For immediate release | April 2, 2012

Susan Cooper to speak at YALSA’s 2012 Margaret A. Edwards Luncheon in Anaheim

CHICAGO — Join the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) in honoring Susan Cooper, winner of the 2012 Margaret A. Edwards Award for the five books of The Dark Is Rising Sequence, at the Margaret A. Edwards Luncheon at noon on Saturday, June 23 at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Cooper will speak about her books and writing for children and teens after a sit-down luncheon. The three-course luncheon costs $65; tickets must be bought in advance through Tickets will be available until June 1 and tickets will not be available onsite. The award is sponsored by School Library Journal.

The Dark Is Rising Sequence ("Over Sea, Under Stone"; "The Dark Is Rising"; "Greenwitch"; "The Grey King"; and "Silver on the Tree") chronicles the adventures of Will Stanton, the last of the immortal Old Ones, as he acquires the Things of Power for the Light in its climactic battle with the Dark. Originally published between 1966 and 1977 by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Cooper’s masterwork has served as an inspiration to generations of fantasy writers and readers.

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.

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 audio books 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,