Monday, 17 March 2014

Latest YALC News!

Hey guys!

I don't usually post press releases up here but recently I got a release about the upcoming YALC so I wanted to let you guys know who the latest authors are who will be at the convention. Have any of you got your tickets yet? I'm hoping to get mine soon; can't wait!

So, anyway, onto the info that you've been waiting for:

Waterstones Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman and the London Film and Comic Convention are delighted to announce the second raft of names attending the UK’s first ever Young Adult Literature convention (YALC).
First to be announced today was Sally Green, who has been enjoying a huge media buzz, finding herself billed as the next JK Rowling after Penguin paid a six figure advance for her novel Half Bad and two follow up novels, and movie rights were snapped up by the team who brought Twilight to the big screen. Also added to the line-up is Fast Show comic Charlie Higson, whose Young Bond novels have sold over a million copies in the UK alone not to mention the success of his zombie series The Enemy. Another writer known for exploring the gory side of the supernatural, Department 19 author Will Hill, also joins the growing list of authors appearing at YALC 2014
The hugely popular and bestselling US author Holly Black, best known for her collaboration with Tony DiTerlizzi  The Spiderwick Chronicles will be joining the line-up as part of a visit to the UKJoining her are two multi award-winning authors who have both won Carnegie Medals for their teen novels, Sally Gardner and Meg Rosoff, as well as Roald Dahl Funny Prize shortlisted Geek Girl author Holly Smale. Completing the list of names announced today is Jonathan Stroud, the author of the worldwide multi-million copy sellingBartimaeus series and new face Isobel Harrop, whose illustrated journal was snapped up to be published by Hot Key Books when she was just 18 years old.
YALC will form a highlight of Malorie Blackman’s campaign as the Waterstones Children’s Laureate. It will take place at the London Film and Comic Con (LFCC), at Earl’s Court, London on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July 2014. YALC will bring together all the UK’s YA publishers to provide a host of author events in a dedicated Book Zone, with talks, workshops, signings, a book sales area and publisher stands promoting new and upcoming titles. Blackman will act as a curator for the two-day convention, uniting authors and publishers throughout the UK community. 2014’s YALC event will be the first time a large scale public convention around YA books has taken place in the UK, and its setting among the fans of cultish film and TV will set books at the heart of entertainment for teens and young people.
The full list of names announced today:
                     Holly Black
                     Isobel Harrop
                     Charlie Higson
                     Will Hill
                     Sally Gardner
                     Sally Green
                     Meg Rosoff
                     Holly Smale
                     Jonathan Stroud

Previously announced:
                     Malorie Blackman
                     James Dawson
                     Matt Haig
                     Derek Landy
                     Sophie McKenzie
                     Patrick Ness
                     Natasha Ngan
                     Darren Shan
                     Ruth Warburton 

(*Press release supplied by Booktrust)

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