The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE is pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the ALAN Award is Michael Cart. Michael is the author or editor of 25 books, most notably My Father’s Scar, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and The Heart Has Its Reasons, a critical history of YA literature addressing LGBTQ content. He also wrote a critical history of YA Literature in 1996 entitled Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism that is in its 3rd edition twenty years later. He has served as president of both YALSA and ALAN. While president of YALSA, he appointed the task force for the creation of the Printz Award. He is a former director of the Beverly Hills Public Library and a founding member of the Arne Nixon Center’s Governing Committee; this center is now considered one of the leading resources for the study of children’s and YA literature.
Michael will be in Houston for the annual workshop and will speak at the ALAN breakfast.
We want to thank Bryan Gillis, chair of the ALAN Award Committee, and committee members Lisa Scherff, Nancy Johnson, Jen Ansbach, and Joan Kaywell for their work in choosing this year’s recipient.