Many years ago, I found myself watching the film Ghostbusters at two in the afternoon on a Monday. One of the characters, Dr. Egon Spengler, declared, "Print is dead." I leapt from the couch and shouted, "Hogwash!" (Or I wanted to; I was too full from lunch.) Print is not dead. Print is alive and well and flourishing, thanks to the following very talented YA authors, who are not only brilliant but also fun to eat lunch with. Read their books! You won't be disappointed.
Often when I read the amazing writing of people I dig (see Friends and Compatriots), I am consumed with rage and jealousy. The exception to this rule is the community of authors who meet in the back room of the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store in Park Slopenone who are older than eighteen, and some who are as young as six. I kid you not. 826nyc is a hotbed of wild creativity, cutting-edge literature, top-notch journalism, playwriting, radio skits, film production, comics... the list goes on. Check it out