And now, let's start looking at the Policies and Procedures!
To begin, the Charge:
"To select from the previous year's publications the best young adult book ("best" being defined solely in terms of literary merit) and, if the Committee so decides, as many as four Honor Books. The Committee will also have the opportunity for input into the oversight and planning of the Printz Awards Program. Committee size: 9, four to be elected, plus a consultant from the staff of Booklist, and an administrative assistant if requested."
From the YALSA Website.
I'm on the 2009 Committee, meaning the "previous year" is the current year, 2008. Further on in the policies and procedures, there are some more detailed bits about criteria, but for now, note that best is about literary merit alone. So far, there have been either three or four Honor Books each year.
The Printz Awards Program (note to self: get ticket for this years bash); let me just use the description for this year's program:
"Michael L. Printz Program and Reception
Monday, June 30, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Come listen to the Michael L. Printz winning author and honor book authors speak about their writing, followed by a dessert reception. The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA, the fastest growing division of ALA, and sponsored by Booklist magazine.
Tickets: Advance: $29. Onsite: $35"
To compare, the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet is, well, a Banquet held on Sunday night and is $89.
The Edwards Luncheon (which I'm planing on attending) is Saturday noon and $59.