Monday, September 26, 2011

Anderson's Books Young Adult Literature Conference 9/24/2011

I feel like a legit book blogger because I now have ARCs!
(ARC = Advanced Reader Copy)

Check out  my loot from Saturday's YA Lit conference:

The bottom three are ARCs for Janice Hardy's Darkfall, Jennifer Hubbard's Try Not to Breathe, and Marie Lu's Legend, which I hear is awesome.

The rest of the books I bought myself. The middle book is The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, which comes out Tuesday 9/27/11. Then Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott, which Goodread's YA Book Club is reading in October. I also bought Life, After by Sarah Darer Littman who writes topical YA contemporary but is actually no so serious in person! Lastly, I found Let it Be by Colin Meloy which is a memoir about how 1980s band The Replacements influenced him.

At the conference, anyone I came into conversation with asked, "So, are you representing middle school or high school?" This lit conference is mainly attended by librarians and educators. My answer was, "Neither, I'm a writer." One woman asked, "Which books are yours?" I should have pointed to something on the sale table, but instead I told her I'm unpublished and a fan of YA.

Sharon Draper was the last keynote speaker. She shared hilarious letters from her young fans. It felt great to be around so many people geeked about books and writing.

What books are on your To-Read list?


  1. Man I envy your loot! I was at the conference and walked away with four titles that were booktalked during the "What's New in YA" session. I got none of the ARC's! :(

    Honestly I think both writers AND librarians were the minority this weekend because I was coming in contact with far more teachers than I expected. (Librarian, here).
    I totally agree about the joy of being around other book lovers. My undergraduate degree is in writing and I NEVER knew about such a conference (shame on Columbia). Had I experienced something like this then, I would have been stoked! LOL

  2. Thanks for finding me! I felt like an insider being at the conference, it was a cool experience.

  3. Hi! great pile of books you got there:) What am I dying to read...hmmm, I'd have to say I'm looking forward to reading Lola and the Boy Next Door!

  4. It was a great conference,wasn't it? I know it was geared toward educators, but I was really inspired when I left. And woot for all the loot! (How did you get ARCs, color me jealous :)?)

    I did pick up a copy of Ashes by Ilsa Bick and The Sky is Everywhere. I could have spent way too much money there. I wish I would have waited until the end to shop though, I probably would have also bought Sharon Draper's and Anna Perera's books too. I bought them today at Anderson's, but it would have been cool to get them signed.

  5. Lindsay, I've heard great things about Stephanie Perkins' books. I'm sure I'll get to them after I whittle down my current stack...

    Erin, my name was called for the raffle at the end, so I got a bag with 3 ARCs. I spent only the cash I took out for it, which kept me within reasonable spending limits. Anna Perera's book sounds incredible, I loved hearing her speak about the research she did to write it.


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