aka YA Literature

Saturday, March 28, 2009

TLA Dreams

I'm going to the Texas Library Association conference tomorrow. It's one of (or maybe the?) the largest state conferences. First, a list of some of the YA authors I know I'm excited to see:

Joan Bauer
Meg Cabot
Cassandra Clare
John Green
Justina Chen Headley
Justine Larbalestier
Cynthia Leitich-Smith
Melissa Marr
Walter Dean Myers
Judson Roberts
Neal Shusterman
Nancy Werlin
Scott Westerfeld
Sara Zarr
I'm also excited to see authors I don't even know I'm excited to see! Here is the complete list. One session I was interested to see was the Readergirlz one with Dia Calhoun, Lori Ann Grover, and Justina Chen Headley. But it's scheduled at the same time as Teri Lesesne who is booktalking new YA titles, and her session is always huge. Not good timing.

I love TLA. It makes me excited about librarianship all over again, and I usually get at least one or two really helpful ideas. The vendor area is at least as important as the sessions. I have several booths I know I want to visit to ask some questions about reference titles and databases for next year. Then, of course, there are the publisher booths and ARCs. I can't wait to see what new titles they are promoting! Off the top of my head, the two books that I'd most like to get ARCs of (that I think are realistic hopes anyway) are Matt de la Pena's We Were Here and Frank Portman's Andromeda Klien. Any others I should be on the lookout for?

1 comment:

Ronni said...

Meg Cabot, Joan Bauer, and Walter Dean Myers all in the same place? Holy cow. *faints with envy*