Yesterday, I had an email from Wendy Glenn, chair of the Inaugural Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award for Young Adult Fiction. She sent along this press release.
The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is pleased and proud to announce the first annual Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award.
Established in 2008 to honor the wishes of young adult author, Amelia Elizabeth Walden, the award allows for the sum of $5,000 to be presented annually to the author of a young adult title selected by the ALAN Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Committee as demonstrating a positive approach to life, widespread teen appeal, and literary merit.
Amelia Elizabeth Walden was born in New York City on January 15, 1909. She graduated from Columbia University in 1934 and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. From 1935 to 1945, she taught English and Dramatics at Norwalk High School in Connecticut. Walden wrote over 40 novels for young adults. She passed away in 2002 in Westport, Connecticut.
Over the past year, the ALAN Award Committee members considered 232 young adult titles for this inaugural award. The finalists will be announced on Friday, July 17, 2009. The winning title will be revealed at the November 2009 ALAN Workshop in Philadelphia, PA. A reception will be held in honor of all finalists, each of whom will be invited to participate in a public reading.
For more information about the award, please contact the 2009 AEW Award Committee Chair, Wendy Glenn, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In subsequent correspondence, Wendy told me that they are creating an Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award page on the ALAN website, which they are hoping will be live before the finalists are announced on Friday. When it goes up, I’ll let you know.