YALSA hosts author coffee, fashion show at ALA Annual

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn


(312) 280-2128



For Immediate Release

May 12, 2009

CHICAGO —Tickets are still available for the YALSA Happy Hour and Fashion Show on July 10 and the Morris Award Presentation and YA Author Coffee Klatch on July 12, both presented by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago.Â

The YALSA Happy Hour and Fashion Show, hosted by Steven Rosengard of “Project Runway” Season 4 fame, begins at 5 p.m. Â Stylish librarians will walk the runway, giving examples of how to be fashionable without breaking the bank. The fashion show will also feature makeovers and tips that attendees can take home. Tickets cost $10 and include a drink ticket, courtesy of event sponsor Disney-Hyperion Books.

The Morris Awards Presentation and YA Author Coffee Klatch will begin with the presentation of the first William C. Morris Award to Elizabeth C. Bunce, whose debut novel, “A Curse Dark as Gold” will be honored. After Bunce’s acceptance speech, the event will move to a speed-dating format in which attendees will mingle in an informal breakfast setting with popular young adult authors whose books have appeared on YALSA’s Popular Paperbacks and Quick Picks lists. The second half of the event is sponsored by Disney-Hyperion Books. Participating authors include Jim Benton, Sarah Dessen, Kimberly Pauley, Yasmin Shiraz and Jacqueline Woodson. A complete list of authors, as well as details on other YALSA events at ALA Annual Conference, can be found on the YALSA wiki by visiting
http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa and clicking on “YALSA at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference.” Tickets cost $19 in advance and $25 onsite.

Tickets to both events can be purchased by visiting
www.ala.org/annual. If you have already registered and would like to add this special event to your registration, you have two options: (1) By phone: Call ALA Registration at 1 –(800) 974-3084 and ask to add a workshop to your existing registration; (2) Online: Add an event to your existing registration by clicking on
this 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 audio books for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to
www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,