Indigo Teen Read Awards—The Winners!


Last night, the inaugural Indigo Teen Read Awards were handed out at a bash held at Toronto’s Six Degrees nightclub. I was terribly jealous of the group of teens I met on the subway who were headed to the Big Event. This was a ticketed teens-only fête. Earlier this month, teens from all over the province lined up to get tickets at Indigo Yorkdale (Check out this cute video Indigo put together).

By all accounts, the evening was wildly successful. Hosted by Dan Levy and Jessi Cruickshank (of MTV fame), the  festivities included a red carpet pre-show, entertainment from musical acts like Canadian pop singer Alex Lacasse,  “crazy awesome” swag bags, fabulous food, and—of course—appearances by YA authors such as  Ally Carter, Kelley Armstrong, Kami Garcia, Lesley Livingston and many more.

I experienced it vicariously from home by following @TeenReadAwards and the #TRA and #teenreadawards hashtags on Twitter, though I really wish I’d been there to witness it in person. A nightclub full of teens chanting their favourite authors’ names = AMAZING!  (How can the library get in on that action? Also, note to self: find a teen to accompany to next year’s event.)

I would love to see this celebration take place in a different Canadian city next year, or perhaps smaller satellite parties could be held in other cities across the country. I understand why it has to be held in Toronto, but I would love for teens living in other parts of the country to have the opportunity to participate in such an awesome event.

The Winners!

Do you agree with the results? What categories would you like to see for next year’s awards? I think there needs to be a category for humour as well as non-fiction. I also think it would be great if there were a category honouring adult books with teen appeal.
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Posted on September 27, 2010, in YA News and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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