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Here's a new reading list for you, friends.

Final ballot was announced on the 20th for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

And the nominees are...

* Hotel Under the Sand, Kage Baker (Tachyon, Jul09)
* Ice, Sarah Beth Durst (Simon and Schuster, Oct09)
* Ash, Malinda Lo (Little, Brown and Company, Sep09)
* Eyes Like Stars, Lisa Mantchev (Feiwel and Friends, Jul09)
* Zoe’s Tale, John Scalzi (Tor Aug08)
* When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books, 2009)
* The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making, Catherynne M. Valente (Catherynne M. Valente, Jun09)
* Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld (Simon, Oct09)

And congrats to Dragon*Con's own Eugie Foster for her nomination for best Novelette, “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast,” (Interzone, Feb09)!

Happy reading!

Zombies vs. Unicorns? Vote NOW!

Holly Black just did a short post on the upcoming anthology. There is a link in her post to the publisher's Zombies Vs. Unicorns poll.

Your vote could decide the fate of the universe. Vote now.

Seriously, we gotta do this panel this year.


ALA Awards- 2010

The Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz awards were announced recently. Here's a rundown of the winners:


Guest Update

Yes, I know it's really early to be announcing guests for next year's show, but we have two recent additions that I thought you all might want to know about. We have Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen) and Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen) from the Twilight movies.

Let's cross our fingers for no cancellations, but you know it's early yet.

Hope everyone is doing well. Start thinking about what programming you'd like to see next year. We start gearing up for real in January. As always, I welcome your suggestions!



September Books

After the "New YA Lit" panel at Dragon*Con I've been reading a lot of new stuff, so I wanted to put down my thoughts about what I've found.

The list (links lead to Amazon):

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
Libyrinth by Pearl North


Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix is the best Science Fiction I've read this season (sorry John Scalzi!).Collapse )

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer is a little to realistic in the post-apocalyptic, which is both good and bad.Collapse )

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was so good I finished it in one day.Collapse )

Rampant by Diana Peterfreund is awesome. Who can't love killer unicorns!?Collapse )

Libyrinth by Pearl North trips a bit, but it's going places, and I enjoyed the ride.Collapse )

Next on the shelf:

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Fire by Kristin Cashore (companion to Graceling, which rocked!)
The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Un Lun Dun by China Mieville
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The Looking Glass Wars and Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor (prep for ArchEnemy, which comes out on the 14th)
Sphinx's Princess by Esther Friesner (wrote Nobody's Princess/Prize, which totally changed my view of Helen of Troy)
Warrior Princess by Freewin Jones

X-posted to my personal LJ, yalitlovers, dragonconyalit