Young Adult Novelist Convention (YANovCon) 2017

Join Us for YANovCon on Saturday, January 28th!

Panel of authors at YANovCon 2015.
Panel of authors at YANovCon 2015.

Our second annual Young Adult Novelist Convention (YANovCon) is just around the corner on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 1-5 pm at the Millbrae Library! YANovCon is your exclusive connection to some of today's top authors of books for middle and high school youth (and everyone else who can appreciate these amazing talents).

Can’t make it to this program? We’ll be live-streaming the event on the San Mateo County Libraries Facebook page.

This free half-day celebration includes panel discussions, author hangouts, and book signings with the following YA novelists (and more!): Neal Shusterman, Andrew Smith, Jessica Brody, Mariko Tamaki, Alexis Bass, Martha Brockenbrough, I.W. Gregorio, Ann Jacobus, Stephanie Kuehn, Sara Elizabeth Santana, Stacey Lee, Gordon Jack, Lindsay Holland, B.T. Gottfred, and Gretchen McNeil. Stay in touch with us and receive the latest author updates by following #YANovCon on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

This year we're excited to partner with NAMI of San Mateo County to provide information and resources about teen mental health. Join us for the opening keynote presentation that will include personal accounts and a discussion with our authors that focuses on mental health issues for teens.

RSVP to attend YANovCon 2017 and be entered for a chance to win free books! We encourage carpooling and using public transit. All those who do so will have an additional chance to get free books.

Enter Our Teen Poster Contest

YA Author, Ann Jacobus, spending one-on-one time with YANovCon attendee.
YA Author, Ann Jacobus, spending one-on-one time with YANovCon attendee.

San Mateo County Libraries and the National Alliance on Mental Illness - San Mateo County (NAMI) recognize that mental illness affects all of us in one way or another. With 1 in 5 youth experiencing a mental health disorder, we all know someone experiencing difficulties, such as anxiety or depression. It is important to hear these stories and let those who are struggling with these issues know that they are not alone.

We're asking any 6th-12th graders in San Mateo County to create an eye-catching poster that reminds teens "you are not alone" and provides information on support networks for those in mental distress. Visit our submission page for contest details. Submissions are being accepted in-person at your local San Mateo County Libraries and online through February 25, 2017.

Say Thanks to Those Who Make YANovCon Possible

YANovCon 2015 staff and volunteers.
YANovCon 2015 staff and volunteers.

This very special event is possible through a special collaboration of the Burlingame, Daly City, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Mateo City, San Mateo County, and South San Francisco Libraries. Books will be available to purchase on site thanks to Books Inc.

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