I am off to the Reading Matters conference in Melbourne. This is a conference for professions and Young Adult enthusiasts. Some of the sessions include:
“You can’t say that” . Parental guidance recommended with Libba Bray, Vikki Wakefield and Gabrielle Williams. Censorship is a fascinating topic which can provoke vigorous discussion. This will be of particular interest to me as selecting graphic novels can be tricky when looking at the content and if it would be best in YA or the adult collection. There can be quite strong feedback from customers and staff!
“Unleashing YA” Gayle Forman, Morris Gleitzman and Keith Gray on adult encroachment in YA.
Morris Gleitzman is a renowned Australian author. His latest series is the story of a young boy who escapes from the Nazis.
This session may be about the increasing number of well known authors writing for YA as well as the adult market (eg Jodi Picoult, Kathy Reichs, John Grisham, James Patterson) or it may discuss the number of adults reading YA literature. Both of these are noticeable trends in YA.
“My life in comics” presented by Raina Telgemeier. Raina is from America. She presents her novels in comic strip format. Her first novel was autobiographical and is about her difficult years at high school after she had suffered a injury to her mouth.
I have been madly reading books by all of the authors appearing at the conference. This has been quite challenging in some ways. I find that I sometimes tend to read authors I know and genres I enjoy. It has been interesting extending my reading. Do others find themselves limiting their reading in this way?