NoVa TEEN Book Festival canceled amid coronavirus spread

The celebration of young adult literature was set to take place this weekend.

 

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Dear NoVa TEEN supporter, The NoVa TEEN Book Festival Committee is saddened to announce the cancelation of the festival this year. Our priority, as a festival, has been to create a transformative, positive and safe environment for all of our participants. With the recent spread of COVID-19 to the Northern Virginia, Maryland and DC Metro areas, we are unable to ensure that all of our authors, volunteers, exhibitors, staff and attendees will be safe at the festival this weekend. To everyone who has made NoVa TEEN a yearly part of your lives, to everyone who has shared your excitement with us, we are so very sorry to cancel this year. Canceling the festival is going to have a significant impact on all of our amazing authors. Conventions and festivals are a crucial part of an author’s chance to meet new readers and build new fans for their incredible stories. We’d encourage you to connect with our authors on social media and share their books as widely as you can. As readers and educators and librarians, our voices are a powerful tool in helping authors to continue to write and publish and share their incredible stories. Also, please buy their books! One More Page Books welcomes your orders, and the NoVa TEEN book festival ordering pages will stay up to help you to discover new authors and explore their fantastic books. One More Page will be giving away free ARCs and swag with NoVa TEEN orders as long as supplies last! Mark your calendars: NoVa TEEN Book Festival will be back at Marshall High School next year on March 20, 2021. We’re already planning and dreaming and we cannot wait to see you all again next Spring. Sincerely, Kelly Dwyer, Hallie Jackson, Aryn Dagirmanjian, Krissy Ronan, Isaiah West, and Lelia Nebeker

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As the prominent novel COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the DMV, the country and the rest of the globe, the committee of the NoVa Teen Book Festival, which was approaching its seventh year, has officially announced the cancellation of the affair, which was set to take place on Saturday, March 14.  

The annual festival consists of breakout sessions, lectures and book signings with prominent authors from across the country, as a celebration of young adult literature.

According to an emailed statement from events coordinator Amber Taylor, the festival team is unable to ensure a transformative, positive and safe environment for all participants as a result of the virus. 

“To everyone who has made NoVa TEEN a yearly part of your lives, to everyone who has shared your excitement with us, we are so very sorry to cancel this year,” the statement read. “Canceling the festival is going to have a significant impact on all of our amazing authors. Conventions and festivals are a crucial part of an author’s chance to meet new readers and build new fans for their incredible stories.” 

The staff of the now-canceled festival is encouraging all avid readers, educators and librarians to reach out to the 33 expected authors on their own to hear their stories, and gain insight into the writers’ minds. 

The festival has already scheduled for next year, on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

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