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YALLFest, which was co-founded in 2011 by Jonathan Sanchez of Blue Bicycle Books, along with authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, is a two-day festival that is open to the public and sponsored by Blue Bicycle Books, the YA and youth publishing community, the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and a host of local businesses. Author Melissa de la Cruz joined as Director of Development in 2012; authors Veronica Roth and Brendan Reichs now co-chair the festival. YALLFest has become the largest young adult book festival in the South.

In 2015, Stohl and de la Cruz co-founded a sister festival, YALLWEST, that occurs every spring in Santa Monica, California.

Attending authors

2011

Festival Director: Jonathan Sanchez

Author Track Guests:

Listed in Alphabetical Order by Authors Last Name
  • Caitlin Kittredge
  • David Levithan
  • Isaac Marion
  • Saundra Mitchel
  • Kaleb Nation
  • Diana Peterfreund
  • Beth Revis
  • Marie Ruthoski
  • Carrie Ryan
  • Eliot Schrefer
  • Victoria Schwab
  • Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • Natalie Standiford
  • Margaret Stohl

2012

Festival Director: Jonathan Sanchez

YALLFest 2012 Keynote Conversation: Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Author Track Guests:

Listed in Alphabetical Order by Authors Last Name
  • Kwame Alexander
  • Jennifer Lyn Barnes
  • Holly Black
  • Pseudonymous Bosch
  • Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Heather Brewer
  • Kiera Cass
  • Cinda Chima
  • Cassandra Clare
  • Andrea Cremer
  • Katie Crouch
  • Gitty Daneshvari
  • Siobhan Vivian
  • Michelle Hodkin
  • Ellen Hopkins
  • Tonya Hurley
  • Michele Jaffe
  • Caitlin Kittredge
  • Alyson Noel
  • David Levithan
  • Stephanie Perkins
  • Diana Peterfreund
  • Kathy Reichs
  • Brendan Reichs

2013

YALLFest 2013 brought together forty-eight top young adult, middle grade and crossover writers (including 25 New York Times Bestsellers) from all over the country.

Festival Director: Jonathan Sanchez

Programming Directors: Margaret Stohl (YA), Melissa de la Cruz (Crossover), Pseudonymous Bosch (Middle Grade)

YALLFest 2013 Keynote Conversation: Veronica Roth and Rae Carson (Presented by Epic Reads & HarperTeen)

Author Track Guests:

(NYT = New York Times Bestseller)
# Author Prominent work Secondary prominent work
01. Leigh Bardugo Grisha trilogy NYT
02. Pseudonymous Bosch The Secret Series Write this Book NYT
03. Alexandra Bracken The Darkest Minds Trilogy
04. Libba Bray The Diviners NYT
05. Heather Brewer The Slayer Chronicles Soulbound NYT
06. Rae Carson Fire and Thorns Trilogy
07. Cinda Chima The Heir Chronicles NYT
08. Matthew Cody Super
09. Rachel Cohn BETA NYT
10. Ally Condie Matched Trilogy #1 NYT
11. Jocelyn Davies A Beautiful Dark Trilogy
12. Melissa de la Cruz Witches of East End Frozen NYT
13. Daniel Ehrenhaft Americapedia
14. Gayle Forman If I Stay Just One Year NYT
15. Kami Garcia Unbreakable Dangerous Creatures #1 NYT
16. Adam Gidwitz A Tale Dark and Grim Trilogy NYT
17. David Macinnis Gill Rising Sun
18. Lev Grossman The Magicians Series NYT
19. Lisi Harrison The Clique Series Monster High #1 NYT
20. Aaron Hartzler Rapture Practice
21. Michelle Hodkin Mara Dyer Series NYT
22. Nancy Holder Buffy the Vampire Slayer Teen Wolf NYT
23. Ellen Hopkins Crank Trilogy Impulse Series NYT
24. Mike Johnston Frozen
25. Bill Konigsberg Openly Straight
26. David Levithan Two Boys Kissing NYT
27. C. Alexander London Dog Tags Series
28. Marie Lu The Legend Series NYT
29. C.J. Lyons Broken NYT
30. Tahereh Mafi Shatter Me Trilogy NYT
31. Myra McEntire Hourglass Series
32. Lisa McMann Wake Series Crash NYT
33. Barnabas Miller 7 Souls
34. Alyson Noel The Immortal Series Soul Seekers Series #1 NYT
35. Lauren Oliver Delirium Series Panic NYT
36. Stephanie Perkins Lola and the Boy Next Door NYT
37. Aprilynne Pike Wings Series Earthbound #1 NYT
38. Brendan Reichs Virals Series NYT
39. Ransom Riggs Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children #1 NYT
40. Veronica Rossi Under the Never Sky Series NYT
41. Veronica Roth Divergent Series #1 NYT
42. Rainbow Rowell Fangirl NYT
43. Carrie Ryan The Forest of Hands and Teeth Series NYT
44. Victoria Schwab The Archived Vicious
45. Natalie Standiford The Boy on the Bridge
46. Margaret Stohl Icons Dangerous Creatures #1 NYT
47. Sean Williams Twinmaker
48. J.E. Thompson The Girl From Felony Bay

2014

YALLFest Board of Directors:
  • Festival Director: Jonathan Sanchez
  • Programming Committee:
    • Pseudonymous Bosch
    • Melissa de la Cruz (Board Vice Chair)
    • Kami Garcia
    • Margaret Stohl (Board Chair)
  • Treasurer: Brendan Reichs
  • Librarian Liaison: Andria Amaral
  • Board Secretary, Festival Assistant: Emily Williams
  • Board Member: Patrick Dolan
  • Merchandise, Green Room: Stephanie Barna
Advisory Board:
  • Richard Abate (3 Arts Entertainment)
  • Jennifer Besser (Penguin Young Readers)
  • Sarah Burnes (The Garnet Company)
  • David Levithan (Author)
  • Emily Meehan (Disney-Hyperion)
  • Carrie Ryan (Author)
  • David Stohl (Activision)
  • Sally Willcox (Creative Arts Agency)

Editorial Track Guests:

  • Daniel Ehrenhaft – The Last Dog on Earth
  • Emily Meehan
  • Jocelyn Davies – A Beautiful Dark
  • Sarah Burnes

YALLFest 2014 Keynote Conversation:

  • James Dashner and Sarah Zarr (Presented by Random House)

Author Track Guests:

# Author Prominent work Secondary prominent work
01. Kwame Alexander The Crossover
02. Jennifer Armentrout Don't Look Back
03. Leigh Bardugo The Grisha Trilogy
04. Pseudonymous Bosch The Secret Series
05. Alexandra Bracken The Darkest Minds Series
06. Ann Brashares The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
07. Libba Bray Gemma Doyle Trilogy
08. Coe Booth Bronxwood Kinda Like Brothers
09. Kiera Cass The Selection Trilogy
10. Ally Condie Matched Trilogy
11. James Dashner The Maze Runner series The Mortality Doctrine series
12. John Parke Davis Map to Everywhere
13. Melissa de la Cruz Blue Bloods Series The Ring and the Crown, and more
14. Matt de la Peña Mexican WhiteBoy The Living
15. Sarah Dessen Along for the Ride The Moon and More
16. Jim di Bartolo In the Shadows
17. Susan Ee Penryn & the End of Days Series
18. Daniel Ehrenhaft The Last Dog on Earth
19. Sarah Fine Guards of the Shadowlands Series
20. Becca Fitzpatrick Hush, Hush series Black Ice
21. Gayle Forman If I Stay Just One Day
22. Kami Garcia The Beautiful Creatures Series The Legion Series
23. Adam Gidwitz A Tale Dark and Grim Series
24. Ryan Graudin The Walled City
25. Adele Griffin The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
26. Nikki Grimes Bronx Masquerade Words with Wings
27. Lev Grossman The Magician's Land
28. Aaron Hartzler Rapture Practice
29. Michelle Hodkin Mara Dyer Series
30. Ellen Hopkins Smoke Crank
31. Varian Johnson The Great Greene Heist
32. Mike Johnston Frozen Series
33. Christina Lauren Sublime
34. David Levithan Two Boys Kissing
35. E Lockhart The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks We Were Liars
36. Alexander London Proxy
37. Marie Lu Legend Series The Young Elites
38. Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass Series
39. DJ MacHale Sylo
40. Barnabas Miller 7 Souls
41. Lauren Myracle Twelve The Internet Girls Series
42. Lauren Oliver Delirium Series Panic Rooms
43. Danielle Paige Dorothy Must Die Series
44. Stephanie Perkins Anna and the French Kiss Isla and the Happily Ever After
45. Brendan Reichs The Virals Series
46. Kathy Reichs The Virals Series The Temperance Brennan Series
47. Morgan Rhodes Falling Kingdoms Rebel Spring
48. Veronica Roth Divergent Series
49. Rainbow Rowell Eleanor & Park Fangirl
50. Carrie Ryan The Forest of Hands and Teeth series The Road to Everywhere
51. Kieran Scott Private & Privilege series Only Everything, and more
52. Jen E Smith The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight The Geography of You and Me
53. Natalie Standiford How to Say Goodbye in Robot Switched at Birthday
54. Margaret Stohl The Beautiful Creatures Series Icons Series
55. Laini Taylor Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy
56. J.E. Thompson The Girl From Felony Bay
57. Maya Van Wagenen Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek
58. Scott Westerfeld Uglies Leviathan Series
59. Rita Williams-Garcia One Crazy Summer
60. Sara Zarr Story of a Girl Roomies, and more
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