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


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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...