Sunday, May 5, 2019

2019 Author Lineup



Featured authors for Pasadena Loves YA 2019:

Nikki Barthelmess, The Quiet You Carry
Julie Berry, Lovely War
Demetra Brodsky, Dive Smack
Dana L Davis, The Voice in My Head
Alexa Donne, Brightly Burning
Maurene Goo, Somewhere Only We Know
Mary McCoy, I, Claudia
Maura Milan, Eclipse the Skies
Derek Milman, Swipe Right for Murder
Lauren Morrill, Better Than the Best Plan
Abdi Nazemian, Like a Love Story
Christine Riccio, Again, but Better
Caitlin Seal, Twice Dead 
Andrew Smith, Rabbit & Robot
Amy Spalding, The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)


Panel moderators:

Jennifer Brody, The Continuum Trilogy
Catherine Linka, What I Want You To See
Nicole Mainardi, A Curse of Thorns
Gretchen McNeil, #murdertrending


Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: 12 pm to 4 pm

A schedule of panels will be posted this summer so you can plan your day.

The event is free, for all ages, 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!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

2018 Thank yous and Photos

Our fifth annual teen book festival, Pasadena Loves YA, featured 15 authors, 4 panels, and a book blitz.


We owe many thanks to everyone who helped with the event including:
  • Our featured authors — who donated their time and expertise, and took care of their own travel arrangements
  • The panel moderators: Carrie Arcos, Bree Barton, Cory Doctorow, and Deborah Niblick–thank you for taking on the extra task and the extra reading
  • Thanks to publishers: Chronicle Books, Sourcebooks Fire, Katherine Tegen Books, Feiwel & Friends, Philomel Books, Flux Books
  • Publicists from: New Leaf Literary & Media, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
  • Thank you to Bridge to Books for lending a helping hand and for donating all the fabulous yummy snacks. Our volunteers were: Thuy Lam, Jason Donaghe, Dornel Cerro, Nicole Mainardi, Janelle Alexander, Jenna Alexander, David Yenoki, Helen Fairman, Susan Huon, Esmeralda Alvarez, Nick Bocanegra, Mary Jacobs, Katie Altman, Alethea Allarey, and Alyson Beecher.
  • Special thanks to Bridge to Books members: Alethea Allarey and Katie Altman for donating hundreds of books for the Book Blitz!
  • Thuy Lam for the years of consistently posting, sharing, and managing our social media pages
  • Alfonso Huerta for photographing (for free!)
  • Vroman’s Bookstore for taking care of book sales
  • Our teen volunteers who helped stuff bags, carry things, set up, and clean up. Our volunteers were: Naomi, Sangam, Sophie W, Joey, Ioana, Chris, Chloe R, Alaina, Jesus, Carolyn, Emilie, John
  • And Pasadena Public Library’s Communications team, Security and Technology staff for helping to make this happen
Photos by Alfonso Huerta



































Thursday, September 6, 2018

2018 Schedule


11:00 am – Doors open, shop for books!

12:00pm – Auditorium
Welcome & Announcements

12:05pm – Auditorium
Roads to Healing
Carrie Arcos @CarrieArcos
Samuel Miller @SamTwoMiller
Farrah Penn @FarrahPenn
Aminah Mae Safi @AminahMae

1:00 pm – Studio (4th floor)
The Art of the [Graphic] Novel
Cory Doctorow @Doctorow
Mairghread Scott @MairghreadScott
Tillie Walden @TillieWalden

2:00 pm – Auditorium
Was Lost, but Now Found: Overcoming Adversity Through Difficult Times
Atia Abawi @AtiaAbawi
Jennifer Brody @JenniferBrody
Nicole Maggi @NicoleMarieMaggi
Sara Santana @ANerdGirlSays

3:00 pm – Studio (4th floor)
Up for the Fight: Characters Who Won't Back Down
Bree Barton @SpeakBreely
Gwen C. Katz @GwenCKatz
Mary E. Pearson @MaryPearson
Amy Trueblood @ATruebloodWrites

3:45 pm – Book Blitz (Teen Central)



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
Bree Barton, Heart of Thorns
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
Samuel 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  



2019 Author Lineup

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