#MHYALit Update and January 2016 Launch Schedule
It’s almost 2016. Wait – what? IT’S ALMOST 2016! How did that happen? This month we have been busily plugging away at putting together a January launch schedule for the #MHYALit Discussion. So here’s a little look at what we have coming in 2016.
So far, we have about 40 authors, librarians, parents of teens, former teens and teens themselves joining us to discuss mental health in YA lit and the life of teens. We will be sharing posts all year long, though to kick off our discussion we are aiming for a post every day we post in January. Here’s what the current schedule looks like (though it is subject to change because life happens).
4th – Annie Cardi, author of The Chance You Won’t Return, shares her first of 3 posts
5th – Tom Leveen, author of Shackled, shares his first of 2 posts
6th – Tom Leveen shares his second post
7th – Librarian Erinn Salge discusses how librarians can help struggling teens
8th – Kimberly Bradly, author of The War That Saved My Life, discusses PTSD
11th – Robison Wells, author of the Variant series
12th – Christa Desir, author of Other Broken Things, discusses addiction
13th – The first of many book lists appears. Today’s topic is Schizophrenia. RA list compiled by Natalie Korsavidis (who is doing multiple RA lists for the discussion).
14th – Carrie Mesrobian, author of Cuts Both Ways, discusses the books of Melina Marchetta
15th – In the works, TBA
18th – Librarian Danielle Masterson
19th – Jackie Lea Sommers, author of Truest
20th – Aspiring author and amazing former teen who is now technically an adult Bryson McCrone
21st – Ann Jacobus, author of Romancing the Dark in the City of Light
22nd – Jessica Sankiewizc, author of the New Adult novella This Night
25th – Librarian Dawn Abron on working with teens in the library
26th – The Green Bean Teen Queen Sarah
27th – Tamara Ireland Stone, author of Every Last Word, shares a first of two posts on OCD, depression and anxiety
28th – Tamara Ireland Stone shares post two
29th – Stephanie Khuen, author of Complicit
As I mentioned, there are lots of others posts coming throughout the year. We will be joined by authors like Lois Metzger, Emery Lord, J. J. Johnson, Clare LeGrand, Mia Siegert, Jessica Spotswood, Nita Tyndall, Jolene Siana, Kathleen Glasgow, Evan Roskos, Myra McEntire, and Corey Ann Haydu, to name just a few. There are also more librarians, former teens and actual teens lined up to share their thoughts, experiences and insight.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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