The first big lineup announcement for YA Lit Con 2016 is every book lover's dream

Some seriously big authors will be heading down

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The first big lineup announcement for YA Lit Con 2016 is every book lover's dream
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Book lovers of the UK get your diaries out, because the YA Lit Con is back for it's third year of pure literary awesomeness, with a lineup rammed with so many incredible authors that you're probably going to need to do a little air punch of victory when you see who's been announced.

Some of your ultimate favourites (oh HIYA Malorie Blackman) are already confirmed as appearing at the 2016 YALC coming to the capital in July, so do you fancy finding out which other nine big names have been listed in the first lineup? 

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Maybe you want to hear some of your favourite literary minds discuss how the darkness, adventure and luuurve in YA fiction. Perhaps  you want some advice on writing your own first novel. Maybe the idea of hearing your ultimate author discussing the future of YA is your idea of a dream come true, or perhaps you just want to geek out amongst fellow book lovers. 

Answer yes to any of the above, and you need to get down to YALC between 28th-31st July.

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Malorie Blackman, who set up the first YALC as children's laureate in 2015, and Frances Hardinge, winner of this year's Costa Book of the Year, will both be speaking at the event, which is so exciting that we might do a little wee.

Also confirmed for the weekend are US YA authors David Levithan, Nina LaCour and Maggie Stiefvater, as well as Simon Mayo and two authors on the shortlist for the YA Book Prize 2016 - Melinda Salisbury and Lisa Williamson. AWOO.

Chuck in Alwyn Hamilton and add a bit of Melvin Burgess, and you've pretty much got every bookworm's dream lineup. AND this is only the first announcement, so there's loads more on the way too.

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How good does that sound?

Give us a tweet to @Sugarscape to let us know what you're most excited about seeing right now. Oh go on, you know you want to. 

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