Children’s laureate Malorie Blackman and most of the YA Book Prize shortlisted writers are taking part an online event for teenagers, organised by World Book Day (WBD).
For WBD TeenFest, which will take place on the 4th and 5th March between 6 and 8pm, WBD will host interviews with YA authors on Facebook, Twitter and Google Hangout. It will also post music playlists, vlogs and blogs as well as book-themed DIYs and short films about careers in publishing.
Malorie Blackman will be the first author featured and will take part in a Facebook interview on the 4th March.
Six of the ten authors shortlisted for the YABook Prize - Marcus Sedgwick, Non Pratt, James Dawson, Keren David, David Almond and Sally Green – are involved, as are Rainbow Rowell, Holly Smale, and David Levithan.
A full list of the participating authors is on the WBD website http://www.wbdteenfest.com/teenfest-line-up-announced/ and teenagers can follow the action on twitter or instagram using the @wbdteenfest accounts, or with the hashtags #wbdteenfest and #cantlivewithoutbooks.
Next week, the WBD tour will start in Norwichwith authors James Campbell, JamesMayhew, Karen McCombie, Chris Riddell and Holly. The tour, which is this year covering 10 towns and cities, will also visit Nottingham, Rhyl, Bath, Dudley, Glasgow, London, Dublin, Preston and Newcastle and will reach about 14,000 children.
World Book Day will take place on the 5th March, which is when the winner of the World Book Day award (WoBoD) for school libraries will be announced.
Director Kirsten Grant said 800 schools have entered the competition, which is funded by author James Patterson.