The New Jersey affiliate of the United States Library of Congress has chosen Wil Mara as this year’s receipient of the ‘Literary Lion Award.’ The LLA is given annually to “…an individual who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to literacy, reading, and the print culture in the State of New Jersey.” Past recipients include Gus Friedrich, Dean Emeritus of Rutgers University, and Joyce Carol Oates, National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist. The award ceremony will be held at the New Jersey governor’s mansion in Princeton in the spring of 2020, at a date to be determined.
Wil has been writing for thirty-three years and is the author of more than 270 published titles. His most recent offering, the new middle-grade series ‘Twisted’, has enjoyed breakout success in school and public libraries, including an unexpectedly large following among reluctant readers.
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Following the ongoing success of his new ‘Twisted’ series, Wil has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for this year’s Youth Services conference, hosted by the New Jersey Librarians Association. The conference is an annual gathering of New Jersey librarians who specialize in material for young readers and administer related programs in their communities. The topic of Wil’s talk will be ‘The Myth of the Reluctant Reader’ in the wake of ‘Twisted’s massive popularity among children who normally do little or no voluntary reading in their free time.
The conference will be held on Monday, October 7, at the Monroe Township Public Library in Middlesex County, NJ. More information about the event and the NJLA in general can be found here—
“Fourteen-year-old Delilah Bremmer yearns to return to the happier times before her parents divorced. Then, through an incredible set of circumstances, she discovers a gateway to those perfect days. But are they as perfect as she remembers…?”
The Time Trap is the third story in Wil’s new supernatural series for middle-grade readers known as ‘Twisted.’ Out for less than one year, the ‘Twisted’ series has already been recognized by the Junior Library Guild and has proven a favorite among young readers in both school and public libraries, with many librarians reporting that they are in constant circulation! To read the opening chapters of The Time Trap, click here.
You can purchase your copy of The Time Trap on Amazon starting August 1st by clicking here. It is currently available for pre-order.
Goodreads is offering the chance to win one of five copies of Wil’s next disaster thriller, Fallout. Entry is free and open to all! Click here for more information.
For full details about the book, click here.
Wil was recently honored at Rutgers University by the New Jersey Center for the Book and the Library of Congress for his “…role in the advancement and support of the literary culture in the state of New Jersey.” Congratulations to him on this tremendous accolade!
Wil is also going to be a featured author at the annual conference of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) this November. During the event, he will co-chair a discussion panel along with New York Times bestselling children’s author Wendy Mass (A Mango-Shaped Space) as well as the NJASL’s 2016 Author / Illustrator of the Year, Trinka Hakes Noble.