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FAQs

What is NoVa TEEN?

NoVa TEEN is the first book festival of its kind celebrating Young Adult literature in the Northern Virginia/DC Metro Area. In 2019 we will host our sixth annual event and we’re at a new location: George C. Marshall High School.

Who’s behind NoVa TEEN?

The awesome people at One More Page Books, George Mason University’s Fall for the Book, Arlington Public Library, Fairfax County Public Library, and more! Check them out on our sponsors page.

How can I get involved?

If you’re a teenager or adult interested in volunteering, click here.

If you’re a local high school-level educator, we have opportunities especially for you so send us an email.

When is NoVa TEEN?

NoVa TEEN will be held on Saturday March 30, 2019.

Where will NoVa TEEN be held?

NoVa TEEN will be held at George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, VA. **Note this is a new venue from previous years. 

How much does it cost to attend NoVa TEEN?

Nothing! NoVa TEEN Book Festival is free to attend, thanks to our awesome sponsors!

Do I have to register?

In order to give the best experience possible for festival guests, volunteers, and authors, we want to have an accurate count of how many people plan on attending. You can come without registering – all are welcome!

Can I pre-order books?

Yes! Pre-ordering your books will save you time on the day of the festival and guarantee that you have the books you’re interested in. You can pre-order today at: http://novateenbookfestival.com/preorder/.

Can I bring my own books to the signing?

Yes! You can bring up to three of your own books with you to the signing. But don’t worry — we sell every author’s books at the event!

What are breakout sessions?

The breakout sessions feature the authors listed and seat a limited number of people. During these sessions, the authors and attendees can have Q&A sessions about their books, writing, publishing and other topics. It’s a low-key discussion led by you — the reader.

What is your policy on sexual harassment?

NoVa TEEN has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for harassment of any kind. This applies to, but it not limited to:

unwanted touching, physical assault, unwanted physical contact, stalking, offensive verbal comments or verbal harassment, unwanted remarks of a sexual nature, unwanted photography or recording, bathroom policing, intentional disruption of programming, unwanted physical attention or commentary, in relation to, but not limited to: race, religious beliefs/customs, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, language, gender identity, gender presentation, age, body size, disability, physical appearance, attire, pregnancy.

 

Any person engaging in these behaviors will be subject to immediate disciplinary action by the NoVa TEEN staff upon notification of breach of this policy, which may result in being banned from the festival. This policy applies to everyone at the festival—attendees, authors, volunteers, moderators, staff, exhibitors, press, etc. Please note that this policy is in effect at all areas of the festival: public spaces for panels, in lines for food trucks, bathrooms, green rooms, hallways, parking lots, and anywhere else within the NoVa TEEN premises.

 

Consent is essential. Always ask first and wait for someone to grant verbal permission if you wish to touch someone’s clothing, property, or the person. If someone says no, or tells you they feel uncomfortable, respect their request and desist immediately. “No” means no. “Stop” means stop. “Go away” means go away. If you continue to attempt to interact with those people, you may be removed from the premises.

 

Anyone may report harassment. If someone’s behavior has made you uncomfortable at all, or if you witness something happening to someone else, you may immediately contact a member of the NoVa TEEN staff. If one is not present in your vicinity, a volunteer in a red shirt can escort you to a senior staff member, or you can call the bookstore main line at 703-300-9746. You may also come to the One More Page book sales table (directly outside the auditorium) to report an incident, where we will have someone throughout the day who can help you. If necessary, we will contact local law enforcement, provide escort, offer a safe place, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to make sure they feel safe for the rest of the festival.

 

NoVa TEEN strives to create a safe environment in which to celebrate Young Adult literature. Everyone should feel comfortable and respected during their time with us. We will do everything we can to ensure the best experience for everyone participating and attending the event.

I have more questions!

We’re happy to answer them! Why don’t you send us an email?