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Greater Rochester Teen Book Fest returns at a new venue September 24

This month, the Greater Rochester Teen Book Fest (TBF) will return with a new location, a roster of authors, talks, and activities. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester. The doors will open at 9:00 a.m.

This year’s TBF will bring back Rochester’s annual celebration of youth in our literary communities and the writers who write for them, complete with festival T-shirts made by a local student and walk-up music for the authors’ lineup.

TBF, which is now in its 15th year, promotes reading by linking youth with writers to encourage and support leisure reading. The event is free and accessible to the public, with lectures and panel discussions throughout the day, including renowned young-adult writers. In addition, attendees will get the opportunity to meet their favorite authors and network with other young readers and writers. The majority of this year’s activities will take place in Frontier Field’s open-air areas and corridors.

“We’re excited to bring the face-to-face format of the festival back, as there’s nothing quite like having that direct interaction,” TBF Board President Kenya Malcolm said. “The virtual 2021 festival was a safe way for attendees to enjoy the experience from their home or school, but this year, the authors are looking forward to connecting with their fans and teen readers and writers in person.”

TBF 2022 will offer breakout sessions, seminars, and publisher booths geared to encouraging author, reader, and writer participation. Hipocampo Books, this year’s TBF-exclusive bookstore, will have festival writers’ books available for purchase and signing. The listed writers’ works are also available in local libraries. During the event, you can buy other official TBF items like festival T-shirts. You can also get special online gear at greater-rochester-teen-book-festival.myshopify.com.

The event is free and open to the public, but school bus registration is recommended. Visit http://teenbookfest.org to learn more about the festival, including the schedule of events, the authors who will be there, and ways to volunteer.

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