As you may know from my post on Saturday, I attended the Young Adult Literature Convention on Sunday. I could only make it for one day, but it was an awesome one!
Honestly, YALC is the biggest event on my bookish calendar, and it didn’t disappoint! After the biggest drive I’ve ever done without my parents (around 3 1/2 hours?), me and my lovely friend Elise arrived. What a day. Seriously. What. A. Day. (Warning: this may be a super-long post!)
We attended 2 talks in the day – the Life Advice panel and the Patrick Ness interview, chaired by Juno Dawson. Unfortunately, I didn’t catch much of the Life Advice panel as I spotted both Katherine Webber and Cecilia Vinesse in the audience and sneaked over to have my books signed! However, what I did catch sounded awesome, and pretty similar to a panel I remember from last year.
Due to our long journey, I unfortunately missed both Katherine Webber and Cecilia Vinesse officially. But I did catch them unofficially in the Life Advice panel audience, as mentioned above.
I officially attended the Patrick Ness, Holly Bourne, Non Pratt, Maggie Harcourt (as pictured above!), Sara Barnard and Chris Russell signings. As Chris didn’t have a queue when I went up to him, he’s probably the one I enjoyed meeting most. I also happened to bump into him a lot throughout the day and he said hi every time. How great is that? (Below are the books I had signed)!
Collections, Stalls and Book Buying
A big perk of being at the last day of YALC is the publishing companies put the price of books down! A lot of stalls were having half-price sales, 3 for 2 or 3 books for £10. Because of this, I’m pretty proud of the fact I only bought 3 books!
My friend Elise wanted to buy Lady Midnight from a 3 for £10 stall, so I pitched in and chose Alex, Approximately and my last Morgan Matson read, Since You’ve Been Gone. Cue a mini-freak out from me when the guy on the stall tells me the Morgan Matson book is SIGNED. What? She never comes to the UK!
While looking around the stalls, I picked up as many freebies as I could! I think every stall had something – postcards, bookmarks, samples and much more. My Kinda Book had a few cases full of free samples, one of them being Floored. Floored is a book scheduled for publication in July 2018. The book is about six different people meeting on the same day over several years to remember a lost friend. Apparently it’s going to be a mixture of The Breakfast Club and One Day, which sounds amazing!
Other freebies include a lot of bookmarks and cards (pictured above)! I also picked up posters, stickers and pins (pictured with Floored). At the moment they’re all in a free tote I picked up, but I’ll eventually sort them and probably have most on my wall!
So it’s safe to say I had a pretty hectic but amazing day at YALC 2017. Bring on next year, when I’ll hopefully be able to stay all weekend!
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽