Cleveland Public Library and College Now Hosts Award-Winning and Bestselling Authors

Critically-acclaimed authors are coming to Cleveland for the #CLEReads Young Adult Book Festival.

Registration is now open for the special event held on Saturday, October 22 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Cleveland Public Library’s Main Campus, 525 Superior Avenue in downtown Cleveland.

“We’re thrilled to have the #CLEReads Young Adult Book Festival back in person,” said Erica Marks, Youth Services Program Director at Cleveland Public Library. “Everyone is invited to get inspired by the characters and meet the authors who brought them to life.”

Hosted in partnership with College Now, the daylong book festival consists of live panel discussions with over a dozen notable and award-winning writers including Angeline Boulley who wrote Firekeeper’s Daughter, Beasts of Ruin author Ayana Gray, George M. Johnson who penned We Are Not Broken and All Boys Aren’t Blue, Jarrett Krosoczka, author of Hey, Kiddo, Lunch Lady, and Star Wars Jedi Academy Series, and Malindo Lo who authored A Scatter of Light and Last Night at the Telegraph Club.


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

A limited number of free books are available for students in attendance. Loganberry Books will be on-site to sell books from #CLEReads authors.

“The #CLEReads Young Adult Book Festival aims to promote literacy and foster a deep love for reading within the Cleveland community, focusing on youth,” adds Marks. “The festival will emphasize the importance of championing diversity in what we read and recommend to others.”

Interested participants can check out the complete #CLEReads schedule and register for the book festival at