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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Reading Matters 2013

Christmas has most definitely come early for Australian fans of young adult literature.

Reading Matters is an event held by the State Library of Victoria’s wonderful Centre for Youth Literature (CYL) whose sole purpose is to promote reading for all young people. And in 2013, the CYL team have concocted quite a treat with Reading Matters – in which they bring beloved young adult authors to Melbourne for an event that celebrates all things YA.
 Reading Matters is a Melbourne-based celebration of everything that’s unique and exciting in the world of youth literature: From storytelling impresarios to graphic novelists, insights into the narratives of games to debating the politics of YA fiction, this program is as diverse as the teen readers themselves.”   
So, have I piqued your interest? Well, hold on to your spectacles fellow bibliophiles – because yesterday the CYL team made the first of three announcements, revealing the author line-up for Reading Matters next year, and it’s a wee bit fantastic.

From the CYL website:


Gayle Forman is a Brooklyn based, award winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in SeventeenCosmopolitan and Elle. She burst onto the scene with the bestselling, contemporary titles If I Stay and Where She Wentbooks that are infused with passion, music and memorable characters.  
Libba Bray is the New York Times bestselling author of The Gemma Doyle trilogy; the Printz Award-winning Going BovineBeauty Queens; and The Diviners series. She is originally from Texas but makes her home in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband, son, and two sociopathic cats.  
Andrew McGahan debuted on the literary scene with The AustralianVogel Literary Award-winning Praise. In 2004 he won the Miles Franklin Literary Award for The White EarthThe Coming of the Whirlpool was the first title in his move into youth literature –the beginning of a swashbuckling series full of action and adventure.
Alison Croggon has published award-winning poetry, plays and an opera or two. She started writing fantasy in the late 90s, was nominated for two Aurealis awards in 2002, and reimagined the spooky moors of Brontë in her 2012 YA release Black Spring.  
Myke Bartlett was born in Perth, and spent his first twenty years trying to escape. A trained journalist, Bartlett writes on politics, movies, pop culture and rock music for Australia’s best known cultural publications. His debut young adult novel Fire in the Sea won the 2011 Text Prize.

I am so, so, so excited by each and every one of these authors (and I'm crossing my fingers that Libba Bray attends at least one event in her infamous cow suit!). They represent some of the best that young adult has to offer – from the Miles Franklin-nominated to Printz-winners – covering a range of genres; from contemporary, fantasy, historic and everything in between.

These are some of the current Rock Stars of young adult literature – and if you don’t believe me, check out this post, in which Persnickety Snark recounts her American trip to the YA Lit Symposium & YALLFest last month, and includes a ridonkulously cool photo of the signing queues Gayle Forman attracts!

I am so excited for Reading Matters. Nothing compares to meeting your favourite authors face-to-face, waiting in line with a mixture of thrilling anticipation and crippling nerves for the chance to present a well-worn and beloved copy of their book for signing. To get a couple of seconds with them just to say; “Hey, you write like you’re in my head and while that’s sometimes unsettling it’s also unparalleled in its awesomeness. So, thank you.” And to also hear our favourite authors speak, at length, about what makes them and their characters tick, how they hone their craft and what else they have in store for us. 

Reading Matters is to young adult readers what Woodstock was to hippies and music-lovers, if you will. It's going to be an extraordinary opportunity to congregate with fellow fans and YA-worshippers, meet your literary idols and take your reading to the next level.

I. Can’t. Wait!

This is the current schedule for Reading Matters:

Tickets are on sale now, so hurry up and book your place for the young adult Rock-Fest of the year!

1 comment:

  1. Ohhhhhh, I will be in the USA at the end of May, otherwise I would totally have booked a ticket. I hope it's awesome!


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