierce and Tomi Adeyemi

moderated by Kami Garcia

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10 AM - Barnum Hall

Get tickets here

 

SCHOLASTIC / I READ YA BREAKFAST 🍩

10 AM - Scholastic Booth

The most important meal and giveaway of the day — Breakfast at the Scholastic booth with Ally Carter, Kasie West, Kody Keplinger, and Eric Gansworth.


11 AM

#RESIST (STORIES OF TONIGHT) 💥

11 AM - Barnum Hall

An agent, director, television exec & four authors explore how our stories fight for us - locally and globally - and who shapes that fight.

Sarah Burnes (Moderator), Melissa de la Cruz, Gayle Forman, Eric Gansworth, Jay Roach, Simran Sethi, and Angie Thomas

 

STORYMAKERS: TEENS & THE TV HERO'S JOURNEY ✨📺

11 AM - Gym

How do fictional heroes shape their fans? How will the real-life teen heroes of 2018 impact heroic fictions?

Alison Tatlock (Stranger Things, Writer/Producer) (Moderator), Liz Craft (Happier In Hollywood Podcast Co-host/TV Writer-Producer), Sarah Fain (Happier In Hollywood Podcast Co-host/TV Writer-Producer), Rich Hatem (Supernatural), Britta Lundin (Riverdale), and Geoffrey Thorne (The Librarians)

 

MIDDLE GRADE STORYBALL 🤣📖

11 AM - Cafeteria

An interactive book jam where lazy writers con their readers into doing their work for them. Hilarity ensues.

Pseudonymous Bosch & Alex London (Hosts), Soman Chainani, Ally Condie, Erin Entrada Kelly, Phillip De Leon (illustrator), Shane Pangburn (illustrator), Eliot Schrefer, and Melissa Walker

 

TRICKS OF THE TRADE: FACING THE FEAR OF FAILURE ⭐️⭐️

11 AM - West Tent

Writers compare notes on how to silence their inner haters.

Rachel Hawkins (Moderator), Alexandra Bracken, Julie Buxbaum, E. Lockhart, Megan Miranda, and Randy Ribay

 

MODERN LOVE 💖📱

11 AM - East Tent

Dimple meets Rishi meets Simon meets All The Boys...so let's celebrate!

Nic Stone (Moderator), Arvin Ahmadi, Becky Albertalli, Jenny Han, Shaun David Hutchinson, Sandhya Menon, and Wendy Xu

 

"MAKE IT GAY, COWARDS!" 🌈

11 AM - Chorus Room

Thanks for the Rom-Com! Now how about...Everything Else?

Saundra Mitchell (Moderator), Marguerite Bennett, Irene Koh, CB Lee, Lewis Peterson, Tillie Walden, and Jen Wang

 

YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE MY FAMILY 😱😬😩

11 AM - Gallery

No two families are alike... especially not these.

Hilary Reyl (Moderator), Samira Ahmed, Gloria Chao, Joelle Charbonneau, Laurie Devore, Farrah Penn

 

EPIC READS x DORMIFY

11 - 11:30 AM - Grassy Hill

Want to talk about your all-time favorite books? Want to make friends with people that have the same book nerd problems as you? Join us! Kick back, relax, and enjoy some fun discussion in a cozy nook decked out by Epic Reads We’ll be giving away awesome swag and of course - books!

 

SIGNING

11 AM - Innovation Quad

Ally Carter

Julie Dao

Alexa Donne

Abbi Glines

Kody Keplinger

Marissa Meyer*

Lauren Oliver

Emily X.R. Pan

Brendan Reichs

Liliam Rivera


12 PM

YA GOES HOLLYWOOD 🎥🌟

12 PM - Barnum Hall

YA authors make the big transition from page to screen.

Abdi Nazemian (Moderator), Becky Albertalli, Jenny Han, David Levithan, and Angie Thomas

 

STORYMAKERS: DC COMICS 💫

12 PM - Gym

Wonder Woman was just the beginning. Join Jim Lee of DC Comics with a panel of all-star comics writers & graphic novelists.

Jim Lee (Moderator), Marguerite Bennett (Batgirl), Gwenda Bond (Lois Lane), Kami Garcia (Teen Titans), Danielle Paige (Aquaman), Robert Venditti (Green Lantern)

 

ASK ME ANYTHING: BASKETCASES EDITION ‼️

12 PM - Cafeteria

Back by popular demand, successful creatives share their own battles with Troll Brain.

Margaret Stohl (Moderator), Cookie Everman, Lauren Oliver, Jill Scharr, Mallory Schleif, Neal Shusterman, and John Corey Whaley

 

PENGUIN TRIVIA

12 PM - West Tent

Trivia with your favorite Penguin authors!

 

WRITING MUSIC, WRITING ABOUT MUSIC 🎤🎼🎧

12 PM - East Tent

Musicians and writers explore how music can tell a story and poetry can be music.  

Amy S Foster (Moderator), Rachel Cohn, Gayle Forman, Eric Gansworth, and Alexandra Monir

 

BOOKSPLOSION 💥📚💥

12 PM - Chorus Room

Booksplosion is Back! BookTubers Christine Riccio (PolandBananasBooks), Jesse George (JesseTheReader) and Kat O'Keeffe (Katytastic) return to YALLWEST to share their most memorable BookTube experiences during this highly interactive Q&A.

 

TRICKS OF THE TRADE: PRACTICAL TIPS TO GETTING PUBLISHED 📝📕

12 PM - Gallery

Industry insiders talk book agenting, marketing, editing and packaging.

Seth Fishman (Moderator), Sarah Burnes, Dhonielle Clayton, Hilary Pecheone, Erin Stein, and Joanna Volpe

 

UCLA QUIDDITCH SCRIMMAGE ‼️

12 PM (Hour One)- 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.

 

SIGNING

12 PM - Innovation Quad

Tomi Adeyemi*

Alexandra Bracken*

Libba Bray

Soman Chainani

Roshani Chokshi (bookplates)

Claudia Gray

Kirsten Hubbard

Zach King

Alexander London (12:00 - 12:30, in Fierce Reads Booth)

Megan Miranda

Kasie West

Kiersten White

 

12 PM - Hi De Ho Comics Booth

Tillie Walden

Jen Wang


1 PM

SORRY NOT SORRY 🖤

1 PM - Barnum Hall

Unapologetically ambitious girls: why do we love writing them, and why can they be so hard to write?

Maurene Goo (Moderator), Laurie Devore, Marie Lu, Richelle Mead, Lauren Oliver, and Tamora Pierce

 

STORYMAKERS: SUPERHERO FAMILY FEUD ⚡️⚡️

1 PM - Gym

Ryan North and a gaggle of Marvel, DC and Indie Comics pals play the feud.

Ryan North (Host), Charles Beacham, Marguerite Bennett, Brian Intihar, Irene Koh, Sam Maggs, Wilson Moss, Bill Rosemann, Robert Venditti, Steve Wacker, and Mark Waid

 

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES 🗞🕐

1 PM - Cafeteria

Authors talk through telling timely stories with sensitivity and nuance - and why it matters.

Eliot Schrefer (Moderator), Samira Ahmed, Jay Coles, Kody Keplinger, and Brenda Rufener

 

BRICK BY BRICK WITH LEGO ARTIST ADAM WARD 🏗

1 PM - West Tent

Join Youtube's fave lego artist, Adam Ward, for an interactive workshop.

 

TRICKS OF THE TRADE - JOURNEY FROM JOURNALIST TO AUTHOR 📰

1 PM - East Tent

Lois Lane's own Gwenda Bond talks truth and fiction with four former journalists.

Gwenda Bond (Moderator), Karen M. McManus, Farrah Penn, Lilliam Rivera, and Sabaa Tahir

 

DARK CHILDHOOD WORLDS 🥀🐉🔮

1 PM - Chorus Room

Not all childhood fantasy worlds are wonderlands, whether in Middle Grade or YA.

Danielle Paige (Moderator), Amy Ephron, Erin Entrada Kelly, Ransom Riggs, Holly Goldberg Sloan, and Sherri L. Smith

 

TRICKS OF THE TRADE - PRACTICAL TIPS TO WRITING A BOOK ✏️💻

1 PM - Gallery

Writers swap trade secrets, from outline to deadline.

Erin Summerill (Moderator), Julie C. Dao, Alexa Donne, Abbi Glines, Abdi Nazemian, and Angelo Surmelis

 

HMH MACARON HOUR 🌸

1 PM - Meeting Space

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Travel to Paris, France without leaving the SAMOHI Quad. Enjoy macarons and blood red sparkly drinks, inspired by the upcoming, GRIM LOVELIES series.

 

UCLA QUIDDITCH SCRIMMAGE ‼️

1 PM (Hour Two)- 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.

 

SIGNINGS

1 PM - Innovation Quad

Julie Buxbaum

Gloria Chao

Joelle Charbonneau

Dhonielle Clayton*

Rachel Cohn

Melissa de la Cruz

Rachel Hawkins

Stephanie Kuehn

CB Lee

David Levithan

E. Lockhart

Saundra Mitchell

Veronica Roth*

 

1pm - Hi De Ho Comics Booth

Jim Lee

 


2 PM

PAPER CROWNS 👑

2 PM - Barnum Hall

Authors who subvert & reinvent concepts of kingdom or monarchy explain their game of thrones.

Soman Chainani (Moderator), Julie C. Dao, Marissa Meyer, and Erin Summerill

 

STORYMAKERS - MARVEL HERO MAKERS 🕷🐿

2 PM - Gym

From comics to games, Spidey to Squirrel Girl, the House of M is in the house!

Margaret Stohl (Moderator), Charles Beacham, Brian Intihar, Wilson Moss, Ryan North, Bill Rosemann, Steve Wacker, and Mark Waid

 

FUTURE FICTIONS 🔬🚀🌋

2 PM - Cafeteria

Virtual worlds & techno thrillers, survivalist outposts & political killers - what do future fictions reveal about our own realities?

GIVEAWAY from Del Rey: The Point ARCs, Del Rey/Star Wars Mass Market Sampler, and Spinning Silver Samplers!

Brendan Reichs(Moderator), Rhoda Belleza, Cameron Lee, Marie Lu, Neal Shusterman, and Christine Thompson

 

ROMANCE IN EVERY GENRE 💕

2 PM - West Tent

Love doesn't just make the world go round, it fills every shelf in the bookstore.

Abbi Glines (Moderator), Kami Garcia, Kody Keplinger, Tahereh Mafi, and Sandhya Menon

 

MIDDLE GRADE TRUTH OR DARE ⁉️⁉️

2 PM - East Tent

Back by popular demand, a game of brave hearts and honest...parts.

Alex London (Host), Ally Carter, Erin Entrada Kelly, Eliot Schrefer, Sherri L. Smith, and Melissa Walker

 

SINGULARITIES 🌀

2 PM - Chorus Room

Are you Team Edward vs Team Jacob? Or Team Head Transplant Recipient vs Team Proust Fan on the Autistic Spectrum? On celebrating the singular.

Holly Goldberg Sloan (Moderator), Ally Condie, Kirsten Hubbard, Emily X.R. Pan, Hilary Reyl, and John Corey Whaley

 

TRICKS OF THE TRADE - SHARING PUBLICATION STORIES 💭📗

2 PM - Gallery

What a long, strange trip it's been - but here's how five authors made it.

Sarah Enni (Moderator), Jay Coles, Alexa Donne, Brenda Rufener, and Sara Saedi

 

UNDERLINED PROM AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL 🍦✨

2 PM - Main Quad

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Music, dancing, ice cream and books! Come enjoy Cool Hous ice cream and win awards for best costume! Get your tickets at the Underlined booth. 

 

SIGNING

2 PM - Innovation Quad

Samira Ahmed

Becky Albertalli*

Amy Ephron

Gayle Forman

Amy Foster

Eric Gansworth

Britta Lundin

Richelle Mead*

Alexandra Monir

Farrah Penn

Angelo Surmelis

Sabaa Tahir*

 

2 PM - Hi De Ho Comics Tent

Marguerite Bennett

Sam Maggs

David Rodriguez


3 PM

 

(SUPER) POWER PLAYERS 💥

3 PM - Barnum Hall

Humans with powers, gifts, abilities - writ large & writ real. Why are we so fascinated by them, ie, is it the magic or the muggle?

GIVEAWAY from Del Rey: The Point ARCs, Kill the Farm Boy ARCs, Del Rey/Star Wars Mass Market Sampler, and Spinning Silver Samplers

Margaret Stohl (Moderator), Tomi Adeyemi, Melissa de la Cruz, Tahereh Mafi, Marissa Meyer, and Ransom Riggs

 

WRITING PARTNERS 🧠🧠

3 PM - Gym

Creative collaborations - when are they a marriage of inconvenience, and when are they a case of two brains better than one?

Brendan Reichs (Moderator), Rachel Cohn, Ally Condie, Kirsten Hubbard, and David Levithan

 

DARKEST MINDS MOVIE PANEL 🧡🎞

3 PM - Cafeteria

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Author Alexandra Bracken and director Jennifer Yuh Nelson in conversation about the upcoming film adaptation.

 

TRICKS OF THE TRADE - SURVIVING THE GAME INDUSTRY 🎮🖥

3 PM - East Tent

Making games isn't always as easy as playing them. Developers from Activision, Infinity Ward, Insomniac, Bungie, Vicarious Visions and Riot discuss how to survive the hardest boss of all.

Dave Stohl (Moderator), Charles Beacham, Matt Dunn, Brian Intihar, Ariel Lawrence, Cameron Lee, Steve Pearce, David Rodriguez, and Christine Thompson

 

AMERICAN STORIES 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

3 PM - Chorus Room

Families lost or found - identities fractured or reclaimed - arrivals and departures - change. Is there one "American story"?

Cookie Everman (Moderator), Gloria Chao, Maurene Goo, Shaun David Hutchinson, Lilliam Rivera, Sara Saedi, and Nic Stone

 

FRIENDSHIPS 👯‍♀️

3 PM - Gallery

Romance in YA gets a lot of *love but friendships can be just as compelling, complicated, and important.

*see what we did there?

Joelle Charbonneau (Moderator), Libba Bray, Arvin Ahmadi, Julie Buxbaum, Randy Ribay, Kasie West

 

EPIC READS x DORMIFY 💯

3 - 3:30 PM - Grassy Hill

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Want to talk about your all-time favorite books? Want to make friends with people that have the same book nerd problems as you? Join us! Kick back, relax, and enjoy some fun discussion in a cozy nook decked out by Epic Reads We’ll be giving away awesome swag and of course - books!

 

NOVL PHOTO BOOTH  😁✌️

3 - 5 PM - NOVL Tent

Get dropped into your favorite books at the Novel green screen photo booth.

 

SIGNING

3 PM - Innovation Quad

Rhoda Belleza

Pseudonymous Bosch

Erin Entrada Kelly

Karen McManus

Abdi Nazemian

Danielle Paige

Brenda Rufener

Eliot Schreffer

Sherri L. Smith

Angie Thomas*

John Corey Whaley

 

3 PM - Hi De Ho Comics Booth

Robert Venditti


4 PM

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: POWER FANTASIES 💪

Veronica Roth and Sabaa Tahir

4 PM - Barnum Hall

These authors don't just write characters, they train them, strengthen them, build their muscles and teach them to fight. Why? What are they gaining power over? What's the fight about - for the characters, and for the authors?

Get Tickets here!

 

FANTASY HISTORIES & HISTORICAL FANTASIES 🏰🗿🏯

4 PM - Gym

The past is made fantastic, or the fantastic is given an intricate past. What do time and history have to do with imagination and creation?

Melissa de la Cruz (Moderator), Dhonielle Clayton, Richelle Mead, and Emily X.R. Pan

 

STORYMAKERS: REBEL GRRLS RULE THE MULTIVERSE! 🌙

4 PM - Cafeteria

From animation to games and comics, five heroic creators discuss the front lines of gender and popular culture.

Sam Maggs (Jem and the Holograms)(Moderator), Mallory Schleif (Bungie), Tillie Walden (Spinning), Jen Wang (Cartoonist/Author, The Prince And The Dressmaker), and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes)

 

SHEROES OF SFF 👩‍🚀🧝‍♀️🧙‍♀️

4 PM - West Tent

Character creators explore the changing gender dynamics of "the hero" across SFF fictions and fandoms.

CB Lee (Moderator), Matt Dunn, Claudia Gray, Amy S Foster, and Kiersten White

 

VERY FUNNY 🃏🤣

4 PM - East Tent

Finding the funny is serious business - whether on youtube or webcomics, in film or in print. What makes these six voices stand out, and how do they manage to keep standing?

Ryan North (Moderator), Libba Bray, Amy Ephron, Rachel Hawkins, Zach King, Britta Lundin, and Kasie West

 

TRICKS OF THE TRADE - BREAKING INTO THE COMICS INDUSTRY 💭🗯

4 PM - Chorus Room

Seven comics veterans talk about getting started as an artist, a writer, or a creator.

Charles Beacham (Moderator), Irene Koh,Wilson Moss, David Rodriguez, Bill Rosemann, Robert Venditti, Steve Wacker, and Mark Waid

 

HOPE & OTHER ANTHOLOGIES: WRITING FOR THE CAUSE ✍️

4 PM - Gallery

The editor of a short story anthology created to inspire youth activism asks authors why and how they write their conscience.

Rose Brock (Editor, Hope Nation)(Moderator), Ally Carter, Sarah Enni, Stephanie Kuehn, E. Lockhart, and Alex London

 

SHADOWHUNTER ARMY RECRUITMENT

4 PM - Meeting Space

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*An elite squad is gathering to stand against the forces of the darkness in the Shadowhunter world... The Shadowhunter Army is accepting new members!
Visit the Riveted by Simon Teen booth to get your wristband for our recruitment event.

 

SIGNING

4 PM - Innovation Quad

Arvin Ahmadi

Gwenda Bond

Jay Coles

Laurie Devore

Kami Garcia

Maurene Goo

Jenny Han*

Marie Lu*

Sandhya Menon

Tamora Pierce*

Neal Shusterman

Margaret Stohl

Erin Summerill

 

4 PM - Hi De Ho Comics Tent

Brian Intihar


5 PM

ASK ME ANYTHING: THE LGBTQIA+ EDITION 🏳️‍🌈 

5 PM - Gym

Some of your fave LGBT authors are out and proud and here to spread some love - and drop some wisdom!

David Levithan (Moderator), Kirsten Hubbard, Kody Keplinger, CB Lee, Alex London, Saundra Mitchell, Angelo Surmelis, and John Corey Whaley

 

TRICKS OF THE TRADE - CREATING YOUTUBE CONTENT 📹😄

5 PM - West Tent

Authors and content creators talk tips for getting book-themed content online.

Sarah Enni (Moderator), Soman Chainani, Kat O'Keeffe (katytastic), Zach King, and Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS)

 

MS SPACE FACE: WHAT WOULD CARRIE FISHER DO? 🚀🌎

5 PM - East Tent

Women who are passionate about SF fandoms share stories of growing up as the lone girl nerds in boy nerdlandia.

Veronica Roth (Moderator), Rhoda Belleza, Claudia Gray, Sam Maggs, and Jill Scharr

 

THRILLERS 😱

5 PM - Chorus Room

Authors explore connections between gender and darkness - and how female-driven thrillers came to be a genre in the first place.

Stephanie Kuehn (Moderator), Karen M. McManus, Megan Miranda, Alexandra Monir, Sherri L. Smith, and Kiersten White

 

MACMILLAN GRISHAVERSE FAN MEET UP

5 PM - Gallery

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The Grishaverse is alive and well at YALLWEST, with or without their author present.

 

SIGNING

5 PM - Innovation Quad

Ally Condie

Shaun David Hutchinson

Tahereh Mafi*

Hilary Reyl

Randy Ribay

Ransom Riggs*

Sara Saedi

Holly Goldberg Sloan

Nic Stone

Melissa Walker

 

5 PM - Hi De Ho Comics Tent

Mark Waid

Ryan North

Steve Wacker


6 PM

THE 4TH ANNUAL YALLWEST SMACKDOWN: "MOST LIKELY TO..." 🎓

6 PM - Barnum Hall

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Don't miss "MOST LIKELY TO" - the YALLWEST Senior Year Talent (& Awards!) Show - hosted by ***Pseudonymous Bosch, Melissa De La Cruz & Margaret Stohl.

Get Tickets here! Presented by Disney. 

(***But, spoilers: already we can tell you that "MOST LIKELY TO FLAKE ON THE SMACKDOWN SHE'S HOSTING" goes to Melissa de la Cruz!)

 


WRISTBANDED SIGNING RULES

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-Limited, wristbanded signings are marked with an asterisk* on the schedule.-

-Wristbands will be distributed one hour before a wristbanded signing.-

-Queues for receiving wristbands can start 45 minutes prior to that distribution.-

-Wristbands will be distributed at a designated table near the Information Booth at the entrance of the Signing Area.-

-Those who receive wristbands can start lining up 30 minutes before signing time.-

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For non-wristbanded signings:

 -Lining up can start 20 minutes before signing time.-

-Limit 3 books per trip through line unless otherwise indicated by the author and YALLWEST volunteers.-

 

Specific Wristbanded Signing Restrictions are as follows:

 

TOMI ADEYEMI

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BECKY ALBERTALLI
Limit 1 personalization

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ALEXANDRA BRACKEN

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DHONIELLE CLAYTON

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JENNY HAN
Limit 3 books
Limit 1 personalization

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MARIE LU
Limit 4 books

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TAHEREH MAFI
Limit 1 personalization

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RICHELLE MEAD
Limit 4 books
Limit 1 personalization

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MARISSA MEYER
Limit 1 personalization

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TAMORA PIERCE
Limit 4 books
If time permits additional books can be signed after signing line is clear. You will be asked to wait at the END of the line.
Limit 2 personalizations

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VERONICA ROTH
Limit 2 books

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RANSOM RIGGS
Limit 3 personalizations

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SABAA TAHIR
Limit 3 books
Limit 1 personalization

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ANGIE THOMAS