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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Texas Teen Book Festival Announces: LAUREN OLIVER!

This is exciting news!! LAUREN OLIVER will be the closing speaking for the Texas Teen Book Festival! As some of you may know, the Austin Teen Book Festival is now called the Texas Teen Book Festival. I've had the chance to be apart of this festival since it began. It is on TX book festival you do not want to miss!

Here is the formal announcement:

Texas Teen Book Festival will feature YA sensation Lauren Oliver as closing speaker

Author of Delirium Series, Panic

AUSTIN (June 24, 2014)—Wildly popular Young Adult genre author Lauren Oliver, creator of the bestselling Delirium series and Before I Fall, is the second headliner to be announced for the Texas Teen Book Festival, happening Oct. 18 at St. Edward’s University. (YA author James Dashner, writer of the Maze Runner series, was previously announced.) 

Oliver’s YA book Panic has been optioned by Universal Pictures in a major movie deal, and her first novel for adults, Rooms, debuts this fall.

“Lauren Oliver has emerged as a true literary talent over the last five years, effortlessly crossing lines between genres as she crafts one thrillingly unique tale after another,” says Meghan Dietsche Goel, children’s and young adult book buyer for BookPeople and program director of the Texas Teen Book Festival. “We are excited to offer readers the chance to spend time with such a rising star.”

Says Heather Schubert, librarian and founder, along with BookPeople, of what was originally called the Austin Teen Book Festival: “Lauren Oliver's popularity grows with each new release! Teens fell in love with the Delirium trilogy and Before I Fall, and are now captivated with the suspense of Panic.  We can’t keep her books on the shelf at the library. She's definitely going to be a huge hit at the Festival.”

Now under the auspices of the Texas Book Festival, the Texas Teen Book Festival is one of the largest gatherings of YA authors and readers in the nation, with more than 40 authors and 4,000 fans attending in 2013 and even more expected this fall.

The Texas Teen Book Festival is presented in conjunction with the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, BookPeople, and venue sponsor St. Edward’s University. It will “bookend” the Texas Book Festival, scheduled for Oct. 25 and 26 in and around the state Capitol, with more than 40,000 expected to attend. Both the Texas Book Festival and the Texas Teen Book Festival are free and open to the public thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and volunteers.

About the Texas Book Festival

The Texas Book Festival celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Founded in 1995 by first lady Laura Bush, Mary Margaret Farabee, and a group of volunteers, the nonprofit Texas Book Festival promotes the joys of reading and writing through its annual Festival weekend, the one-day Texas Teen Book Festival, the Reading Rock Stars program, grants to Texas libraries, youth fiction writing contest, and year-round literary programming. The Festival is held on the grounds of the Texas Capitol each fall and features more than 250 renowned authors, panels, book signings, live music, cooking demonstrations, and children’s activities. Thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and nearly 1,000 volunteers, the Festival remains free and open to the public., #txbookfest; and www.texasteenbookfestival.org, #ttbf14.