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I had the privilege of reading the [Teenquake] finalists’ short stories last week, and they are really fantastic.

Malinda Lo, fantasy judge and author of Ash and Huntress

Have you heard? Teens are some of the most enthusiastic and voracious readers on the planet. And here at Litquake we celebrate, encourage, and reward that obsessive behavior with Teenquake.

Teen CrawlOver the years we’ve hosted events with partners as diverse as the San Francisco Public Library, Not Your Mother’s Book Club, WritersCorps, and figment.com. 2009 saw an after-hours teen takeover of the SF Main Library to inspire, rethink the library, and celebrate the word. In 2010, we staged a six-hour, three-phased progressive TeenCrawl with writing workshops, teens reading from their published work, and a multi-author signing.  In 2011, we packed the house at Word for Word’s staged reading of YA novel The Sky is Everywhere. Later that night, we rolled out the red carpet for the best teen writers in the Bay Area at a ceremony to announce the winners of the Teenquake Writing Awards.

What’s next? Ultimately we’re about bringing together our super fantastic community of teen readers and writers and the adults who love them. Bring on the awesome!