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!

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