Persia Blues nominated for YALSA 2014 award

I’m thrilled and proud to announce that Persia Blues, my graphic novel with Brent Bowman, has been nominated for the “Great Graphic Novels for Teens – 2014” award, as presented by Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA):


The list presents graphic novels published in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for teens aged twelve to eighteen. It is a general list of graphic novels, both fiction and nonfiction, selected for proven or potential appeal to the personal reading tastes of teens.


The final list will be presented in January 2014. Here’s the current list of nominations. As you can see, we’re in great company, with the likes of Gilbert Hernandez, Faith Erin Hicks, Mike Carey, Nate Powell, Paul Pope, Louis Trondheim, and even Senator John Lewis. And the wonderful Margreet De Heer, a fellow author at NBM Publishing, is also nominated for her graphic novel Science: A Discovery in Comics.

Needless to say, Brent and I are humbled and ecstatic.

About YALSA:

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.

About the ALA:

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users.

Founded on October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the mission of ALA is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.