Episode • May 5, 2017

Show Notes

Listen to our YALLWEST adventures in the latest episode of our podcast!


It’s safe to say that YallWest 2017 was a huge success! 🔥🔥 The YA book festival, taking place in Santa Monica, CA, was filled with great authors and interesting panels. We had the opportunity to attend the festival, and there’s so much good to say about it! We give you our recap of our experience at YallWest, including the authors we did (and didn’t) meet as well as some of our favorite highlights from the weekend.

What you’ll find in this episode:

  • YALLWEST does not believe in free tacos (but that’s okay).
  • Saul shares his experience at Fierce Friday and his poor ability to recognize authors.
  • We share our sad story about trying to meet Veronica Roth at the festival.
  • Cassandra Clare might have heard us talking about that time Michael threw his book at her…
  • Lindsay Cummings and other authors talked about writing a book series in a panel Saul attended.
  • Addie shares her thoughts from the I Ship It: Fandoms panel and shares a funny story from Marie Lu.
  • Addie gives Saul a lesson in fandom.
  • Authors talk about the blending of dystopia and reality at the Alt Facts, Alt Futures panel.
  • Benjamin Alire Sáenz blew us away with his wisdom.
  • Victoria Aveyard and other authors talk about writing politics.
  • Alexandra Bracken, Victoria Aveyard and Danielle Paige KILLED it at The Persisters panel.
  • We discuss our favorite moments from the YALLWEST finale: Smackdown!
  • Check in on the site for upcoming giveaways!

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