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Registration is now open for the 2021 Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival (TBF), which will be presented virtually on Saturday, May 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. TBF was established in 2006 by Stephanie Squicciarini along with a team of public and school librarians and has grown into a community sponsored event dedicated to the celebration of teen readers and writers, providing opportunities to interact with award-winning authors.
The festival was anticipated to return in 2020 but was postponed due to health and safety concerns posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now in its 14th year, TBF will transition to a virtual format, offering presentations and panel discussions with popular young adult authors throughout the day. Attendees will have the chance to virtually meet their favorite authors and connect with fellow teen readers and writers.
TBF 2021 will feature a diverse lineup of 35 well-known and upcoming authors and narrators, including New York Times and USA Today bestseller Karen M. McManus. Other featured authors this year include Kate Milford, G. Neri, Florence Gonsalves, and returning fan-favorites Ellen Hopkins, Paul Griffin, and A.S. King, among many others. The day’s events will include virtual breakout sessions, workshops and virtual publisher booths designed to promote engagement with authors, readers and writers.
“We hope to bring the face-to-face format of the festival back in the future, but we are excited to be able to provide TBF 2021 safely during the pandemic,” said Kenya Malcolm, board president for TBF. “All attendees need is a link to enjoy the festival safely from their own home or school. The authors are looking forward to interacting and connecting with their fans and teen readers and writers in whatever way we can provide.”
A selection of signed books from festival authors will be available for purchase online from this year’s TBF-exclusive bookseller, Hipocampo Books, from April 15 – June 15. Books by featured authors can also be found at local public or school libraries. Other official TBF merchandise, including festival t-shirts, will be available for purchase through the TBF website and festival platform.
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required in advance. To register, click here. For more information about the festival, including the schedule of events, featured authors and volunteer opportunities, visit teenbookfest.org.
About Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival
Since being established by Stephanie Squicciarini in 2006, the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival (TBF) has been an opportunity for public and school librarians to dedicate an event solely to teens, to encourage reading some of the best titles aimed at young adults, and to offer a place where readers can interact with award-winning authors. TBF strives to foster a community effort to celebrate and promote reading by connecting teens and authors and is committed to creating opportunities to celebrate the value of teens within our literary communities. For more information, visit teenbookfest.org/about.