No, you do not have to be ashamed of reading young adult fiction

As co-coordinators of the Big Sur Writing Workshopswe perked up when reading this e-chatter around the premise that adults who read YA should be “ashamed.” That’s not a nice thing to say.

The e-chatter escalated to the point we heard about it on NPR, even! So what do you think?

“Last month, it was William Giraldi, trashing romance novels in the pages of the New Republic, who did the critic’s equivalent of dumping a bucket of piranhas into a crowded pool on the first great swimming day of summer.

June brings another provocation, this time from Ruth Graham in Slate, who argues that adults ought to be ashamed of reading young adult literature.

There are plenty of easy objections to make to Graham’s piece….”

Read it all here!

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