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What's Next: Organizers of YA book festival plan YALLWEST for L.A.
What's Next: Organizers of YA book festival plan YALLWEST for L.A.

It started as a posse of bestselling YA authors appearing together at a literary festival in the culturally remote outpost of Charleston, S.C. That was in 2011, and now the annual event, known as YALLFest: The Charleston Young Adult Book Festival, has become the largest YA book festival in the South, attracting a mostly teen and middle-school audience of 8,000. It makes sense, then, that YALLFest is ready for its close-up — in 2015, co-organizers Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz are bringing it to the West Coast, as YALLWEST, April 10-12. Stohl ("Beautiful Creatures") and De La Cruz ("Witches of East End"), busy authors in their own rights, have been...

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