All-Day YA attracts book lovers, bloggers, and fans of YA from all around Australia to Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres, where they can listen to engaging panels, ask authors questions and get books signed by featured authors. As a book blogger and lover of YA, I can attest they are super lovely people!

If you’re undecided about attending, here are five reasons why you should…

You get to meet, or gaze longingly at from afar, some of your favourite authors

Authors are lovely people who sign hundreds of books every year, so don’t feel too shy to go up for a signing. They want you to! This year’s line-up includes Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls), Jay Kristoff (The Nevernight Chronicles and The Illuminae Files), Tara Eglington (How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You), Jesse Andrews (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Claire G. Coleman (Terra Nullius), Cally Black (In The Dark Spaces), Alice Pung (On John Marsden), and Alicia Tuckerman (If I Tell You). 

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Jay Kristoff

You get an insight into the world of YA and why we all love it

When you step into Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres, the atmosphere changes and you’re transported to the world of books and book lovers – and the energy is addictive! All those feelings you have towards books are translated across every inch of the venue, which is jam-packed with keen readers and stimulating discussions. From panels such as From the Sidelines to conversations like Writing for Books and Film, to hanging out with fellow bookworms who ask the real questions, All-Day YA is the place to be if you’re keen to be involved in the community, even if it’s just for the day. (YA fans don’t bite!)

Hang out with fellow bookworms

Do you consume books every day with your morning cup of tea? Do you cancel plans to stay at home and read? If you answered yes to either of the above, so do most of the people who attend All-Day YA! Come and share your thoughts on books, your favourite characters, how big your TBR (To Be Read-pile) is, and what you’re reading at the moment. There’s going to be a DJ to set the mood with tunes, food trucks dishing out some good food, and spaces for you to chill out with newfound friends.

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Jesse Andrews

Discover new books

We tend to place ourselves in confined categories – and ways of thinking – when we only we certain types of books. While All-Day YA is focused on YA, it also explores the diverse subgenres within. Across the day, authors will speak on magical realism, LGBTIQ, contemporary, fantasy and sci-fi – so this is a great opportunity to broaden your reading horizon.  Also, TeenCon is an awesome way to find out about new and upcoming releases from publishers. 

Have the time of your YA life!

YA is a genre that is widely read by teenagers, young adults and adults alike. The YA community is a welcoming one – so All-Day YA is sure to be a lovely, positive space to get involved. So cancel your plans on Saturday 5 May, and join me at All-Day YA. 

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Patrick Ness