NEW: Panel Discussion


Hear straight from three esteemed middle grade and young adult authors about current trends and developments in the field.  Molly Burnham, Liza Ketchum, and Karen McManus lead us in the discussion.


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Launching Chasing Augustus



Join ASTAL Monday, September 11, 2017 to celebrate the launch of Kimberly Newton Fusco’s latest novel, Chasing Augustus.  Kimberly joins us to share this exciting event by reading from her book and signing copies, which are exclusively available on site that day (available only to the public starting September 19, 2017)

Light refreshments, as well as sparkling cider to toast Kimberly’s latest contribution, will be served.

Tickets are $5 per person (per Jean Brown, 102 Building 30, RIC, 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Providence, RI 02908-1996 or at the door); watch for Evite for more info.


ASTAL Archives


On June 23, 2017, the ASTAL community gathered to celebrate the official inauguration of the ASTAL young adult literature archive collection housed in the Special Collections of James P. Adams Library.  The archive is home to manuscripts, drafts, teaching materials, and historical artifacts documenting ASTAL’s activity since its inception.  The archive is open to educators, writers, and students.

A highlight of our luncheon was presenting the two newest recipients of the ASTAL Book of the Year with their awards: Peter Johnson 2015 for Out of Eden and emily m. danforth 2016 for The Miseducation of Cameron Post


Marlene Lopes, Special Collections Librarian, offered invaluable support and expertise preparing both our archive and this event.  Here, she shares information about the Special Collections of Adams Library

Another highlight of the day was an author panel focusing on the significance of setting in young adult literature, a concept very special to ASTAL living in this rich literary UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_411d locale.  Our panel participants were Janet Taylor Lisle, Liza Ketchum, Kimberly Newton Fusco, Karen Day, emily danforth, and Peter Johnson, moderated by Orrin Hanratty.


Dr. Jean Brown, chair of ASTAL, with Karen Day



A Visit with Wendy Lamb


Tomorrow is the big day!  wendylamb

Editor Extraordinaire, Wendy Lamb, head of the Random House imprint bearing her name, will speak at Rhode Island College tomorrow evening.

Please join us for a reception celebrating Lamb’s contributions to children’s and young adult literature and the very generous donation of books from her talented authors.  The special copies of these books will be housed in the ASTAL Collection at Adams’ Library.

Reception beginning at 5 PM in Donovan Dining Center’s Faculty Center (located on the Henry Barnard side of the building)

Please join us!  We look forward to celebrating with you!

ASTAL Institute on Writing for Young People


Each summer, ASTAL offers a five-day intensive focused on the craft of writing for young people.  Through lectures, writing exercises, small group critique, and mentorship, participants delve into the essential features of writing for young readers and how to hone them in their own writing.  Faculty members Kelly Easton, Mark Peter Hughes, and Peter Johnson, all acclaimed middle grade and young adult authors, work closely with participants during ‘these days [that] can change your life’.

The 2015 Institute takes place July 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17, with a special kick-off event the evening of Sunday, July 12.  There will also be a follow-up session during fall 2015.  Participants have the option of earning graduate credit for the Institute. 

Early registration options available.