For immediate release | April 26, 2011

Sir Terry Pratchett to speak at YALSA’s 2011 Margaret A. Edwards Luncheon in New Orleans

CHICAGO — Join the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) in honoring Sir Terry Pratchett, winner of the 2011 Margaret A. Edwards Award for nine of his beloved novels, at the Margaret A. Edwards Luncheon at noon CDT on June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Pratchett will speak about his books and writing for children and teens after a sit-down luncheon. The luncheon costs $59.

Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2009 for services to literature, Pratchett published his first short story when he was 13. A resident of Somerset, England, Pratchett has one daughter, a wife and many cats. He has published more than 50 books and his works have been translated into 36 languages. He won the 2011 Edwards Award for lifetime contribution to writing for teens for the following books:

  • “The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents,” published by HarperCollins Children's Books
  • “The Wee Free Men,” published by HarperCollins Children's Books
  • “A Hat Full of Sky,” published by HarperCollins Children's Books
  • “Going Postal,” published by HarperCollins Publishers
  • “The Colour of Magic,” published by HarperCollins Publishers
  • “Guards! Guards!,” published by HarperCollins Publishers
  • “Equal Rites,” published by HarperCollins Publishers
  • “Mort,” published by HarperCollins Publishers
  • “Small Gods,” published by HarperCollins Publishers

You can purchase tickets, along with registration for the ALA Annual Conference, at Advanced registration ends May 13. If you have already registered and would like to add the Edwards Luncheon to your registration, you can do so (1) by phone: Call ALA Registration at 1 (800) 974-3084 and ask to add the Edwards Luncheon to your existing registration; or (2) Online: Add an event to your existing registration by clicking this Annual Registration link. Use your login and password to access your existing Annual registration and add events in the “Your Events” section (screen 6). Then simply check out and pay for the events you’ve added.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext., 4390, or e-mail,