The SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, hosts the Teen Author Festival from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday (June 17) so fans can come meet authors of some of their favorite books.
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask authors questions about the writing and publishing industry and get answers directly from authors who have experience in the field. Authors will participate in breakout sessions with smaller groups to talk about different aspects of writing.
Before the event, Martina A. Boone, one of the teen authors coming to the event, will teach a writing workshop entitled First Five Pages. She will go over developing plot characters and is giving tips to attendees from her experience as a New York Times bestselling author. This workshop is free to anyone wanting to attend and starts at 10 a.m. the same day.
Along with Martina A Boone, writers coming to the festival include Vivi Barnes, Stefani Deoul, Lucienne Diver, Christina Farley, Lauren Gibaldi, S.E. Green, Sarah Guillory, G. Neri, Sarah Nicolas, Amy Christine Parker, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Jeff Strand and more. The authors of many different genres of young adult fiction range from having published one novel to having a collection of novels published.
Cheryl Wolfe, principal librarian at SouthShore Regional Library, hopes the event will give attendees the chance to meet their favorite authors or find a new favorite they can read from.
"This is our second [Teen Author Festival] and the first was a success," Wolfe said. "We are looking forward to another successful event."
The event is free to the public, but the authors' novels will be available for purchase and attendees can get their books signed by the authors. For more infromation, call (813) 273-3652.