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Of Interest to Harry Potter fans

There's going to be a table over at the Hyatt for Ascendio, the eighth Harry Potter fan event put on by HPEF (we did Infinitus in '10, as well as Azkatraz, Prophecy, Witching Hour and more) - and from Friday through Monday, we'll be doing a few trivia challenges via Twitter.

You can follow us at - we've got a bunch of trivia questions we'll be asking over the weekend, and if you know the answer, swing by our table and tell us - the first five people to come by with the correct answer will win a Harry Potter-themed prize or some HPEF swag.

We'll also be taking registrations for Ascendio and while on the website you can only pay with credit cards, at Dragon*Con, you'll be able to use cash if that's your preference.

Come by and say hi! We'll have candy! (While supplies last, and we have a lot of supplies.)
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"Upcoming Books" Panel

I know it's way early to whine about not having a handout posted from the con, but I'm impatient! I missed out on the Upcoming Books panel and didn't get a handout, and the and websites haven't been updated since 2008 (or I'm navigationally challenged and can't find them). Can anyone scan in the handout so I can start filling out order forms for my local independent bookseller?
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Everyone Loves a Parade

Okay guys...We're 9 days and counting so if you are planning to march in the parade this year I want to hear from you!

I would like to get some idea of how many ribbons I need to ask for when we register for the parade so if you plan on marching with YA LIT, please either comment on this LJ post, or send me an email at, that would be great! See you all soon!

Please remember that if you're planning on wearing a YA costume, it is customary that you march behind the YA Lit banner. You are welcome to bring your own banners if you have a group that is marching together, but it will need to also march behind the YA Lit track banner. NEW THIS YEAR - there is no throwing items into the crowd. The city of Atlanta has actually mandated this. This is not our doing so no matter how small or harmless you think it might be, we don't want anyone to get hurt or in trouble.

Thanks guys!
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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!
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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!

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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


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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
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Thanks for a great Dragon*Con 2009!

Hello friends of the YA Lit Track,

I think this year was our best yet! If you came to any of our panels, games, or events, please let us know what you thought.  I'd love to hear your feedback.  I've seen some of you post your pictures to your Facebook accounts, but I'd also enjoy seeing your pictures on our track Facebook page.  I'd especially love to see your best Yule Ball pictures.  Tag away, friends.  LJ is my first love, but it's not especially adept at downloading pictures.  For those of you who enjoy both LJ and FB, please forgive the redundant messages.

I'd like to give a special shout out to the best staff at Dragon*Con.  To my Assistant Director, Mary Moline, thanks for everything.  I could not do this without you, nor would I want to.  To the rest of my exceptionally talented staff, Lydia Watson, Karen Smith, Suzanne Chatham, Karen Newsome, and Tara Smith, I love you all and thanks for your hard work moderating panels, interviewing guests, sitting on panels, buying door prizes with your own money, and always going above and beyond the call of duty for completely uncompensated volunteers. Tara, I know it's time for you to move on, but I wish you all the best.  Welcome to Mel Pichetto, newest staffer.  I know you'll fit right in with the crew. Thanks to Jill Maddox and Sheila Clift who are almost staff members.  You don't even have to do anything, and yet you always do.  Thanks also to Veronica Atkins and Traci Dammann from Atlanta HP for hosting "Are You a Death Eater."  I also have to give a special thanks to Jan Price and Aurora Celeste, our resident costume experts and overall great volunteers.  I love you, ladies.  Dragon*Con couldn't even run without wonderful volunteers like you.

As for our phenomenal guest authors, especially Kathleen Duey and Steve Berman, I can't thank you enough. You give us a reason to gather and talk: your gifts of words.  I love and respect your work almost as much as I love and respect you as people.  Thanks for being our Book Club guinea pigs!

Thanks to the other wonderful guests and panelists, including Chesya Burke, Bonnie Kunzel, Susan Fichtelberg, Kathryn Hinds, Mark West, Racheline Maltese, Maggie Stiefvater, Jackie Kessler, Heather Brewer, Todd McCaffrey, Jenny Blackford, Keith DeCandido, Kathleen David, Sandra Ann McDonald, Jennifer Cam, Michelle Weston, Ted Naifeh, Andy Runton, Diana Peterfreund, D.A. Adams, and Davey Beauchamp.  If I have inadvertently missed anyone, I apologize.

Thanks to you, the fans, who come out and support us.  I'd like to also give thanks to all of you who helped us set up for the Yule Ball.  There is no way we could have opened the Ball at 9:00 without your help. 

So, let us know how we did this year.  Everything we do, we do for you fans.  We want to do stuff that you want to come see.

Bev Kodak
Director, Young Adult Lit @ Dragon*Con