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All about books

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All about books

Young readers swarm the tent next to Blue Bicycle Books to meet their favorite authors at last year's YALLFest.

The fourth annual YALLFest, the only author-run young adult book festival in the country, is set for Nov. 7-8 in downtown Charleston.

Festivities begin Friday with special programming at a variety of Charleston County schools. About 20 authors of young adult books will visit area schools to make presentations, meet students and sign copies of their books.

Friday afternoon, 3-5 p.m., YALLFest has organized "YALLCrawl: The Penguin March," a "lit-crawl" presented by Penguin Young Readers. It features 14 writers who will sign their books at various locations along Upper King Street. Crawlers can pick up their books and a map at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St., then head off to meet their favorite authors.

The author lineup includes Becca Fitzpatrick, Brendan Reichs, E. Lockhart, Gayle Forman, James Dashner, Kathy Reichs, Kiera Cass, Laini Taylor, Lauren Oliver, Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston, Michelle Hodkin, Sarah Dessen, Kwame Alexander, Veronica Roth and Scott Westerfeld.

There is no cost to participate. Readers who collect all 14 signatures on the map will be entered in a raffle to win a Penguin Prize Pack.

On Saturday, several ticketed events (some already sold out) are planned, including an opening keynote conversation with James Sashner and Sarah Zarr; panel discussions at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.; and a closing keynote with Sarah Dessen and Ally Condie.

YALLFest is organized by a team led by festival director Jonathan Sanchez, owner of Blue Bicycle Books. Nearly 60 authors will participate.

For more information, including a complete schedule and tickets, visit

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