I’m often jealous when I read reports from our contributors about the amazing book events they attend that feature a dazzling array of young adult authors. In fact, part of my motivation in putting together the author-palooza called SummerTeen was to give my fellow teen-lit junkies a chance to indulge themselves in an all-authors, all-the-time experience without having to leave the comfort of their own homes or libraries. I just counted—between our keynote speaker and six panels, SummerTeen will feature 21 authors, speaking about their work, the various genres they write in, and why young adult literature is so important to them. And there might be a few more surprises to come…
And get a load of our moderators: they’re all pros, culled from SLJ‘s blogs and our sister company Junior Library Guild-folks like Betsy Bird, Angela Carstensen, Brigid Alverson, Sophie Brookover, Terri Clark, and Leslie Bermel.
Want to win a free iPad? Register for SummerTeen, visit all of our exhibitors, and pick up something from their booths (virtually, of course!), and you’ll be eligible for our drawing. Want to bring along the kids? They’re totally welcome to attend. Many of our exhibitors will be featuring exclusive webcam chats in their booths with authors, and exhibits open early and close late—10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (EDT)—giving you plenty of opportunities to visit.
I hope to see you all on August 9 for the kickoff of SummerTeen!
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