“We’re Going to Act Out Each Other’s Books:” Teen Authors Unite for YA #BNAuthorEvent

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Art by Grant Lindahl

On Friday, March 20, YA authors David Levithan, Cathleen Davitt Bell, Heather Demetrios, Tanuja Hidier, Kathryn Holmes, Scott Westerfeld, Holly Black, and Kevin Emerson gathered in the Union Square Barnes & Noble in Manhattan for an NYC Teen Author Festival event.

David Levithan jumped up on stage first, announcing, “We’re going to act out each other’s books. Remember, the bar for authors acting should be set very low.”

For the next hour, the gang read aloud from Levithan’s Hold Me Closer, Davitt Bell’s I Remember You, Demetrios’s I’ll Meet You There, Emerson’s Breakout, Holmes’s The Distance Between Lost and Found, Westerfeld’s Afterworlds, Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest, and Desai Hidier’s Bombay BluesThey laughed, the swore, they danced, and they acted—pretty well! From the photos and illustrations below, you can tell how much fun they had—and how much fun the audience had. Don’t miss the next #BNAuthorEvent—contact your local store to see who will be stopping by next.

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Holly Demetrios reading with Kevin Emerson


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Kevin Emerson, Heather Demetrios, Cathleen Davitt Bell, and Kathryn Holmes / Art by Grant Lindahl


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David Levithan and Tanuja Desai Hidier


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All of the authors participated in a group chat of, “We are the parade of ex-boyfriends!” from Levithan’s HOLD ME CLOSER / Art by Grant Lindahl


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Kevin Emerson, Kathryn Holmes, Tanuja Desai Hidier


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Heather Demetrios, David Levithan, Tanuja Desai Hidier / Art by Grant Lindahl


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Holly Black, Scott Westerfeld, David Levithan, Cathleen Davitt Bell, Kathryn Holmes, and Heather Demetrios




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