July 2012 eNewsletter


Presenter of the National Book Awards
July 2012
The Young People's Literature Issue!


School is out and summer is here, but true book lovers read year round. This month we're focusing on young people's literature and bringing you some great author interviews, book recommendations, and other resources to give your summer reading a boost. And don't worry if you're not that young a reader; there's something here for everyone!


2012 Best of BookUp Selections


For the first time ever, we present the Best of BookUp Selections, a summer reading list straight from the source: our BookUp students! The selections were culled from over 100 titles read this year in all of our BookUp groups. Click here to view the selections.  


BookUp Students Interview YA Authors



Our BookUp students in New York and Texas are constantly discovering new books and reaching out to authors to learn more about the stories they love. Here's a sampling of recent interviews they conducted after discussing the authors' books in their after-school sessions:



Julie Anne PetersLisa SchroederMartha Southgate



Thanhha LaiThane RosenbaumHelena Marí­a Viramontes 


BookUp Instructors Recommend

BookUp Recommendations  

You might think YA books are just for kids, but our BookUp instructors beg to differ. Here are a few YA recommendations from full-grown adults who also happen to be writers themselves:


"I would recommend Marzi by Marzena Sowa, a poignant and insightful memoir/graphic novel about growing up in Communist Poland. The character Marzi is irresistible!" - Angie Cruz, BookUpTX


"I'm enjoying Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley, a beautifully written adventure/romance following teens at the edge of adulthood as they look for the graffiti artist Shadow." - Amanda Nowlin-O'Banion, BookUpTX


"I strongly recommend Jewel Parker Rhodes' Ninth Ward. In it, a girl must struggle to survive Hurricane Katrina. It is gripping and powerful, and the BookUp group at the Chinatown Y loved it!" - Eisa Ulen Richardson, BookUpNYC


NBA Young People's Literature Authors on Twitter

Cute Twitter Bird, Image by Andrea Auston, http://www.cutelittlefactory.com  

We love being a part of the literary community on Twitter, both as @nationalbook (the Foundation) and @BookUpNews (BookUp). If you're on Twitter and a YA fan, check out this list of National Book Award Winners, Finalists, and Judges in the Young People's Literature category who tweet about books and beyond.


Image by www.cutelittlefactory.com   


In 2011, for the first time ever, a YA author was selected as a 5 Under 35 honoree. Oscar Hijuelos, an NBA Fiction Finalist in 1989 for The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, selected Whaley for his first novel, Where Things Come Back, which also won the William C. Morris YA Debut Award and the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. You can learn more about Whaley on our website, as well as follow him @corey_whaley on Twitter.


September 23

Brooklyn Book Festival

Brooklyn, NY


November 11-17

National Book Awards Week

November 12

5 Under 35 celebration of emerging fiction writers
Brooklyn, NY

November 13 (morning)
National Book Awards Teen Press Conference
New York, NY

November 13 (evening)
National Book Award Finalists Reading
New York, NY

November 14 

National Book Awards

New York, NY


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