YA Day 2019

YA Day is back in 2019! We’re thrilled to announce that the event will take place on Saturday 9th February from 10am – 4pm at the Wheeler Centre, in partnership with Writers Victoria. With five epic panels and fifteen incredible authors, it’s going to be an unmissable day.

Book your tickets here.

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From the queen of creeps, Sarah Epstein, the fantastic Fleur Ferris, and Adult and YA author Anna Snoekstra, find out how to give readers nightmares in the best possible way.

IMG_2926 Sarah Epstein is an author, illustrator and designer who grew up in suburban Sydney and now lives in Melbourne with her husband, two sons and a doggo called Luna.

After achieving a design degree and enjoying a 25-year graphic design career, Sarah returned to her first loves of writing and illustrating. Her debut novel Small Spaces, a YA psychological thriller, was shortlisted for The Readings Young Adult Book Prize.


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Fleur Ferris spent sixteen years working in Police and Ambulance Services in Victoria and South Australia before her debut, Risk, was published by Penguin Random House Australia in 2015. Risk was nominated and won numerous awards, was published internationally and became an Australian Top 10 Bestseller. Risk was adapted to stage by a secondary school in Sweden and that adaptation, Risk: the play, is licensed and available to schools and drama clubs. Fleur’s second book, Black, came out in 2016 and quickly became Australia’s number one bestselling YA “new release” of 2016 and was optioned for film. Wreck, Fleur’s third crime thriller for young adults, was released in 2017. Found, another action thriller, will be released in July, 2018. Fleur has recently undertaken studies in screenwriting, is co-writing the screenplay adaptation of Black and is working on her next novel which will be released in July 2019.


IMG_2923Anna Snoekstra was born in Canberra, Australia to two civil servants. At the age of seventeen, she decided to avoid a full-time job and a steady wage to move to Melbourne and become a writer. She studied Creative Writing and Cinema at The University of Melbourne, followed by Screenwriting at RMIT University.

After finishing university, Anna wrote for independent films and fringe theatre and directed music videos. During this time, she worked as a cheesemonger, a waitress, a Christmas elf, a nanny, a receptionist, a cinema attendant and a film reviewer.

Anna now writes novels, teaches storytelling at RMIT University and Co-ordinates the Write Club at 100 Story Building. Her non-fiction has appeared in The Guardian, Filmme Fatales and she is a regular contributor to Lindsay. Her first novel Only Daughter was released in 2016, and is currently in the works to be turned into a feature film with Universal Pictures. Her second, the acclaimed Little Secrets, was released in 2017. Her first novel for Young Adults, the best selling Mercy Point, is out now.Read More »

PRODUCT COLLABORATION REVEAL

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve teamed up with Nook & Burrow to create three new products that allow you to have a tiny piece of The YA Room in your very own home!

We’ve been working together over the past few months to create two soy wax candles and a recycled, handmade bookmark. We’re so excited to finally share these products with you, and we hope you love them as much as we do.

Grab your candle and bookmark today from Nook & Burrow and receive 15% off when you use the code YAROOM15 at the checkout! Happy shopping.

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Pride Picnic

We’re hosting a Pride Picnic in celebration of Pride Month! Come along for an afternoon of feasting on rainbow-coloured food (and Oreos, duh) and talking about all your favourite queer YA novels.

We’ll be meeting at the top of Fed Square (near ACMI), and if it’s raining or cold, we’ll be moving inside The Atrium. Please bring a rug and something yum to share! Bonus points if it’s cake. Everyone loves cake.

We hope to see you there!

Grab a ticket here!

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May Book Meet

Today we hosted our May Book Meet, where we were joined by a bunch of passionate Melbourne YA readers to discuss our Book of the Month, I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman. As usual, we had a lovely afternoon that involved drinking coffee, talking about fandoms, and swooning over the gorgeous characters in this novel.

We’re already looking forward to our next Book Meet, where we’ll be discussing A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews. It’s going to be great! Free tickets will be released soon, so make sure you keep an eye out on our social media platforms.

Whether you’ve been to a ton of our Book Meets before or you’re interested in coming along for the first time, we’d love to see you there!


A Thousand Perfect Notes

36389267An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it? 


Order your copy of A Thousand Perfect Notes from Dymocks, Booktopia, or Book Depository.

And for everyone who’s not in Melbourne, we also host a monthly Twitter chat the Monday before our official Book Meet. #YARoomChat is an hour-long conversation about our current Book of the Month – and there are no spoilers, so don’t worry if you haven’t finished the book yet!Read More »

What’s Been Happening in the World of YA?

How are we already more than a quarter of the way through the year? These past three months have absolutely flown by, full of amazing launches, brilliant events, and more books than we can keep track of without Goodreads’s help. So we want to celebrate everything we’ve done in 2018 so far!

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Penguin Showcase

What an incredible night! We both had such an amazing time at the Penguin Showcase last year, where we heard all about the upcoming YA novels we could get our hands on, but this year the showcase was even more of anticipated event. And that’s because we got to see Love, Simon! Eleni Hale and Margot McGovern were also in attendance, and it was lovely to get a chance to chat with them. Love, Simon was definitely the highlight of the night though — we laughed, we cried, and we ate more Oreos than we probably should have. It was amazing.


YA Day

At the end of January, we had our most anticipated bookish event that we’d been planning for over six months — YA Day. YA Day was a one day bookish convention, where we had four panels, thirteen guest panelists, and over 80 people in attendance! We’d never done something as ambitious as this event, but we couldn’t be more thrilled with how the day turned out and the amount of support we received. We can’t wait for YA Day 2019!

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YA DAY

Are you ready for our most exciting announcement since we told y’all that we were going to be taking over the Melbourne YA bookish scene with our monthly meet ups and online chats?

Are you ready to hear about the best YA event in Melbourne this January?

Are you ready for…

OUR VERY FIRST YA DAY

That’s right! We’ve been hinting about doing something like this for a while now, and we’re so thrilled to announce that we’re doing our first one-day festival. We’re showcasing not only some of your favourite Aussie authors, but also some of Australia’s best booktubers and bloggers!

It’s going to be a full day of discussions and Q&As, and there are a ton of bookish prizes to be won! Refreshments will be provided.


Schedule

11.00: Arrive

11.15 – 12.00: Panel 1: Booktube Brilliance

12.15 – 1.00: Panel 2: Teens to the Front

1.00 – 1.20: Lunch

1.30 – 2.15: Panel 3: Aussie Authors

2.30 – 3.15: Panel 4: Insights from the Industry

3.30: End


We hope you’re as excited for this amazing day as we are! Please scroll down for more information about the four panels, and who our fantastic panelists will be.

UPDATE: We’ve just released more tickets to YA Day! Grab yours here.

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Panel 1: Booktube Brilliance

Chami | ReadLikeWildfire

19400442_1896401707243376_7124524802373569085_oChami is an twenty year-old BookTuber at ‘ReadLikeWildFire’ (Soon to be called ‘IsThatChami’) who spends most of her time in a small little corner of the internet, harbouring copious amounts of books and unhealthy reading habits. After all the whining and crying about fictional characters that happened in her youth, Chami decided in late 2014 that enough was enough. So she looked to the joys of YouTube for people who understood her pain and immense love for literature, and alas, she found a home.

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Lily | LilyCReads

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Lily is a a 19 year old booktuber, who has been making book related videos for about a year and a half.

She reviews books she’s recently read, as well as create a variety of book related content on her YouTube channel.

YouTube | Twitter | Instagram

Piéra Forde

PieraForde4TNPiéra Forde is a BookTuber, actor and animal enthusiast who is known for her honest, quirky book reviews and book to screen adaptations of some popular YA books.

After spending most of her childhood with her face stuck in a book and no one to talk with about them, Piéra took to YouTube to share her love of all things fantasy and since then has amassed a large following of other bookworms with similar passions.

YouTube | Twitter | Instagram

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Panel 2: Teens to the Front

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Lissa is an avid reader with “Nevernight” by Jay Kristoff, Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, Akarnae by Lynette Noni and the Fairyland series by Catherynne M. Valente among her favourites.

She is a passionate fan of Hamilton and Sofia the First. She also spends way too much time stalking people on Twitter.

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Sam Barnes

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Sam Barnes is a recent year-twelve graduate who is most noted for his sarcasm, self-deprecation and sass. When not procrastinating, he prefers jamming out to Billie Eilish than reading a book, and can be found editing videos surrounded by week-old iced coconut milk coffee mugs.

In the near future, he aims to focus on his passions of photography and writing, but in the mean time, remains to do nothing productive. You can find him online below.

YouTube | Twitter | Instagram

Anisha | Sprinkled Pages

66Anisha is a 17 year old bookish person obsessed with – wait for it – reading (wow, who would have thought?).

She also loves baking and rainy days.

But in all seriousness reading is the best which is why she started her blog, YouTube channel and bookstagram!

Blog | YouTube | Twitter | Instagram

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Panel 3: Aussie Authors

Shivaun Plozza

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Shivaun Plozza is a Children’s and YA writer. Her debut novel about a girl called Frankie is titled Frankie and her activity book about medieval Europe is called Medieval Europe. Because she’s inventive like that.

Her short story ‘The Point’ is part of Where the Shoreline Used to Be, an anthology of YA fiction. Other short works have appeared in Above WaterVivid and The Victorian Writer. When she’s not writing she’s beavering away as an editor and manuscript assessor. Her next YA book is Tin Heart.

Website | Twitter | Instagram

Alison Evans

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Alison is the author of the queer sci fi YA book Ida, a maker of zines and co-editor of Concrete Queers.

They write stories about weird stuff, magic,  gender and plants.

Website | Twitter | Instagram

 

Michael Pryor

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Michael Pryor writes fantasy and science fiction, mostly for teenagers. He has published more than thirty-five novels and 50 something short stories. He is one of the co-publishers of Aurealis, Australia’s longest running Fantasy and SF magazine.

He has been shortlisted for the Aurealis Award seven times, and seven of his books have been CBCA Notable books.

Website | Twitter | Instagram

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Panel 4: Insights from the Industry

Catriona | Little Book Owl

CF3Catriona is has been making bookish videos on her BookTube channel, Little Book Owl, for over six years.

When she’s not reading, she can be found staring at her bookshelves longingly or playing video games. She is the Digital & Social Media Coordinator for Bloomsbury Publishing Australia.

YouTube | Twitter | Instagram

Kate O’Donnell

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Kate O’Donnell is a writer, editor and bookseller specialising in children’s and young adult literature.

She has a BA in History and French from the University of Melbourne and studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT.

Untidy Towns is her first novel.

Website | Twitter | Instagram

Danielle Binks

Danielle Binks_15Danielle Binks is a writer and reviewer, with a particular interest in youth literature. In 2016 she joined literary agency, Jacinta di Mase Management, as ‘Agent-at-Large’ – seeking authors of Young Adult (YA) and Middle Grade (MG) fiction works.

In 2017, she edited and contributed to Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology, of new Australian young adult writing – inspired by the #LoveOzYA movement – and released by HarperCollins.

Website | Twitter | Instagram

Nadja Poljo

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Nadja is a publicist at Text Publishing.

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WARCROSS | October Book of the Month

Our next Book Meet is quickly approaching, but it’s not too late to grab your ticket yet! As usual, we’ll be meeting in the upstairs part of Dymocks from 2.30 – 4pm on Sunday. We have so many thoughts about our Book of the Month – Warcross – as usual, and we can’t wait to discuss this new release with you!

If you’ll be in Melbourne, we’d love for you to come along! We always seeing new and old faces. It’s going to be a lovely afternoon! Grab your free ticket here.


Warcross by Marie Lu

WarcrossFor the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.


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WRECK Book Meet + other events!

Hi friends! Wow, we can’t believe that it’s already halfway through the year! We’ve had an amazing first half of 2017, and we can’t wait to continue to hold great events and meet even greater bookish people in the remaining months of the year! We have some exciting things planned, and we can’t wait to share them with you soon.

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The first event we have coming up this month is our Twitter chat – #YARoomChat! We hold this online chat every month and discuss about some of the themes and questions raised by out Book of the Month, which is Wreck. We absolutely loved reading this #LoveOzYA novel, and we can’t wait to talk all about it with you!

Find us on Twitter @TheYARoom_MELB.

Wreck Twitter Chat

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Following our Twitter chat, Thursday of that same week we have one of the most anticipated bookish events of this year – #YAFanFest17, hosted by Allen & Unwin! Last year, only people in Sydney were lucky enough to attend, but this year we’ve joined forces with Allen & Unwin to make the first ever Melbourne event for the #YAFanFest possible! We’re lucky enough to be joined by the lovely Lili Wilkinson, where she’ll be talking about everything bookish, answering questions, and having a live-stream with the Sydney event! There might even be some bookish games and awesome prizes. Tickets are limited, so don’t miss out! We hope to see you there.

Grab your tickets here.

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And then, on the last Sunday of the month, we have our Wreck Book Meet at Dymocks! We can’t wait to talk all about this awesome #LoveOzYA novel, so if you love YA, come along! We’re always thrilled to see some new faces. We meet in the upstairs section of the cafe at Dymocks, so you can treat yourself to a hot drink or some cake! It’s bound to be a lovely afternoon surrounded by bookish people.

Get your tickets here.

Wreck Book Meet

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Well, it looks like this month is going to be another busy one! We’re looking forward to all of our upcoming events and we hope to see you there. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions!

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STRANGE THE DREAMER – #YARoomChat and Book Meet

Hi everyone! WOW, well I don’t know about you, but this month has been great for us so far! Not only have there been a TON of amazing new releases, including Strange the Dreamer AND next month’s Book of the Month, The Upside of Unrequited, but we also had our Autumn Picnic last weekend! It was amazing to see so many people braving the cold to come and join us to chat about books and eat the delicious sweets that our guests kindly prepared. You can see all of our photos on our Facebook Page, and there are also some on our Instagram!

This coming Monday, we have our monthly Twitter chat – #YARoomChat! As our Book of the Month is Strange the Dreamer, we’ll be talking all about Laini Taylor’s spectacular new book. As always, the chat will be spoiler-free and you’re more than welcome to join in, even if you haven’t read or finished reading the book! We’re also lucky enough to be joined by Hachette Australia’s YA department, Date a Book!

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And then in a couple of Sundays, we have our Book Meet at Dymocks, where we’ll be able to chat IRL about our love for Strange the Dreamer! There’ll be a special surprise for those that join us on the day, so make sure you don’t miss out! We’re looking forward to seeing both old and new faces. Grab a free ticket today so you don’t forget!Read More »

Autumn Picnic

Hi friends! If you haven’t already seen, we’re holding another picnic this Sunday! We’ll be meeting in the same place as last time, where we’ll be sharing sweets and talking about everything bookish.

If you’re thinking of coming, please grab a free ticket through our Eventbrite link so we know how much food to bake – and bring something for us to share! We hope to see you there! ❤