I had to start watching the news in order to evaluate how things would play out. Here at UNLV, we had to decide to cancel the conference all together or to move it online. Fortunately, we are a big GO for an online adventure.
Below you can find a flier for the summit, an introduction to all of the authors, and draft of the program. Take a look.
The Flier for the Summit!
The Link to the Registration
I have featured Chris in the blog a couple of time. First, when he was a keynote at YA conference I hosted at LSU. You can read about that here. (bonus, Matt was also a keynote at that conference.) Later, I was attending a YA conference and I was able to hear both Chris Crowe and Chris Lynch at the same event. What a great time.
Many people love how he has dealt with the development of the Atom bomb in Bomb, but I still favor Most Dangerous. I lived through the late sixties and early seventies. The ups and downs of the Nixon administration and the Vietnam War shaped my political beliefs and my sense of right and wrong. I am excited to hear Steve talk about his research process and how that turns into such fabulous books.
A couple of years ago I featured a discussion of Most Dangerous on a Dr. Bickmore's YA Wednesday blog post. You can my discussion about this wonderful book here.
Ashley Hope Pérez
I heard her speak at the same venue with Laurie Halse Anderson. What a treat. I wrote about for the blog. Take a look at this link.
Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones
Last November I meet several debut authors and I am still wading their several new books. However, discovering I'm not Dying with You Tonight and the two authors, Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones, who wrote it as a team. I was stunned by the novels beauty. The language is wonderful and the characters well developed and a bit unpredictable. If you don't know this book, what are you waiting for?
That isn't the best part. The best part was getting to have dinner with Gilly and Kimberly. I can't remember the last time I was taken with with a pair of writer/performers. They are witty, personable, and, most importantly, their friendship and love for one another is palpable. I started figuring out how to get them to UNLV before the night was over.
Their tag team presentation will be worth the entire cost of the registration. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of I'm not Dying with You Tonight as soon as you can.
Matt De la Peña
I am still amazed at the power of Love and I keep rereading We Were Here because I find the book so nuanced and timely. Once again I look forward to what Matt has to offer.
Other Authors Who Will be Making an Appearance
Josh was another author who had a great debut at an ALAN Workshop. Fortunately, for me and for you, he heard about the Summit and asked if he good be a part of the fun. Well, of course that can be arranged. I am looking forward to hearing what Josh has to say this time around.
Draft of the Program
Until next time.