#CLEReads YA Book Festival

Beyond our Borders:

Highlighting the beauty of our diverse communities

The CLE Reads Book Festival aims to promote literacy and foster a deep love for reading within the Cleveland community, focusing on our local youth. The festival will emphasize the importance of championing diversity in what we read and recommend to others. CLE Reads will feature award-winning and best-selling authors from across the country, highlighting the beauty of our community beyond our borders.

Saturday, October 22 | 11:00 am – 4:00pm
525 Superior Avenue


11:00 a.m.Welcome to #CLEReads!
authors: Justin Reynolds, Ayana Gray, Bailey Capelle, Tami Charles, Ebony LaDelle
11:30 a.m.IT’S COMPLICATED: Coming of Age in YA Lit
authors: Tami Charles, Ebony LaDelle, Natalia Sylvester, Malindo Lo, Leah Johnson
12:30 p.m.JUMP, JUMP: The Books will Make You (Jump, Jump!)
: Ayana Gray, Sara Farizan, Jordan Ifueko, Danielle Valentine
2:00 p.m.MIDDLE GRADE MANIA: The Best of the Best!
authors: Justin Reynolds, Jarrett Krosoczka, Alex London
3:00 p.m.Intersections of Race & Identity
authors: George M. Johnson, Angeline Boulley, Jas Hammonds


Join us for live panel discussions featuring notable and award-winning YA authors including these special guests and much more!

George M. Johnson Photo

George M. Johnson

Author of We Are Not Broken; and All Boys Aren’t Blue

Angeline Boulley

Author of Firekeeper’s Daughter

Ayana Gray

Author of Beasts of Ruin

Malinda Lo

Author of A Scatter of Light; Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Jarrett Krosoczka

Author of Hey, Kiddo; Lunch Lady; and Star Wars Jedi Academy Series


Justin Reynolds

Author of Shot Clock; and Early Departures

Sara Farizan

Author of Dead Flip; and If You Could Be Mine

Jordan Ifueko

Author of Redemptor; Marvel’s Moon Girl and the Devil; Dinosaur

Ebony LaDelle

Author of Love Radio

Tami Charles

Author of Muted


Author of You Should See Me in a Crown

C. Alex London

Author of Battle Dragons; City of Speed; and Proxy

Natalia Sylvester

Author of Breathe and Count Back From Ten

Danielle Valentine

Author of How to Survive Your Murder

Jas Hammonds

Author of We Deserve Monuments

Saturday, October 22 | 11:00 am – 4:00pm
Main Campus, 525 Superior Avenue


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