One of my goals this year was to attend a bookish event, and all the events I was so excited about this year flopped miserably. I was either going away or the tube decided not to cooperate when I needed to get there, that’s why I was very excited when I heard about YALC (Young Adult Literary Convention) and I saw a day off on my calendar. This event normally takes three days (Friday-Sunday), but I was able to attend it on Saturday.
It was my first time attending this event. I am not a hardcore YA fan, I like to read a wide variety of books, but I do really enjoy YA genre as well. Moreover, I had a chance to see the Authors of pretty amazing books. 🙂 I went there on my own, so most of the time I was just wandering around very creatively presented book stalls and checking out what they had to offer.
There were some very interesting panels to attend as well. I chose a couple of them because I really liked the topics they discussed. The first one was called “Politics on the page”, the panelists were Alice Skinner, Karen Gregory, Sarah Shaffi, Tom Pollock, Tomi Adeyemi & Yaba Badoe.
It was a very influential panel, discussing how young adults can get involved in the politics, and how political events inspired these authors to write their amazing books. I went to this panel to see Tomi Adeyemi (The children of blood and bone), and I absolutely loved her. She was very sweet and really funny. 🙂
The second panel I accidentally popped in, was called “Books & Boobs”, where these two lovely ladies shared their life stories and how they fought breast cancer. They had a very interesting stall as well, and I really loved that these ladies are spreading breast cancer awareness. 🙂
The third panel I enjoyed was called “My Body, My Way”, and the stars of this panel were Charli Howard, Charly Cox, Dhonielle Clayton, Laura Dockrill & Laura Steven. In this panel, these lovely ladies discussed “what we face in today’s society in regards to body image. The impact of the media, your peers and how you feel about yourself.” I think this panel is very important because it is never enough to talk about body positivity and the ability to love yourself no matter what shape or size you are.
The authors were signing their books after the panels, but when I saw the ques to get to them, I just gave up. I like signed books, but I have no patience when it comes to waiting for an autograph. 🙂 There were a lot of raffles to win ARCs, organized by publishers, but of course, luck was not with me that day and I didn’t win any. 😀 And because I was so overwhelmed with all the experience, I didn’t buy any books as well (Hey, don’t judge! 😛 ) :D:D:D I was enjoying all the YA fans buying suitcases full of them. 😉 However, I managed to get quite a lot of freebies. 😉 😛
Cards & Bookmarks
Pins and other bookish swag
I went to the Film and Comic-con as well, and it was huge! 😀 I managed to get lost in there, but it was an amazing experience to see all these people dressed in various characters. So, even though I went on my own, I really enjoyed YALC. I loved the panels, I loved that I had the chance to see all the creative publishers and all the amazing writers. I really enjoyed the buzz and craziness and I will try to visit it next year s well. 🙂 I am off to read my samples, and I will leave you with couple extra pics from this event. 😀
I personally really enjoyed Mike’s from Nukemz Vlogs of those days, and I will link it down below, so, if you want to find out how was it, check it out. 🙂