Aug 21, 2012

Austin Teen Book Festival - 2012 (+Meetup)

If you didn't already know, Texas is pretty bad-a when it comes to literary events. Austin Teen Book Festival is one of my favorite events of the year! I have been lucky enough to be involved in some capacity for three out of the four years, and this year has been a blast running PR and media. Below is the scoop in order for you to have a good time and see all that you can see. First, check out the awesome poster made by  my coworker Trina Bolfing from Westbank Community Library made for us this year!
Yes, you can copy it and post on your blog! Yes, you can print it out and hang in your classroom, library, or wherever you want! Now, let's get to some details of fest day:

The festival is FREE for everyone! No registration required, just show up!

WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 9:30am – 5pm
OPEN DOOR: Come when you can, and try to attend all day because you won’t want to miss the fun!
WHERE: The Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX 78704
PARKING: Palmer Events Center Parking Garage: $7
Keynote Author(s): Opening - Neal Shusterman; Closing - Libba Bray

Panels & Authors:
Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads - Neal Shusterman, Marissa Meyer, Rachel Cohn, Jeff Hirsch, Dan Krokos, and Greg Leitich Smith (moderator)

We’re Not In Kansas Anymore - Libba Bray, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Leigh Bardugo, Rae Carson, and Sarah Rees Brennan (moderator)

Creature Comfort - Scott Speer, Anna Banks, Gina Damico, Tara Hudson, Martha Brockenbrough, and Sophie Jordan (moderator)

Real Life Happens - Jesse Andrews, Elizabeth Scott, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, E.M. Kokie, Jessica Lee Anderson, and John Corey Whaley (moderator)

The Thrill Of the Chase - William Richter, Lex Thomas (Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies), Eliot Schrefer, Ally Carter, and Jennifer Lynn Barnes (moderator)

What Would You Do For Love? - Ally Condie, Kresley Cole, Jessica Shirvington, Tamara Ireland Stone, Jessica Khoury, and Tracy Deebs (moderator)

36 amazing authors on 6 panels! There will be FOUR opportunities to see authors speak so plan ahead! (click pic to enlarge)

Here are a few answers to your burning questions with more info at the ATBF website.

YES, they will have a ton of books for sale all day - thanks, BookPeople!
YES, they take credit cards
YES, you can bring some books from home
YES, food will be for sale
YES, you can have your picture taken with your favorite author

We are working on getting a list of exactly what books will be for sale up on the website - stay tuned!

Signing rules and food info is HERE

We could always use some more hands to help out for the day. If you are interested, send an email to and let them know when you're available.

Here is a map to the Palmer Events Center. Reminder, parking is $7.

We have an Event page on Facebook, let us know if you're coming! Also, follow at @AustinTBF and use #ATBF12

Interested in a MEDIA badge or have questions? Send me an email at

UPDATE: There will be a blogger meetup Friday, September 28th, 7:30pm at Scholz Garten on 17th downtown. This is an all ages place with a giant beer selection! Super fun, chill (no fancy dress), place for us to hang out, eat, and talk shop. Join us and help spread the word! There is a band that goes on at 10pm if you want to stick around for that. Some of us might hit up 6th/4th afterward.

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How awesome was #ATBF11? Find out HERE

Hope to see you September 29th!


  1. Yay ATBF12!! I will be there :) Looking forward to it.

  2. I don't know whose more excited me or the elder child!!

  3. I am SO excited for ATBF this year! I went last year for the first time, and had such a fabulous time. I can't wait for this year!! My mom is never excited for the 3 hour drive, but it's totally going to be worth it. ;) So many awesome authors are coming!

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    1. I entered the copter with my name. I'm also bringing a guest.

  5. Sounds like fun!! I shared it on my blog :)

  6. Whoohoo, can't wait! Hoping to bring along a few teens.

  7. Oops I put my blog and not my name. LOL sorry!

  8. I will try and make it!! I have to work till 11 that day but I will try and meet up with you guys! If not then I will definitely be there on Saturday!

  9. I'm so excited! I'm not a TX blogger (I live in OK), but I'd love to come and meet everyone on Friday. Plus, I was born in TX, that's got to give me some credit! ;)

    1. Of course you can! We have a ton of friends from OK and I was born and raised there! Can't wait!

  10. Oh goodness. I wish I was in Austin. (I'm from Aberdeen, Scotland!) Having spent 5 months last year in the good ol' ATX I know what a great city it is. This sort of event is in the best place possible, with the great venues and up to date technologies. The people are so friendly and I met some of my best friends whilst living there.

    This makes me miss my Texas friends though, oh yeh and the weather!

    Wish you all the best for this awesome event. I hope you give us a update as to how it all went down.

    Happy Reading.


  11. Looking forward to meeting everyone =D

    1. Glad you are coming, Rachel. Will be great to see you again!

  12. I am not a fancy book blogger, but I will be there WITH BELLS ON!

    1. I mean... at ATBF.... blogger get together TBA ;)

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