It’s a little late, but here’s more ink and praise for YALLWEST 2015 courtesy of Publishers Weekly.
I tried, really tried to like Farel Dalrymple’s gorgeously and intricately drawn futuristic apocalyptic tale The Wrenchies, but couldn’t. I could lose myself in the artwork (amazing), but could not get past the unimaginative, unnecessary profanity and complex storyline. I kept waiting for something to happen, found myself skimming the pages, and, then, just giving up.
The April 11-12 YALLWEST festival for YA authors and readers was amazing and beat all attendance expectations–with possibly 8,000 in attendance at this two-day fest at Santa Monica High School and Santa Monica Public Library. The energy was high on day two at the smaller venue, Santa Monica Public Library, and the action spilled onto the sidewalks (as evidenced in the photo), plus the special sessions were standing room only. Organizers are coy about the potential for a YALLWEST 2016, but keep your ear to the ground. After years (decades?) of neglect, the YA genre is thriving and coming of age!
My son started reading Bone in second grade (the 1300-page black-and-white tome and the four-color installments). Five years later, he still reads the story, coming back to it like comfort food for the eyes and imagination … it’s a classic. Whether you are 8 or 80, the Bone series is a great tale. SO WHY HASN’T THIS TALE BEEN RELEASED AS A FEATURE ANIMATION FILM??
You won’t want to miss Yallwest, a 2-day book and YA festival that will include panel discussions, story mobs, food trucks, live music, and more. See you there!
Day 1, Saturday, April 11 at Santa Monica High School kicks off with an impressive lineup of YA authors:
LEIGH BARDUGO (Shadow And Bone)
COE BOOTH (Kinda Like Brothers)
PSEUDONYMOUS BOSCH (Secret Series)
LIBBA BRAY (Diviners)
RACHEL COHN (Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist)
ANDREA CREMER (The Inventor’s Secret)
MELISSA DE LA CRUZ (Blue Bloods)
ALLY CONDIE (Matched)
SUSAN EE (Angelfall)
DAN EHRENHAFT (The Last Dog On Earth)
KAMI GARCIA (Beautiful Creatures)
SHANNON HALE (Princess Academy)
E. LOCKHART (We Were Liars)
RICHELLE MEAD (Vampire Academy)
LISI HARRISON (Pretenders)
ELLEN HOPKINS (Crank)
ROBIN LAFEVERS (Grave Mercy)
ALEXANDER LONDON (Proxy)
MARIE LU (Legend)
Guess who, what jumped the gun on the L.A. Times Book Fest?? Pseudonymous Bosch, Ransom Riggs, and more than 30 other New York Times Bestsellers YA authors will take center stage at Yallwest, a 2-day book festival that will include panel discussions, story mobs, food trucks, live music, and more. Looking forward to volunteering and mingling at this event. See you there!
http://www.yallwest.com/ for more info.