NYC Teen Author Festival

As you may or may not know, next week is the New York City Teen Author Festival. It exactly coincides with SXSW, which is good because then when all my friends are like, “Man, I am so psyched to be sunning in Austin, Texas, while listening to all your favorite bands play live,” I can respond, “OKAY WELL I AM ALSO GOING TO A FESTIVAL TOO.”

Here is what I’m doing at the NYC Teen Author Festival:

Thursday, March 17, 10 – 11am: Reading at Washington Irving High School, 40 Irving Place, with Eireann Corrigan, Jocelyn Davies, Anne Heltzel, Matt de la Pena, and Patrick Ryan. (By the way, all these people are excellent writers, PLUS ALSO Jocelyn and Anne happen to be two of my dear friends, and I was at both of their birthday parties on the same day two weeks ago. That may say more about the number of parties I go on an average Saturday than it does about anyone’s writing skills, but still.)

Saturday, March 19, 2:45 – 3:30pm: Panel on friends and community in YA lit at the 42nd St. NYPL with Matt de la Pena, Ellen Hopkins, Torrey Maldonado, and Michael Northrop, moderated by Barry Lyga.

Sunday, March 20, 1 – 1:45pm: Signing at Books of Wonder, along with a slew of other authors too numerous even to list.

There are so many other events going on during the festival, too. The complete schedule is on facebook. Plus there will even be one band playing– Tiger Beat, the world’s greatest band comprised exclusively of YA authors. Take that, SXSW.