2013 Young Adult Literature Festival

Rainbow Rowell, Jacqueline Woodson, and John Green
Saturday, November 16, 2013
(All day)

The Kansas City Public Library hosts the 2013 Young Adult Literature Festival presented by Reading Reptile and sponsored by the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library. Meet leading authors of young adult literature, purchase books, and get autographs.

YA Literature Workshop: 8:00 to Noon
   Tickets to the workshop have sold out.

The three award-winning authors will present a workshop geared toward teachers and librarians. Space is limited. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library in support of the Summer Reading Program. Email crystalfaris@kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3513.

Book Signing: 1 - 3 p.m.
   Admission to the book signing is free and open to the public

Reading Reptile will be selling books by each author. Authors will sign copies purchased during the event. Additionally, guests may bring one book per author from home.

Signing at the event will be:

Rainbow Rowell has written about both adults (Attachments) and teenagers (Eleanor & Park and Fangirl), earning a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award — one of the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature — this year for Eleanor & Park.


Jacqueline Woodson is a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement, recognizing significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature, three Newbery Honors from the Association for Library Service to Children and multiple Coretta Scott King Book Awards, presented to African American authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult books. Her books include Last Summer With Maizon, I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This, From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun, and Miracle’s Boys.

John Green is the author of popular and award-winning books, repeatedly reaching The New York Times’ bestsellers list. His debut novel, Looking for Alaska, won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature in 2006, and his Paper Towns earned the Edgar Award as the best young adult mystery of 2009. Twice, the Indianapolis resident has been a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The film rights for Green’s book The Fault in Our Stars were recently optioned by Fox 2000.

Media inquiries should be directed to stevewoolfolk@kclibrary.org.