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YA Midwest 2024

We're baaack! YAM returns to Naperville for 2024!

Are you ready to celebrate all things YA?
Coming at you from the Chicago suburbs, readers, authors, publishers, educators and influencers are invited to join us for a full day of authors, panels, and books, books, books!

 Keynote Speaker: 

Karen McManus
(Receive a copy of Karen's new book included with your registration!)

Featuring appearances from:

Samira Ahmed , Melissa Albert. K. Ancrum, Kelly Andrew, Tracy Badua, Bethany Baptiste, Aimée Carter, Kristin Cast, Brittany Cavallaro, E. Charlton-Trujillo, Erin A. Craig, Kirstin Cronn-Mills , Megan Davidhizar, Sayantani DasGupta, Ronni Davis, Susan Dennard, Hayley Dennings, Jumata Emill, Namina Forna, Gia Gordon, Markelle Grabo, Joan He, Kaitlyn Hill, Kim Johnson, Christina Li, Kekla Magoon, Mindy McGinnis, Karen McManus, Samuel Miller, Derek Milman, Kristin Nilsen, Rex Ogle, Ellen Oh, Patricia Park, Beth Revis, Neal Shusterman, Kristen Simmons, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Jordan Sonnenblick, June CL Tan, Lexi Underwood, Danielle Valentine, Sarah Van Name, Jeff Zentner, Ann Zhao, Amélie Wen Zhao

    Plus audiobook narrators:

Torian Brackett, Caitlin Davies, Lindsey Dorcus, Mary Helen Gallucci, Mia Hutchinson-Shaw, Natalie Naudus (also an author!), Mark Sanderlin, and Gail Shalan!

(Please note: Since the initial announcements, Scott Reintgen, Rachel Griffin, and Ashley Woodfolk are no longer able to join us.)

Tickets are only $20 and include:

*Admission to the opening celebration and keynote speech
*Included copy of the Keynoter's new book
*Attendance at four breakout sessions featuring timely topics discussed by panels of your favorite YA authors
*Lots of time to shop at the onsite bookstore
*Food trucks onsite
*Signing session with over 30 popular YA authors attending

*For more info, a day-of schedule, and author info, visit *

Breakout Session Panels:
Session 1: Audiobook Narrators; I Want Cheap Thrills; Magic, How Does That Work?; More Than a Checked Box; Trope Talk; Fresh Perspective
Session 2: Soap Box; Why YA? A conversation about the ever-changing appeal of YA; The Weight of Words; Flip the Script; Let's Get One Thing Queer; Fantastical Foundations
Session 3: Guess Who; Mind Matters; What's Love Got to Do With it; Inspiration Station; Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Session 4: Writing Workshop Panel; Reviving Lore; Historically Correct; How to Horror; From Concept to Cover

*YA Midwest is a book festival for YA readers that celebrates all things YA! All who enjoy Young Adult literature are welcome and encouraged to attend, regardless of age. Anyone under the age of 12 is required to be accompanied by an adult*


An important note about your tickets:

To expedite the check-in process, please have your ticket(s) with the QR code(s) pulled up on your phone or printed out when you come to the event. Please check your confirmation, open the PDF with the ticket/QR code and reprint if needed from the EventCombo website or app.

Please read these Event Policies carefully:

Anderson’s Bookshop reserves the right to change the format of this event to a virtual one at any time if it becomes necessary. Please be advised that Anderson’s Bookshop assumes no responsibility or liability for any personal injury or other loss you may incur as a result of your decision to attend an event, including the transmission of Covid-19 or related illnesses. We expect that for the protection of everyone, all applicable Covid-related protocols will be followed.  Failure to treat all participants with courtesy and respect may result in your expulsion from the event. 

YA Midwest Policies

Anderson’s Bookshops, LITapalooza, and YA Midwest are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.  In order to ensure the safety and comfort of all attendees, participants, panelists, speakers, authors, publishers, volunteers and employees, we expect everyone to maintain an atmosphere of respect and the following standards of behavior:

Your experience should be a positive one regardless of race; sex; national origin; religion (or lack thereof); age; ethnicity; color; gender; gender identity and/or expression; neurodiversity; sexual orientation; marital, civil union, or domestic partnership status; past or present military service; physical, mental, or sensory disability; national, social, or ethnic origin; pregnancy; family or parental status and/or genetic information (including family medical history); or technology choices.

By registering for this event, you are agreeing to refrain from engaging in inappropriate behavior and harassment of any kind throughout the course of this event.

Harassment includes but is not limited to:

  • Offensive verbal comments related to, or that reinforce social structures of dominations related to, any protected category above

  • Inappropriate physical contact

  • Sexual propositions or images

  • Unwelcome sexual attention

  • Off-color, obscene, racial and/or culturally insensitive jokes, remarks, or gestures

  • Any other words or conduct of a sexual nature that makes the recipient or observer uncomfortable

  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following

  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events

  • Unwelcome photography or recording

  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

Please note that any participants who engage in inappropriate behavior or harassment of any kind will be immediately removed.  If you are being harassed, observe someone else being harassed, or have concerns about potential violations of this policy, please notify the event organizers immediately and all appropriate actions will be taken.


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