Young adult book festival coming to town

Teens will have a chance to mingle with authors and learn about the writing process

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Teen and tween bookworms and avid readers of all ages are invited to attend the second edition of the MTL Young Adult Fest at the Jewish Public Library on Sunday, May 26, where they can meet authors, buy books and merchandise, talk about the current hottest YA literature — and maybe even discover something new.

More than two dozen YA authors will be at the event, signing books, speaking on panels, and reading. Included in this year’s line up is Governor General award winner Tim Wynne-Jones, Métis author Cherie Dimaline, and native Montrealer Sarah Mlynowski. There will also be talks on publishing, the writing process, and how some YA authors made their debuts.

Activities include games, music and prizes, as well as panels and discussions that touch on a wide variety of topics, including romance, horror, Canadian literature, LGBTQ+ characters in books, and more. The MTL YA fest was created in 2018 with the purpose of connecting teens and tweens with their favourite authors in a way that’s fun and educational.

The event starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. Tickets cost $20 when purchased online and $25 at the door. Lunch and refreshments are included. Kids and teens can also get special VIP entry for $15, which will give them the opportunity to attend an early author book signing.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.