YA Lounge

Are you a YA reader or buyer? Meet your favorite YA authors and discover your next favorite title in one of the many sessions below.

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June 8, 2021

*All times listed in ET

All session recordings will be made available to registrants for several months after the event.


Take the Leap 

There’s nothing like the comfort of a book to get you through the trials and tribulations of growing up. Join Erin Hahn, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and Dustin Thao as they discuss lies, love, and loss-- and learning that, to move forward, you might just have to let go of your past.

Take the Leap


Rewriting Herstory

Explore the deep bonds of female friendship with stories from Charlotte Nicole Davis, Jennifer Mathieu, and Bethany C. Morrow. Follow along with their characters as they fight for freedom, forge strong bonds, and stand up for what they believe in. These girls don’t play by the rules, they make their own.

Rewriting Herstory

June 9, 2021


Author Breakfast - Breakfast with Chloe Gong

Chloe Gong joins moderator Karis Rogerson (We Need Diverse Books) for a conversation about reading and writing YA and her highly anticipated, totally captivating follow-up to These Violent Delights, Our Violent Ends.

Breakfast with Chloe Gong


Empower the Future

Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal team up with Jamia Wilson! They discuss encouraging young readers to stand in their power for equality and justice with new books that explore feminism, identity, race, privilege, and friendship.

Empower the Future


Daydreams in Disguise

Hear Lauren Blackwood, Mark Oshiro, and Lauren Shippen talk about their dazzling new books. Terror, darkness, friendship, and love! It's a fine line between dreams and nightmares.

Daydreams in Disguise


Buzz: YA Editors Panel

Four of the buzziest young adult authors chat with their editors about their forthcoming books.

Speakers: Robin Dellabough (Publishers Lunch), Jo Watson, Deanna McFadden, Ayana Gray, Stacey Barney, Dhonielle Clayton, Brittany Rubiano, Mahogany L. Browne, Phoebe Yeh


Editors' Picks: YA

These new YA books by LGBTQIA+ and/or BIPOC authors have been nominated by editors as their top picks! In this session, the editors and authors behind these highly anticipated titles share why these books belong on your shelf. The goal of this Editors’ Picks series is to amplify under-supported voices in publishing while helping you find your next great read.

Speakers: Manuel Castellanos (Mad Cave Studios), Shanna Miles (author), Simon Boughton (Norton Young Readers), George M. Johnson (author), Sarah Raughley (author), Sara Richmond (Edelweiss)


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Don't forget that you can connect with other readers and discover upcoming books in the Edelweiss Young Adult Community.