Readers and aspiring writers are target of Young Adult Book Festival this weekend

Readers and aspiring writers are target of Young Adult Book Festival this weekend

ABOVE: Southeast Young Adult Book Festival attendees check out the festival bookstore in the MTSU student union. // SUBMITTED


Students from 92 schools across the state have the opportunity to connect with 46 authors from across the nation at the Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival Thursday through Saturday.

The event, organized by a group of Rutherford County and Williamson County school librarians, takes place on the Middle Tennessee State University campus in the Business and Aerospace building, the College of Education building, and the John Bragg Media and Entertainment building, with the festival bookstore and dining in the Student Union.

Community day at the festival is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, which is free and open to the public.

Students and librarians from Williamson County Schools will be attending on the student days, which run roughly along school hours, from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

The festival is designed to encourage and develop literacy in young adults by connecting them with authors in a fun setting, thereby advancing education in the community.

Among the list of authors are New York Times bestselling authors Adam Silvera, Samira Ahmed, and Nikki Grimes, winner of the Coretta Scott King award and the Laura Ingalls Wilder award. Nashville’s Jeff Zentner, whose “The Serpent King” and “Goodbye Days” were nominated for a Carnegie Medal. Other local authors include Tracy Barrett, Sharon Cameron, C.J. Redwine, Courtney Stevens and Kristin O’Donnell Tubb.

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Panel discussions and workshops with authors are part of the festival. // SUBMITTED

The festival will feature panel discussions, book signings and a writing workshop to help readers hone their skills as young writers.

Visit the festival online at for schedules and a complete list of authors participating in this year’s SEYA. Connect with SEYA through social media on Facebook at or on Twitter and Instagram @seyabookfest.


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