First Two Days - YA Readers Hangout at the Independence Village
August 1 and 2
August 3, 2015
I laid out a dozen or so fiction and poetry books, about four books were published in the 1960s, but most were published in the 2000s. The book with the overwhelming number of queries was The Boy Next Door by Mandisa Parnell. The book is a contemporary teenage romance.
As the booth holder, I played about eight games of chess with young adults, teens and two children over the first two days. I am not a practiced player and did not learn strategy, but am tenacious, so it was mentally exhausting.
The aim of the booth is to promote the concept of Jamaican Young Adult books by engaging people in discussions and activities, and sell my novel, Young Heroes of the Caribbean.