Interactives & Exhibitors

Last year we introduced the iTent, an interactive, outdoor space that offered more opportunities for you to get up close and interact with your favorite authors through small audience activities and Ask Me Anything sessions (AMAs).

This year we bring you Studio Create, a new exhibitor tent focusing on creative opportunities with local organizations for our festivalgoers. Stop by and have some fun with your creative side.

Studio Create Exhibitors and Featured Friends


Join presenting Festival sponsor H-E-B for an interactive video green-screen experience with Bibliotech and learn more about the 90-Second Newbury Film contest!

Penguin Teen

Grab some giveaways and snap a photo with the Miss Peregrine Interactive Photo Wall. Don’t forget to sign up for the Penguin’s Cover Design Contest while you’re there! Find out more below in the full iTent schedule.

Mexic-Arte Museum

Austin’s Mexic-Arte Museum is breaking out the screen-printing tools! Stop by and screen print your own original TTBF posters and images!

Austin Book Arts Center

Making books is like making magic! Visit the ABAC booth for a quick and cool make-and-take craft and learn about their teen programs!

Austin ISD Schools & Libraries

Stop by for some freebies, a creative opportunity or two, and to learn more about how much AISD  loves reading!

Austin Public Library

Stop by for an artistic brain break with APL and create your own bookmark APL Teen Library Council!

Typewriter Rodeo

Austin’s own Typewriter Rodeo will be at it again! Come by and have an original poem written for you or a friend on their oh-so-retro typewriters!

Barrio Writers

Barrio Writers is back with Zines! Take some time out of your day to design and create your own mini-zine and give voice to your voice with publication!

Full iTent Schedule

Print-friendly schedule
8:15 – 9:00

Book Blogger / Booktuber Meetup with Xander from @ForeverBookish

Bloggers and booktubers are invited to start their #TTBF with fellow book enthusiasts! Chat about your favorite books, share tips and tricks, and meet new like-minded book nerds.

9:15 – 10:00

Book Talks in the iTent

BookPeople’s Griffin Mauser will share favorite books and go-to recommendations for YA of all genres.

11:15 – 11:45

Ask Me Anything: Crossing the Author/Editor Divide with Leila Sales and David Levithan

They’re authors. They’re editors. And they’re here together to answer any questions you might have about the path to publication—from either side of the fence!

12:15 – 1:00

Create Your Own Epic Tale with Ngozi Ukazu

Come let your creative juices flow in this graphic storybuilding workshop led by graphic novelist Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please!: #Hockey). Space is limited to the first 50 attendees, so don’t be late!

2:20 – 3:05

Penguin Teen Presents: Cover Design Challenge

Want to know what goes into making a book jump off the shelves? Give it a shot in this challenge where teams will create book ideas and cover designs to be judged by Penguin Teen authors. Space is limited to the first 50 attendees, so visit the Penguin booth in the Alumni Gym to pick up your ticket in advance. May the odds be ever in your bookish favor!

3:30 – 4:00

Ask Me Anything: We Need Diverse Books’ Cynthia Leitich Smith with Nic Stone and Mark Oshiro

A WNDB sponsored session about heroism, relate-ability, and the identity intersections of YA readers, writers, and characters with Cynthia Leitich Smith (Hearts Unbroken), Nic Stone (Odd One Out), and Mark Oshiro (Anger Is a Gift).

4:10 – 4:40

Ask Me Anything: Writing as a Method of Healing with Rios de la Luz & Lilliam Rivera

Join us for a Red Salmon Arts-sponsored session about healing and writing with Rios de la Luz (Itzá) and Lilliam Rivera (The Education of Margot Sanchez).

 4:45 – 5:15

Ask Me Anything: Bookstagrammers with Bookisglee and Storied.adventures

Join us for a lively discussion with Texas bookstagrammers Lauren of @storied.adventures and Mariana of @bookisglee as they talk about starting your bookstagram, growing your audience, and the ins and outs of gushing about your favorite characters, fandoms, and books online!  

5:15 – 5:45 Let’s Have Cake!
It’s our birthday! Come help us celebrate an amazing 10 years of TTBF fun in the iTent. While supplies last.