Anderson’s Bookshop is celebrating its 10th annual Young Adult Literature Conference for authors and educators on Saturday, September 28, 2013 – as well as their first ever YA Fandom Frenzy event Sunday, September 29th, 2013.
The YA Fandom Frenzy is a day for readers and authors to get to know each other. The event will include author panels, author story starter sessions, and lightning round literary quiz questions. There will also be an autographing session, lunch, a candy bar, and swag bags for all attendees.
Becky Anderson, owner of Anderson’s Bookshop, said she thought the YA Book Frenzy would be a great event for YA fans.
“I thought it would be fun to hold an event that was different than the educator’s conference. An event for YA fans – fans who love everything to do with YA authors, YA fiction, any genre. This will be just a fun day for young adult fans, whether they’re teens or adults, and for authors, so we can get to know each other better with fun activities. Fun panels, fun quizzes, just fun stuff going on that this will be very different from our educator’s day,” said Anderson.
Anderson said she was most looking forward to the interaction between reader and author.
“The part I’m most excited about is just seeing readers and authors interacting with one another. But it’s also about authors as readers themselves, talking to other readers about what they love to read,” said Anderson.
The YA Fandom Frenzy has an impressive list of attending authors, including Shannon Messenger (Let The Sky Fall), Michael Grant (Gone), Myra McEntire (Hourglass), Cristin Terrill (All Our Yesterdays), Trish Cook (A Really Awesome Mess), Demitria Lunetta (In The After) and Beth Revis (Across the Universe).
Anderson selected and requested several of the authors herself, while some were offered to her by the major publishers in New York.
“Anderson’s has a great reputation for hosting authors and we are offered many great names throughout the year. Publishers usually jump at the chance of having an author appear at one of our events,” explained Anderson.
According to Anderson, the Young Adult Literature conference came about for a number of reasons – one being the rise of great YA literature being published at the time. The other reason?
“Northern Illinois University stopped doing their young adult literature conference so we picked up where they left off and created a really fantastic all day conference for educators and anyone who loves this literature,” grinned Anderson.
Shannon Messenger, author of Let the Sky Fall and the upcoming Let the Storm Break, said she is looking forward to interacting with her readers and other authors.
“Whenever I do an event, my favorite part is getting to be around authors and readers and people who love books. There really is no better group of people to spend the day with. Even if they haven’t had a chance to read [my books]yet, it’s still a blast to talk to readers, find out what authors and books they love. In fact, sometimes that’s actually more fun, because I’m usually a big fan of the books and authors they love too, and then we can geek out together,” said Messenger.
Messenger said the most exciting part of the whole publishing process has been having readers get to know her characters. She can’t wait for everyone to see where the story goes—and to meet the new characters in Let the Storm Break.
“There’s one [character]in particular I think everyone is really going to love,” grinned Messenger.
When asked if she would like to participate in the YA Fandom Frenzy next year, if the opportunity arose, Messenger gave an enthusiastic, “Definitely!”
Anderson’s Bookshop has hosted several young adult events over the years. One of Anderson’s favorite events? Hosting parties for the sixth and seventh Harry Potter books.
“I decided to take it to our whole city and for the seventh book. All the events we created [were]with all of our merchants and local organizations. We had 50,000 people turn up for the sixth and 70,000 for the seventh,” said Anderson.
When asked why she wanted to host the YA Fandom Frenzy, Anderson said it was because of how amazing young adult literature is.
“The proliferation of young adult literature that is brilliant – so different than what I had when I was growing up. This is literature that has a vast array of people [who]are reading across age demographics, so I guess it was the obvious thing for us to do,” said Anderson.
Anderson also said hosting the YA Fandom Frenzy next year is definitely a possibility, especially if everyone has a great time.
“I hope to accomplish an event where authors and readers can really connect. An event where young adult literature takes the forefront and everyone has a great time,” said Anderson.
The 10th Annual Young Adult Literature Conference runs from 8:15 to 4:00 p.m. on September 28th. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. It costs $99 to attend, though a student discount is available. The YA Fandom Frenzy will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 29th and costs $49 to attend.