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Heck YA! Book Fest

HECK YA IS AT CAPACITY, AND WE ARE CONSEQUENTLY NO LONGER REGISTERING GUESTS. We invite you to the store on the day of the festival at 5:30 pm, when all participating authors will be signing copies of their books.


Want to meet some of the newest and most inspiring writers of young adult fiction? Heck YA! We thought so.

Main Street Books presents Heck YA! a book festival for young readers. Join 17 authors of middle grade and young adult fiction for an afternoon of campy literary delight in Davidson, NC.

Readers begin the afternoon with a camp-style assembly with keynote from author Gillian McDunn. Following the opening assembly, readers then attend three 50-minute author panels for lively discussions on themes and writing. The afternoon concludes with a closing ceremony and sign-around during which all 17 authors will be available to sign copies of books purchased from Main Street Books. Throughout the afternoon, attendees will be eligible to win book and swag giveaways.

We invite readers who are rising fifth graders and older to attend. Heck YA! is free, but attendees must register by deadline.

Gail Shepherd: The True History of Lyndie B Hawkins
Malayna Evans: Jagger Jones and the Mummy's Ankh
Mariama J. Lockington: For Black Girls Like Me
Gillian McDunn: Caterpillar Summer
Rajani LaRocca: Midsummer's Mayhem
Karen Strong: Just South of Home
Alicia D. Williams: Genesis Begins Again
Carrie Ryan: Daughter of Deep Silence, Map to Everywhere series
Nicole Panteleakos: Planet Earth Is Blue
Mason Deaver: I Wish You All the Best
Joan He: Descendant of the Crane
Jodie Lynn Zdrok: Spectacle
Amalie Jahn: The Next to Last Mistake
Amber Smith: Something Like Gravity
Megan Miranda: Come Find Me
Jaye Robin Brown: The Meaning of Birds

Earlier Event: July 27
Sensory Stories with Miss Rikki
Later Event: July 31
Tunes & Tales with Jamie