George Nicholson to Receive ALAN Award
Literary agent, George Nicholson, is the recipient of the 2012 ALAN Award for his contributions to the field of YA literature. Nicholson began as an editor at Viking Press in the mid-1960s when he read a manuscript of a novel submitted by a sixteen-year-old girl named S.E. Hinton. As Don Gallo noted, Nicholson was the reason that our field of contemporary young adult literature began when it did. George continued to nurture and mentor Susan Hinton throughout her entire career as he “discovered” and developed other YA writers including Richard Peck and Joan Bauer. In addition to promoting the work of many fine YA authors, Nicholson served as Editor in Chief of Delacorte in the late 1970s.
We hope you will join us for the ALAN Breakfast to celebrate George Nicholson and his lifetime of work for YA literature. Scott Westerfeld will be the featured author at the breakfast. Information about obtaining tickets to the ALAN Breakfast may be located at: www.ncte.org/annual.
Thanks to Jennifer Buehler and her committee members: Pam Cole, Lori Goodson, Jeff Harr, and Karen Hildebrand.