Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Teens and the American Library Association

by Jill Williamson

I had the privilege to attend the American Library Association's Midwinter event in Seattle this past weekend. This is a major conference for all kinds of librarians to come and learn about books. It's also the annual location of the Youth Media Awards, where such awards as the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz, among others, are announced.

Me at my signing.
My publisher set up a book signing for me to give away ARCs (advance reader copies) of my new book Captives. I found the booth a half hour early, curious to see what the exhibit hall was like. My publisher was located in the HarperCollins booth, where I snagged an ARC of The Elite by Kiera Cass (Sweet!). My publisher had set up a display of my books with posters and buttons, but I was too busy looking at all the free books they had on display, filling my own bag! People kept asking about my book, and since I was there, I started the signing early. So I signed books for almost an hour an a half--until we ran out of books, actually. It was super fun, and it just happened to be YALSA teen blogger day.

How cool was that?

I got to give my book to tons of teen bloggers and had a blast chatting with them. I wish I'd thought to bring Go Teen Writers flyers too, but I did ask the teens if they wrote, and the ones who did, I wrote the GTW info on the flyer I gave them, so hopefully some of them will find their way here eventually.

The giveaway loot!
In case you weren't aware of YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association), it's the division of the American Library Association that deals with teen books. And after learning more about them this weekend, I'm thinking of becoming a member. You might want to, also. Here is a link to their website for more information.

I walked away with one ARC copy of my book. Sadly, this ARC is not the final version of the book that will be published in March. I changed a lot about the technology of my world in my final edit. But--that's the version that we gave away, so I'm going to give away this ARC (plus a poster, button, and bookmark) to one GTW blog reader. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below telling me the title of the last book you checked out from a library. For more info about the story, check out the book page on Amazon.com.

Margaret is the winner! Margaret, please email me your name and mailing address to jill@jillwilliamson.com so I can mail out your prize.

83 comments:

  1. The last book I checked out from a library was The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna. :) ALA midwinter looks like fun; everyone I follow on twitter is talking about it!

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    1. It was fun, Allison. I haven't heard of The Lost Girl. Was it good?

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    2. Yeah, I thought it was awesome! And it's about clones! :D

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  2. Sounds cool! And, crazily enough...the last book I checked out from the library was "To Darkness Fled," by someone around here...;)

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    1. lol Aww, thanks! Glad your library has it.

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  3. Neat! Um...I checked out like, twenty-five or so...I think it was The Siege of Macindaw by whatshisname who wrote the Ranger's Apprentice books. :)

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    1. From Amo Libros:
      I LOVE RANGER'S APPRENTICE!!!!

      Just had to say that ;)

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    2. From Amo Libros:
      Oh, I'm not entering for the book (although I think it's awesome that you guys do this!)

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    3. I'm reading the first Ranger's Apprentice to my son right now. :-)

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  4. Replication was actually the last book I checked out. After I read it, I passed it on for my sister to read. Then I recommended it to a friend, and she checked it out as soon as I returned it. It was SO good!

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    1. Sweet! Glad your library has a copy. :-)

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  5. That's really cool! The last book I checked out of a library...probably was an ankle book for a research paper contest that I entered. That was two years ago. I am so busy that I have not gotten to the library in a long long time.

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    1. I don't have a very big library near me, Alyson. So I never go there. :-(

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  6. I participated in National Teen Read Week, but I'm not an actual YALSA member. The last book I checked out of the library was What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang. I've already finished it and WOW! It was amazing. It's a Sci-Fi I think you might like, Mrs. Williamson.
    ~Sarah Faulkner

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    sarah(dot)y(dot)faulkner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Your book signing sounded really fun. :) I just recently finished reading Replication (I actually finished it on Saturday this past weekend). I loved it!
    Um, the last book I checked out was The Great Gatsby for school and that was in May 2011. I prefer to buy my books from a store (or Amazon) and sometimes I get free Kindle books. I haven't had much reason to go to the library. :p

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    1. Thanks for reading it, Micheila. You know, I've never read The Great Gatsby. When I was in high school, my English teacher was obsessed with John Steinbeck.

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  8. Oh, Jill, I'm so jealous! Looks like an amazing time. We have an awesome library in our neighborhood. I prefer buying books but I often check out new authors at the library to figure out where to spend my money :)

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    1. And I'm not entering for the ARC, just to be clear :)

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    2. It was fun, Steph. I loved my library in Burbank, CA. They almost always had everything. There were a few times I wanted something really obscure. Once I drove ten minutes to Glendale, and once I drove forty-five to the Beverly Hills library. I thought that was pretty cool, though. I still have my Beverly Hills, CA library card. lol

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  9. Sweet! So looking forward to your book release! I just checked out The Walking Drum by Louis L'amour. Not my usual fare but he is a great writer.

    Glad you had such a good time!

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    1. I've always wanted to read a Louis L'amour book and never have. Someday, perhaps.

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  10. Oh Gee... I haven't been to a library in forever! The last book that I checked out was probably The City Of Ember. I can't remember who it was by, but it was really good!

    It sounds like you had a lot of fun, Jill!

    ~Abby

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    1. I've read that one, Abby! It's a fun book.

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  11. Thats pretty awesome. The last book I checked out was Torn. It was book two of the trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking. I pretty much fell in love with it. I highly recommend it for fantasy readers who don't want to read about vampires.

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    1. LOL Thanks, Kim. Nice to know the vampires are fading away or a while.

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  12. The last book I checked out from the library was les miserables by Victor Hugo. Yes, I'm a nerd. :-)

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  13. The last book I checked out from the library is The Empty City, book one of the new Survivors series by Erin Hunter. I'm planning to go to the library today or tomorrow. ;) I just love libraries!

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    1. Never heard of that one, Marisa. Sounds interesting.

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  14. The last book I checked out was "the twits" by Roald Dahl, lol! It was for my sister. I must confess to not going to the library very often for myself because I reread ALL my books! But I like just sitting there browsing :) also is this US only? Because I live in the UK but I have loads of family in the States, so for postage reasons you could send it there ;) this book sounds so cool!!!

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    1. We own that book. We really like Roald Dahl in this house. :-)

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  15. The Elite??? I am sooooo jealous! I'm dying to read that book :) That sounds like a great time, I wish we had one of those down where I live! I'll have to check the site out :) I got a batch of books on my last library run. I got 3 books from Maria V. Snyder, After:a collection of dystopian and apocalyptic short stories, Shades Of Earth by Beth Revis (amazing book!) and Right Where I Belong by Krista McGee. Thanks for the giveaway! Sierra
    Keep growing beautiful!

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    1. Yes! I'm reading it now. I actually got it for a teen of mine who loaned me her copy of The Selection. So, once I read book two, I'll mail it to her as a surprise. She's in college now.

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  16. I'm in Canada, so I may not be eligible, but the one of the last books I checked out (my current read) was "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen. I'm not very far into it yet. :)

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    1. I love Jane. I plan on reading all her books this summer.

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  17. I got a ebook from the Kindle library on Amazon if that counts) it was called Sleeper, it was a medical mystery. If that wont count, it has been a long time since I went to my library, mostly because all my library has is kid books, and they occasionally get a new book. I think the last one I checked out was called The Doll House Murder, that was such a good book. I wish I went to the library more often, I love sharing books.

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    1. That totally counts, Natalie. Libraries, they are a changing. Lots have ebooks now.

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  18. The last book I checked out at the library was Oracles of Delphi Keep by Victoria Laurie. It was a recommendation from a cousin of mine :)

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    1. I've heard of that one, Caroline. Was it good?

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  19. I checked out two books last time I went to the library. Theodore Boone: The Abduction by John Grisham (it was pretty good), and The Case Against My Brother by Libby Sternberg which I haven't started yet. Our library is probably my favorite place in town, and it's huge. Thanks for the giveaway, Mrs. Williamson!

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    1. I used to read every John Grisham book there was. I owned them all in hardcover. Then I got distracted when I started writing. I heard good things about his latest, though. Might have to pick it up.

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  20. Cool!
    Hmmm, last time I was in the library I checked out three or four books lol, but the one I'm currently reading is called Incarceron.

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    1. I've heard great things about Incarceron. Do you like it?

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  21. Hm... the last book I checked out was The Chaos (sequel to Numbers).

    I've always wanted to go tk one of these things. FREE books? Signings? Can anyone just walk in?

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    1. No, you have to register for the conference. So, I think you need to be a member of ALA or YASLA. Is Numbers good?

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  22. The last book I checked out from the library was Please Understand Me II.

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    1. Woot! Someone is doing some character work! lol

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  23. Black by Tedd Dekker was the last book for me :)

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    1. Great book, Megan. I loved the original trilogy.

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  24. The last book I brought home from the library was "The Catastrophic History of You and Me" by Jess Rothenberg. Phew! That was a hard one. I brought home a stack of books up to my eyeballs! I'd love to read Captives! :)

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    1. What is that book about, Cait? Was it good?

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  25. The last book I brought home was "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein.

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    1. Did you like it? I think it's cool when authors can pull off books with animal narrators.

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  26. That sounds like fun! I wish I was there! I think the last novel I took out of the library and read was "To Kill A Mockingbird". So sad but sweet. And I'd love to read Captives!!! :)

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    1. I adore To Kill a Mockingbird. I think it's wonderful all the way down to the perfect title.

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  27. The last book I checked out was "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien". Yep, real lotr geek stuff.

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    1. Sweet! Did you learn some cool extra stuff?

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  28. The last book I borrowed from the library was Cascade, River of Time Series. :) Captives sounds so good!

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    1. I still haven't read book three in that series... So many books, so little time!

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    2. 0.o Gabby's story was so sweet.

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  29. I check out loads of books at a time, so picking one is very difficult. The last book I brought home and absolutely loved was "The Raven Boys" by Maggie Stiefvater. I've reread it about four times and it's currently My Favorite Book. :)

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    1. I've never read Maggie Stiefvater. One of these days...

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  30. I was at the library today, actually, and picked up STORMDANCER by Jay Kristoff.

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    1. Never heard of that one, Jalyn. Are you liking it so far?

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  31. Oh wow. Libraries... Well I guess the last book I checked out was "The Merchant of Death" by D.J. MacHale. Great book, AMAZING series :)

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    1. Pendragon! Those books are fun, Lindsey. :-)

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  32. Actually, the last book I had was actually a stack of books. In that stack I think I had the art of war, war and peace, the complete book international adoption, Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Moby Dick, Jane Eyre, and some others.

    Thank you so much for doing this giveaway! And thank you for all the posts that you write on Go Teen Writers team riders. I always enjoy reading the posts. They're always so helpful. Thank you!

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    1. You're welcome, 4readin!

      Sounds like you just read a ton of books!

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  33. The last book I checked out from the library was "Arrow's Fall" by Mercedes Lackey, for the second time. The first time I read it it kind of creeped me out, but the second time I knew what was going to happen and I could appreciate the less creepy parts.

    Anyway, thanks for doing the giveaway! I remember my eighth grade teacher got an ARC for Darke and I was like, What? There are such things? You can get the book *early*? Really excited for Captives!

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    1. I've never read a Mercedes Lackey book, and I've always wanted to. In fact, I bought one of hers, and it's sitting there, waiting for me to read it. *sigh*

      You guys should see my bedside table. It's scary. I think it's a fire hazard...

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    1. Ugh, sorry about the above comment. I wanted to re-word my comment and post it again, but now I can't figure out how to get the old comment to completely delete instead of saying "it's been removed." 'Tis quite annoying. :P

      The last book I checked out at the library was I'm So Sure by Jenny B. Jones. :) I loved the series when I read it a couple years ago, so I wanted to re-read it, but I accidentally got the second book instead of the first. I ended up not reading it so that I can someday re-read the series in order instead.

      When I last checked out library books though, I got a stack of books. Does just picking one of them work for the contest? :) Thanks for doing this!

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    2. I love Jenny's books. So funny.

      This contest is totally informal. Everyone who commented is in, except for the two people who said they didn't want to be in. LOL

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  35. That sounds awesome, Jill! I'm sure it must have a lot of fun to get free books, and then sign some of your own.

    The last book I checked out from the library? Is it bad I can't even remember. Let's say... Hunger Games. My brother might have checked that one out, but I was going to read it too.

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    1. Nice, nice.

      Yes, most the books I got I'll be giving away on my blog over the next few months, so keep an eye out. lol

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  36. Forgotten, by Cat Patrick. Borrowing it was fun enough, but reading it was (unfortunately) not.

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  37. I'm almost done with Ranger's Apprentice: The Burning Bridge.

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    1. Ooh, I'll be reading that one soon, Christy. We got the first five at a yard sale this summer.

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  39. Margaret is the winner! Congrats!

    Margaret, please email me your name and mailing address to jill@jillwilliamson.com so I can mail out your prize.

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