YAing News: Week of Oct. 12

By the Young Adulting Editors

Snuggle into fall with read-along comics, YA LGBTQ+ reading lists, workshops for writers and illustrators, and more! Young Adulting‘s periodical roundup of community resources for YA writers and readers is here.

Happy October!

It’s the season of cozy evenings tucked under a blanket with a book and a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Now that the days are getting shorter and colder, we need great books more than ever to get through these uncertain times. We hope you are all doing well and staying safe and healthy. 

We are introducing a periodical roundup here on Young Adulting Review. We’re hoping that this can be a great resource for writers and readers of YA books.

Send Us Your News!

In these posts, we’ll share upcoming events, interesting media, contests, calls for submission, and other exciting things happening in the world of YA and kidlit in North America. Send us your launch invites, your themed essays, your special podcast eps, your online videos, your links… if they’re related to our mandate. Here’s our contact information.

Reading Lists
Thinking Critically

We are also dedicated to highlighting diverse voices here at Young Adulting, and loved Quill and Quire’s amazing article, “Kidlist Special Sarah Raughley pens open letter to publishing on the emotional burdens of writing while Black”

Online Events

As we all continue to work and learn from home, several exciting events have gone online, increasing accessibility and creating new opportunities to engage with other authors and illustrators like never before. Here are just a few happening this month:

  • ngage with comics in a whole new way through New York Comic Con Presents: Graphix Out Loud, where graphic novels come to life with dynamic read-alouds of beloved comic series from their authors and illustrators.
  • The School Library Journal is hosting a daylong program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks on October 15. Day of Dialog features Kwame Alexander, Monique, Gray Smither and many other authors.
  • Online conversations with the writers of Penguin Teen Canada’s Pocket Change Collective, a series of small books with big ideas by today’s leading youth activists and artists. October 21 @ 7 PM.
  • Participate in a unique professional development conference for authors and illustrators, offered by the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers. Their Packaging Your Imagination conference will be live-streamed this year on October 24. 

We hope these books, resources, and events keep you company even as our days get shorter. Happy reading! 


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