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If you haven’t heard of YAK Fest, then listen up. It’s the newest YA book festival in Texas. And we want YOU to come.  Here’s the deal, it’s free fun entertainment and you just might make a new friend or two. Maybe even get your picture taken with your favorite author. So, check out the 411 below and COME.

WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 9am – 5pm

COST: Dude, it’s FREE.  
OPEN DOOR: Come when you can and stay for as long as you like, of course we want you there all day!  
WHERE: Keller High School, 601 N. Pate Orr Rd. Keller, TX 76248  
SOCIAL MEDIA: twitter / facebook / blog 
KEYNOTE SPEAKER:Simone Elkeles, BAM. That’s what we’re talking about.

Panels of AWESOME Breakdown:

Keeping It Real – Jessica Anderson, Charles Benoit, Chris Crutcher (afternoon only), Simone Elkeles, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Jessica Warman, Lori Aurelia Williams and Shannong Greenland
Tis is Not Normal – Rosemary Clement Moor, Cory Oakes, Victoria Scott, Mary Lindsey and Jeff Hirsch
This is Not Normal Either – Kirissi Dallas, Tracy Deebs, Greg Leitich Smith and Andrea White
Vampire Smack Down – Cynthia Leitich Smith, Rachel Caine and Jason Henderson
Poetry Workshop – Colin Gilbert
A Walk on the Weird Side – Kelly Milner Halls
Choctaw Tales – Tim Tingle
Because we know you’ll have questions, here are some things that CAN and WILL HAPPEN:
There will be books available for purchase from The Book Carriage, and they will be selling books all day.  The Book Carriage will accept cash and credit cards. You may bring some books from home for authors to sign. 
Food and drinks will be available for purchase at lunch.  
Why, yes there is a twitter hashtag. It’s  #YAKFest13 – thanks for asking. We WANT you to tweet.
Of course you can talk and have your picture taken with your favorite author(s) during the signing.  We insist upon it.
I, Karen (@tlt16), will be live Tweeting all day from YAKFest and, of course, will bring you a round up post after the festivities of the day.  Then, on Saturday, February 2nd, I will be doing the same for the Montgomery County Book Festival.
Other stuff that is just as important:

Want to VOLUNTEER? It’ll be fun. We promise.  If interested please contact Janet at Janet.Adams@kellerisd.netMEDIA INQUIRIES? Please contact Stacy at stacy@girlsinthestacks.com