For immediate release | May 23, 2013

Explore YA and more at ‘Crossing Over: Teen Books for Everyone!’ at ALA Annual, presented by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries will present “Crossing Over: Teen Books for Everyone!” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. CDT on Saturday, June 29 at McCormick Place N227a at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

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 writers Tod Davies, Anton DiSclafani, Darynda Jones, Richard Kadrey and Amanda Sun, who will discuss their new books. Library Journal’s Barbara Hoffert will moderate. A book signing will follow, with some books given away free and others available for purchase at a generous discount.

Tod Davies (“Lily the Silent,” Exterminating Angel Press/Consortium) 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.

Anton DiSclafani (“The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls,” Penguin) 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.

Darynda Jones (“Death, Doom and Detention,” St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan) a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress. 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.

Richard Kadrey (“Dead Set,” Harper Voyager/HarperCollins) is a New York Times best-selling 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.

Amanda Sun (“Ink,” Harlequin Teen/Harlequin) was born in Deep River, a small town in Ontario. An archeologist by training, she speaks several languages. 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 lives in Toronto with her family.

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