* Want to see lots of great authors in one place? Be sure to check out the detailed schedule for Portland’s Wordstock Festival now online. Lots of great YA authors are on the line-up.
* Have you been following the drama regarding the proposed book-banning in Missouri, involving Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and Sarah Ockler’s Twenty Boy Summer? Well, Sarah wrote an amazing op-ed piece for the area’s newspaper and Laurie has an amazing blog post about the reaction and outpouring of support she’s gotten since everything went down last week. Check it out, and tune in all this week for our features on Banned Books Week.
* Lots of YA books are getting optioned for movies these days, and we’re super-excited about this — but Entertainment Weekly makes a great point, in discussing some of the less recent YA books that should be considered for movie adaptations.
* Want to win some great books? Our friends at Open Book Society are hosting a contest with great prizes from Cassandra Clare. Head over to see how you can win copies of The Mortal Instruments trilogy and Clockwork Angel!
* Waterstone’s in the UK has added an exclusive teen section to its flagship Picadilly store. They’ve even created distinct sections for what they call teen titles (we call them “middle grade” in the U.S.) and YA, which is geared towards older teens and 20-somethings, plus the crossover adult audience. Borders in the U.S. rebranded its teen sections last year, but it sounds like Waterstone’s has really created something special.