For immediate release | April 2, 2012

Meet 35+ popular authors at YALSA’s YA Authors Coffee Klatch in Anaheim

CHICAGO — Meet your favorite young adult authors over coffee at YALSA’s annual YA Authors Coffee Klatch, at 9 a.m June 24 in Anaheim, Calif., as part of the ALA Annual Conference. This year’s klatch will feature more than 35 authors whose books have won YALSA’s six awards or appeared on its seven booklists. Tickets cost $25. This event sells out most years, with only limited tickets at the door, so order yours today!

The klatch uses a speed-dating approach so attendees can meet as many authors as possible! Authors will sit at a table and talk about their work and move to a new table every 3 to four minutes. Authors participating in this year’s event include:

  • Kendare Blake
  • Deb Caletti
  • Ally Condie
  • Matt Dembicki
  • Margarita Engle
  • Brian Farrey
  • Sharon G. Flake
  • Michael Grant
  • Julie Halpern
  • Daniel Handler
  • Christine Hinwood
  • Jenny Hubbard
  • Stacey Jay
  • Kazu Kibuishi
  • Jessi Kirby
  • Marie Lu
  • Melissa Marr
  • Guadalupe Garcia McCall
  • Garth Nix
  • Ken Oppel
  • Marlene Perez
  • Susan Goldman Rubin
  • Meghan Sayres
  • Lisa Schroeder
  • Ruta Sepetys
  • Steve Sheinkin
  • Neal Shusterman
  • Eliot Schrefer
  • Craig Silvey
  • Andrew Smith
  • Maggie Stiefvater
  • Raina Telgemeier
  • Lex Thomas
  • Wendelin Van Draanen
  • John Corey Whaley
  • Jacqueline Woodson
  • Bil Wright

Updates to the participant list will appear at the YALSA Annual Conference wiki.

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 YA Authors Coffee Klatch to your registration, you can do so (1) by phone: Call ALA Registration at 1 (800) 974-3084 and ask to add the YA Authors Coffee Klatch 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.

Find out about the many other ALA Annual Conference & Exhibits highlights—speakers, events, networking opportunities, and more. For general information about the meeting in Anaheim, Calif., June 21-26, 2012, visit Save money with Early Bird Registration, open until midnight, Sunday, May 13, 2012.

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,