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Katherine Paterson discusses the longevity of paper books and the best of young adult fiction

Washington Post – “Books are everywhere this week with Northern Virginia’s Fall For The Book running through Friday, the Baltimore Book Festival starting Friday and the gargantuan two-day National Book Festival on the Nation Mall this weekend. Amid the celebrations there is, of course, significant angst about the future of “the book,” especially when it comes to young people and reading. Beneath the blockbusters in the young adult literature section — remember Harry Potter and some good-looking vampires were literary characters before they became teen idols — there’s an increasing fear that the genre’s audience is in danger of losing touch with great prose. Will the dog-eared treasures that we grew up with slip through our kid’s Kindle-clutching fingers? Will their technology-addled attention spans turn away from beautifully-told stories?”

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