This summer’s Openly YA tour, starring author David Levithan, Bill Konigsberg, Adam Silvera, and Will Walton, is chock full of amazing. So much so that it got us thinking about other inspired lineups we’d love to see! Too good to be true? Of course! But a girl can dream, can’t she?
The Feminist YA Tour
Featuring: Libba Bray, Courtney Summers, Julie Murphy, Justina Ireland, Tessa Gratton
Strong and proud? You betcha. These five authors write and speak boldly about why it’s so important to champion female voices in fiction and beyond. Their characters may not be perfect—or even that dreaded word, “likable”—but they stand for something. And so do the authors behind the books.
Teens Take the Big Screen Tour!
Featuring: Victoria Aveyard, Ranson Riggs, Kiera Cass, Sabaa Tahir, Rainbow Rowell
Wouldn’t it be super-cool if these awesome authors hit the road, and filled the theaters, with sneak peeks of their upcoming adaptations? They could spill about dream casts, adaptation angst, and, of course, what they plan to wear to the premiere.
Featuring: Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, Coe Booth, E. Lockhart, Alexis Bass
When it comes to contemporary, these ladies are the real deal. Their work hits a broad spectrum of experiences from across teendom, while centering on the art of character-building and true-to-life storytelling. Plus, there are some impossible love triangles in their books. We’re looking at you, Jenny Han.
Something Witchy Tour
Featuring: Valerie Tejeda, Virginia Boecker, Susan Dennard, Danielle Paige
It’s The Craft come to life! These four lovelies have plenty to say about about strong females, power struggles and magic, so what’s not to love? From a twisted 16th-century England to Hollywood to an upside-down Oz to a world ruled by witches, we’d let this coven take us anywhere.
The Teen Screamers Tour
Featuring: Courtney Alameda, Kim Liggett, Danielle Vega, Dia Reeves, Katie Alender, Kendare Blake
Dead girls, mean girls, prophecies, ghosts, goblins, and other creeptastic fears come to life? Bring it! I’d imagine this set after midnight and featuring plenty of things that go bump in the night, so don’t go alone! Champions of the deliciously creepy, these authors are bringing new levels of shriekery to teen horror.
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The Badass Ladies of YA Fantasy Tour
Featuring: Ellen Oh, Renee Ahdieh, Sabaa Tahir, Marie Lu, Alaya Dawn Johnson
Talk about a dream line-up, featuring fast-paced, action-packed, edge-of-your-seat drama with strong females taking the lead (and taking names!). These fantasy all-stars have lots to discuss about world-building, good and evil, and creating diverse, delicious fantasy.
It’s the ’80s, Ladies!
Featuring: Judy Blume, Ann M. Martin, Francine Pascal
Okay, so this one is a real long shot. But how cool would it be to revel in company of the old-school masters, the authors of childhood faves like Forever, the Baby-sitters Club series, and Sweet Valley High? Imagine the stories they’d share. I’m swooning just thinking about it.