Magazine article American Libraries

The Association's Associations: YALSA Becomes Printz-Oriented

Magazine article American Libraries

The Association's Associations: YALSA Becomes Printz-Oriented

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The members of the Young Adult Library Services Association and the publishing community are excited about a new award for young-adult literature that will be formally announced at the Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio during the ALA Awards press conference on Monday, January 17, 9-10 am. The first recipient will be recognized at the YALSA awards luncheon (formerly the Margaret A. Edwards Award Luncheon) at Annual Conference in Chicago on Saturday, July 8. The new award is called the Michael L. Printz Award.

What is the Printz Award?

The Michael L. Print Award honors a book that ex-emplifies literary excellence in young-adult literature. It will be selected annually by an award committee that can also name as many as four honor books. The award-winning book can be fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or an anthology.

The selection committee for the award consists of nine YALSA members appointed by the vice-president/president-elect for a one-year term. Beginning in 2002, four members of the committee will be elected by the membership.

This award "serves notice on the reading, publishing, and bookselling communities that young adult literature has come of age," said Michael Cart, chair of the Best Young-Adult Book Award Feasibility Task Force. The task force laid the groundwork for the award that the YALSA board approved in January. Booklist is cosponsoring the award by funding administrative costs.

Who is Michael L. Printz?

When the Newbery Award first began, people probably asked, "Who is John Newbery? …

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