by Amy Dettmer, Grand Rapids

Last Saturday I attended  Twin Cities Teen Lit Con.
It was great! There were lots of teens running around and the authors
geared their presentations to the teen audience. I saw Gayle Forman,
Matt de la Pena, and E. Lockhart, all superstar authors of teen lit.
In
the morning I attended   “What to Read Next”,  presented by  Laura
Lanik, Book Snob blogger and Social Studies teacher. She book talked
some of her favorite 2014 and 2015 titles. I was happy to see I have
some of them on the shelves, but there were quite a few new-to-me
titles, too. Her day job is teaching  at Minneapolis South High School
and she loves reading! She brought a fresh social studies perspective to
her book talks which I enjoyed.
In
the afternoon I attended “You Published What?” with Dutton book editor
Andrew Karre. He was casual and laid back and opened his session to lots
of questions. He said his boss at Dutton is the editor of all John
Green’s books, Julie Strauss-Gabel! He gave advice on how to break into
publishing and talked about the state of young adult publishing.
Fascinating to hear about the publishing world!
Thank you to ALS for providing the scholarship to attend. I had a great day!