Event Recap- Austin Teen Book Festival 2013

Last Saturday was the huge event Austin Teen Book Festival. It was a blast and I got to meet Sherry Thomas, Mindy McGinnis and more. There were so many authors and so much going on my introverted self barely could take it. We showed up late so I missed the Dark Days vs Fierce Reads–from the pictures I’ve seen it looked like a blast. I did get to see three panels: Dark Days, Into Hearts of Darkness and Powers Strange and Perilous. I had intended to take notes and highlight them in my recap but I was so distracted with what everyone was saying I forgot to take notes.

The festival had a great turnout and every panel was almost full. Each panel was moderated by one of the authors which added an interesting element to the questions. In the Into the Hearts of Darkness panel Victoria Scott moderated and included devil horns to the author with the most naughty answer. This really created an interactive experience between the panel and the crowd, it was so much fun watching audience members scream out who deserved the horns.

One of my favorite moments was walking through the halls and coming across people sitting or sprawled in sitting areas reading in between panels. It was a great event (and I got to meet the TeaTime girls and Snarkles!) Thank you Austin, all the volunteers and authors for creating such a fun day.

Dark Days:


 Into Hearts of Darkness

Powers Strange and Perilous




  1. says

    YAY! I’ve been looking forward to this post! Now that you mention it, I think I remember hearing on TeaTime about some Epic Reads vs Fierce Reads competition. I’ll have to look for some recaps of that. Sorry you missed that part, but it sounds like the everything else was great!

    I’ve been to a couple of events where I’ve taken notes, and it does take away a bit from the ability to enjoy everything. But I have such a bad memory that if I don’t get my thoughts down right away, they’ll just be gone forever.

    I’m glad you got to meet Aubry, Margot, and Snarkles, and I hope you gave Snarkles a squeeze. 🙂

    • says

      Obviously I couldn’t remember much from this event! At least I got a few pictures but overall I just enjoyed it. I believe Snarkles was baby Snarkles for traveling and I totally forgot to give him a squeeze. I seriously get so flummoxed at these events I forget everything.

  2. says

    It looks like such a great event! The panels look absolutely amazing. I’m a little jealous (all the best events are in the States) but I”m glad to see you had such a nice time! 🙂

  3. says

    Ahh, so jealous 😀 Wish I could have gone to that. <3 So many awesome authors too. So happy for you! Thank you for sharing 😀 I love the pictures. <3 🙂 So glad you had an awesome time 😀

  4. says

    WOW! Kristen I’m so very envious of you!! You met Snarkles and the Tea Time ladies!! And of course all the signings and panels!! So glad to hear you had a great time!
    I can totally understand about not taking more pictures! Despite being an amateur photographer myself I find that I end up being too wrapped up in what’s happening to think of taking more photos!

  5. says

    I’m so jealous! I want to meet Sherry Thomas, why don’t they stop by NYC? -cries-
    Anyways, I’m glad you had a super fun time there Kristen! 😀

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