A Special Pre-TTBF Author Event Opportunity with Renée Ahdieh, David Arnold, & Sabaa Tahir!

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema penguinteen


A Special #TTBF Screening of

The Outsiders

The Outsiders

featuring Penguin Teen Authors Sabaa Tahir, David Arnold, and Renée Ahdieh

For the first time ever, #TTBF is partnering with Austin’s own Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for a very special pre-TTBF event!

On the evening of Friday, September 30, the Texas Teen Book Festival, Alamo South Lamar, and Penguin Teen will host a very special screening of The Outsiders, the 1983 film adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s YA classic.

Penguin authors Sabaa Tahir, David Arnold, and Renée Ahdieh will join the exclusive event for a Q&A with Sarah Pitre from Drafthouse and Forever YA and chat about The Outsiders, a seminal work of the YA genre, and its special spot in their hearts as writers for a young adult audience.

Of course, all of that is pretty amazing already, but there’s more!

A Chance to Win…

By purchasing a ticket for the film screening, you are automatically entered for a chance to win a spot at our TTBF Author Social, where you can meet, talk, rub elbows with some of the TTBF 2016 authors, and get answers to those questions you’ve been dying to ask!

Yes, you read that correctly. Winners will get VIP access to 2016 TTBF Authors! Winners will be notified via email with super secret details about the event.

Wait! Books! What about the books?!

BookPeople will be on hand with pre-signed copies of Tahir, Arnold, and Ahdieh’s books, including A Torch Against the Night, The Wrath and the Dawn, Kids of Appetite, Mosquitoland,The Rose and the Dagger and An Ember in the Ashes. Purchase a copy and you’ll receive a VIP line jump pass for their signing session at the Festival the next day. In addition, every movie ticket holder will receive an exclusive Penguin Teen Swag Bag!

Event Information:

Ticket Price: $25

Location: Alamo South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd,

Date: Friday, September 30, 2016

Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with Q&A before the movie

Purchase tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2600001

Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.


Mindy Kaling to speak at TTBF 2016!!!

A Conversation with Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling, creator and star of the critically acclaimed series “The Mindy Project,” will join this year’s stellar lineup of authors at the 2016 Texas Teen Book Festival on Saturday, October 1 at St. Edwards University. Kaling will discuss both of her comedic memoirs with Sarah Pitre of Alamo Drafthouse and Forever YA Book Club.

Admission to Kaling’s discussion is free and on a first-come and first-served basis.
It will take place at 10:15 a.m. at the St. Edward’s University Recreation and Convocation Center (RCC).

Framed around a question central to the teen experience, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), will be available for purchase beginning at 8 a.m. at the St. Edward’s Alumni Gym along with copies of the new paperback edition of her follow-up bestseller Why Not Me? 

Kaling will sign copies for the first 250 people that purchase a book.

Before “The Mindy Project,” Mindy was best known for her work on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning NBC show “The Office.” In addition to directing, producing, and portraying celebrity-obsessed Kelly Kapoor, Mindy wrote 18 episodes of the series, including the Emmy nominated episode “Niagra.”

In 2011, Mindy penned the comedic memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns), which continues to be featured on New York Times’ and USA Today’s best-seller lists. The coming-of-age, teen-friendly memoir invites readers on a tour of Mindy’s life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood. Her 2015 follow-up, Why Not Me? turns from the insecurities of her youth to the even more profound concerns of being a single thirty-something. 

Mark your calendars now!

Texas Teen Book Festival 2016
Saturday, October 1 at St. Edward’s University, Austin

Festival Store Hours: 8AM to 6PM on 10/1 in the St. Edward’s Alumni Gym

Mindy Kaling Book Signing: 8:30 AM to 10AM
(for first 250 people to purchase one of her books at the Festival Store)

A Conversation with Mindy Kaling — 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, #TTBF is always FREE and open to everyone!

Congratulations to our 2016 #TTBF Delacorte Fiction Contest Winners!!

We are proud to congratulate this year’s winners of the

logo_delacorteFiction Writing Contest!

Lily S. for Glory and Metal
Layla P. for The Rose Alliance, and
Sabrina H. for King of Monsters

These young writers will receive $150 and guidance and critique from a Delacorte editor.

Thank you to all of the young writers who submitted to the 2016 contest! We loved reading your stories and can’t wait to see more great writing from our Texas teens!

The contest will be back next year! Information and entry requirements will be announced in the spring.

Until then, keep writing!


Are you ready for the Throwdown?

Once again the infamous Texas Throwdown Game Show will ruthlessly pit TTBF author against TTBF author in a hair-raising, death-defying battle for the ages to determine which team will do the dance of VICTORY and which team must suffer inglorious defeat! This year six worthy authors will brave the gladiatorial arena.

Sabaa Tahir
Rene S. Perez II
David Arnold
Caleb Roehrig
E.K. Johnston
& Jeffery Self


As Marcus Aurelius once said,“What we do now echoes in eternity.”

In other words, this game just got REAL.

So, will they astound everyone with their knowledge of past and present in an epic battle of AD vs. BC? Will they prove themselves true citizens of our 21st century world of viral memes and Pokémon Go? Or will we have to send them back to ancient times because that’s where they truly belong?

This year we have spared no expense to bring you the one, the only King of Camp Half-Blood Topher Bradfield as our Master MC aided by his very untrustworthy sidekick, Emperor Nero!

Echoing Cicero’s ancient words, his only advice to these worthy competitors is: “Give yourself to the people. Entrust yourself to the Games.”

May the best authors win.