I should have subscribed to The Horn Book ages ago. The November/December issue has Richard Peck’s thoughtful, provocative Zena Sutherland Lecture, "And Still the Story." This part kills me (in the good way, the Southern way):
But revolutions always create new literatures–as well as fewer freedoms than before–and that one created the young adult novel. Robert Cormier wrote The Chocolate War, and I quit my job. But then, the only way you can write is by the light of the bridges burning behind you.