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St. Louis Teen Book Festival - April 8-18

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media and The Novel Neighbor bookstore present the St. Louis Teen Book Festival taking place online April 8-18, 2021. The event will feature 39 of the hottest writers in YA literature and 11 days of programming dedicated to teen readers. The festival’s mission is to support, promote and celebrate teen reading by connecting readers with a diverse group of popular writers. 

Events will be broadcast simultaneously on the St. Louis County Library, The Novel Neighbor, and HEC Media Facebook pages and YouTube accounts. Videos will be archived and available for additional views on HEC Media’s website. All festival events are free and open to readers of all ages.

Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer - book cover and color author photo
Thursday, April 08, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Keynote Presentation: Marissa Meyer, “Instant Karma

The St. Louis Teen Book Festival kicks off with a conversation with the #1 bestselling author of the Renegades Trilogy and the Lunar Chronicles series. In Marissa Meyer’s new young adult contemporary romance, a girl is suddenly gifted with the ability to cast instant karma on those around her–both good and bad.

Marissa will be in conversation with bookseller and writer Cody Roecker.

Watch the interview

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available.

Panel Event: All the Feels

Friday, April 09, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Featuring: Robbie Couch, “The Sky Blues”
Loan Le, “A Pho Love Story
David Levithan, “19 Love Songs
Emma Mills, “Lucky Caller
 

Witty, romantic and honest, these young adult authors share the highs and lows of young love. Navigating family expectations, community prejudices, and the dreaded love triangle, the stories take us from that hopeful first spark through all the joy (and potential heartbreak) of falling in love. 

Watch the panel discussion.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available.

Panel Event: “Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy”

Saturday, April 10, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Featuring:  I.W. Gregorio, Kelly Jensen and Anna-Marie McLemore

In “Body Talk,” 37 writers, models, actors, musicians and artists discuss everything from size and shape to scoliosis, from eating disorders to cancer, from sexuality and gender identity to the use of makeup as armor. Together, they contribute a broad variety of perspectives on how their bodies have helped to inform who they are and how they move through the world.

Watch the panel discussion.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available.

Panel Event: Magical Journeys

Sunday, April 11, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Featuring: Julia Ember, “Ruinsong
Hafsah Faizal, “We Hunt the Flame
Gavriel Savit, “The Way Back
Kiersten White, “The Camelot Betrayal”     

With fresh takes on the legends of Ancient Arabia and Camelot, Jewish folk tradition, and “The Phantom of the Opera,” these top fantasy authors use magic to explore themes of power, identity and romance. Get lost in these dazzling adventures!

Watch the panel discussion.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available.

Panel Event: “Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite”

Monday, April 12, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Featuring: Zoraida Cordova, Natalie C. Parker, Mark Oshiro and Laura Ruby

In this delicious new collection, popular YA authors offer stories about lurking vampires on social media, rebellious vampires hungry for more than just blood, eager vampires coming out—and going out for their first kill—and other bold, dreamy, eerie, powerful creatures of the night.

Watch the panel discussion.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available.

Panel Event: I am a Work in Progress

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Featuring: Natasha Diaz, “Color Me In
Desmond Hall, “Your Corner Dark
Adib Khorram, “Darius the Great Deserves Better
Trung Le Nguyen, “The Magic Fish

Each of these novels feature characters learning to be true to themselves despite the expectations and misconceptions of their families, friends and communities. With great truth and heart, young adult authors explore complex issues of intersectional identity, racism and religious intolerance, sexuality, and mental health.

Watch the panel discussion.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available.

Panel Event: “Come On In: 15 Stories About Immigration and Finding Home”

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Featuring: Adi Alsaid, Varsha Barjaj, Maurene Goo and Misa Sugiura

This powerful anthology explores the joys, heartbreaks and triumphs of immigration, with stories by critically acclaimed and bestselling YA authors who are shaped by the journeys they and their families have taken from home—and to find home. 

Watch the panel discussion.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available.

Panel Event: This Girl Can

Thursday, April 15, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Featuring: Holly Jackson, “Good Girl, Bad Blood”
L. L. McKinney, “A Crown So Cursed
Yamile Saied Mendez, “Furia
Aminah Mae Safi, “This Is All Your Fault

Warriors, athletes, detectives and readers, each of these books features strong female characters that refuse to be defeated. Whether facing down a Nightmare or saving an indie bookstore, these girls fight on with pure heart and fierce determination.

Watch the panel discussion.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available.

Panel Event: Roller Coaster Reads

Friday, April 16, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Featuring: Sara Faring, “White Fox
Kim Johnson, “This is My America
Amanda McCrina, “Traitor
Caleb Roehrig, “The Fell of Dark”

From a variety of genres–including current issues, mystery, historical fiction and paranormal romance–these books keep us up all night reading. This team of masterful authors deliver high suspense that compels us to read on and spread the word. 

The panel discussion will be available starting at 7:00 p.m., April 16: www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available.

Panel Event: Strange Worlds

Saturday, April 17, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Featuring: Amie Kaufman, “Aurora Burning
Marie Lu, “Skyhunter
Scott Reintgen, “Ashlords

Take a trip to another dimension with four of the top writers of young adult science fiction. These books ask: What does it mean to be human? In a world where everything is strange, who is the villain and who is the hero?

The panel discussion will be available starting at 7:00 p.m., April 17 on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available.

Panel Event: Family Ties

Sunday, April 18, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Featuring: Julie Buxbaum, “Admission
Samantha Mabry, “Tigers, Not Daughters
Nicole Melleby, “In the Role of Brie Hutchens
Maria Padian, “How to Build a Heart

Whether it’s the family we’re born into or the family we build for ourselves, we’ve all experienced the ups-and-downs of family drama. These top YA authors present characters asking to be seen and accepted, testing the bonds of siblings, and dealing with uncomfortable truths about their parents. 

The panel discussion will be available starting at 7:00 p.m., April 18 on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available.

The St. Louis Teen Book Festival is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.