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Posted on: February 12, 2020

North Texas Teen Book Festival Returns March 6-7

Teens stand with an author at an Alamo Draft House event for NTTBF 2019.

Eager readers from across North Texas will descend on the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., for the sixth annual North Texas Teen Book Festival (NTTBF). The Irving-born festival has become one of the city’s premier events. In 2019, more than 14,000 teenagers attended, and this year organizers expect an even larger crowd.

This year’s lineup is packed with A-list authors, exciting newcomers to the writing world and YouTubers. Middle Grade Keynotes include Soman Chainani (“The School for Good and Evil” series) in conversation with “Dork Diaries” duo Nikki and Renée Russell. Nicola Yoon (“The Sun is Also a Star”) and Sarah Dessen (“The Rest of the Story”) return to take part in the Young Adult Keynote conversation. Also scheduled to attend are John Green (“Let It Snow” and “The Fault in Our Stars”), graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier (“Guts”), Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine series), Marie Lu (“The Kingdom of Back”) and Ruta Sepetys (“The Fountains of Silence”).

The NTTBF Film Fest returns to Alamo Drafthouse at Toyota Music Factory with several titles that have been turned into movies. Films include “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” and “Let it Snow,” a holiday romance based on stories by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle.

Educator Day is March 6. This year, teachers and administrators can register to hear special keynotes delivered by Neal Shusterman (“The Toll”) and Pam Muñoz Ryan (“Mañanaland”). There also are a number of special guests and panels planned.

NTTBF is supported by the Irving Public Library and the Friends of the Irving Public Library. Parking for the event is $10 per vehicle. The Dallas Area Rapid Transit Orange Line stops at the Las Colinas Convention Center Station. Follow @NTTBF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates. For more information, visit NTTBF.com or call (972) 721-4612.

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