Conference to Explore Young Adult Literature

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Byline: Melissa Jenco Daily Herald Staff Writer

A good memory and two stepdaughters makes it easy for Chicago author Laura Ruby to relate to her young audience.

"I think that first and foremost I have to say I'm blessed and/or cursed, depending on your point of view, with the kind of memory that makes it difficult to forget my own teen years," Ruby said, "to tap into all the feelings I had when I was a teenager."

Ruby will be one of eight authors featured at Anderson's Bookshop's third annual Children's and Young Adult Literature Conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn Select, 1801 N. Naper Blvd., Naperville.

Store owner Becky Anderson said the conference will be a great way for authors, teachers and book-lovers to discuss new literature and trends in the genre.

"I think they're going to come away meeting new voices in young adult literature," Anderson said. "They'll come away with tons of new books they can use with their own students, own libraries, and come away charged up and go back into the school environment and share a lot of new literature with their students."

Ruby, who wrote "Good Girls," and fellow Chicago writer Andy Behrens, who penned "All the Way," will take turns interviewing each other about the roads they took to publishing young adult literature.

"I hope they'll get a glimpse into the writing process and different ways writers approach material," Ruby said. …