It has been one of my great joys as an editor to work with Jessie Sima. I acquired Not Quite Narwhal and Harriet Gets Carried Away at Simon & Schuster and got almost to the finish line (read: pub day) on the former (the books were being printed when I departed for Holt). And it has been an ENORMOUS highlight in my writing career to work with Jessie on Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies. The art she created for the book (along with Justin’s great edits and Lizzy’s incomparable design) continues to blow my mind almost a year after publication. And because we did that book together, we get to do events together, like these six library visits in Philadelphia during Pride Month!
Jessie and I will be at the Princeton Children's Book Festival in side-by-side booths to talk about and sign copies of Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies. We'll be joined by an amazing group of authors and illustrators. According to the organizers, "the book festival promises something for everyone." Sweet!
I WISH I could be at Ben's launch party for It Came in the Mail, cuz ain't no party like a Ben Clanton party cuz a Ben Clanton party don't stop. According to Ben:
"Come help me celebrate the release of my latest and greatest picture book IT CAME IN THE MAIL! Lots of prizes, treats, activities, and general good stuff to be had . . . including some special mail. Hope to see you there!"
All the cool book stuff is happening in Chicago this week, including Magic Tree Bookstore's Sci-Fi Fantasy Festival.
I'm kind of super excited that BEA is going to be in my former hometown of Chicago. And you should be excited that Daniel Kraus will be signing copies of The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume One: At the Edge of Empire at Table 1 in the autographing area on Friday, 5/13 (what a perfect day for a signing of this book!) at 10:30 AM. Please give Daniel a hug for me.
Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Ashlyn and Gnome (and probably Yeti).
There will be FREE wildflower seeds, activity booklets, photos, maybe a song or two? April is Springtime, and Earth Day is around the same time, so bring your green thumbs and garden overalls, and Ashlyn will sign and draw in any book you like! EVEN if I didn't write it!
The ever-charming Matt Roeser will be reading from his debut picture book, Oh, No, Astro!, alongside author-illustrator Lucy Cummins (the genius behind A Hungry Lion and the cover for We All Looked Up, among many others). This appearance is at my local bookstore, so I'll be there, too!
HUGE list of authors attending, including the great Tommy Wallach. Learn more here:
Tommy and friends (Andrea Cremer, A. R. Kahler, David Levithan, and Goldy Moldavsky) will be your entertainment for the night as they talk about their newest novels and their craft.
Tommy's doing a group event with some people you might have heard of: Andrea Cremer, A. R. Kahler, David Levithan, Goldy Moldavsky, and Jessica Spotswood. Hope you can make it!
The schedule for this festival looks awesome, and I'm so glad Tommy is going to be there. You can find him...
10:15 - 11 AM
Q & A Breakout Session, Room 1011, with Hannah Barnaby (also one of my authors!)
11:15 – 12 PM
Main Author Panel: “Rebel Rebel”
Short stories, writing in pairs, graphic memoirs, and stories within stories—these authors have all written narratives that are a little bit outside the box.
Tommy Wallach (THANKS FOR THE TROUBLE)
Maggie Thrash (HONOR GIRL)
Jason Reynolds (ALL AMERICAN BOYS)
Brendan Kiely (ALL AMERICAN BOYS)
April G. Tucholke (SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS: STORIES)
1:15 - 2 PM
Q & A Breakout Session, Room 1401, with Jeff Garvin
Daaaaang! What an awesome line-up of writers! Daniel and E. Lockhart are two of my favorite writers, and they'll both be in attendance. You should go.
Daniel will be hobnobbing with school librarians at the AASL's annual conference. Make sure to stop by his Baker & Taylor signing on Friday at 3:30 (Booth 417). And if you're attending the Junior Library Guild Meet 'n' Greet on Saturday at 5:15 (Hyatt Regency Columbus, Room Franklin C - Teen Room), make sure to ask him how--and when--he came up with the idea for Zebulon Finch.
Daniel is having his launch party at what looks like a very cool bar in Chicago. If you're around, stop by, grab a cocktail, buy a book, and get Daniel's autograph. #PrepareToMakeHistory
Kenton County Public Library is gathering some really fantastic writers, including Jenn, for an afternoon of meet 'n' greets and signings.
Jennifer McGowan will be at this FREE event that aims to enrich the lives of the citizens of Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Seems like a good goal.
Daniel will race home to Chicago from New York and then drive out to Lombard (where I just happened to attend kindergarten) for the Heartland Fall Forum. #PrepareToMakeHistory
From Denver, Heather will be rushing off to gorgeous Lisle, Illinois to hang out with the likes of Marie Lu and James Dashner.
Mr. Kraus will descend upon New York to talk about and sign copies of his newest novel, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch. #PrepareToMakeHistory
The Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association has some awesome scheduled to attend its Fall Discover Show, including the wonderful Heather Petty!
Gah, I bet this is going to be so fun pretty! Two full days of readings, activities, celebrations, workshops and panels. Saturday’s events will be open to all ages and will focus on writing, reading and illustrating. Check the schedule for exact locations.
Along with Heather Demetrios, Lori Goldstein, Kim Liggett, and Trisha Leaver, Jen will do a public panel presentation as well as some local middle school/high school writing workshops.
I love SCBWI conferences, and this one looks great. Heather will be there to talk about a lot of things, Lock & Mori among them.
Holy cats, there are some awesome YA authors attending this festival. Jen Brooks is one of them, and she'll be speaking about her In a World Just Right on a number of panels.