North Texas Teen Book Festival Returns

Teen literature fans, hang onto your bookmarks – popular authors will rain down on Irving this April for the second annual North Texas Teen Book Festival (NTTBF).

Seventy five of teen lit’s best-selling authors and popular novelists, along with thousands of their fans, will pack the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., for the biggest book festival in the region, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 23. At the event, readers can purchase novels, attend panels and have books signed by authors including: James Dashner (“The Maze Runner”), Ally Carter (“Embassy Row series”), E. Lockhart (“We Were Liars”), Gayle Forman (“I Was Here”), Sarah Dessen (“Saint Anything”), and Libba Bray (“The Diviners”). Attendees also can learn about podcasting and BookTubing at panels featuring local and internationally known online broadcasters.

After an outpouring of interest from the educator community and adult readers of young-adult (YA) literature, event organizers added a symposium for teachers and a ticketed YA author luncheon on April 22. Last year, teachers and librarians from Irving and the surrounding cities joined forces to organize the NTTBF. It has quickly become one of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premiere literary events, solidifying Irving Public Library’s reputation as the region’s hub for YA author visits.


  • April 22 | YA Author Luncheon
    noon to 1 p.m. | Tickets are available for purchase at
    Adult fans of YA literature are invited to a special event featuring conversations with authors E. Lockhart, Sarah Dessen and Ruta Sepetys. 
  • April 22 | Educator Symposium
    1 to 4 p.m. | Registration is required. | Free
    Teachers, librarians and educators are welcome to attend an afternoon of accredited workshops entitled “Books, Books, Books: A Symposium for Educators @ NTTBF,” sponsored by Sam Houston State University and Region 10 and 11 Educational Service Centers. For details visit
  • April 23 | North Texas Teen Book Festival
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Free
    The public can attend author panels and book signings featuring more than 75 novelists, in addition to BookTubing and podcasting workshops. For the full line-up, visit

Parking at the Irving Convention Center is $5 per vehicle. Visit and the festival’s social media channels (@NTTBFest) to get the latest updates.

Presented by City of Irving

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