Always an important destination and resource for librarians, fans, and publishers of young adult books, Booklist will be even more indispensable in 2017 as it offers a year-long print, online, and in-person celebration of the 50th anniversary of YA novels. (The novel commonly considered the first proper young-adult novel, The Outsiders, was the debut novel of 19-year-old S.E. Hinton, published in 1967 by Viking. It is still widely read.)
Celebrations in the magazine itself will include special features and spotlights such as Booklist’s Top 50 YA Novels Ever, monthly guest appearances by top YA authors to share their insights and favorite titles, a decade-by-decade retrospective with Michael Cart in his popular “Cart Blanche” column, love letters to YA from librarians and publishers, a Librarians’ Top 50, a fresh look at past YA reviews and features from Booklist (“YA Flashbacks”), and best YA audiobook coverage. The special June 2017 double-issue of the magazine will focus on YA books.
Online, content related to YA and the anniversary will be posted regularly on the Booklist Reader, and Booklist will host a free “50 Years of YA” webinar. Other interactive opportunities will be announced throughout the year. The face-to-face celebrations at ALA’s 2017 Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta in January and the Annual Conference in Chicago in June will include presentations and a special panel discussion, cake, fun giveaways, author interviews, contests, and more.
“It’s a pretty exciting time to be at Booklist. The anniversary gives us a chance to talk about all these great books we grew up reading as well as the best of what’s happening right now,” said Booklist Books for Youth Editor Daniel Kraus, himself an award-winning YA author. “It’s also a chance to take a step back and look at the YA movement as a whole—what it has done well, what it still needs to work on, all that.”
Readers are invited to stay updated and join in at #50YearsofYA @BooklistYA.
Booklist Celebrates 50 Years of YA is generously sponsored by HarperCollins Children's Books, Little Brown, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing and many other YA publishers and supporters to be announced.
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