So, this week was originally meant to be the week YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention) was to be hosted in London. However, due to current circumstances, it has been postponed until July 2021. It’s unfortunate, it being something I look forward to every year, but it’s definitely the best decision that could have been made at this time. Regardless of that, I thought I’d still celebrate the spirit of YALC in a blog post of authors I desperately wish to see on the line-up sometime. Each of these authors have a very special place in my heart and on my bookshelves. It was extremely difficult to narrow it down to five, but I’m very happy with the results.
Known for: The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, The Dark Artifices
Upcoming Releases: Chain of Iron (2021), The Lost Book of the White (2020)
So, I think this one would be pretty high up on many people’s lists, considering the popularity of her series. However, I still think Cassandra Clare is a worth a spot mentioned on this post. I’ve been obsessed with her works these past few years, having found the Shadowhunters series quite late in my life, yet it’s all I’ve thought about since. Her talent for characters would make an incredible workshop event, whilst the future of her series would be fascinating to hear on a panel. Besides, I don’t think I’m alone by saying that we’d treasure the opportunity to have a copy of her works signed in person.
Known for: Ink, Spark, Scar
Upcoming Releases: None currently confirmed.
This addition is incredibly dear to me, having fallen in love with Alice Broadway’s Skin Books world since its release a few years ago and not looking back since. Her work is so unique and fascinating compared to others within her genre, and her talent for characters is one I deeply admire. I was lucky enough to meet Broadway on her Spark tour, but would love the opportunity to have the chance to meet her again. Her fantasy world would make a perfect panel event, whilst I think having the opportunity to design our own Skin Books would make an entertaining workshop.
Simon James Green
Known for: Noah Can’t Even, Noah Could Never, Alex in Wonderland
Upcoming Releases: Heartbreak Boys (2020)
Although, YALC isn’t new to Simon James Green, having made an appearance a few times in the past, I enjoy his addition every year, always attending his panel events and jumping at the chance to have my copies of his novels signed. His work is incredibly important within the LGBT and YA genre and every release is always welcomed. His panel events are always entertaining and I’d love the opportunity to attend a workshop hosted by him in the future. Fingers crossed for 2021!
Known for: Solitaire, Radio Silence, I Was Born For This, Heartstopper, Loveless
Upcoming Releases: Nick and Charlie (2020), This Winter (2020)
Alike Simon James Green, Alice Oseman isn’t a stranger to YALC, having attended a few years ago and was a brilliant addition to the line-up. With her approachable manner and fascinating stories to tell, it’s only natural to include her in my dream YALC line-up. Her talents for character creation would make a entertaining afternoon workshop, whilst her LGBT representation in her novels would make a great panel event.
Known for: Stalking Jack The Ripper series
Upcoming Releases: Kingdom of the Wicked (2020)
Kerri Maniscalco is another author who I hold very dear to my heart, having fallen in love with her novels and the worlds within. The Stalking Jack the Ripper series is one of my favourites of all-time and I’d jump at the chance to meet her in person. Maniscalco is another author who I believe would have fascinating stories to tell in panel events, and would host fun-filled workshop events regarding her works.