Meet YALSA’s literary award winners in Washington, D.C.

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist



For Immediate Release

April 27, 2009

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will celebrate the winners of its literary awards and selected list honorees with special events and programs at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., June 25-29. Registration is available online at Advanced registration ends May 14.

Tickets are available for the YALSA Margaret A. Edwards Award Luncheon on June 26, the YA Authors Coffee Klatch on June 27 and the Michael L. Printz Award Program and Reception on June 28. YALSA will also highlight winners of its annual Alex Awards, which celebrates ten adult novels with teen appeal, during a free program on Sunday, June 27 and the Odyssey Award, administered with the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), at a free reception on Monday, June 28. Information on all of YALSA’s Annual events is available at the YALSA Wiki (

YALSA’s Edwards Luncheon will honor Jim Murphy for his significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for the nonfiction books “An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793,” “Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America,” “The Great Fire,” “The Long Road to Gettysburg” and “A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy.” Guests will enjoy a sit-down luncheon at noon on June 26 as they listen to Murphy discuss his writing. Tickets cost $59 and must be purchased in advance at

Attendees can meet their favorite authors, representing YALSA’s six literary awards and six selected booklists, at the YA Authors Coffee Klatch on June 27 at 8:30 a.m. Tickets cost $19 in advance and $25 onsite. Librarians will sit at a table and every 3 or 4 minutes, a new author will arrive at your table to talk. For a full list of authors, visit

At the Printz program and reception at 8 p.m. on June 28, author Libba Bray will discuss “Going Bovine,” the 2010 winner. The reception will also celebrate the 2010 honor books:“Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith” by Deborah Heiligman, “The Monstrumologist” by Rick Yancey, “Punkzilla” by Adam Rapp and “Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973” by John Barnes. A reception will follow the author’s presentations and speeches. Tickets cost $29 until May 14, when advanced registration closes. After May 14, tickets will cost $35. Tickets will be available in advance or at the door.

YALSA will also celebrate the winners of its Alex Awards at a program on Sunday, June 27. Tickets are not required to attend this program.

The Odyssey Awards, co-administered with ALSC, will honor the best audiobook production for youth on June 28. Celebrate the spoken word at the 2010 Odyssey Award Presentation, featuring the 2010 Odyssey winner, “Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken,” written by Kate DiCamillo, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, and produced by Live Oak Media. Three honor titles will also be recognized for their excellence in audiobook production for children and young adults. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of Audio Publishers Association. Tickets are not required to attend this program.

If you have already registered and would like to add a 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 log in 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, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: