Kick-off your Midwinter meetings with YALSA’s Not So Silent Auction‘ on Friday night, January 7, 2011 for the chance to get your name immortalized as a character in an upcoming YA novel. There are great opportunities at the auction’ to bid on signed books and Skype visits from authors, but really, who wouldn’t love to live forever in the pages of a popular YA author’s latest work?

Deborah Heiligman had a rewarding year to say the least. Her nonfiction book Charles and Emma was recognized as a National Book Award finalist and ‘ Michael L. Printz Honor book, in addition to winning the first ever YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award.’  As everyone knows who watched her Printz acceptance speech, Deborah has a wicked sense of humor.’  She describes the value of her donation as dependent upon whether your name is used for a “nice character or a mean character.” Whichever way it turns out, your bragging rights will be priceless.

Nancy Werlin’s novels never fail to enthrall readers.’  Award-winning titles such as The Rules of Survival (National Book Award finalist) and The Killer’s Cousin (Edgar Award winner) are perpetually popular.’  Whether mystery, suspense or fantasy, her fans eagerly await the next book, and now you can be a part of it.’  Just place the winning bid at the auction, and her next novel, Unbreakable, will include a character named after you!

Think of how much fun you’ll have recommending new books by either of these authors and saying on the sly, “By the way, one of the characters in this book was named after me!”

See all the exciting items up for bid on the YALSA Midwinter Wiki Not So Silent Auction sign-up page at

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