Gone are the days when teen literature had only a small shelf of titles to its name. Since the late 1990s, this genre has exploded, with titles from series like Harry Potter and the Hunger Games claiming the top spots on bestseller lists.
And teen lit isn't just for teens; according to Bowker, a company that gathers authoritative information for the publishing industry, fully 55 percent of the readers of books for teens are over the age of 18.
Author Edith Pattou's book East is one such novel a title that appeals to teens and adults alike. Based loosely on the folktale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," East follows Rose, an intrepid explorer and weaver, on a quest through snowy expanses to right a wrong she has done. The winner of the 2004 Ohioana Book Award as well as one of the American Library Association's Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults, East has been optioned for film.
On Feb. 8, Pattou will share insights gained from writing East and her other successful teen literature during the Worthington Libraries program, Writing the Young Adult Novel. She'll offer an overview of her career, with plenty of tips along the way for aspiring authors of teen lit.
The workshop is part of Worthington Libraries' Mark My Words writers' series, during which experienced authors share their expertise on a different genre of writing each quarter. The next workshop, on April 12, will feature writer and artist Alexis Wilson, who will discuss memoir writing.
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