Can You Booktalk Using 140 Characters or Less?

What are your Friday night plans in the Mile High City? Lisa, Beth, Erin, and I are all going to be at the YALSA Tech Playground, showing off all sorts of applications, gadgets, and programs that you could use to connect with your teens. But beyond gizmos, we’re also going to be having a little challenge!

It’s time to break out your inner competitor for a chance to win the title of America’s Next Top Booktalker! Pick your favorite title, hop up on stage, and show off your booktalking prowess. See tips and tricks, feedback and suggestions come in via Twitter.

If you’ve never used Twitter, we can also show you how to sign up and start tweeting. Twitter is a short messaging service that asks “What are you doing?” in 140 chracters or less. Follow friends, family, publishers, news sources, and more all at

Send an e-mail to Chris Shoemaker at Christopher_Shoemaker{at} with your name and the title of the book you’re thinking about presenting. If you want to write an on-the-spot talk, we’ll have some of the hottest titles on hand for you to select. We also have surprise super-star booktalking guests!

Get more information at the YALSA Mixer and Tech Playground wiki page.

And, as an added bonus, here’s a sample booktalk for Sara Ryan’s amazing novel, Empress of the World. empressoftheworld.mp3

About Chris Shoemaker

I'm a YALSA Past President. I blog about YA programming, technology instruction for people interested in teen services, and YALSA governance stuff. I like baking and dislike humidity.
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  1. I’m so gonna win this competition!!!

  2. PS my booktalk is totally not 140 characters or less, but I like the sound of that challenge. 🙂

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