No doubt about it — we YA lit fans love our authors. In teens and adults alike, YA authors can inspire the kind of hysterical adoration usually associated with twelve-year-old girls and boy bands. This was perhaps never more evident than two weeks ago at YALSA’s 2012 YA Literature Symposium, when I was among the hundreds of librarians who eagerly mobbed the hotel ballroom for the Book Blitz, hoping to get a book signed by our favorite authors. Aside from … well … the births of my children and stuff, it was one of the highlights of my life.
What I had never considered, however, was how authors can become valuable partners in the research process for my students. In this session, a panel of YA authors addressed just that.