2013 Youth Literature Seminar Wrap-Up


Ally Condie at Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts

Our Sincere Thanks!

What a great time we had with teen author Ally Condie! Not only was she our keynote speaker for the 36th annual Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar, but Ally also visited with students at Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts, with a young ladies’ book group at the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home, and a large group of Ally fans at Central Library. 

THANKS to Ally and the rest of the speakers at the seminar: Michael Cart, Robin Brenner, Lynn Rutan, and Cindy Dobrez. 

THANKS to the Kalamazoo Public Schools and Juvenile Home teachers and staff who prepared their students for terrific visits by Ally. The teens were warm and welcoming, had great questions, and really represented Kalamazoo in a very positive way. 

THANKS to our sponsors: WMU’s English Department, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and the Jean E. Lowrie Endowment Fund. Bookbug bookstore helped us with book sales and Ally Condie loved the store when we dropped by for some spontaneous shopping.

Plans are in the works for the 2014 Youth Literature Seminar... watch this space for updates.


Susan Warner, Head of Youth Services
November 14, 2013