Summer Webb’s YallFest Wrap-Up
By Summer Webb
GUYS!!!! The after YallFest blues ARE REAL and I am SUFFERING. If you aren’t familiar with what YallFest is, it is a young adult literature festival that originated in Charleston, SC. It takes place at the beginning of November every year and is one of my absolute favorite book festivals to attend. Not only is Charleston a beautiful city, but it also has some of the best food around. Throw in about 100 of my favorite authors and all of my favorite publishers and you have everything you’ll need for an amazing weekend!
Typically YallFest starts with a Y’all Crawl, similar to a pub crawl but with author signings and events instead of beers and drunk frat guys. So basically its 10000x better than a pub crawl. There are always a ton of really cool events and they seem to be expanding every year. Some of my favorite events that are typically held on Friday are the Red Carpet Preview which is held at the library, and Fierce Friday which is an event put on by Fierce Reads!!
This year I decided to spend my Friday night with The Novl, an imprint of Little Brown, at an event that they hosted. I mean, they offered books AND s’mores so like, how could I say no? The event was held at the courtyard with lots of delicious snacks and each chair had a tote bag full of goodies inside. The bag included a signed ARC of Internment by Samira Ahmed and The War Outside by Monica Hesse! Monica was also a guest speaker at the party and she was so much fun and full of positive energy! I loved hearing her talk about her book and all of the research she put into writing it. Thanks again to Valarie, Natali, and Katherine for throwing this incredible event and for inviting me to join!!
Alright. Here’s where the REAL fun begins. Saturdays are full of frenzied activity and running from one line to another and highlighting your lists of authors and book drops and lots of WE GOTTA STAY ON SCHEDULE, DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS RIGHT NOW???? Saturday is when every single author is signing at one of the many locations around king street sometime throughout the day so there is usually a lot of schedule making and frantically running from one line to the next. It may sound chaotic, and it usually is, but that’s part of the fun!
What you just read is how my YallFest experience usually is, but this year my friend and I decided that we wanted to experience the other side. So neither of us brought ANY books to be signed and we only joined in for 1 book drop (I GOT RAYNE AND DELILAH’S MIDNIGHT MATINEE OMGOMGOMG) and the rest of our Saturday was spent walking around, talking to random authors that popped up around king street, visiting publishers at their booths, and making new friends. It was completely relaxed and the entire experience was incredibly enjoyable.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit YallFest, make sure you add it to your bookish bucket list! Not only is this festival one of the best around, but Charleston is just as incredible to experience. OH and make sure you go to Poe’s Tavern! It’s an Edgar Allen Poe themed burger bar on Sullivan’s Island and is sooo worth the 10 minute drive!
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About the Author
A twenty something from Tennessee, Summer Webb is an avid adventurer and pizza connoisseur who loves Ferris Bueller, Books and boybands. In that order. After conquering tumblr, Summer’s following quickly expanded to Instagram where she shares fun and sometimes sassy book reviews. She is often found in Sephora with lipstick swatches covering her entire body or spending endless hours scrolling through trip advisor planning her next escape. Oh, and she sort of likes to read sometimes.
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