YALLWEST has announced that #1 New York Times bestselling author and Golden Globe-winning actor Chris Colfer will headline this year’s festival, which returns with more than 100 authors for the third year on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Santa Monica High School. YALLWEST and its sister festival YALLFEST (based in Charleston, S.C.) are the biggest teen and middle grade book festivals in the country. Last year YALLWEST drew over 20,000 attendees and donated thousands of dollars in book sale proceeds to school libraries in the Santa Monica Malibu School District, as well as hundreds of books to students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. YALLWEST is largely free and open to the public.
Chris Colfer’s appearance will be a Spotlight conversation with #1 New York Times bestselling author and YALLWEST co-director Melissa de la Cruz at 3:00 PM on April 29th at Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall. It’s a ticketed event ($5) for space, and tickets will be available for purchase in advance at www.yallwest.com. Colfer and de la Cruz will be discussing his new book, Stranger Than Fanfiction, along with de la Cruz’s recent books, Alex and Eliza and the Descendants series. Signed copies of Stranger Than Fanfiction will be available for sale at the festival.
The other keynotes of YALLWEST also include bestselling authors Cassandra Clare, Daniel Jose Older, Rachel Renee Russell, Shannon Hale, James Dashner, Brendan Reichs, Danielle Paige, Victoria Aveyard, Veronica Roth and Alexandra Bracken.
The full schedule of panels and events is posted at www.yallwest.com..@