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 2020 we will host our seventh 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, and more! We also have a volunteer committee made up of representatives from local library organizations and school districts. And we are funded completely by donations from our extraordinary sponsors.

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 14, 2020 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Where will NoVa TEEN be held?

NoVa TEEN will be held at George C. Marshall High School: 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043**Note: 2019 was our first year hosting at this venue.

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! Check back soon for a link to our Event Bright page where you can register for a free ticket.

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. Visit our 2020 Authors page to pre-order books.

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!

How do I get into the author signing?

The color of the wristband that you are given at registration will determine the order of your entrance to the author signing. The earlier during the day that you check in at registration, the higher a priority color wristband you will be given. At the end of the Keynote, the Emcee’s will announce the first color wristband to be dismissed from the auditorium to line up outside the Cafeteria, where the author signing will take place. Lines that form before the Keynote is completed will not be honored. Once a group of entrants to the Cafeteria have completed their signing, the Emcees in the Auditorium will announce the next color wristband to line up. Festival attendees whose wristband color hasn’t been called yet should stay in the Auditorium until their color is called.

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.

Where can I park at Marshall High School?

There is parking available in front of Marshall High School, as well as in two large back parking lots, to the left and right of the school. If you park in the back parking lots, you can enter the school through Door #5 and proceed to the front entrance hall of the high school for Registration.

What is NoVa TEEN doing about current public health concerns?

The CDC is currently monitoring the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) across the United States, as well as a very active Influenza season. At this time, NoVa Teen Book Festival will continue as scheduled.

There are some precautions that we’d like to take as a large event to ensure the health of our staff, authors, volunteers, and attendees. Please read the following information carefully:

  • If you are sick or experiencing symptoms such as a runny nose, fever, or cough, please remain home to avoid spreading any potential viruses.
  • If you have symptoms (or have been sick recently) but feel well enough to attend, we ask that you be considerate of others and stay home as well. You might not feel very sick but are still capable of spreading germs to other people.
  • While at the festival, please be mindful of touching shared surfaces like handrails, door handles, elevator buttons, faucets, etc. and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, or used an alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently.

You can find more information about public health and preparedness at the following websites:

What is your policy on harassment?

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.

I have more questions!

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