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Finally a Blog Post About the North Texas Teen Book Festival

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 They will be passing out a booklet with the panels in it, but they printed them weeks ago and now they are out of date.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.

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Oh, and here’s the twitter page. There is some information there that isn’t on the website, which is here. (I sure do like using “here” a lot, huh?)

 

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.

 

–Anne Marie

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The North Texas Teen Book Festival is Only 12 Days Away!

On Saturday, March 4 over 80 authors will be in Irving for a free day-long event. This event is called the North Texas Teen Book Festival (NTTBF). While you can find most of this information at nttbf.org and on the NTTBF Twitter feed (@NTTBFest), I might have some more experienced information and tips that can help your day run a lot more smoothly.

So on Valentine’s Day, the NTTBF released its program, which means it’s time to start deciding which sessions you want to go to.

As someone who has been going to the NTTBF since it first started, here is some of my advice:

1) Plan which sessions you want to go to ahead of time and write down all the information.

2) Plan a back up session for each hour because you never know which ones will get full before you get there and you won’t be allowed in.

3) Don’t be upset if the session you wanted to go to is full. Last year, a friend and I couldn’t get into the big “To the Silver Screen” one, so we popped into a very small one about graphic novels. The guy who invented Poptropica was there, and he drew a guy who fell asleep in the first row. He gave the drawing to him, and we all had a good laugh. (Also, some of the authors were kind enough to sign my books beforehand too, but don’t expect that to happen to you.) It was the best session we attended all day!

4) Food isn’t allowed during the sessions, so pick an hour to go eat. There is a great outdoor area on the second floor (I believe), which is shaded and wasn’t all that crowded last year. Also, it was fun to look at the HUGE line of school buses literally stretching into the distance. The food lines are long, expensive, and basic (banana for $3! Stuff like that), so I recommend bringing your own. And bring a lot of good food, because books are heavier then you think, especially when you are carrying them around all day. I guess you could leave for lunch, but good luck finding a parking spot again.

5) Buy every one out of three books there. (In other words, for every two books you bring, buy one there.) The books are sold new by Half Price Books, so it’s not like you are paying $20 a book. Buying books there keeps admission and signings free, which I always appreciate. I tend to buy books for my younger siblings for future birthday presents, mostly because not only am I in a family that reads a lot, but they tend not to cost as much and because lines for those particular authors are pretty short. Also, here is the list of books being sold there.

6) If you are bringing several books, or if you know that one author’s line is going to be long, don’t go to the 3:00 session and instead get in line. There is one big line that goes into where the authors are signing, which is then divided into smaller lines for each author. Last year, the line was so long that it went outside and around the building. And remember, this IS Texas, so outside isn’t always… pleasant. Even in March. Point being, get in line early so you don’t end up in the outside part. Also, if you are outside, don’t plan on having time to get all of your books signed. Pick your favorites, note which authors have shorter lines, and go.

7) Some authors (like Marie Lu and Veronica Ross) require you have a special ticket in order to have a book signed by them, which are handed out during the day. Don’t count on being able to get these tickets, though. They run out fairly quickly, even if you run to get in line from the floor above.

8) This is basically an all day event. If you can go with your friends, great! If you can carpool, even better! But you WILL be both tired and hungry by the end of the day, so going out to eat is a perfect way to wind down and to gloat with your friends.

 

These are just a few tips I picked up in my travels, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I can only help, after all.

–Anne

 

 

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The North Texas Teen Book Festival is Only 6 Months Away!

Yeah yeah, I know, that’s a long time. The author list doesn’t even come out until November or December, so why are you bringing it up now?

Wait. Okay, let me backtrack. You don’t know what I’m talking about, do you?

The North Texas Teen Book Festival is a yearly event in Irving, Texas. A bunch of authors show up (like, 50+ of ’em) and they get put in groups for decisions based around their books. And we get to watch! Admission is free, AND they do book signings afterwards (also free).

Some reasonable famous authors have showed up in the past. So. Great.

I have a crazy amount of books signed because of this. Wanna see?

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The book where you can’t see the spines I got signed elsewhere. So yeah, it’s a pretty decent portion of my  collection.

Now, the reason I’m bringing this up so early is because they have some volunteer options to help get things ready starting this November. You can get some book swag and volunteer hours and meet other book lovers.

You can find the details at http://www.northtexasteenbookfestival.com/bffs/

In the coming months I’ll be sure to update you on the NTTBF, but until then, hope to see you in Irving!

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