The free event, one of the largest in the nation, will host 82 Young Adult and Middle Grade authors including R.L. Stine (“Goosebumps”), Veronica Roth (“Divergent” trilogy), Maggie Stiefvater (“The Raven Cycle” series), Sara Shepard (“Pretty Little Liars” series), and Chris Grabenstein (“Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library”). For more information, call (972) 721-4612.
The day will be packed with opportunities to see and hear from readers’ favorites, providing fans of Young Adult and Middle Grade books a unique opportunity to engage with their heroes - authors. Irving Public Library started the event in 2015, and the result exceeded all expectations when 8,000 young readers flocked to the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, some from out of state, in 2016.
The event runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 4 at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Visit NTTBF.org for more details. Follow @NTTBFest on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Parking is $5 per vehicle.
Educator Day: Middle and high school teachers and librarians are invited to come out the day before the festival for an all-day opportunity to meet with select NTTBF17 authors and learn new methods to inspire more tweens and teens to read. Part of the day will focus on connecting to Young Adult and Middle Grade resources in the writing community, and is bound to strengthen an educator’s passion for literary instruction.
Author Luncheon: Want to meet authors Veronica Roth, Nicola Yoon, Jeff Zentner and Jason Reynolds a day early? Teen-lit lovers are invited to an author luncheon at noon March 3, followed by book sales and author signings. Tickets are required, and the $50 includes admission to the event and a catered lunch. Visit nttbf.org to buy tickets through Feb. 17.
Author Panels and Publisher Events: 50 electrifying author panels and workshops: Debut authors join the mega-best-selling novelists and engage in fun discussions about their most notable works. Participants also can learn the ins and outs of bookish YouTube with rising stars of the BookTube community. Look for additional opportunities to meet authors at Epic Reads, Random House First in Line, Fierce Reads, and Penguin Teen and Listening Library Book Buzz events, meet-ups, a ticketed ice cream social and other free activities for fans. For a schedule of activities, visit nttbf.org
Speed Dating with a Book: Wristband distribution for the Speed Date with a Book activity begins at 8 a.m. This teens-only event gives away a free book to students from a selection of NTTBF authors.
Signing Lines: Festival authors will be available to autograph their works from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Visit the festival website for more details and limits. Signings for some of the authors coming to NTTBF17 will require tickets to help with crowd control. Come early to pick up a free ticket while supplies last. Visit NTTBF.org to learn more about purchasing a Festival Friend Pass for priority signing line access to 10 authors of attendees’ choice.
Book Sales and Photo Ops: Barnes & Noble will be on hand to supply NTTBF17 authors’ novels at competitive prices. Between panels, participants can visit one of the many NTTBF photo booths to snap a selfie to share on social media with the hashtag #NTTBF17.
NTTBF17 is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, MedAlert, Sam Houston State University, Education Service Centers Region 10 and 11, the City of Irving Public Library and Friends of the Irving Public Library. For more details on North Texas’s biggest event for lovers of tween and teen fiction, visit NTTBF.org.