At the "You're Reading That?!?" Adult/YA crossover panel this morning at BEA, Barbara A.Genco of Library Journal hosted a collection of authors and industry personalities. Genco kicked off the panel by talking about the enduring power of crossover reading material saying, "YA authors continue to strike a chord with adult audiences." Each panelist went on to discuss a different aspect of the idea of Adult/YA crossover reads.
Lizzie Skurnick, columnist and author, among other titles, Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading, said, "we can learn about the future of YA from what books for childred used to be." She spoke at length about how the way that teens used to read adult books (noting Jaws and Clan Of The Cave Bear as two such titles) and now adults read teen books.