The theme of the fourth annual YAK Fest set for Jan. 24 at Central High School is “All About that Book.”
YAK Fest, the Young Adult Keller Book Festival, is all about turning teens into life long readers.
“Our goal for YAK Fest is to celebrate teenagers and the literature they like to read,” said Janet Adams, Central High librarian and a YAK Fest organizer. “We want to give them a chance to meet authors and show there are people who really care about them and the things they go through.”
Two dozen authors will participate in panel discussions and workshops. Barry Lyga, author of the New York Times bestselling YA thriller I Hunt Killers, will give the keynote address in the morning. New this year, a second general session takes place in the early afternoon and features a YAK Fest recurring favorite, Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle; Wedding Day Rain, a folk singing couple with the wife also a YA author; and Matt De La Pena, author of Mexican WhiteBoy.
Panel discussions will include focuses on realistic fiction, thrillers and paranormal fiction. Two writing workshops will be part of the sessions, one on poetry and another on basic story telling. During the day, there will be one session for parents and educators geared towards encouraging reluctant readers.
For a break, participants can go to the “Escape Hatch,” an area for teens to talk one-on-one with some of the authors.
The event at Central High School, 9450 Ray White Road, is free and open to middle and high school students, along with adults who enjoy YA books. The Book Carriage in Roanoke will have books from every author available for purchase and several food vendors will be on hand, including several food trucks at lunch time.
Doors open at 9 a.m., the welcome and general session start at 10 and ends with authors signing books for attendees from 4:15 to 5 p.m.
Like in the previous three years, YAK Fest has been made possible by a grant from the Evelyn and M.R. Hudson Foundation.
For more information, contact Janet Adams: firstname.lastname@example.org.