YALC 2018: Best Time Ever!

Young Adult Literature Convention 2018 with Fika Lounge and In Literature We Trust

 

Now that I’ve had a few days to organise my thoughts, (and book haul) I thought I’d give you my thoughts on the first ever book convention I’ve had the pleasure of attending.

The idea to go to YALC originated from Hannah, one of the many brains behind Fika Lounge. One way to really strengthen the joint venture would be to meet various authors and readers alike!

The Young Adult Literature Convention, (more popularly known as YALC) is a convention that started in 2013, and has been going strong ever since. The past weekend was the con’s fifth iteration, and boy was it worth it. Due to work, I was only able to visit on the final day, (Sunday) but boy, did it feel like the first day.

 

Arriving early and yet still so many people about!

 

fika lounge yalc tote bag

 

 

 

At first, it was overwhelming. Everywhere you would look there was a publishing house in booths that easily held my body-weight in books. It was true heaven. However, it was nearly impossible to pick a place to start. Thankfully, that option was made for me – out of the blue I saw one of my old university classmates working with the publisher! After that, it was easy to get into the swing of things.

 

 

 

Thankfully, my YALC experience wasn’t just going from one booth to another picking up the most interesting books. Many authors had taken their time to come to the convention and host panels about various subjects. The panel that me, Hannah, and Martin sat in was chaired by Akemi Dawn Bowman, Eve Ainsworth, Holly Bourne, Lisa Williamson & Lydia Ruffles. They spoke about their writing process, their most recent novels, and hard issues that effect young adults. Personally, I found it very refreshing to see. In any medium, it’s very easy for the creator to be seen as a standalone work, and the actual message/original intentions of the author to be lost in the work. So, to have such a candid conversation with various authors about the struggles of young adults, and how it’s explored in their books was super refreshing.

It wasn’t just all panels, however.

There were various promotional events that everyone were welcome to take part of. The activity that sticks out the most was a huge chalk-type wall had been set up, and the objective was to write down our favourite character in any sci-fi/fantasy series and why. Needless to say, by the time I got to it, the wall was almost filled! But nonetheless was still fun to leave my mark. (I chose Alice from Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, btw.)

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Ultimately, I loved YALC.

It was such a unique experience, and for someone who lives outside of London, it was fun to visit! I had a fantastic time, met fantastic authors, and of course, got the best books that I can’t wait to review for you all!

book haul yalc

Sneak peek of what’s in store 😉

Until next time,

Ben

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