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YA Midwest 2023

Are you ready to celebrate all things YA? Readers, authors, publishers, educators and influencers are invited to join us for a day of fun in the Chicago suburbs. Your ticket will include admission to the Wednesday night kick off party and all events on Thursday.  There will be an opening celebration, panels, fun events, book signings, and time to shop in the bookshop.

Tickets available at the door on Thursday!

Your $15 ticket includes a $5 coupon to spend in the on-site bookshop the day of the event.

 Author Announcements: Guess Who's Coming to YAM! KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: ANGELINE BOULLEY & E. LOCKHART

And featuring appearances from:

Rena Barron, Kalynn Bayron, Amelia Brunskill, Joelle Charbonneau, Darcy Coates, Sayantani DasGupta, Juno Dawson, Jackie Khalilieh, James Klise, Ryan La Sala, Krystal Marquis, Lizzy Mason, Mindy McGinnis, Lily Meade, Meriam Metoui, Brittney Morris, Deya Muniz, Ryan North, Thien Pham, Michelle Quach, Scott Reintgen, Natalie D. Richards, Margaret Rogerson, Steven Salvatore, Jen St. Jude, Vincent Tirado and Diana Urban!

8:00-8:30: Check-in
8:30-9:15: Opening Keynote
9:30-10:30: Session 1
Keeping Tabs on Everyone
Staying in Your...Lane?
Queer Joy!
Location, Location, Location
10:30-11:00: Break/Shop
11:00-12:00: Session 2
Book Bans
12:00-1:00: Lunch/Shop
1:00-1:30: Lunch Keynote
1:45-2:45: Session 3
Anatomy of a Love Scene
Resurgence of the Dystopian
Booktoker Basics
Thrills and Kills
2:45-3:15: Break/Shop
3:15-4:15: Session 4
The Journey to Getting Published
Evolution of the YA Genre
Sourcebooks Publisher Spotlight
4:15-5:30: Book Signing

For day of schedule and author info, go to


An important note about your tickets:

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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.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Sourcebooks - Premiere sponsor

Harper Collins

Novl (Hachette)



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