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Math 4th & 5th: YALLWEST - Santa Monica, CA
Fierce Friday YALLWEST
Location: 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 — and more.
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Morning Keynote: The Job Of Fantasy
Location: Barnum Hall
A discussion on the role of fantasy with Tomi Adeyemi, Tamora Pierce with moderator Kami Garcia.
Children of Blood and Bone Signing
Location: Innovation Quad
Super Power Players
Locations: Barnum Hall
Time: 3:00 PM
Humans with powers, gifts, abilities - writ large & writ real. Why are we so fascinated by them, ie, is it the magic or the muggle?
Authors: Tomi Adeyemi, Victoria Aveyard, Melissa de la Cruz, Tahereh Mafi, Marissa Meyer, and Ransom Riggs
The 4th Annual YALLWest Smackdown
Location: Barnum Hall
This all-star jam brings our cast of featured authors on stage for your entertainment.
It's hosted by festival founders, Melissa de la Cruz, Margaret Stohl, and Pseudonymous Bosch, but don't be surprised if you see YA & MG headliners like Veronica Roth, Ransom Riggs, Marie Lu, E. Lockhart, Tahereh Mafi, Kami Garcia, Marissa Meyer - and many more. Root for your favorites in what is guaranteed to be the funniest (and most embarrassing) hour of the festival. This one is a DON'T MISS.
June 2nd - June 3rd: Book Con - New York City, NY
SATURDAY, JUNE 2nd
Fierce Reads Author Breakfast
Time: 10:15 – 11:15am
Magic and Power Panel
Location: Main Stage
Time: 2:15 – 3:15pm
Magic and power are two elements that make fantasy thrive. That power can be seen on the battlefield or within the lies that characters tell themselves that manipulate their actions. Fan favorites Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments), Brandon Sanderson (Skyward), Marissa Meyer (Renegades), and Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone) talk about the power struggles their characters face and the conflicts that bring them all in for the fights of their lives. Discussion moderated by Daniel José Older
SUNDAY, JUNE 3rd
We Need Diverse Books Panel
Time: 10:15 – 11:00am
A proud staple of BookCon, We Need Diverse Books continues to give a voice to many of today's most important authors. Come to listen to invaluable viewpoints of Dhonielle Clayton, Tomi Adeyemi, Tracey Baptiste, Zoraida Córdova, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Rebecca Roanhose.