Six bestselling authors headline annual free teen author fest

When: Saturday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  

Where: Brandeis HS, 13011 Kyle Seale Parkway


Jimmy Fallon’s first choice for his summer book club. A finalist for the National Book Award. Books on the verge of becoming the next Netflix series or movie on the big screen.

These are the works of the “rockstar” authors visiting San Antonio for the 7th annual LibraryPalooza!

“LibraryPalooza, That Author Thing!” an author festival for teens, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Brandeis High School.

Doors open at 9 a.m. and the opening author panel begins at 10 a.m. in the auditorium. Attendees can then attend break-out sessions with the individual authors.

This year’s event will include authors:

Tomi Adeyemi, whose New York Times bestselling book Children of Blood and Bone, was the first pick of “The Tonight Show” Summer Reads book club. The highly-anticipated sequel is coming later in 2019.

Don Brown, an award-winning author whose non-fiction work tells the facts of some of the most traumatic events in our history in graphic novel format.

Cinda Williams Chima, a New York Times bestselling author of three immensely popular Young Adult (YA) fantasy series.

Ally Condie, who hosts a writing camp for aspiring teen authors. After publishing her bestselling Matched series, Condie’s work focused more on middle grade students but she is returning to the YA audience with her newest book, The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe, scheduled for release in March 2019.

Taherah Mafi, author of the award-winning Shatter Me series. Her most recent book, A Very Large Expanse of Sea, was longlisted for the National Book Award.

Jennifer E. Smith, whose YA romance novels are popular with teens. Two of her novels have recently been optioned for movie adaptations. Smith’s latest release, Field Notes on Love, will be available for purchase at LibraryPalooza before it’s available to the general public.

Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase books on site at the Barnes & Noble table (or bring from home) and have them signed by the authors. The event is open to all middle and high school students. There is no cost and no advanced registration is required.

Food will be available for purchase (cash only) via food trucks during the lunch break in the back bus loop and concessions in the cafeteria.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of Northside Libraries, and is made possible in part by contributions from Northside ISD, H-E-B, Barnes & Noble, and Whataburger.

For more information on the schedule and the authors, visit the LibraryPalooza website. Updates about the event are also posted on Twitter (@NISD_LibPalooza), Instagram (@LibraryPalooza), and Facebook.

Contacts on site – O'Connor HS librarian Sheryl Stoeck and Clark HS librarian Lucy Podmore