About Us

OUR STORY

When lovers of Young Adult literature combine their powers, great festivals are born. That is how the NoVa TEEN Book Festival became an annual event for YA fans in the Washington, DC region. The planning committee is comprised of book sellers, librarians, and educators who love YA lit and the people who read it. Read about the committee below.

OUR TEAM

Danielle Ellison (Founder) is always on the lookout for a new adventure. She’s an YA author, a soon-to-be librarian, and event planner. Danielle has done a lot of really cool things in her life, but nothing has brought her as much joy as creating and organizing NoVa TEEN. When she’s not busy with books, she’s probably watching her favorite shows, drinking coffee, or fighting her nomadic urges.

 

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.

 

Kelly Dwyer is a writer, mother and instructional designer who is delighted to be working with One More Page and NoVa TEEN. She publishes short speculative fiction, and is active in the science fiction and fantasy community in Northern Virginia and Maryland.

 

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.

NoVa TEEN has a zero tolerance policy for harassment. Click here to review the NoVa TEEN Code of Conduct, Anti-Harassment Policy, and other Festival Policies.

If you feel unsafe during our event or wish to report harassment or a policy violation, please come to the One More Page book sales table where a staff member will help you.