But lots of Oregon authors are having a pretty good year, too. I want to take a minute to show a little Oregonian literary pride on this penultimate January day.
For starters, Christine Fletcher's historical novel, TEN CENTS A DANCE, was selected as one of the 2009 Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, by the American Library Association! Yay, Chris!
I loved this book, and I’m glad to see it getting the recognition it deserves. I did an interview with Chris a few months ago, here.
lisa_schroeder's novel-in-verse, I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME, was listed as a 2009 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers by the ALA. Well-deserved! Yay, Leese! Lisa also did an interview with me, way back in May of 2008. You can find it here.
aprilhenry's latest YA thriller, TORCHED, will be released in early March. I can’t wait to read it! Yay, April! So far, I think my favorite among her books is LEARNING TO FLY. April was kind enough to allow me to interview her, as well, here.
Some of the most gorgeous writing I’ve ever read, for children or adults, can be found in Laini Taylor’s FAERIES OF DREAMDARK: BLACKBRINGER, a middle grade novel about … well, it’s a book that is very hard to synopsize. I’ll just say that there’s a fierce faery heroine named Magpie (’Pie, for short), a tattooed hero named Talon, some gruff and lovely crows, creepy villains, and one of the most fully-realized magical worlds I’ve ever read. Oh, and the meaning of life, and stuff. :-) Laini writes in exquisite, almost Tolkien-esque prose … a talent that does not occur very often, anymore.
The paperback of the book comes out May 9. Yay, Laini! Look at the subtle changes in cover art. Laini also has a YA novel coming out later this year - LIPS TOUCH. Double yay!
Suzanne Young, who recently relocated from the middle of Oregon to this corner, just announced that her earlier two-book deal has been augmented by two more books! WOW! We will have four SMITTEN KITTEN tales to lap up ... the first one appearing in 2010. Yay, Suzanne!
Five authorial Oregonian stars to keep your eye on ... who knows how many more will shine in the future? We have a growing kidlit community here, full of people who are passionate about books for children and teens.
Happy weekend! I'm going to watch an episode of "The Tudors," then get back to work on my WIP.