MID-CITIES TEEN BOOK FEST • MARCH 23, 2024
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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All panels, karaoke, and author signing take place on the Library’s second floor.
|Doors open - packet and SWAG pick up in Library Lobby
|11:30 -11:45 AM
|Greeting and Introduction of Authors
|11:55 AM - 12:25 PM
|Fab Friends and Fandom with Ashley Schumacher, Ashley Poston and Emma Lord
|12:30 - 1:30 PM
|Pizza and Karaoke with the Authors (Pizza sponsored by Marcos Pizza, NRH)
|In Conversation with Michael Buckley and Mike Merschel
|Finding Your Own Voice with Rebecca Balcarcel and Amanda Diaz
|Fantasy and Magic Abound with Michelle Massie, Angela J. Price
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 Massie • A Magic Evermore
Ashley Poston • The Dead Romantics, The Seven Year Slip
Angela J. Price • Dancing with Time
Ashley Schumacher • Amelia Unabridged, The Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway, In the Orbit of You (coming soon)
Lea Ann Gilbert
Thank you to our sponsors and partners for making this event possible!
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