When lovers of Young Adult literature combine their powers, great festivals are born. Founded in 2013 by One More Page Books, NoVa TEEN Book Festival has grown to be the largest annual festival celebrating Young Adult literature in the DC metro area.
Each year, NoVa TEEN Book Festival welcomes more than 1,200 attendees to our annual festival held in March in Falls Church, VA. NoVa TEEN Alumni include Jason Reynolds (Long Way Down), Karen M. McManus (One of Us is Next), Holly Black (The Cruel Prince), Julie Murphy (Dumplin’) and Marie Lu (the Young Elites series), and many more extraordinary authors. Click here to view all NoVa TEEN alumni from previous festivals.
The NoVa TEEN Book Festival Committee is comprised of book sellers, librarians, and educators who love YA literature and the people who read it. The Committee manages the planning and coordination of the festival, and is joined by dedicated volunteers who help make the festival a success each year.
Kelly Dwyer, NoVa TEEN Book Festival Coordinator, is a writer, mother and instructional designer who works on special projects with One More Page Books. She publishes short speculative fiction, and is active in the science fiction and fantasy community in Northern Virginia and Maryland.
Lelia Nebeker is the book buyer for One More Page Books in Arlington, where she has worked since its opening in 2011. She’s been a part of the NoVa TEEN team since year one, and has been thrilled to meet so many outstanding authors and readers. Her greatest professional achievement was saving a parking spot for Maggie Stiefvater’s Camaro.
Aryn Dagirmanjian is a Teen Services Librarian at Loudoun County Public Library. She gets paid to throw parties for teens, which is pretty great. She also enjoys reading (obviously), video games, pretending to be athletic, and playing with her cats until they get really annoyed with her.
Isaiah West is the Teen Services Coordinator at Alexandria Library in Alexandria, VA. He thinks the best part of his job is getting to meet the teens where they’re at and empowering them to be involved citizens of their community. His interests involve video games, good food, and knitting. He is most likely heavily caffeinated and taking too many photos of his cat.
Krissy Ronan is a high school librarian at George C. Marshall High School. She loves laughing and connecting readers with books they will love.
Hallie Jackson is the Youth and Teen Services Coordinator for Fairfax County Public Library, where she gets paid to come up with fun things for teens to do. She loves getting snowed in, and magical realism, and believes life is mostly magic and only a little real.
Amanda Quain is the social media manager and frequent emcee of the NoVa TEEN Book Festival. As the social media manager of One More Page Books, she’s quite used to shouting about the YA books she loves all over Twitter, making her perfect for this position. You can find her on the NoVa TEEN mainstage during the festival, probably dressed up as Gansey from The Raven Cycle, as well as on social media @quainiac.