YAing News: Week of Feb. 8

In these in-between months, something that keeps us looking forward are all the exciting upcoming literary events. In this newsletter we look forward to upcoming literary events, and celebrate the accomplishments of black authors and illustrators of children and young adult books.

YAing Updates

Have you read our new reviews of two thoughtful YA novels yet? Check out our reviewers’ Sara Francoeur and Logaine Navascués’ reviews of Half Life by Lillian Clark, and Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

Celebrating Black Excellence

The ALA has announced their 2021 Youth Media Awards, awarding top books, digital media, video and audio books for children and young adults. Among these awards, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognize outstanding African American authors and illustrators of children and young adult books.This year’s recipients are:

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award Winner:

Three King Author Honor Books were selected: 

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award Winner

 Three King Illustrator Honor Books were selected: 

Writers in Residence & Events

  • Mark your calendars for An Evening with Gene Luen Yang, and online talk with Gene Luen Yang, cartoonist, author, and teacher behind such outstandings works as American Born Chinese and Avatar: the Last Airbender comics. He’ll explore the making of comics and graphic novels, and the significance of publishing culturally diverse narratives. Yang is the 2020-21 Distinguished Visiting Writer for the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program. The talk takes place on Thursday, March 11, from 7-8:30 p.m. MT – REGISTER HERE.
  • Celebrated YA author Tanya Boteju is the 2021 FOLD Teen Writer-in-Residence. Boteju will host a FOLD Academy webinar in April for young writers, as well as a workshop for educators during the FOLD literary festival (May 1-15). Stay tuned for specific event scheduling.

As always, please do send us your news related to children’s and young adult literature at young.adulting@ubc.ca so we can feature them in future newsletters. Our newsletters are published on the 2nd and 4th Monday each month.

Take care, and happy reading,

The Young Adulting Editors


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