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St. Louis Teen Book Festival - Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events


12:30 p.m. Doors Open

1:00-1:30 p.m. Welcome and Introduction of the Authors (Multipurpose Area)

1:45-2:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Screaming, Crying, Perfect Storms: Books that Make Us Cry

(Multipurpose Area)
Books that make us cry are also the books that wake us up in the middle of the night. Let’s get together and celebrate the art of the sad book!

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It’s a Love Story: Romances We’ve Fallen For

(Room 1303)
Romance is one of the most popular genres right now and no one does it like our favorite YA authors. We are enchanted to meet you!

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Fighting Dragons with You: Epic Fantasy and Magical Moments

(Library)
We love getting lost in fantasies that help us escape and teach us more about our own world. Come chat about world-building, magic systems and more with these fantasy masterminds! 

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Cover Up a Scene: Mysteries and Horror that Thrill and Chill

(Room 1347)
Hop in the getaway car and get in touch with your dark side. We love books that scare us, get our blood moving and keep us turning the page –– join us to unlock their secrets!

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2:45-3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

The Very First Page: Debut Authors on Writing and Publishing

(Room 1347)
For everyone writing in your room! If you’re wondering how to keep up with your writing or get your work published, join these first-time YA authors as they share their debut experiences! 

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Write it Down for Me: Influences and Inspiration

(Library)
Where do our ideas come from and how do we shape them? Everyone is inspired by something or someone –– let’s talk about how those inspirations come to life on the page!

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Still Writing Pages: Our Favorite Tropes and Why They Work

(Multipurpose Area)
Are you team enemies-to-lovers or friends-to-lovers? Every genre has tropes that readers return to over and over –– because we love them and they work! Let’s talk about the tropes that cross genres and craft our favorite stories.

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Say You’ll Remember Me: Historical Fiction Throughout Time

(Room 1303)
This is the history you don’t learn in school –– let’s talk about how we discover hidden truths, elevate voices that were never heard, and bring to life the past through historical fiction. 

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3:45-5:00 p.m. Book Signing with Festival Authors (Cafeteria)