Thursday, October 15, 2015

Get Excited--It's time for YAVA 2015!

On Wednesday, October 21st the Richmond Public Library will be host to a celebration of best-selling, award-winning Virginia authors of books for middle school age and young adults. Now in its third year, YAVA, which stands for Young Adult Virginia Authors, is more than an event—it is also an award.

The Richmond Public Library YAVA Award will be presented to the winner and two honorable mentions during the 2015 YAVA Book and Author Party. The selection process included open reader’s choice voting and final selection from the top 3 winners, is made possible with support from the Richmond Public Library Foundation. The selected list of 14 titles was narrowed down to three by popular vote. From those three the winner will be decided by this year’s judge, Secretary of Education Anne Holton, life-long advocate for children and families and former first lady of Virginia.

YAVA attendees will be able to meet and mingle with 14 celebrated Virginia authors: Gigi Amateau, Tom Angleberger, Anne Blankman, Bill Blume, Martina Boone, Lana Krumwiede, Sara McGuire, Jodi Meadows, Sara Raasch, Madelyn Rosenberg, Wendy Shang, Steve Watkins, Kat Spears, winner of the 2015 YALSA award for Best Fiction, and this year’s Newbery Honor recipient Cece Bell.

The event is free and the public is invited to enjoy an evening of music, refreshments, lively discussion, book sales and signings, prize raffles, and more.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
6 – 8:30 pm
Richmond Public Main Library
101 East Franklin Street

Breakaway by Kat Spears 
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman
Dante of the Maury River by Gigi Amateau

El Deafo by Cece Bell
Gidion's Blood by Bill Blume
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Ghosts of War: Lost at Khe Sanh by Steve Watkins
Nanny X Returns by Madelyn Rosenberg
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Persuasion by Martina Boone
Star Wars. Beware the power of the dark side!: an original retelling of Star wars: Return of the Jedi by Tom Angleberger
The Way Home Looks Now by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

True Son by Lana Krumwiede
Valiant by Sarah McGuire

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