2012 NBA Teen Press Conference
Images from the 2012 National Book Awards Teen Press Conference
At the annual National Book Awards Teen Press Conference, middle and high school students in New York City played the role of reporters as they directed questions to the five Finalists for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature.
Beginning in 1998, the Teen Press Conference has taken place at various literary landmarks in New York, including the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Scholastic Auditorium. This year, the Foundation was delighted to bring the Teen Press Conference back to Brooklyn. Acclaimed young adult author Coe Booth hosted the event, which took place on the morning of Tuesday, November 13 at the Brooklyn Public Library’s S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture.
The 2012 National Book Award Finalists in Young People’s Literature are:
William Alexander, Goblin Secrets
(Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
Carrie Arcos, Out of Reach (Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down (Balzer+Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
Eliot Schrefer, Endangered (Scholastic)
Steve Sheinkin, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
(Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press)
Each participating student received a set of author cards
(includes bio, information about the book, and section for note taking).
ABOUT THE HOST - Coe Booth
Coe Booth is a graduate of The New School’s Writing for Children MFA program, and the winner of the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction for her debut novel, Tyrell, which The New York Times Book Review called “gritty and gripping.” In their starred review of her sophomore novel, Kendra, School Library Journal raved, “From Bronx blocks to Harlem hangouts, Booth delivers dynamic characters and an engaging story.” Tyrell’s story continues in her latest novel Bronxwood, for which Kirkus praised Booth saying, “The author captures the dangers of inner-city life as readers follow a teen trying desperately to be a man as he watches his friends and, especially, his father, make right or wrong choices.” Coe Booth was born and still lives in the Bronx, where she was once a crisis intervention social worker, “helping kids and teens in the most desperate family situations imaginable.”