Last night Allen & Unwin had their very first #Yafanfest16 night. It was a night to celebrate all things YA (young adult). 

The night was full of bookish talk, bookish games and bookish treats. Authors Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman, Garth Nix, Deborah Biancotti and Margo Lanagan were all in attendance for the evening.

We listened as Jess talked about some great books coming out this year and next. We played some rounds of ‘heads and tails’ and watched as capable readers turn into competitive beasts. Give-aways and prizes were hottley wanted by all but given to only a few lucky people. 

Then a great hour of intimate questions and answers between audience and authors played out. We learnt about upcoming books and projects, writing habits and processes and even what annoyed each other when writing. 

The Book Manicurist was busily painting nails before and after the event. And as much as I wanted to get my nails done, I was late coming and the line was long. A spray on tattoo allowed people to join a new ‘cult’ made by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufmans new project which is top secret at the moment.

It was a great bookish night out I got to share with my sister and bookish new friends. A swag bag to take home filled with books and lollies made it all that much better.

These books have gone on my TBR dor now but are definitely a must read. 

It was a great night and Allen and Unwin definitely need to do it again next year!

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