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Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival, May 14

  • Published: April 05, 2011


  • Sixth Annual Teen Book Festival at Nazareth College
  • May 14, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Meet dozens of featured authors and manga illustrators

For More Information

Contact Stephanie Squicciarini at the Fairport Public Library at (585) 223-9091

Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival, May 14

Nazareth College gets ready to roll out the red carpet for thousands of teens as they come together to meet their favorite authors at this year’s TBF: The 6th  Annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival.  If you love to read literature which shocks you while it comforts you, embraces you while it confuses you, worries you while it inspires you, this is an event you will not want to miss!  Nazareth will host this free day-long celebration that will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Nazareth is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y., 14618. For more information visit or contact Stephanie Squicciarini at the Fairport Public Library at (585) 223-9091.

TBF will bring teens face-to-face with 28 award-winning authors and manga illustrators from across the nation and Canada. Attendees will be able to meet and ask questions of their favorite authors and manga illustrators as well as introduce themselves to new ones. The festival opens with a panel with all authors together and then continues with special breakout sessions designed to promote interaction with readers and writers. Teens will also have the chance to attend an autographing session with books available for purchase through Barnes and Noble.

Featured authors and manga illustrators include James L. Barry, Charles Benoit, Josh Berk, Heather Brewer, Ally Carter, Selene Castrovilla, Svetlana Chmakova, Mark Crilley, Melissa de la Cruz, Shannon Delany, Carl Deuker, Kathleen Duey, Beth Fantaskey, Garret Freymann-Weyr, Julie Halpern, Rachel Hawkins, Ellen Hopkins, Patrick Jones, Melissa Kantor, Jackie Morse Kessler, A.S. King, Eric Luper, Torrey Maldonado, Shari Maurer, Elizabeth Scott, Jon Skovron, Charles R. Smith, Jr., and Terry Trueman.  For more information about all of the TBF authors, visit

Teens can sometimes be overlooked in libraries with much attention, money, and resources given to children and adults. To counter that, a committee of Public and School Librarians across two counties has created a positive, cooperative opportunity dedicated to this age group.  TBF: the Sixth Annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival is a day-long celebration featuring authors who write specifically for teens. TBF will be held at Nazareth College on Saturday, May 14, 2011, 9:00am-5:00pm.

In addition to the opportunity to meet authors, teens will also enjoy music provided by local teens, including a special performance by Mercy High School’s Show Choir, watch movies featured in the Rochester Teen Film Festival, take part in mini acting and writing workshops, and more!  Special Festival T-Shirts and other merchandise will be available for purchase during the event and Barnes and Noble will handle book sales.  Lunch, snacks, and beverages will also be available for purchase.  The day will conclude with a special autographing session with the authors.  This sixth annual event dedicated to teens is open to everyone and free thanks to our partnering sponsors, personal contributors, and fundraisers. 

Sponsors of TBF include Nazareth College, Barnes and Noble, Woodcliff Hotel and Spa, Tops, Fairport Central School District, Rush Henrietta High School, DKI Acting Academy, Spatola Party Rental, Rochester Area Literacy Council (RALC), Rochester Area School Librarians (RASL), Moonlight Creamery, MetLife Rochester, Snap Custom Screen Printing & Embroidery, Artistic Ambitions, Linzercola Designs, Xerox, and the following publishers: Amulet Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Disney-Hyperion, and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.  Books for all of the Festival authors are available at local public or school libraries and for purchase at local Barnes and Noble stores. For more detailed information, visit or contact Teen Book Festival Founder, Stephanie Squicciarini, Teen Services Librarian at the Fairport Public Library (585-223-9091).


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