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January 27, 2014


March Book One And Relish Among ALA's Announced Youth Media Award Winners Today

According to this lengthy press release, the American Library Association has announced its 2014 Youth Media Award winners. This is the announcement that includes the Newberry Award. It looks from first glance like there are two comics-related winners (I'll change this and deny I ever wrote the original if it turns out I'm wrong). March: Book One by John Lewis, Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin from Top Shelf was named a King Author Honor book, designed to bring attention to laudable books for teens and young adults involving a black author. Relish by Lucy Knisley and published by First Second was one of ten Alex Award winners, which is an honor that goes to books for adults that appeal to teens.

There are additionally two winners with significant ties to comics. Chip Kidd's book from Workman Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design was a finalist for YALSA non-fiction award. Kidd is an important editor and designer generally, but also within comics on a wide range of material. Brian Selznick will deliver the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award. His The Invention Of Hugo Cabret was a massive work in the comics-hybrid category, those works that include elements of comics or outright comics storytelling in a wider context of other techniques and narrative strategies.

Congratulations to all the winners, many of whom today enjoy a significant career moment.
 
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