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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Mid-Cities Teen Book Fest (MCTBF) is a fun-filled day for teens from around the North Texas area to meet young adult authors, snag writing tips, and hang with fellow bookworms – all for free!

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Event Schedule

All panels, karaoke, and author signing take place on the Library’s second floor.

10:00 AMDoors open - packet and SWAG pick up in Library Lobby
11:30 -11:45 AM Greeting and Introduction of Authors
11:55 AM - 12:25 PMFab Friends and Fandom with Ashley Schumacher, Ashley Poston and Emma Lord 
12:30 - 1:30 PMPizza and Karaoke with the Authors (Pizza sponsored by Marcos Pizza, NRH)
1:35-2:15  PMIn Conversation with Michael Buckley and Mike Merschel
2:20-2:50  PMFinding Your Own Voice with Rebecca Balcarcel and Amanda Diaz
2:55-3:25 PMFantasy and Magic Abound with Michelle Massie, Angela J. Price
3:30-4:00 PMAuthor Signing

Guest Authors

Rebecca Balcarcel ‭• The Other Half of Happy, Shine On, Luz Véliz!

Michael Buckley ‭• The Sisters Grimm

Amanda Diaz ‭• Memory Lane

Emma Lord ‭• Tweet Cute, You Have a Match, The Getaway List

Michelle MassieA Magic Evermore

Ashley PostonThe Dead Romantics, The Seven Year Slip

Angela J. PriceDancing with Time

Ashley Schumacher  • Amelia Unabridged, The Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway, In the Orbit of You (coming soon)

Guest Moderators

Miracle Austin

Lea Ann Gilbert

Mike Merschel

Krina Traywick


Thank you to our sponsors and partners for making this event possible!

The Friends of the NRH Library

Marcos Pizza, NRH

Past MCTBF Events

Why Should I Bring My Students? 

By attending this event, your students will meet young adult authors they wouldn't normally have access to, which is a fantastic way to get them excited about reading and writing. Plus, connecting with other teens who share their interests will help foster a sense of community and belonging. But that's not all - the authors who attend the event will also speak about their books and share their knowledge on various topics, which will broaden your students' cultural horizons. So why not bring your class to the MCTBF and give them an experience they'll never forget?

If you have any questions about bringing a group to the in-person event, please email Monica or call 817-427-6818.

What people have to say about Mid-Cities Teen Book Fest:

“The Mid-Cities Teen Book Festival is a highly enjoyable, smartly-run event with great, enthusiastic crowds and truly wonderful organizers. I’d recommend it to any author looking to connect with readers on an intimate, personal level while still getting great crowds in a pleasant library venue. It’s the best of all worlds. I would absolutely come again!” -Brendan Reichs, NYT bestselling author of ’Nemesis’ and co-author of ’The Darkdeep’ (with Ally Condie).
"I think it was one of Samantha's favorite festivals so far! She raved about how well-organized it was and how engaged the teens were."
-Jacqueline Burke, agent for Samantha Mabry, guest author, 2017 MCTBF

"I’m glad I attended because I got to listen to authors who aren’t just literary geniuses—they’re just like everyone else with their own lives and problems to face. Two things spoke to me... one is that to be yourself when writing and it’s okay to collaborate with someone. You could get good feedback if you share your ideas with people and learn from them." -Student 

 "Thank you so very much for having me, and I'd love to be back! Your kids were wonderful and the festival went so smoothly!"
-Jennifer Mathieu, guest author, 2017 MCTBF
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For questions regarding the MCTBF, please contact Youth Services Librarian Monica.
North Richland Hills Library
9015 Grand Ave.,
North Richland Hills, TX 


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