YALSA announces 2019 Alex Awards

For Immediate Release
Mon, 01/28/2019


Macey Morales

Deputy Director

Communications and Marketing Office



SEATTLE – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected 10 adult books with special appeal to teen readers to receive the 2019 Alex Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and Booklist, were announced today at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held in Seattle, Washington, from Jan. 25 - 29, 2019.

The 2019 Alex Award winners are:

“The Black God’s Drums,” By P. Djèlí Clark, Published by Tor.com an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, a division of Macmillan

“The Book of Essie,” By Meghan MacLean Weir, Published by Knopf, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House

“Circe,” By Madeline Miller, Published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group

“Educated: A Memoir,” By Tara Westover, Published by Random House, a division of Penguin Random House  

“The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After,” By Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil, Published by Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House

“Green,” By Sam Graham-Felsen, published by Random House, a division of Penguin Random House

“Home After Dark,” by David Small, illustrated by the author, published by Liveright, an imprint of W.W. Norton & Company

“How Long ’Til Black Future Month?” By N. K. Jemisin, Published by Orbit, an imprint of Hachette Book Group

“Lawn Boy,” By Jonathan Evison, Published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill a division of Workman Publishing

“Spinning Silver,” by Naomi Novik, published by Del Rey, a division of Penguin Random House

“This year’s Alex Awards highlight the many ways a story can be told, celebrate tales of grief and grit, and reimagine both the past and the future. Cults and Afrofuturism for the win!” said 2019 Alex Awards Committee Chair Kali Olson

The Alex Awards were created to recognize that many teens enjoy and often prefer books written for adults, and to assist librarians in recommending adult books that appeal to teens. A full list of official nominations will be available online at www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/alex

The award is named in honor of the late Margaret Alexander Edwards, fondly called “Alex” by her closest friends, a pioneer in providing library services to young adults. At Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Edwards used adult books extensively with teens to broaden their experience and enrich their understanding of themselves and their world.

Members of the 2019 Alex Awards Committee are: Chair Kali Olson, The Blake School, Minneapolis; Amy Fowler, Nevins Memorial Library, Methuen, Mass.: Dr. Janet W. Hilbun, Department of Information Science, University of North Texas, Garland, Texas; Johanna Lewis, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library; Ellen McTyre, Mamaroneck Public Library District, Mamaroneck, N.Y.; Becky Reiser, Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, Calif.; Elizabeth Page, Coronado (Calif.) Public Library; Ellen Wickham, Raytown (Mo.) South High School; and Booklist Consultant Maggie Reagan, Chicago.

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.

 For information on the Alex Awards and other ALA Youth Media Awards, please visit http://www.ala.org/yma"www.ala.org/yma