YALLFest, the Charleston Young Adult Book Festival, draws more than 40 authors

More than 40 authors are participating in the 2012 YALLFest sponsored by Blue Bicycle Books and Amazon. Buy this photo

Nearly 10,000 young adult titles were published in 2011, the most ever. And thanks to the success of the “Harry Potter” and “Hunger Games” series (and the Hollywood features that capitalize on them), a growing number of adults are taking time to read books meant for teenagers.

If you go

WHAT: YALLFest, Charleston Young Adult Book Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: American Theatre, 446 King St.; Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.; Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St.

COST: Free

MORE INFO: yallfest.org

In the publishing business, the boom of the young adult genre is a bright spot in an otherwise confused and changing industry.

That success is reflected locally in the form of YALLFest, the Charleston Young Adult Book Festival, co-sponsored by Blue Bicycle Books and Amazon. This is the festival’s second year, and more than 40 authors will descend on the city for a one-day literary extravaganza this Saturday.

Some of those involved in 20 panel discussions, book signings and other events include Cassandra Clare (“City of Bones”), Holly Black (“Spiderwick Chronicles”), Pseudonymous Bosch (“The Name of This Book is Secret”), Trenton Lee Stewart (“The Mysterious Benedict Society”) and Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia (“Beautiful Creatures”).

Exhibitors include publishers, authors, merchants and nonprofits.

Admission to the festival is free. Events will be held at the American Theater and Blue Bicycle Books, both on Upper King Street, a block apart, and at the nearby Charleston Music Hall on John Street. For a complete schedule and additional information, go to yallfest.org.

It’s not every day so many authors of young adult fiction make their way to the Holy City. The Post and Courier seized the opportunity to ask three writers about their craft and to invite three local young people to submit reviews of books they’ve read that are featured in the festival.

See the Q&As below; read the reviews on Page E3

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