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YATL Featuring Jackson Pearce, Lauren Morril & Nic Stone

YATL Featuring Jackson Pearce, Lauren Morril & Nic Stone

Decatur Library Auditorium

January 24, 2018, 7:00p.m.

Georgia Center for the Book is offering its young audience a zany, Jimmy Kimmel-esque live talk show centered around YA authors called YATL. The program was created by former bookseller, author and literary influencer Kimberly Jones, and author photographer, writer, literary influencer Vania Stoyanova, and writer, artist Jessi Esparza who also serves as showrunner. YATL is a live show in the Georgia Center for the Book auditorium filmed for later playback on Facebook with author interviews, games, giveaways, fun video clips and lots of shenanigans. Their inaugural show, reflecting the amazing caliber of talent they will highlight, features: Jackson Pearce (Cold Spell), Lauren Morrill (My Unscripted Life) and New York Times bestseller Nic Stone (Dear Martin). Each month’s audience swag bag will be sponsored by a different publisher or lit related retailer, the inaugural sponsor is Tor. Book sales will be handled by the legendary children’s bookstore Little Shop of Stories (Decatur, GA). According to Vania Stoyanova, “The show will never be serious, we’ll always produce shenanigans and we may at times be mildly inappropriate.” However, this mantra also seen in the bio of their Instagram page, does not take away from their stated commitment to exposing diverse voices. “We are an African-American, Mexican-American and Bulgarian Immigrant, it would make zero sense for us three ladies to not delight in the beauty of diversity in this country and the YA world,” said Kimberly Jones.