Feature and Follow Friday 4.12.2013

Feature and Follow Friday BadgeWelcome to my post for Feature and Follow Friday. This meme is the brainchild of Alison at Alison Can Read and Rachel at Parajunkee’s View.

Each week, in addition to a question to answer, one of the previous week’s participants will be randomly selected by each host for an interview (hence the Feature portion of the meme). This week’s featured bloggers are Mab is Mab and Dear, Restless Reader.

Here’s this week’s question:

We are about to see a lot of posts and tweets about reader conventions – RT, BEA, ALA and many more are starting soon. Which one would you love to attend? Where and why?

To be honest, I don’t know anything about any of the big conventions. Of course the ALA sounds cool, but I really love the local festivals, like (the only one I have been to) the Austin Teen Book Festival. Obviously, that one is tied to a particular genre, but they had 35 authors last year, including Libba Bray, Ally Condie, Ally Carter, Rachel Cohn, Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl, Leigh Bardugo, Sarah Rees Brennan, Kresley Cole, Gina Damico, Tamara Ireland Stone and (yes) more!

What was super cool? My daughter and I got to interview some of the authors. Since this is aimed toward teens, the festival encourages authors to take priority with teen reviewers. Everyone is super accessible, with authors wandering around the site, talking to attendees after their panel discussions and during a massive autograph session. If you’re in the Austin area on September 28, 2013, you need to go!

For more information, go to: Austin Teen Book Festival and follow them on Twitter.

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