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St. Louis Teen Book Festival to kick off online with Marissa Meyer

St. Louis Teen Book Festival to kick off online with Marissa Meyer


Young adult readers have to chance to listen to 39 authors during the St. Louis Teen Book Festival taking place online April 8-18.

Popular author Marissa Meyer is the keynote speaker. The fantasy writer will be joined during the 11 days of programming by authors talking about their thrillers, fantasy lit and contemporary fiction. Topics also include relationships, mental health, body image and identity.

The free virtual festival is presented by the St. Louis County Library, HEC Media and the Novel Neighbor bookstore, with interviews and discussions broadcast simultaneously on all three entities' Facebook pages. 

Event details are at The lineup: 

7 p.m. April 8 • Keynote by Marissa Meyer, “Instant Karma”

7 p.m. April 9 • "All the Feels" panel (young adult contemporary romance) with Robbie Couch, “The Sky Blues”; Loan Le, “A Pho Love Story”; David Levithan, “19 Love Songs”; and Emma Mills, “Lucky Caller”

7 p.m. April 10 • "Body Talk" panel with “Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy” contributors I. W. Gregorio, Kelly Jensen and Anna-Marie McLemore

7 p.m. April 11 • "Magical Journeys" panel with Julia Ember, “Ruinsong”; Hafsah Faizal, “We Hunt the Flame”; Gavriel Savit, “The Way Back”; and Kiersten White, “The Camelot Betrayal”

7 p.m. April 12 • "Vampires Never Get Old" panel with “Vampires Never Get Old: Tales With Fresh Bite” contributors Zoraida Cordova, Natalie C. Parker and Laura Ruby

7 p.m. April 13 • "I am a Work in Progress" panel (contemporary YA fiction) with Natasha Diaz, “Color Me In”; Desmond Hall, “Your Corner Dark”; Adib Khorram, “Darius the Great Deserves Better”; and Trung Le Nguyen, “The Magic Fish”

7 p.m. April 14 • "Come on In" panel with “Come On In: 15 Stories About Immigration and Finding Home” contributors Adi Alsaid, Varsha Barjaj, Maurene Goo and Misa Sugiura

7 p.m. April 15 • "This Girl Can" panel (contemporary YA fiction) with Holly Jackson, “Good Girl, Bad Blood”; L. L. McKinney, “A Crown So Cursed”; Yamile Saied Mendez, “Furia”; and Aminah Mae Safi, “This Is All Your Fault”

7 p.m. April 16 • "Roller Coaster Reads" panel (high-suspense YA fiction) with Sara Faring, “White Fox”; Kim Johnson, “This Is My America”; and Amanda McCrina, “Traitor”; Caleb Roehrig, “The Fell of Dark”

7 p.m. April 17 • "Strange Worlds" panel (YA science fiction) with Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, “Aurora Burning”; Marie Lu, “Skyhunter”; and Scott Reintgen, “Ashlords”

7 p.m. April 18 • "Family Ties" panel (contemporary YA fiction) with Julie Buxbaum, “Admission”; Samantha Mabry, “Tigers, Not Daughters”; Nicole Melleby, “In the Role of Brie Hutchens”; and Maria Padian, “How to Build a Heart”

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