YALLFest is BACK! Check out Underlined at YALLFest 2021

Team Underlined is taking over YALLFest 2021 virtually and in person and we can’t wait to see you there! Check out our giveaways, come to our PJ Party, and meet these amazing authors!

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Underlined at YALLFest 2021 Schedule

Thursday, November 11th

6:00PM EST
Get Underlined Virtual Pajama Party

The Underlined PJ Party: Grab your fave PJs and snacks for the #UnderlinedPJParty at YALLFest 2021! Don’t miss a virtual party, streaming on Zoom Webinar, with three amazing YA authors that will be full of games, Q&As, writing advice, and FREE BOOKS! Everyone who attends the PJ Party will receive one EARLY COPY selected from our upcoming YA titles after the event takes place! Authors include: Natasha Bowen (Skin of the Sea), Laura Sebastian (Castles in Their Bones), Katherine Locke (This Rebel Heart)

Register here, space is limited

Saturday, November 13th

10:00AM EST
Opening Keynote Conversation with E. Lockhart & Adam Silvera: Sponsored by Underlined
Location: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street

Sponsored by Underlined. The first 500 people in the door will receive a water bottle and sticker sheet from Underlined!

After 2 long years, YALLFest is back in real life! You will not want to miss the insane energy of the Charleston Music Hall as we kick off the Tenth Annual Festival with E. Lockhart (We Were Liars) and Adam Silvera (They Both Die at the End). With two of the most popular books on TikTok, Lockhart and Silvera will discuss the twisty plots, intriguing characters, and lots and lots of tears that keep them at the TipTop of the bestseller list.

NOTE: Proof of full Covid vaccination or negative Covid-19 test is required for entry. Vaccination final dose must be received at least 14 days prior to the event (no later than Oct. 30). Negative test must be taken within 72 hours.

Free wristbands, required for YALLFest 2021 admittance, will be distributed on site to all vaccinated / negative test attendees.

11:00AM
Signing — E. Lockhart
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street

12:00PM
PANEL: All My Fictions Are True
Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street

Writers are always writing about themselves, they just don’t admit it. True or false? Or maybe…Truth or Dare! Moderated by Ally Condie with Abbi Glines, Namina Forna, Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, and Stephanie Garber.

PANEL: Writing & Re-Writing Reality
American Theater- Cinema, 446 King Street

How do stories become true? How do our truths become stories? Why does storytelling matter to a troubled world? Moderated by Nisha Sharma with Nandini Bajpai, David Levithan, and Rachael Lippincott

1:00PM
Signing — Nic Stone
Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street

Signing — David Levithan
Blue Bicycle Books — Tent, 422 King Street

PANEL: Plotting a Best-Selling Novel
American Theater, Ballroom — 446 King Street

Authors talk the craft of rising action. Moderated by Soman Chainani with Nandini Bajpai, Tashie Bhuiyan, Ayana Gray, and Elizabeth Lim

2:00PM
PANEL: Unseen
Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street

What can the fantasy of hidden worlds teach us about the world we see around us? Moderated by Ryan Graudin with Kwame Mbalia, Mark Oshiro, and Brendan Reichs

PANEL: Juvenila
American Theater, Ballroom — 446 King Street

Everyone starts somewhere…authors read their childhood writing. Moderated by Marie Lu with Jen Calonita, Adalyn Grace, Elizabeth Lim, and Claribel A. Ortega.

PANEL: Paint Me a Story, Tell Me a Picture
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street

What can writing for graphic novels teach us about storytelling? What changes when images are involved? Moderated by Judith Stephens with E. Lockhart, Justin A. Reynolds, Lilliam Rivera, and Margaret Stohl

3:00PM
PANEL: AMA: LBGTQIA+ Edition
American Theater, Ballroom — 446 King Street

Writers talk queer issues, in books and in life. Moderated by David Levithan with Jonny Garza Villa, Rachael Lippincott, Steven Salvatore, and Aiden Thomas.

Signing — Namina Forna
Best Friend Train Museum, 36 John Street

Signing — Elizabeth Lim
Blue Bicycle Books, Courtyard, 418 King Street

Signing — Kwame Mbalia
Blue Bicycle Books, Tent, 422 King Street

4:00PM
PANEL: Real World Problems
Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street

There’s nothing like propulsive conflict to make for a compelling story – and nothing like the real world for propulsive conflict. Discuss. Moderated by Nic Stone with Gayle Forman, Angela May, Mary Alice Monroe, and Mark Oshiro. Sponsored by Pique Beyond The Book

Signing — Jen Calonita
Best Friend Train Museum, 36 John Street

5:00PM
PANEL: Friending & Endings
Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street

PANEL: The Fantasy of Fantasy
American Theater, Ballroom — 446 King Street

Now that Dune is a household name, has the Fantasy of Fantasy been lost? Would the Simarillion exist in the era of Slurpee Cups? Discuss. Moderated by Ransom Riggs with Charlotte Nicole Davis, Namina Forna, Michael Johnston, and Aiden Thomas

Closing Keynote Conversation with Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone and Angie Thomas
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street

The book world was electrified by the announcement of six high-wattage authors joining forces for an interlinked novel, and this summer’s release of Blackout did not leave fans in the dark! The six stories of teens finding love during a power outage lit up the New York Times bestseller list and has sparked a film and TV series in the works with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions. Four Blackout contributors and YALLFest legends Dhonielle Clayton (Shattered Midnight), Tiffany D. Jackson (White Smoke), Nic Stone (Fast Pitch), and Angie Thomas (Concrete Rose) will link circuits for our closing keynote — it’s going to be lights OUT!

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