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ALA Annual 2015: Day Three Highlights

Day three of the American Library Association Annual Conference was off to a bright start for YA lit lovers, who gathered at YALSA’s YA Author Coffee Klatch. Kind of like speed dating with authors, this event is a highlight of many attendees’ conference experience.

The amazing group of authors participating in the Klatch.
The amazing group of authors participating in the Klatch.
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YALSA members Lalitha Nataraj of Escondido and Kim Christofferson of Salt Lake City eagerly await the authors.
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Author Leigh Bardugo talks about her upcoming book, Six of Crows.
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It seems like this event gets bigger every year!

Another excellent YALSA session for YA lit fans took place in the afternoon– bestselling author Marie Lu moderated a panel of debut authors whose books feature diversity. The room was packed, and the conversation was fascinating! There was a lot of talk about the intentionality of writing diverse stories, and about who the audience is (spoiler: everybody!).

A full house! This topic and these authors really resonated with the audience.
A full house! This topic and these authors really resonated with the audience.
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The fabulous panel and moderator!
Tamara Baltazar and Christopher Estes of Greensboro take a selfie with Marie Lu
YALSA members Tamara Baltazar and Christopher Estes of Greensboro take a selfie with Marie Lu

In the Moscone Center West (where the above session was held), I spotted a gorgeous display of  newly created cover art for classic books.

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That’s it for day three… one more day coming up!

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-Allison Tran, currently reading an ARC of Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

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  1. It was so great to meet you!

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