My 2017 Southern Festival of Books Experience!

Hi guys! Last week for Fall Break, I attended the Southern Festival of Books, which brings hundreds of authors and book lovers from all across the nation to Nashville, Tennessee! Last year, I was able to go to a few signings during the last few hours of the Saturday date, but this year, I planned to stay the entire day (or at least most of it). SFB was definitely one of the best (well, really only) book festivals I have ever been to! The atmosphere and the authors were so amazing to talk to, and I got many books signed! Although I did not meet as many authors as I did with SE-YA last March, I did have a lot of fun chatting with the ones I did meet. Here are some pictures!

I got SEVEN books signed there (technically eight since I got a signed bookplate from Julie C. Dao and won a copy of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns the next week), and I am super excited to read many of them! They include (from top left to bottom right) The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima, A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab, Refugee by Alan Gratz, The Serpent King and Goodbye Days by Jeff Zenter, and This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (who also writes as V. E. Schwab for NA novels).

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I also met some amazing authors, all who were super nice and great to talk with!

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My Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival Recap

Hey guys! A couple of weeks ago, I went to the best book festival in the world: the Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival in Murfreesboro, TN! SE-YA was so amazing, and my dad and I managed to brave the snow and see 35 out of 40 amazing authors! Here are some pics and highlights from the festival!

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So I got this poster signed by a ton of fabulous authors, and I got four books signed: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, Emerge by Tobie Easton, The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron, and Mosquitoland by David Arnold. Both the books and authors are amazing, and I loved reading the books and chatting with the authors! They are super nice!

 

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Sharon Cameron

 

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Mindy McGinnis

 

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David Arnold

 

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Tobie Easton

I also met some of the most amazing authors I’ve been wanting to meet for a long time! They are super nice and fun to talk to, and I loved reading their books!

 

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Shaila Patel

 

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Jennifer M. Eaton

 

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Brittany Goodwin
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M. Tara Crowl

I also got to meet a ton of other authors that I’m so glad I got to meet! I didn’t take pictures with all of them, but I’m certainly glad I got the opportunity to meet them!

 

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Monika Schroeder

 

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Nicole Castroman
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Cinda Williams Chima

I also got to meet Kym Brunner, Andrew Maraniss, E. Katherine Kottaras, Kathryn Ormsbee, Tracy Barrett, Brooks Benjamin, Jenn Bishop, I. W. Gregorio, C. J. Redwine, Beth Revis, Megan Shepherd, Lois Sepahban, Megan Shepherd, Sheba Karim, and more!!!! The full list of SE-YA 2017 authors is here: SE-YA 2017 Authors.

Well, that’s my 2017 SE-YA Recap in pictures, but if you want to know more, comment below, and let’s have a chat! Did you go to SE-YA? Have you read any books by these authors? Comment your thoughts!

Happy Reading!

+ J.M.J.

~ Kester