Saturday, September 28, 2019

Photos and Thank yous

Our sixth annual teen book festival, Pasadena Loves YA, featured 19 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: Nicole Mainardi, Catherine Linka, Jennifer Brody, and Gretchen McNeil–thank you for taking on the extra task and the extra reading and conducting a superb discussion
  • Bridge to Books for lending a helping hand and for donating all the fabulous yummy snacks. 
  • Alethea Allarey for her incredible dedication and leadership with Bridge to Books
  • Thuy Lam for the years and years of consistently posting, sharing, and managing our social media pages
  • Additional donations from Dominos Pizza, Cake Girl, and Vital Proteins
  • Alfonso Huerta for photographing (for free!)
  • Vroman’s Bookstore for taking care of book sales
  • Our teen volunteers, Teen Advisory Board (special shoutout to Haneen, our PLYA2019 volunteer Lead), Youth Ambassadors, and Youth Council
  • And Pasadena Public Library’s Communications team, Administration, Security, Technology, and staff for helping to make this happen
Julie Berry, Derek Milman, Clare Di Liscia, Catherine Linka, and Dana L. Davis at the author luncheon

PLYA alum Robin Reul and Nicole Mainardi at the author luncheon

“Out of the Ashes” panel; Nicole Mainardi, Demetra Brodsky, Clare Di Liscia, Mary McCoy, and Lauren Morrill

“Out of the Ashes” panel; Nicole Mainardi, Demetra Brodsky, Clare Di Liscia, Mary McCoy, and Lauren Morrill

“Out of the Ashes” panel; Mary McCoy and Lauren Morrill

“Out of the Ashes” panel book signing; meeting fans

“Against All Odds” panel; Derek Milman and Abdi Nazemian

“Against All Odds” panel; Julie Berry, Derek Milman, and Abdi Nazemian

Fans during “Against All Odds” panel

Catherine Linka moderating “Against All Odds” panel

“Against All Odds” panel book signing; Julie Berry and Derek Milman meeting fans

“Rebels and Rebirth” panel; Jennifer Brody, Maura Milan, Alexa Donne, Andrew Smith, and Caitlin Seal

“Rebels and Rebirth” panel book signing; Alexa Donne and Andrew Smith meeting fans

“Rebels and Rebirth” panel book signing

“Expectation vs. Reality” panel; Dana L. Davis and Maurene Goo

“Expectation vs. Reality” panel; Gretchen McNeil, Dana L. Davis, Maurene Goo, Christine Riccio, and Amy Spalding

Teen helpers setting up the book blitz

“Expectation vs. Reality” panel book signing; Dana L. Davis, Maurene Goo, Christine Riccio, and Amy Spalding 

Maurene Goo personalizing a book for a fan

Book blitz

Book blitz


Friday, September 20, 2019

Pasadena Loves YA 2019 Schedule

It's time! Come to our FREE YA book festival event

Pasadena Loves YA

Saturday, September 21, 2019
12 to 4 pm
Doors open at 11 am

Pasadena Public Library - Central Branch
285 E. Walnut St, Pasadena CA 91101

Vroman's Bookstore in the Great Hall
Domino's Pizza in the Auditorium
Hang out with fellow book lovers!

Panels, book signings, and more!

Full Schedule







This year's panels include

12 pm - Auditorium
OUT OF THE ASHES
Demetra Brodsky, Dive Smack
Clare Di Liscia, Neliem
Mary McCoy, I, Claudia
Lauren Morrill, Better Than the Best Plan
Moderated by Nicole Mainardi, A Curse of Thorns

1 pm - 4th Floor Studio
AGAINST ALL ODDS
Julie Berry, Lovely War
Derek Milman, Swipe Right for Murder
Abdi Nazemian, Like a Love Story
Moderated by Catherine Linka, What I Want You To See

2 pm - Auditorium
REBELS & REBIRTH
Alexa Donne, Brightly Burning
Maura Milan, Eclipse the Skies
Caitlin Seal, Twice Dead
Andrew Smith, Exile from Eden
Moderated by Jennifer Brody, The Continuum Trilogy

3 pm - 4th Floor Studio
EXPECTATION VS. REALITY
Dana L. Davis, The Voice in My Head
Maurene Goo, Somewhere Only We Know
Christine Riccio, Again, but Better
Amy Spalding, The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)
Moderated by Gretchen McNeil, #murderfunding

4 pm or when the last panel ends: Book Blitz! Line up for free books!

Event sponsored by Pasadena Public Library
Support and volunteers from Bridge to Books

Special thanks to our friends and sponsors at Cake Girl, Domino's Pizza, Vital Proteins, and our bookseller partner Vroman's Bookstore.

Check us out on Facebook and Instagram @pasadenalovesya, share the Facebook event page, and tag us - #PLYA2019 #PasadenaLovesYA

Free parking next door at the University of Phoenix parking structure (entrance on Garfield next to the library lot). The parking staff is aware of the event duration and so the time limit on the outdoor parking lot directly behind the library will be relaxed to accommodate festival attendees.

Photos and Thank yous

Our sixth annual teen book festival, Pasadena Loves YA, featured 19 authors, 4 panels, and a book blitz.  We owe many thanks to everyone w...