By Anne Marie
Teen Advisory Group member
Right, so I’ve been pushing this blog post off because they haven’t released the panels, because that is a big part of me planning my trip. Well, they released it THIS WEEK, so I guess it’s time for me to get going.
What I know that’s relevant:
1) The festival will take place on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. They have some instructions on how to get there here.
2) There will be 75 authors. Last year there were just over 80, so I think they realized that 75 is their cap.
3) They finally released the panels. You can find it here. It should be noted that this is the most up to date. You should have the panel you really want to go to, and then a second panel you want to go to in case the first one fills up. They will be passing out a booklet with the panels in it, but they printed them weeks ago and now they are out of date. My suggestion: print your own and bring it.
4) It is free to get in, go to panels, and to have you books signed. That being said, there are a few things to pay for:
–Parking. It is $8 per a vehicle. If you are carpooling, be a good person and chip in for it.
–Books. In order to fund the festival, you are asking that you buy one book there for every two books you bring. They are often already signed (which is pretty cool of them), and it is through Half Price Books so the books are reasonably priced. The list of books and prices can be found here. They will accept cash, credit, and debit, but since their machines won’t be connected to the network they cannot accept gift cards.
–Food. It should be noted that you cannot eat inside, but you will be able to leave the building and come back. You can buy food food there (prices here), but I just bring a lunchbox because everything that might have a line will. And it will be long.
5) Odd Authors. There are several of what I call “odd authors” this year. These are the authors that have weird rules for getting books signed. I didn’t feel like rewriting everything, so here’s a screenshot of the rules as well as the information for speed dating.
Anyways, sorry this came out so late this year, and I hope everyone has a good, safe time this year and meets a lot of cool book nerds.