YA Truth or Dare

Teen Stage

Saturday, 5:00-5:45

Back by popular demand! Popular Young Adult authors serve as contestants in a rousing game of YA Truth or Dare!


Terra Elan McVoy


Terra Elan McVoy has

held a variety of jobs centered on reading and writing, from managing an

independent bookstore to answering fan mail for Captain Underpants. She lives in

the same Atlanta neighborhood where many of her acclaimed YA novels are


Beth Revis


Beth Revis grew up in the Appalachian Mountains with a cemetery in her backyard, which is probably why she prefers her stories to be dark and full of twists. She’s the New York Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe trilogy, which has been translated into twenty languages. Beth lives in a house full of boys with her husband, son, and two dogs and she forces them all to watch reruns of Firefly and Doctor Who.
Jason Reynolds


Jason Reynolds is crazy. About stories. After earning a BA in English from The University of Maryland, College Park, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where you can often find him walking the four blocks from the train to his apartment talking to himself. Well, not really talking to himself, but just repeating character names and plot lines he thought of on the train, over and over again, because he’s afraid he’ll forget it all before he gets home. Jason is the author of critically acclaimed When I Was the Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; the Coretta Scott King Honor books Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely); and As Brave as You, his middle grade debut.

Adam Silvera


  • Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, marketing assistant at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and is a New York Times bestseller. Silvera was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.
Jeff Zentner


Jeff Zentner is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter and guitarist who has recorded

with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Debbie Harry. In addition to writing and

recording his own music, Zentner works with young musicians at Tennessee Teen

Rock Camp, which inspired him to write a novel for young adults. You can follow

Zentner on Facebook, Instagram, and on Twitter at @jeffzentner.


Kimberly Jones

Kimberly L. Jones is a Bookseller at Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, GA, and served on the selection committee for the 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. She is also an enthusiastic supporter of #weneeddiversebooks.