YAK Fest brings authors, teen readers together

01/13/2014 2:35 PM

01/13/2014 2:36 PM

The YAK is back.

YAK Fest—Young Adult Keller Book Festival—will be Jan. 25 at Central High School, 9450 Ray White Road.

The third annual event will feature 25 authors, eight session or workshop options, food trucks, book sales and one big autograph session.

Doors open at 9 a.m. for book, t-shirt and food sales. Author Neal Shusterman will give the keynote message at 10 a.m. Teens and fans of Y.A. literature will have four opportunities to take in a panel discussion or workshop interspersed with breaks for lunch and book buying. An autograph session from 4 to 5 p.m. rounds out the day.

The festival is organized by two Keller district librarians: Janet Adams from Central and Lucy Kubo from Keller High and is made possible by a grant from the M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Foundation.

The theme of YAK Fest 2014 is “The Edge of Escape.” If teens want a break from the panels and workshops in the afternoon, they can go to the Escape Hatch, new this year.

“We’ll have some activities there or they can just hang out with some of the authors and chill but still be part of the day,” Kubo said.

Several food trucks will be at the school during the lunch break and World Blend Coffeehouse will sell drinks and food on site. The Book Carriage and Coffee Shop in Roanoke is the official book vendor and will have dozens of titles for sale at the festival.

Attending authors cover almost every imaginable genre, from reality fiction, poetry and paranormal activity, to gothic horror, Native American storytelling and post-apocalyptic survival.

Kubo said that meeting authors and talking about books with other teens helps foster a love of reading.

“They also get an opportunity to meet people who are just like them who have reached their goals and made their dreams come true,” she said. “They can see how these writers have become successful and that can be helpful for students regardless of their chosen field.”

For more information, go to teacherweb.com/TX/KellerHighSchool/YAKFest/apt1.aspx or to the Yak Fest Facebook page.

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