Booktrust has announced 13 new authors appearing at this year’s Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC). They include Darren Shan, Sally Green, Kevin Brooks, James Dawson, Samantha Shannon and Amy Alward.
The convention will, as last year, run in tandem with the London Film and Comic Con, from 17-19 July at Olympia, London.
Canadian author (of The Shadow’s Curse) and HarperCollins commissioning editor, Amy McCulloch on here experience at YALC:
Since this was the first one ever, I was really interested to see how it was going to pan out. Turns out: this is one of the best book events I’ve ever attended. More buzzy than most other conventions, with a real sense of excitement and interest in the panels. I think the YALC organisers did an amazing job in curating the panel discussions, and there really was something for everyone.
Malorie Blackman on why she established this weekend’s YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention).
I have to say, from the point of view of a reviewer (particularly when I was writing for The Scotsman and Literary Review) who has always been keen to be an advocate for the quality and high standards of much writing that is published as teenage or young adult fiction, it is absolutely marvellous to see our current Children’s Laureate promoting YA books and their authors in this way.
ACHUKA wishes all involved a fabulous weekend.
When I was a teenager, reading for me was as normal, as unremarkable as eating or breathing. Reading gave flight to my imagination and strengthened my understanding of the world, the society I lived in and myself. More importantly, reading was fun, a way to live more than one life as I immersed myself in each good book I read. I have visited other planets, alternate dimensions, other countries, survived wars, obtained super powers, had numerous adventures, walked in the shoes and lived in the head of countless characters, laughed with them, cried with them, lived with them, died with them? How is that uncool?
That’s why I was so keen in my role as Waterstones children’s laureate to create a forum where teen books was celebrated in the same way that film, TV and computer games are in popular youth culture. And so the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) , at which 50 of the top YA authors will be appearing, was born. And what better place and space to do this than the summer London Film and Comic Con (LFCC) at Earl’s Court this weekend.
The final line-up and schedule for the UK’s first Young Adult Literature Convention has been announced, with leading British young adult fiction authors being joined by star names from America such as Rainbow Rowell.
Waterstones Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman is hosting the event – which will be held on Saturday July 12 and Sunday July 13 at the London Film and Comic Convention at Earls Court 2 – as part of her campaign to champion fiction for a teenage and young adult audience.