The news is out! James Dashner of The Maze Runner fame is headlining the Texas Teen Book Festival! Join us October 18th, 2014 at St. Edward's University. This was a super hard secret to keep. We first met Dashner in 2010 right when The Maze Runner came out. He was a dynamic speaker and had instant fans. We can't wait to share more author lineup information and have another exciting addition this week. Stay tuned to TTBF on Facebook and Twitter, and of course the website for more information. Here is the full press release:
novel is The Eye of Minds, a novel set in a world of
hyper-advanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming. He is also
the author of the 13th Reality series.
“We couldn't be more
excited to announce James Dashner as our headlining author,” says
Heather Schubert, librarian and founder, along with BookPeople, of what
was originally called the Austin Teen Book Festival. “And we are so
excited about The Maze Runner movie release in September. This year's
festival is going to be the most interactive and wild yet, and we have
an amazing list of all-star YA authors to prove it!” Schubert says.
under the auspices of the Texas Book Festival, the Texas Teen Book
Festival is one of the largest gatherings of YA authors and readers
in the nation, with more than 40 authors and 4,000 fans attending
in 2013. The Texas Teen Book Festival is presented in conjunction with
the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, BookPeople, and venue
sponsor St. Edward’s University.
The Texas Teen Book Festival
will “bookend” the Texas Book Festival, scheduled for Oct. 25 and 26 in
and around the state Capitol, with more than 40,000 expected to attend.
was lucky enough to attend the Austin Teen Book Festival right
after The Maze Runner first came out, and to now return as the headliner
for the Texas Teen Book Festival is exciting and surreal. I'm very
honored, and I plan to enjoy every single second of my time
there!” Dashner says.
“YA lit is a lot of fun, but in the end,
everyone involved with the Texas Teen Book Festival is quite serious
about engaging teen readers and about educational outcomes,” says Texas
Book Festival Executive Director Lois Kim. “We’re very fortunate that
St. Edward’s was willing to embark on this adventure with us. It’s the
perfect location for the Festival because a university campus is where
we want all teens to end up,” Kim says.
“Our partnership with
Texas Teen Book Festival provides us the opportunity to help inspire
thousands of young readers who will visit St. Edward’s in October,” says
Mischelle Diaz, the university’s director of communications. “We hope
that our vibrant campus and the impressive lineup of authors will
encourage students to think about higher education as a pathway for
making a difference in their world.”
Both the Texas Book
Festival, held in and around the State Capitol, and the Texas Teen Book
Festival are free and open to the public thanks to generous donors,
sponsors, and volunteers.