Conversation Starters: New Adult Fiction: What is it and is it really happening?

Monday, July 1, 2013 -
9:15am to 10:00am

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Speaker: Elizabeth Burns, Youth Services Consultant, NJSL TBBC
Speaker: Kelly Jensen, Associate Librarian, Reference and Teen Services, Beloit Public Library
Speaker: Sophie Brookover, Program Coordinator & Social Media Manager, LibraryLinkNJ - The New Jersey Library Cooperative

New Adult Fiction (NA) has made waves in the New York Times, the Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and more. Depending on who you ask, NA either demands its own section of the library or is just a new name to describe books about twenty-somethings, which libraries have always carried. Maybe it’s “young adult books with sex.” Maybe it’s books about emerging adults trying to figure out the world before an uncertain future happens. Join a lively discussion on what NA may be, who’s reading it, where it’s shelved, how we catalog it, and how it fits into reader’s advisory.

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Monday, June 3, 2013 - 12:46pm CDT
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I have to go back to work and will miss this conversation starter. Could you please share any handouts with me? Thank you for your consideration.

Hi, Stephanie -- Thanks for your interest! I'm sorry you can't join us. Liz, Kelly & I are creating a Page on our joint blog that will incorporate all of the things we talk about (and more). The Page isn't live yet, but I'll post it here at some point this weekend.

In the meantime, the blog is available at

Thank you for the information! I will watch for the page to go live. Have a great session!

For anyone who wants our resources -- what's out there as New Adult, what we think about when we consider New Adult, and other opinions about New Adult -- we've compiled it all here ---> 

If you'd like to read the Twitter archive from today's session on New Adult, it's right here:

Thanks SO MUCH to everyone who attended! We loved your thoughtful questions & enthusiasm for this interesting development in literature for our readers.

Did you want to hear Julie's introductory song for our panel? We've uploaded it on YouTube, and the video was done by Heather Booth: 

Thank you so much for this fantastic session!

For a new adult book set in medieval times chronicling a prince's coming of age, ghosts, and magic, with appeal to both girls and guys, check out Ghosts in the Yew.  I'm currently busy editing the second in the series and would recommend them in this new "new adult" category.