Crossing Over: Teen Books for Everyone!
Sat., June 29
McCormick Place, N227a
Some of the most interesting books are designed for young adults, but people of all ages are discovering their wide appeal. Similarly, many books aimed toward adults make great YA selections. Join United for Libraries and writers Tod Davies, Anton DiSclafani, Darynda Jones, Richard Kadrey, and Amanda Sun. Library Journal’s Barbara Hoffert will moderate.
Lily the Silent, Exterminating Angel Press/Consortium
Oct. 2012; $14.95; 978-1-935-25918-3
Tod Davies lives with her husband, Alex Cox, and their two dogs, in the alpine valley of Colestin, Ore., and at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, in Boulder, Colo. She is the author of the cooking memoir Jam Today: A Diary of Cooking With What You’ve Got and Snotty Saves the Day, the first book in The History of Arcadia series. Unsurprisingly, her attitude toward literature is the same as her attitude toward cooking — it’s all about working with what you have to find new ways of looking and new ways of being.
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, Penguin
June 2013; $27.95; 978-1-594-48640-1
Anton DiSclafani was raised in northern Florida, where she rode horses, competing nationally. She has appeared on This American Life. She graduated from Emory University, and received her MFA from Washington University. She currently lives in St. Louis, where she teaches creative writing at Washington University.
Death, Doom and Detention, St. Martin's Griffin/Macmillan
March 2013; $9.99; 978-1-31262-521-1
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA®, and a Daphne du Maurier. Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives New Mexico with her husband of almost 30 years and two sons.
Dead Set, Harper Voyager/HarperCollins
Oct. 2013; $22.99; 978-0-062-28301-4
Richard Kadrey is a New York Times bestselling author who has published eight novels, including the critically acclaimed Sandman Slim series. His short story “Goodbye Houston Street, Goodbye,” was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award, and he was chosen as a guest of honor for San Diego Comic-Con International 2013.
Ink, Harlequin Teen/Harlequin
July 2013; $9.99; 978-0-373-21071-8
Amanda Sun was born in Deep River, a small town in Ontario. An archeologist by training, she speaks several languages and will write your name in Egyptian hieroglyphic if you ask. Her debut novel, Ink, is the first in The Paper Gods series, and is a romantic paranormal adventure inspired by her time in Japan. She loves knitting, gaming, and cosplay (a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea), and has won awards for her short fiction. She currently lives in Toronto with her family.