texas throwdown

Every year at the Texas Teen Book Festival there is always some Star Wars trivia thrown around at our panels and game shows, so what better way to give what the people obviously need — a Star Wars themed game show! This is going to be the most epic throw down in TTBF history. Come out and join the fun! It will be the battle of to rival the Empire vs. the Rebels. Here’s a look at the authors putting their SW chops on the line.

Pierce Brown

We are super stoked to have bestselling author Pierce Brown attending the fest this year! He is the debut author of the highly acclaimed series, Red Rising. The series starts with Red Rising. a post-apocalyptic story of  Darrow — a subterranean miner on Mars searching for salvation. When Darrow discovers that the surface of Mars is habitable and has already been colonized by the Golds — an elite group of people who rule over the Darrow and the Reds. With this new information and burning anger, Darrow and a group of rebels decide to infiltrate the Golds’ command school and  take down their oppressors once and for all. Red Rising has an intricate and unique plot that will draw in any reader and it has been optioned for a movie by Universal Pictures. The entire series include: Red Rising, Golden Son, and the third installment Morning Star which lands on shelves February 9th, 2016!

Claudia Gray

Claudia Gray is the bestselling author of the EverNight series. Her newest novel Lost Stars (Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is portrayed as Romeo & Juliet meets Star Wars! The story will give readers an inside look into the Star Wars universe and will have subtle hints about the upcoming film included in the narrative, as well a original, post-Episode VI content that sets up the new film. Claudia Gray is the perfect panelist because she knows inside information about the upcoming movie that everyone is talking about!!! We. Are. So. Excited.

Jenny Han

Jenny Han is back for more, y’all! This is Jenny Han’s second year at TTBF and we couldn’t be more excited! Jenny Han is a New York Times bestselling author  of the Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy, a coming of age story told over three summers. She is also the co-author of the series Burn for Burn, about three teenage girls getting revenge on the people who have wronged them. Her newest books are To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. They are about a half-Korean girl named Lara Jean Song Covey, whose life turns upside down when the letters she’s written to all the boys she’s had crushes on get sent out. We can’t wait to catch up with Jenny for a second time and see what she’s been up too and what she has in the works now!

Aaron Hartzler

Aaron Harzler lives in beautiful, sunny Santa Monica, California, and has published two books for teens. Rapture Practice: A True Story About Growing Up Gay in an Evangelical Family is a nonfcition account of his teen years, and What We Saw, a novel inspired by real events where he writes unflinchingly that silence as a form of complicity. It’s a book about the high stakes of speaking up, and the razor thin line between guilt and innocence that so often gets blurred, one hundred and forty characters at a time.

Gareth Hinds

Gareth Hinds is a computer game creator and the comic book artist behind graphic novel adaptations of classics such as Beowulf, The Odyssey, Romeo & Juliet (featuring a multi-cultural cast) and his newest graphic novel adaption of “that Scottish play,” Macbeth. Gareth Hinds will also be participating on our graphic novel panel which will be hopefully delve into how he creates the adaptions & artwork.

Cindy Pon

Cindy Pon is not only a YA author, but she’s also a brush artist and advocate for Diversity in YA. She is the author of several books including Silver Pheonix and Serpentine which tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But night brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell. Cindy Pon is also the co-founder of the blog Diversity in YA with YA author Malinda Lo where they celebrate young adult books about all kinds of diversity, from race to sexual orientation to gender identity and disability. We are excited to welcome her to the festival this year.

Texas Teen Book Festival happens on September 26th, 2015 on the campus of St. Edward’s University. It’s one of our favorite events of the year. We’re proud to be co-founders of this festival and love working on it (and of course being there the day of with all of the books!) Don’t miss it!