We’ll definitely be posting the final lists, and you’ll see them here pretty quickly. The four lists this year, at least their working titles, are:
*Books That Don’t Make You Blush
*Criminal Elements
*What Ails You(Disease & Disorders)

*GLBTQ
Each list will have as many as 25 titles, and judging by our work today there will be good balance of diversity–ethnic, gender, genre, format, and age-level.
Tomorrow’s the day we finalize our votes and fine tune the annotations.

And then the nominations can begin for next year’s lists! More about that later.

Sally

So the Popular Paperbacks Committe was in rare form–but then it usually is!–during our first Midwinter session.

Here are some of the reasons why this is such a fun committee:
*the discussion is always EXTREMELY lively–there is absolutely NO danger of nodding off, no matter how late you were up carousing last night
*committee members seem to truly like and respect one another, no matter how much opinions might differ (see below) and how much name-calling there might be. In a good way, of course!
*everyone respects the groundrules–like no throwing things at each other, at least inside
*the snacks are excellent
*everyone cares passionately about coming up with the best possible lists to reflect our charge of popular books promoting pleasure reading for teens

After introductions and overviews, there were two hot issues today. First does Uglies belong on the Criminal Elements list or the Books That Don’t Make You Blush list? After hearfelt debate, the Blush list got to keep Uglies (Hurray!) and the decision was made to avoid setting a precedent of having a book on two lists simultaneously.
And secondly, one of the lists next year will be books about Religion in Our Lives.

And a meeting highpoint was when a certain Blush Sub-Chair burst out with a certain F word prompting deafening applause.

Stay tuned for more PPYA news!

Sally Leahey

Monday, January 23 is the date for the press conference where the Michael L. Printz Award, among others, will be announced. Do you have ideas what it will be?

Also at the Midwinter Conference the selection committees will be completing their work in order to publish their annual lists. This includes Quick Picks for Young Adult Readers, Popular Paperbacks, Best Books, and Selected Audio Books.

Stay tuned on this blog for more information on the midwinter conference, awards, and lists.