Books without Boundaries: Crossover Fiction for YAs and Adults

Mon, June 25, 2012
10:30 a.m.-noon
Anaheim Convention Center, 206B

Is it perfect for young adult readers? For adult readers? Or both? This program features authors who have written books that will appeal to both young adults and adults. Authors will include Shana Abé, Matt Dembicki, Laura Harrington, Kate Locke, Katie McGarry, and Maggie Stiefvater. The program will be moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal’s Prepub Alert. An author signing will follow. Some books will be given away and others will be sold at a generous discount.

Shana Abe (photo credit: Nikos Kopidakis)Shana Abé

The Sweetest Dark, Bantam/Random House
Aug. 2012; $16; 978-0-345-53170-4

Shana Abé is the award-winning author of The Time Weaver, The Treasure Keeper, Queen of Dragons, The Dream Thief, and The Smoke Thief. The Sweetest Dark is her debut young adult novel, which takes the world created in her Drakon novels in a stunning and completely original new direction. The Sweetest Dark is the story of a teenage girl who discovers she might be the last of an ancient, magical species, and is set in an elite boarding school in post-Victorian era England.


Matt DembickiMatt Dembicki

Trickster, Fulcrum Publishing/Consortium
June 2010; $22.95; 978-1-555-91724-1

Matt Dembicki is the founder of DC Conspiracy, a comic creators' collaborative in Washington, D.C., and has won acclaim for his nature graphic novel, Mr. Big ,and his Eisner Award nominee and Aesop Award winner, Trickster. He currently works as an editor for a higher-education association.




Laura Harrington (photo credit: Claire Zeller Barclay)Laura Harrington

Alice Bliss, Penguin
May 2012; $15; 978-0-143-12111-4

Laura Harrington is an award-winning playwright, lyricist and librettist.  She teaches playwriting at MIT and lives in Gloucester, Mass. Alice Bliss, her first novel, grew out of Harrington's one-woman musical Alice Unwrapped, which ran off-Broadway in New York and in the Minneapolis Fringe Festival in 2009.





Kate Locke (photo credit: Sarah Kolej)Kate Locke

God Save the Queen, Orbit Books/Hachette
July 2012; $16; 978-0-316-19612-3

Kate Locke is a shameless anglophile who wrote her first book at age 12. Fortunately, that book about a British pop band is lost forever. When not experimenting with new hair colors, Kate likes to hang out with her husband who, while not from England, can do a pretty convincing accent. She spends her days being bossed about by five fur kids and making stuff up — often while wearing a "uniform" that looks suspiciously like pajamas. During 'off' hours Kate often screeches along to Rock Band (being a rock star was her second career choice if the writing thing didn't work out), watches BBC America, or plays with makeup. She loves history, the paranormal, horror, and sparkly things.


Katie McGarry (photo credit: Glamour Shots)Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits, Harlequin Teen/Harlequin
July 2012; $17; 978-0-373-21049-7

Katie McGarry's  debut novel, Pushing the Limits, is already getting rave reviews on Goodreads and in the author community.  Katie was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.




Maggie Stiefvater (photo credit: Robert Severi)Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys, Scholastic Press
Sept. 2012; $17.99; 978-0-545-42492-9

The Scorpio Races, Scholastic Press
Nov. 2011; $17.99; 978-0-545-22490-1

In 2009, Maggie Stiefvater introduced readers to Shiver, a powerful supernatural love story. Shiver was an instant New York Times bestseller and remained on the list for more than 25 weeks in hardcover. Stiefvater continued the story with Linger and Forever.  In her upcoming series starting this fall with the September release of The Raven Boys, Stiefvater tells a story that, like The Scorpio Races (a 2012 Printz honoree), is personal and engaging, weaving together ancient Welsh legends, an all-boys boarding school, and a potentially dangerous romance.