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Northeast Times | June 26, 2022

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Irving: North Texas Teen Book Festival Brings the Lit March 23

Irving: North Texas Teen Book Festival Brings the Lit March 23

A-list authors, YouTubers and cartoonists meet with eager readers in Irving.

Created in Irving just five years ago, the North Texas Teen Book Festival (NTTBF) has become the leading library-run event for readers of teen fiction in the United States.

Event organizers expect about 14,000 young readers to gather in Irving on March 23 to see and hear from their favorite authors. More than 70 authors will attend the event, held at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd.

Readers will have the opportunity to meet Young Adult and Middle Grade authors — many known for books and movies. The writers will lead panel discussions, author talks and other high-energy activities. They also will be available to meet the public during book signings.

This year, the NTTBF presents Raina Telgemeier as middle grade keynote speaker. Telgemeier is the 2017 Eisner Award-winning cartoonist and author of “Ghosts,” “Smile,” “Drama” and many other works.

Tahereh Mafi, best-selling author of the Shatter Me series, joins the festival as co-Young Adult keynote speaker with breakout debut author Tomi Adeyemi (“Children of Blood and Bone”).

Also attending are Angie Thomas (“On the Come Up,” “The Hate U Give”), Beth Revis (Across the Universe series, “Give the Dark My Love”) and Becky Albertalli (“Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda”).

The festival will feature panel discussions with BookTubers, who create book reviews and other related video content on YouTube. The represented BookTuber channels, including PolandBananasBooks, NayaReadsAndSmiles and Tashapolis, have more than 800,000 combined subscribers.

For more information on the NTTBF and a full list of authors, visit North Texas Teen Book Festival website or follow @NTTBFest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.