YA Lit Community

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As you all know, I am the creator of the YA Lit program at the 92nd Street Y. I’ve had the privilege to meet and work with some amazing authors like Veronica Roth, Cassandra Clare, Lauren Oliver, Holly Black, Maureen Johnson, Maggie Stiefvator, Melissa de la Cruz and Chuck Wendig just to name a few. I hold a special place in my heart for James Dashner, who is the nicest guy on the planet. I met him and the cast of the Maze Runner when we did an event with them in September. I also got to meet Susan Ee! If you haven’t read “Angelfall,” what are you waiting for? Amazeballs!

This Friday night, I added to my growing list of awesomeness by meeting Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux series) and Gena Showalter (Alice in Zombieland). These two ladies lit up the stage and were both so warm and charismatic. Their fans were amazing too! One of the girls handmade a beautiful dress and looked exactly like the cover model from “Alice in Zombieland.” I was uber impressed. This is the absolute best part of my job; connecting readers with their favorite authors. I love that teens are excited about reading! And YA authors are the most gracious authors on the planet. They are just as enthusiastic about meeting their fans as their fans are about meeting them. Great night!

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