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Young Authors confab comes to Ruskin

Fans of young adult literature can meet several authors, including Amy Christine Parker who wrote Smash and Grab, at the Teen Author Festival in Brandon on Wednesday.
Published Nov. 11, 2016

The Teen Author Festival, sponsored by the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 16) at SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way.

The event features several writers whose works have appeared on best-seller lists. Authors also will be popping up at signing tables throughout the festival.

The event began six months ago when Martina Boone, an author of young adult fiction who has just released the third book in her series The Heirs of Watson Island, tweeted that she wanted to visit Tampa again. A SouthShore librarian saw the tweet, contacted Boone, and the first-time festival was on its way to becoming a reality.

With recommendations from Boone, the lineup quickly grew to 10 well-known authors, including several from Hillsborough County and throughout Florida. Their works cover genres from drama to fantasy to science fiction.

The authors include: Vivi Barnes (Olivia Twisted); Lucienne Diver (Faultlines); Christina Farley (Gilded); Alethea Kontis (Trix and the Faerie Queen); Jodi Meadows (Incarnate); Sarah Nicolas (Keeping Her Secret); Amy Christine Parker (Smash and Grab); Jenn Marie Thorne (The Inside of Out) and Jeff Yager (I Like God).

The event gives fans of young adult literature a chance to meet their favorite authors, ask questions about the writing and publishing industry, and attend panel sessions. The event is free; no registration is required. For more information, call (813) 273-3652.

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