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YA for Obama and other news

Lots of stuff going on right now, some of it really exciting. To start with, you may have seen some of the press for the new movement YA for Obama. Formed by Maureen Johnson, YA for Obama is a community of YA writers and readers and friends who have joined together because of their commitment to “Future United States President Barack Obama”. More than just a site supporting their candidate, it’s a social network for readers of all ages to learn more about the process and GET INVOLVED.
Even though many readers of YA are too young to vote themselves, Maureen and the other authors who banded together to form this site (including Meg Cabot, Judy Blume, John Green, and the creator of Gossip Girl) want them to become part of the process. As Maureen puts it, “Those are our people, and they want to be a part of this election. While they can’t vote, they can certainly use their energy and talents to get others to do so — putting up signs, making videos, or badgering their family members to the polls.”
Check it out.
In non-political news, Ellen Booraem‘s debut novel The Unnameables pubs in just a few days. Check out this article from her local newspaper.
And in other publishing news, Candace Bushnell is going to write a YA version of Sex and The City, LC from The Hills is also writing a YA novel, and Eoin Colfer is penning a sequel to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The internets are abuzz. As Moonrat puts it, “How do we feel about this?”
And finally, I’ll be guest-blogging all this week on the teenlitauthors Yahoo page. Hope to see some of you there!

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