YA Wednesday: This and That

What's the best way to promote your book? Take it to your high school! Author Stephanie Dickinson on her book Half Girl, about a 15-year-old who runs away from her Iowa hometown. (Galley Cat.)

Battle of the Kids' Books Update...
Round 3 Match 1: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. II: The Kingdom of the Waves triumphs again. This time it's over Laurie Halse Anderson's Chains.

Still to come...Round 3, Match 2: Reader's choice front-runner The Hunger Games takes on The Lincolns.

Awards galore for YA books...
Nation Powers_165x250 Tender morsels

L.A. Times Book Award for young adult fiction: Terry Pratchett's Nation.

Nebula Awards, best novel: Ursula K. LeGuin's Powers.

Tender Morsels has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award.

(Thanks, bookshelves of doom for the handy round-up.)

Quick links...
Sparked by a post at Shelf Talker, Roger Sutton talks about adults buying YA books:

When I look at books like Madapple, The Book Thief, Octavian Nothing, Tender Morsels--basically, literary YA fiction--I wonder what the gains and losses were in publishing them as YA. These are all books that undeniably have a YA audience, but without an adult audience as well they would be unviable. But had they been published as adult, would they have an audience at all?
Teen imprint Flux (home to many YA Wednesday favorites) is starting a podcast. We'll be eagerly awaiting episode one later this week.

Someone at the New York Post complains about Jake Wizner's Castration Celebration. I still think it's fun.

Publisher's Weekly posts a run-down of the big books coming up for the rest of 2009. I was excited to see that Maggie Stiefvater (Lament) has a new book coming out. And Jane Smiley has written a middle grade book about horses. Horses!

This week, I was thrilled to have the chance to interview author Michael Scott about The Sorceress, which comes out May 26. Look for the Q&A here on Omni soon. New to Nicholas Flamel? You can download a pdf of book one, The Alchemyst, here for free (!) until May 8. Happy reading...--Heidi

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