Georgia Center for the Book is offering its young audience a zanny, Jimmy Fallon-esque live talk show centered around YA authors called YATL. The program was created by former bookseller, literary influencer and author Kimberly Jones, Mass Disturbance (Sourcebooks 2019), and author photographer, writer, literary influencer Vania Stoyanova (Vania Photo Studio). Writer, artist, designer Jessi Esparza (Motion Designer at CNN) serves as showrunner. Kate Tilton (founder of Kate Tilton’s Author Service, LLC) rounds out the team as Production Coordinator. Independent Film Director Alvin Agarrat serves as Technical Director. YATL is a live show in the Georgia Center for the Book auditorium filmed for later playback on Facebook and YouTube with author interviews, games, giveaways, fun video clips and lots of shenanigans.
(From l.): Vania Stoyanova and Kimberly Jones of YATL, a monthly YA talk show hosted at the Georgia Center for the Book, playing Trouble with Furyborn author Claire Legrand (Sourcebooks Fire).
Meet Kim Jones and Vania Stoyanova of YATL Live Show in Decatur
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Young adult authors offer shenanigans and stories in live talk show series. Kimberly Jones and Vania Stoyanova met over books. Several years ago, they launched a book club for adult readers of young adult books.
School Library Journal
YA Lit-Focused Talk Show Premieres
YATL, a talk show devoted to YA books and authors, just wrapped its most recent episode. The show is recorded monthly in Atlanta at the Georgia Center for the Book and is available to view on the YATL website.
Q&A with YATL