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Hillsborough library festival targets young adult readers

The virtual Tampa Bay Teen Lit Fest begins Oct. 1.
The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative is holding an October festival aimed at young adult readers. The virtual festival will give readers an opportunity to interact with critically acclaimed authors of young adult fiction. Five weekly sessions will feature a dozen authors from a variety of genres. The program begins Friday, Oct. 1.
The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative is holding an October festival aimed at young adult readers. The virtual festival will give readers an opportunity to interact with critically acclaimed authors of young adult fiction. Five weekly sessions will feature a dozen authors from a variety of genres. The program begins Friday, Oct. 1. [ GEORGE WILKENS | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Sep. 25

The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative is holding a series of virtual workshops in October aimed at young adult readers.

The Tampa Bay Teen List Fest will give readers an opportunity to interact with critically-acclaimed authors of young adult fiction. The program begins Friday, Oct. 1 and continues with a live session each Thursday through Oct. 28. The sessions will feature a dozen authors from multiple genres.

Participants can ask questions, receive writing advice, hear personal insights and win books autographed by the authors. To register, go to HCPLC.org/TeenLitFest. The festival is free and participants do not need a library card to register.

Keynote speakers are bestselling authors Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, who have collaborated on several books, including the Starbound and Unearthed series and their latest series, The Other Side of the Sky.

There will also be panel discussions including one with New York Times bestselling author and Florida native Romina Garber. Her latest young adult fantasy fiction series, Wolves of No World, spreads awareness of the plight of undocumented immigrants.

New York Times bestselling authors Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal close the event on Oct. 28. They coauthored NAACP Image Award-nominated novel I’m Not Dying with You Tonight and recently released Why We Fly.