Friday, June 15, 2018

2018 Author Lineup


It's the moment you've all been waiting for!

Here is the author guest list for Pasadena Loves YA 2018:

Atia Abawi, A Land of Permanent Goodbyes
Carrie Arcos, We Are All That's Left
Jennifer Brody, The Continuum Trilogy
Cory Doctorow, In Real Life and Little Brother
Gwen C. Katz, Among the Red Stars
Nicole Maggi, What They Don't Know
Sam Miller, A Lite Too Bright
Mary Pearson, Dance of Thieves
Farrah Penn, Twelve Steps to Normal
Aminah Mae Safi, Not the Girls You're Looking For
Sara Santana, The Awakened Duology
Mairghread Scott, The City on the Other Side
Amy Trueblood, Nothing But Sky
Tillie Walden, Spinning

We'll post author profiles and other fun stuff soon!

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Time: 12 pm to 4 pm

A schedule of panels will be posted a few weeks before the event so you can plan your day.

As always, the event is free and will be held at the Central Branch of Pasadena Public Library: 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena CA 91101

Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more news and info. We'll also be updating the website with author profiles and links to their books and social media.

Contact: Jane Gov at (626) 744-4246, jgov@cityofpasadena.net for questions not answered on this page. To be considered for next year's festival, please review the Author Guidelines.

We hope to see you at this year's festival!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Photos and Thanks

Our fourth annual teen book festival, Pasadena Loves YA, featured 17 authors, 4 panels, and a book blitz. 

We owe a gazillion thanks to everyone who helped with the event including all the participating authors who not only donated their time and expertise, but also took care of their own travel arrangements. Thank you to the panel moderators–Audrey Coulthurst, Jessica Taylor, B.T. Gottfred, and Deborah Takahashi–thank you for taking on the extra task and the extra reading. Thank you to Vroman’s Bookstore for taking care of book sales. 

Thank you to Bridge to Books for lending a helping hand: Alethea Allarey who created the graphics; Thuy Lam who is our social media maven; Alyson Beecher and Kate Grieco who were our panel timekeepers; Janelle Alexander, Carolyn Gruss, Helen Fairman, and Romy Griepp for monitoring the book signing lines and at the author luncheon; Jason Donague and David Yenoki for lifting and moving stuff. Thank you to our Security staff for the tables, chairs, and making sure parking was available.

Thank you to our photographers, Alfonso Huerta, Catherine Hany, and Jonathan Haile. And thank you to all our teen volunteers, Ioana, Sofia Y, Frank, Sophie W, Jonathan G, Angel, Chris, Denisse, Taleen, and Blossom, who took care of parking directions, raffle tickets, setting up and cleaning up the snacks and book blitz, handing out tote bags, and checking in attendees. And thanks to our youth interns Keiaira Bradley and Perla Moreno who led the teen volunteers.

The schedule for this year’s event: Followed by the BOOK BLITZ at 3:45pm in Teen Central.

Photos by Alfonso Huerta







































For more photos and posts about the event: 

Pasadena Public Library Teens Blog:  http://pasadena-library.net/teens/2017/plya/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pasadenalovesya/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pasadenalovesya/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pasadenalovesya  



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2017 Author Lineup



Announcing the 2017 Author Lineup for Pasadena Loves YA! Click on the author's name for more information about them.

The author's latest book is listed after their name on the list, and on their info page. Please check out their websites and social media for other books and more information!

Closer to the date, we will publish a list of the backlist titles that may be available from Vroman's Bookstore on the day of the event. Of course, you are also welcome to bring your own copies from home.

Ameriie - Because You Love to Hate Me
Audrey Coulthurst - Of Fire and Stars
Jeff Garvin - Symptoms of Being Human
Maurene GooI Believe in a Thing Called Love
B.T. Gottfred - The Nerdy & The Dirty
Emily Ziff Griffin - Light Years
Aditi Khorana - The Library of Fates
E. Katherine Kottaras - The Best Possible Answer
Robin LaFevers - Mortal Heart
Stacey Lee - The Secret of a Heart Note
Cindy Pon - Want
Chelsea Sedoti - The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
Sherri L. Smith - Pasadena
Misa Sugiura - It's Not Like It's a Secret
Daniel Sweren-Becker - The Equals
Jessica TaylorA Map for Wrecked Girls
Mary Weber - The Evaporation of Sofi Snow

Schedule info is coming soon! We'll also be sharing author bios and books over the coming weeks, so please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter for the latest updates.

Meet Ameriie


Ameriie is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, and writer of fiction. She is the editor of the villains anthology Because You Love to Hate Me. The daughter of a Korean artist and an American military officer, she was born in Massachusetts, raised all over the world, and graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s in English. She lives mostly in her imagination, but also on Earth with her husband, her parents and sister, and about seven billion other people.

Find out more about Ameriie at

ameriie.com | @ameriie on Twitter | Facebook | @ameriie on Instagram

About Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

Edited by Ameriie
July 11, 2017
Bloomsbury USA Children's

Available in hardcover from Vroman's Bookstore
at the Vroman's pop-up shop during the festival, and wherever books are sold

Leave it to the heroes to save the world--villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains' points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like "Medusa," Sherlock Holmes, and "Jack and the Beanstalk" provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains' acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage--and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

Featuring writing from . . .

Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon

BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).





Meet Audrey Coulthurst

Audrey Coulthurst writes YA books that tend to involve magic, horses, and kissing the wrong people. Her debut novel, Of Fire and Stars, was published on November 22, 2016 by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins. When she’s not dreaming up new stories, she can usually be found painting, singing, or on the back of a horse.

Audrey has a Master’s in Writing from Portland State University, is a member of SCBWI, and studied with Malinda Lo as a 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

Her forthcoming novel, Inkmistress, will be released on March 6, 2018 from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins.

Find out more about Audrey at

audreycoulthurst.com | @audwrites on Twitter | Facebook | @brashbook on Instagram

About Of Fire and Stars

by Audrey Coulthurst
November 22, 2016
Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins

Available in hardcover from Vroman's Bookstore
at the Vroman's pop-up shop during the festival, and wherever books are sold

Two princesses fall in love with the wrong people—each other.

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.



Author photo by Evrim Icoz Photography



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