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1. Brandon Mull: FIVE KINGDOMS

Brandon MullOn Brandon Mull’s third visit to Blue Willow Bookshop, the crowd was buzzing, waiting for the star to arrive. Everyone’s brought their favorite Brandon Mull books and rumors of sequels and spinoffs are flying around the room. All the kids are on the floor at the front to make room for the adults, but there still aren’t enough seats.

The guy knows how to make an entrance. One of the first things he said brought delighted gasps—there will be a sequel series to FABLEHAVEN, five more books called DRAGON WATCH. It starts just a few months after the last Fable Haven story ended, and the books will be released one per year: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, FIVE KINGDOMS: SKY RAIDERSand 2020. The last book in his CANDY WARS series will be released sometime after the final book in DRAGON WATCH.

His new book SKY RAIDERS is the first in a new five-book series, FIVE KINGDOMS. In this first installment, Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.

After Cole sees his friends whisked away to some mysterious place underneath the haunted house, he dives in after them–and ends up in The Outskirts.

The Outskirts are made up of five kingdoms that lie between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. It’s an in-between place. Some people are born there. Some find their way there from our world, or from other worlds.

And once you come to the Outskirts, it’s very hard to leave.

With the magic of the Outskirts starting to unravel, it’s up to Cole and an unusual girl named Mira to rescue his friends, set things right in the Outskirts, and hopefully find his way back home…before his existence is forgotten.

The first three books in FIVE KINGDOMS will be released with six months between books. Brandon Mull has been keeping up a frantic writing pace for a long time, but plans to be slowing down soon. He said, “It’s not that it’s hard to write two books in a year. It’s hard to write two good books in a year.”

After his presentation, the audience got to ask questions, and after all these books, Brandon Mull knows what they are going to ask. I could write his answers here, but it will sound better and be a lot more fun if you go to his website page for Educators and Parents; it’s all there!

 

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2. KidLit Author/Illustrator Events April 8-14

NIGHTINGALE'S NEST by Nikki LoftinThis week I’m excited about The Houston Writers Guild Annual Agents & Editors Conference 50 Shades Beyond Gray: Color Your Writing, Infuse Your Future. It’s going to be this Saturday in Sugar Land at the Marriott Town Center, and Nikki Loftin, the fabulous and energetic author of The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy and Nightingale’s Nest, will be giving the keynote speech. There may still be time to register!

LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE BUCKMINSTER BOY by Gary D. SchmidtAnd speaking of conferences, registration is still open for the Houston Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 25th Anniversary Conference, taking place April 26-27. If you write or illustrate for young readers or have ever dreamed of doing so, register now! We will have agents from three agencies: Writers House, Jennifer DeChiara Literacy Agency , and Bradford Literary Agency, plus three editors:  Viking Books for Children, HarperCollins Children’s Books, and Charlesbridge, and the Associate Art Director at Viking Children’s Books. And the big bonus is that two-time Newbery Honor winning author Gary Schmidt will be delivering our keynote address! Register now!

Other events going on this week:

April 8, Tuesday, 5:00 p.m.LIKE CARROT JUICE ON A CUPCAKE by Julie Sternberg, illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Barnes & Noble, Vanderbilt Square
Julie Sternberg,  MG Author

I did a mean thing.
A very mean thing.
I HATE that I did it.
But I did.
This is worse than carrot juice on a cupcake or a wasp on my pillow or a dress that’s too tight at the neck.

In LIKE CARROT JUICE ON A CUPCAKE, the third installment from author Julie Sternberg and illustrator Matthew Cordell (the team who created Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie and Like Bug Juice on a Burger) Eleanor’s relationship with her best friend, Pearl, experiences its first growing pains. When a glamorous new student transfers to school, at first Eleanor’s excited about the possibility of a new friend. But when Pearl is assigned to be the new girl’s buddy, Eleanor fears she can’t compete. To make matters worse, Eleanor’s been chosen for the lead role in the springtime musical, which means she has to sing a solo in front of the entire school!

April 9, Wednesday, 5:00 pmSKY RAIDERS by Brandon Mull
Blue Willow Bookshop
Brandon Mull, MG Author

Brandon Mull will discuss and sign his newest novel for kids, SKY RAIDERS. Cole Randolph is just trying to have fun with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.

After Cole sees his friends whisked away to some mysterious place underneath the haunted house, he dives in after them—and ends up in The Outskirts, five kingdoms that lie between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. It’s an in-between place. Some people are born there. Some find their way there from our world, or from other worlds. And once you come to the Outskirts, it’s very hard to leave.

Admission: In order to go through the signing line and meet Brandon Mull for book personalization, please purchase SKY RAIDERS from Blue Willow Bookshop.

April 10, Thursday, 7:00 pmSTAY WHERE YOU ARE THEN LEAVE by John Boyne
Blue Willow Bookshop
John Boyne, MG Author

John Boyne will discuss and sign his newest novel for children, STAY WHERE YOU ARE THEN LEAVE . The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield’s father promised he wouldn’t go away to fight–but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn’t know where his father might be, other than that he’s away on a special, secret mission. Then, while shining shoes at King’s Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father’s name on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realizes his father is in a hospital close by—a hospital treating soldiers with shell shock. Alfie isn’t sure what shell shock is, but he is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place. . . .

Admission: In order to go through the signing line and meet John Boyne for book personalization, please purchase STAY WHERE YOU ARE THEN LEAVE from Blue Willow Bookshop.

April 12, Saturday, 2:00-4:00 pm
Missouri City Branch Library, Missouri City, TX
Poetry Slam Competition for Young Adults

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Missouri City Branch Library will present a Poetry Slam Competition in the Meeting Room of the library. Local high school and college-age students are invited to compete in the event by reading original works they have created themselves. Prizes will be awarded. The Poetry Slam is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-238-2100.

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3. KidLit Events April 1-8…and Beyond

Spring is moving fast, and the big events for readers and writers of children’s and YA literature are speeding toward us. If you haven’t yet signed up for at least one of the two big conferences, do not delay! On April 12, at the Houston Writers’ Guild Conference, Nikki Loftin—author of NIGHTINGALE’S NEST and THE SINISTER SWEETNESS OF SPLENDID ACADEMY—will be delivering the keynote address. Other Houston children’s or YA writers who will be on the staff are Joy Preble, Jessica Cappelle, Sharon Morse and Elizabeth White, as well as literary agents Pooja Menon and Eddie Schneider.

SCBWI Houston Conference (art by Diandra Mae)The biggest event in Texas this year for children’s and young adult writers is the Houston Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 25th Anniversary Conference, taking place April 26-27. If you write or illustrate for young readers or have ever dreamed of doing so, register now! We will have agents from three agencies:

Stephen BarrWriters House
Stephen Fraser—Jennifer DeChiara Literacy Agency
Natalie LakosilBradford Literary Agency

Plus three editors from closed houses (this means they do not accept unsolicited manuscripts or queries to submit manuscripts) who will accept submissions from attendees of the Houston SCBWI Conference:

Kendra Levin—Viking Books for Children
Jocelyn Davies—HarperCollins
Julie Ham—Charlesbridge

PLUS, Jim Hoover, Associate Art Director at Viking Children’s Books.

And to top it off, two-time Newbery Honor winning author Gary Schmidt of THE WEDNESDAY WARS, OKAY FOR NOW and LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE BUCKMINSTER BOY will be delivering our keynote address! If you love youth literature, you will love this conference! Register now!

If for some reason you can’t make it to the Houston SCBWI Conference (say, for instance you are under eighteen), there is another fantastic event that day that will make you roll out of bed before noon—the Greater HoustonTeen Book Convention. Too many fabulous authors will be attending for me to mention here, but go to their website and check it out!

Now for this week’s events—the first event is not strictly a children’s author/illustrator event, but it is an event for some very special children who illustrate, so I wanted to share this news with you.

April 2, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. MD Anderson Children's Art Project
Cornelius Nursery, Voss Rd.
Fundraiser Event for MD Anderson Children’s Art Project

Cornelius Nursery on Voss Rd is holding a painting party for pediatric patients of the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Please come by and join in the fun, enjoy the artwork, and be inspired, plus view wonderful new designs from The Children’s Art Project that are perfect for your garden. The newest collaboration is between Children’s Art Project and the Round Top Collection, which produces unique metal artwork for the garden based on the artwork from children in the Children’s Art Project. Shannon A. Murray, ED of Children’s Art Project and Jeff Krause the founder of Round Top will be on hand to celebrate and highlight this newest collection.

April 4, Friday, 6:30 p.m. KNIGHTLY AND SON by Rohan Gavin
Murder By The Book
Rohan Gavin, YA Author

In author/screenwriter Rohan Gavin’s new YA novel KNIGHTLY AND SON, the once highly in-demand detective Alan Knightley has just woken up after an unexplained incident kept him asleep for four years. While he was out cold, his son, Darkus, took it upon himself to read of all his dad’s old cases, and he’s learned “a lot” about the art of detection. It’s a good thing too–because suddenly the duo find themselves caught up in a crazy conspiracy that involves a group of villainous masterminds (who keep appearing and then vanishing), some high-speed car chases (that will have everyone fastening their seat belts), and a national, bestselling book with the power to make people do terrible, terrible things. But because Alan is still suffering the effects of his coma, he tends to, well, fall asleep at the worst possible moments, Meaning that young Darkus might just have to solve this mystery . . . by himself.

April 5, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.  SUGAR BUG ON THE TOOTH by Dr. Linda Sturrup
Barnes & Noble, Vanderbilt Square
Dr. Linda Sturrup, Dentist/Author

Dr. Linda Sturrup presents A SUGAR BUG ON MY TOOTH, a great read for that first dentist visit for little ones. Natalie Jean’s visit to the dentist seems a little scary, but with help from Dr. Cork, she learns that a dentist checkup can actually be fun! Kirkus  says it’s “An approachable tale of a first dental visit with pictures and a tone that will provide a reassuring beginning lesson to preschool-aged readers.”

April 5, Saturday, 2:00 THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE by Jonathan Stroud
Blue Willow Bookshop
Jonathan Stroud, MG Author

Jonathan Stroud, author of the New York Times best-selling Bartimaeus Trilogy, visits to introduce his new series for middle grade readers. If you like ghost stories that are scary but not too scary, this is for you!  A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren’t exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see—and eradicate—these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

In THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall’s legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?

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4. KidLit Good News & Events

Today, I’m delighted to have a guest post on Dear Editor! The question is about choosing an online writing class. I’d be thrilled if my readers hopped over and had a look.

We only have one event going on this week, but I’ve got other news to share, too:

KUNG POW CHICKEN #2: BOK! BOK! BOOM! by Cyndi MarkoHappy Book Birthday to Cyndi Marko’s

KUNG POW CHICKEN #2:

BOK! BOK! BOOM!

Fowladelphia is under attack by Dr. Screech. Can Kung Pow Chicken save the day?

The adventures continue! Featuring Gordon, an ordinary little chicken who fell into a vat of toxic sludge and emerged as Kung Pow Chicken, and his sidekick little brother Egg Drop (a.k.a. Benny), whose Stop, Drop, and Thunder Roll sends bad guys scrambling for cover.

Kirkus calls the KPC books from Schalastic “high-interest, fast reads for the just-ready-for-chapters reader.” Read the review from Kirkus here!

EXTREME BABYMOUSE by Jennifer HolmThe Houston Public Library is hosting an exciting illustration contest for children. The contest winners and one adult guest each will be treated to a catered lunch with Jennifer Holm, author of the BABYMOUSE  graphic novel series and an autographed copy of her newest Babymouse book, EXTREME BABYMOUSE. For submission guidelines, go here. The contest is open to children in 1st-6th grades. Contest Deadline May 1.

 

And this week we have an event for dog lovers of all ages!

March 30, Sunday, 2:00 p.m. Find Momo: A Photography Book by Andrew Knapp
Brazos Bookstore
Andrew Knapp (human/photographer) & Momo (dog/master of disguise)

FIND MOMO Meet Momo, a border collie who loves tagging along on adventures and getting his picture taken, and Momo’s photographer and blogger Andrew Knapp. FIND MOMO is more than a photo book: it’s a game, and it’s up to you to find out where the playful pup is hiding. Momo is in all-new adventures as he poses, peeks out, and camouflages himself in all kinds of places. From simple settings to more complex hide-and-go-seeks, there’s lots for dog lovers of all ages to discover.

One last item for friends of Gus, the bookstore cat at Galveston Bookshop. I wanted to pass along the news that Gus had to have drastic eye surgery and is recuperating at home. You can read about his situation here. Get well soon, Gus!

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5. KidLit Good News!

NIGHTINGALE'S NEST by Nikki LoftinYesterday brought exciting news:  New York Public Library’s Youth Materials Collections Specialist, Betsy Bird has tagged Austin author Nikki Loftin‘s new MG magical realism novel NIGHTINGALE’S NEST as a 2015 Newbery contender! Says Bird, “Honestly, it’s like nothing else I’ve seen in quite a while.” :) :) :)

And there’s more good news; Nikki will be the keynote speaker at the Houston Writers’ League Agents and Editors Conference next month, April 11, where she will also be leading a breakout session on writing successful query letters. Sign up!

 

GRANDFATHER GANDHI by Bethany Hegedus/Arun Gandhi, illustrated by Evan TurkAND! Besty Bird has also predicted the picture book GRANDFATHER  GANDHI by author Bethany Hegedus (founder of Austin’s The Writing Barn), co-author Arun Gandhi and illustrator Evan Turk, as a 2015 Caldecott nominee!

Read about both of these nominations as well as the books Betsy Bird thinks will be their main competition so far on Fuse Eight’s Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Spring Prediction Edition.

CHAINED by Lynne KellyIn other news, have you seen Lynne Kelly’s new site for CHAINED? It’s full of fun information like deleted scenes of Hastin telling folktales to his little sister Chanda, a book trailer, and a curriculum guide full of great classroom ideas.

ARMY CAMELS: TEXAS SHIPS OF THE DESERT by Doris FisherDoris Fisher’s new nonfiction picture book ARMY CAMELS: TEXAS SHIPS OF THE DESERT has been getting some good buzz! It’s been included in librarian/teacher Michael Sullivan’s list of Best Boy Books. Author JoAn Martin gave it a 5 Cart Review on publisher Pelican’s site.

DONNA OF THE DEAD by Alison Kemper

My D4EO Literary agent-mate Alison Kemper is having a blog tour for her debut YA DONNA OF THE DEAD from Entangled Teen. In this campy humor-meets-action vein of the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, a teen girl has to face the obliteration of the human race from a virus that makes people act zombie-like, with only the help of a rag-tag group of high school classmates, including her long-time crush. (Coming soon: DWIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD!)

Hop over to The Reading Diaries, The Library of the Seen, The Happy Booker, The Bookworm’s Blog, and Addicted Readers for reviews, excerpts and giveaways!

There are so many exciting upcoming conferences and workshops; unfortunately, I can’t go to all of them. I can’t even go to most. But I can go to some! I will of course be at the Houston SCBWI Conference on April 26-27, and I might be at the Houston Writers’ Guild Conference on April 12. I really want to go to the Writing For Young Readers Conference in Utah this June, then there’s the enticing Full Novel Revision Week in August at The Writing Barn, and I’ve already committed to the Florida SCBWI Conference next January (TBA) to meet and hang out with Verla Kay (yes, I’m name-dropping :) ) and many other SCBWI Blue Board friends. I hope to run into some of you at one of these awesome writers’ events!

 

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6. KidLit Writers’ Events

We don’t have any KidLit Author/Illustrator events this week, (although super-writer Brandon Sanderson who has a new YA novel STEELHEART  is at Murder By the Book tonight promoting the newest book in his current series for adults) so I thought I’d let you in on what’s going on around Houston for those who write books for kids and teens.

March 15, 9:00 a.m. Recurring: Third Saturday of each month
Bunker Hill HEB Community Room, 9710 Katy Fwy, Houston, Texas 77055
Houston YAMG Writers Group

Houston YAMG Writers Group is happy to have Elizabeth White of The Writer’s Studio of Houston speaking this month on How to Wow Readers on Page One!

To get an agent’s or an editor’s attention, yes, you need a “hook” that draws them in. Yes, you need flawless prose. And, yes, you need a style of your own and an idea so unique, your readers won’t let go. And, you need something else: you need a terrible problem that catches any reader’s heart, and a character whose pain and desire are achingly evident from the start. Come learn to let the deeper elements of character arise in your first words, so that you hook not just readers’ minds, but their souls. Elizabeth has asked that everyone try to bring in an example of a well-written first page from a novel they love.
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March 20, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Recurring
Barnes & Noble, Baybrook II, Webster, TX
BAWL (Bay Area Writers’ League) Critique Group

Members of the Bay Area Writers’ League meet on the first and third Thursday of each month to improve their writing efforts.

March 22, Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Brazos Valley SCBWI Workshop with Martha Wells
Registration: $20 for SCBWI members /$25 non-members. Seating is limited. Please r.s.v.p: brazosvalley@scbwi.org

“Writing Speculative Fiction for Kids and Teens,” a morning workshop with acclaimed fantasy author Martha Wells. She will offer her expert overview of speculative fiction, including tips, resources, exercises and practical advice. Bring your questions for a time of Q&A. Copies of Martha’s books will be available for purchase—cash or check only.

March 24, Monday, 7:30 p.m. Recurring
Barnes & Noble, Baybrook II, Webster, TX
SCBWI Critique Group

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Join us as we give and receive feedback on our writing projects!

AND DON”T FORGET!
There is still time to sign up for the awesome writers’ conferences coming up in April:

The Houston Writers Guild Annual Agents & Editors Conference: April 12
Registration
Join

Keynote Presenter—Nikki Loftin (Penguin/Razorbill author of The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy and Nightingale’s Nest)
Pre-conference Workshop (Power Revision, editor Meghan Pinson)
Post-conference Workshops (Author Platform, author Joy Preble).
Agent/editor pitch sessions (Eddie Schneider— JABberwocky, Jennifer Udden—Donald Maass, Pooja Menon—Kimberley Cameron, Stella Riley —Soul Mate Publishing, Dawn Dowdle—Blue Ridge Literary Agency, Jessica Kirkland—Blythe Danield Agency

2014 HOUSTON SOCIETY OF CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS CONFERENCE: April 26-27
Registration
Join

Keynote Presenter: Two-time Newbery Honor Winner and NAtional Book Award Finalist Gary D. Schmidt,
Agents: Stephen BarrWriters House; Stephen Fraser—Jennifer DeChiara Literacy Agency; Natalie LakosilBradford Literary Agency
Editors: Kendra Levin—Senior Editor, Viking Books for Children, Penguin; Jocelyn Davies—Editorial Assistant, HarperCollins;
Julie Ham—Associate Editor, Charlesbridge
Art Director: Jim Hoover—Associate Art Director, Viking Children’s Books, Penguin Group
PLUS: There is still time to sign up for a critique with authors Kathy Duval, Sherry Garland, Joy Preble, and Ana María Rodríguez.

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7. KidLit Author Events March 4-6

DONNA OF THE DEAD blog tour Happy Book Birthday to Alison Kemper’s DONNA OF THE DEAD!

Availble now! Watch for the blog tour, starting March 10, from Rock Star Book Tours!

 

I also want to give a Happy Book Birthday shout out to Lisa Ann Scott’s middle grade novel THE SCHOOL OF CHARM which debuted over the weekend. Take a look at the video below, then hop over to HarperCollins and read an excerpt!

 

ABBY SPENCER GOES TO BOLLYWOOD by Varsha BajajWhat an amazing and heart-warming turnout we had Saturday at Blue Willow Bookshop for the launch of Varsha Bajaj’s debute middle grade novel, ABBY SPENCER GOES TO BOLLYWOOD! Blue Willow was completely packed with friends from near and far. There is a great interview with Varsha and recap of the event on Cynthia Leitich Smith’s blog, Cynsations, and a Blue Willow Bookshop posted a photo of Varsha and her daughter performing a violin/song duet. If you weren’t able to go, you might still be able to get a signed copy at Blue Willow—if you hurry!

And this week’s event:

March 6, Thursday, 7:00 p.m.  UNFORGOTTEN by Jessica Brody
Blue Willow Bookshop
Jessica Brody, YA Author

Jessica Brody will discuss and sign her newest novel for teens, UNFORGOTTEN. After a daring escape from the Diotech scientists who created her, Seraphina and Zen believe they are finally safe from the horrors of her past. But new threats await them at every turn as Zen falls prey to a mysterious illness and Sera’s extraordinary abilities make it more and more difficult to stay hidden. Meanwhile, Diotech has developed a dangerous new weapon designed to apprehend Sera, a weapon that even Sera will be powerless to stop. Her only hope of saving Zen’s life and defeating the company that made her is a secret buried deep within her mind, a secret that Diotech will kill to protect. Packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, UNFORGOTTEN is the riveting second installment of Jessica Brody’s Unremembered trilogy, and delivers more heart-pounding action as loyalties are tested, love becomes a weapon, and no one’s memories are safe.

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8. Happy Book Birthday to GILDED by Christina Farley!

GILDED by Christina Farley

Join YA author

Christina Farley on her blog all day today, March 1

to celebrate the launch of her new novel

GILDED

…about a girl with a black belt and deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows.

Available in Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, and Audio

Christina will be joined at her launch by many of her author friends

sharing their inspirations on how they reached their dreams:

Andrea Mack  Erica Cameron  Casey McCormick

Natalie Aguirre  Elisa Nader  Kit Grindstaff

Vivi Barnes  Beth Revis  Debbie Ridpath Ohi

 Robin Constantine  Meredith McCardle

Amy Parker  Maureen McGowan

Plus, swag and book giveaways!

Join the party!

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9. KidLit Author Event: March 1 Varsha Bajaj!

We only have one children’s/young adult event happening this week, but it’s one many of us have been anticipating for a long time! Please join us at Blue Willow Bookshop this Saturday and spread the word to your friends on facebook and twitter!

March 1, Saturday, 2:00 p.m. ABBY SPENCER GOES TO BOLLYWOOD by Varsha Bajaj
Blue Willow Bookshop
Varsha Bajaj, MG Author

Join Varsha Bajaj for the launch of her debut novel middle grade novel, ABBY SPENCER GOES TO BOLLYWOOD.

What thirteen-year-old Abby wants most is to meet her father. She just never imagined he would be a huge film star—in Bollywood! When she travels to Mumbai to meet him, she is overwhelmed by the culture clash, the pressures of being the daughter of India’s most famous celebrity, and the burden of keeping her identity a secret. But as she learns to navigate her new surroundings, she just might discover where she really belongs.

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10. Get Ready for DONNA OF THE DEAD!

DONNA OF THE DEAD by Alison Kemper

Read Chapter One!

Reviews!

Lost In A Book

To Write Or Not To Write

The Outrageous Journey

Coming March 4th from Entangled Publishing. Visit Alison Kemper’s website!

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11. Happy Book Birthday: NIGHTINGALE’S NEST by Nikki Loftin

 

NIGHTINGALE'S NEST by Nikki Loftin

Happy Launch Day to Nikki Loftin’s new middle grade novel NIGHTINGALE’S NEST!

“When I first heard Gayle,

I wasn’t sure if she was a bird or

a girl. All I knew for sure was

that the music she made wasn’t

like anything I’d heard before.

It was magic.”

Today, Erica (@EricaHaglund ) at The Book Cellar has a giveaway of NIGHTINGALE’S NEST, plus the first excerpt from the book!

For those of you who are lucky enough to be in Austin this weekend, The Book People is having a launch party for NIGHTINGALE’S NEST on Saturday, February 22 at 3:00 p.m.

And for everyone in the Greater Houston Area, Nikki (@nikkiloftin) will be the keynote speaker at The Houston Writers’ Guild Annual Agents & Editors Conference on April 12! At this conference, Nikki will also be conducting a workshop, Query Q & A:

“You’ve written the best novel you can, but now it’s time to write the all-important query letter that will get it into the hands of an agent or editor. In this workshop, participants will pick apart queries to see what works and what doesn’t, and learn how to craft one for their own work that will make New York sit up and take notice!”

Starred review from Kirkus!

Review from Publishers Weekly!

Be sure to check Nikki’s blog tomorrow for more news about the NIGHTINGALE’S NEST BLOG TOUR!

And you can catch up on what you’ve missed by visiting Nikki’s interview on Imaginary Reads, and the giveaway + interview on Bartography Express.

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12. KidLit Author/Illustrator Events February 18-24

I hope many of you were able to get out and enjoy the Montgomery County Book Festival this weekend. There were so many wonderful authors present; I’m sorry I couldn’t make it.

We have a couple of events happening this week. The first, a meet and greet with Nancy Tillman, is a reschedule from the rough weather we had a couple of weeks back. It’s great that she was able to rearrange her plans and make it back here. Enjoy!

February 21, Friday, 5:00 p.m. LET THERE BE LIGHT by Nancy Tillman with Archbiship Desmond Tutu
Blue Willow Bookshop
Nancy Tillman, PB Author/Illustrator

Meet and Greet with New York Times bestselling illustrator and author of ON THE NIGHT YOU WERE BORN Nancy Tillman. In her new picture book, LET THERE BE LIGHT,  Nancy Tillman and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu combine their extraordinary talents to retell the story of God’s glorious creation.

‘In the very beginning, God’s love bubbled over when there was nothing else—no trees, no birds, no animals, no sky, no sea—only darkness.’ This retelling of the biblical story of creation vividly portrays the wonder and beauty of God’s creation on each of the seven days. Using Archbishop Tutu’s lyrical text from the Children of God Storybook Bible and Tillman’s remarkable illustrations, LET THERE BE LIGHT brings the story of creation to life for readers young and old.

February 22, 9:00 am -6:00 pm
Harmony Science Academy – West Houston, Katy, TX
Houston Authors Bash

A book signing event brought to you by Wines and Labels Productions. The event will include over 45 authors, including YA authors Rose Garcia, C.C. Hunter, and Rachel Harris! You can bring your own books to sign, but Katy Budget Books will also be at the event to sell many of the titles. If you are bringing your own books, please know that you can bring one book for each one that you buy at the event.

Although admission is FREE, this is a ticketed event. Register with Katy Budget Books and get your FREE ticket through Eventbrite. If you wish you receive the VIR treatment we have a limited amount of VIR passes (50) available for $10 which can be purchased through Eventbrite as well. VIR tickets works like a fast pass in Disney, it allows you the ability to skip the long line to get your books autographed by your favorite authors.

FINAL LIFE by Rose Garcia SAVED AT SUNRISE by C.C. HunterA TALE OF TWO CENTURUES by Rachel Harris

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13. ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A BIG, FAT QUITTER!

Happy book birthday to ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A BIG, FAT QUITTER by Carmella VanVleet!

What a sweet present! Illustrator Debbie Ohi created this Valentine for Carmella to celebrate her big day.

About the book:

After quitting every activity she’s ever tried, a girl with ADHD takes up taekwondo to prove to others (and to herself) she can stick with something till the end – even if it means a slightly see-through uniform, an embarrassing injury, and bowing. Lots and lots of bowing.

ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A BIG, FAT QUITTER is a Junior Library Guild selection! Congratulations, Carmella!

 

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14. Susan Cooper: GHOST HAWK

Susan CooperAmong the many stunning author events we’re having here in Houston this month, we were amazingly lucky to have Newbery Medal and Newbery Honor author Susan Cooper visit at Blue Willow Bookshop Thursday evening. While she was here, Ms. Cooper spoke with 12oo children during school visits. It was such an honor to have her here!

When Susan Cooper wrote OVER SEA UNDER STONE, she didn’t know it would be the first in a series. Ten years later after moving to the United States from her home country of Britain, she reread OSUS and got an idea for a series of five THE The Dark Is RisingDARK IS RISING Sequence. For each of the next four books, she wrote the title, when it was, and where it was. She also wrote the last half page of the final book, then spent the next six years writing them. She used that original last half page.

Susan Cooper was at Oxford, her lecturers were J.R. R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis! And like the works of these famous authors and educators, the thing all Susan Cooper’s books have in common is a strong sense of place. Place (a mysterious Scottish castle) made her write two books about a boggart: BOGGART and THE BOGGART AND THE MONSTER.

Place (an island in the Bahamas) also made her write a book called GREEN BOY.
The Boggart
Besides place, a strong sense of good and evil imbues Susan Cooper’s works—the dark and the light instilled from her childhood in England during WWII, particularly memories of her mother reading to Susan and her little brother in the air-raid shelter by candlelight. When bombs fell, the candle flame flickered.

In GHOST HAWK, a salt marsh island in Massachusetts bewitched her imagination. It had looked the same since the ice age. She researched the land and found the records of English ownership.

She continued her research and this time the Green Boybattle of good and evil took realistic form. King Phillip’s War changed everything. She thought of Little Hawk, at age eleven, going through the rite of passage with only three items to help him survive. When he survived, a greater danger would be waiting.

From Susan Cooper’s website: “Although we talk of learning from history, we do not learn. And even a ghost cannot explain to the living why this should be so.”

When asked about how she planned her novel, Cooper responded, “A book is a voyage of discovery for the writer as well as the reader.” Writing a historical novel was different than Ghost Hawkwriting a fantasy, making endless timelines and knowing what she wanted her character to do. It was a slower process. She said, “It’s not history; it’s a story.”

The story:

In the winter of his eleventh year, Little Hawk goes deep into the forest, where he must endure a three month test of solitude and survival, which will turn him into a man.

But outside the woods, the world is changing. English settlers are landing on the shores of the New World, and tensions between native tribes and the invaders are rising.
Susan Cooper
Little Hawk’s fate becomes irreversibly entwined with that of John, a young English boy who dares to question intolerance.

He is witness to a secret murder—will he now be witness to bloodshed between nations?

An exciting bit of news!  Simon & Schuster Audio has announced that Jim Dale will read the audiobook of GHOST HAWK. The unabridged audiobook will be available in both CD and download formats.



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15. KidLit Events Sept. 10-17

This week is going to be so exciting! I am thrilled that Houston made it into Susan Cooper’s tour stops for her new MG novel GHOST HAWK. I expect a crowd at Blue Willow Bookshop that evening, so I’ll get there early, hoping to get a seat. Tera Lynn Childs is back in town to talk about SWEET LEGACY and two authors from Austin—PJ Hoover and Mari Mancusi—are here to launch their hot new YA novels SOLSTICE and SCORCHED.

September 12, 5:00 p.m. Ghost Hawk
Blue Willow Bookshop
Susan Cooper, MG Author

Newbery Medal and Newbery Honor author Susan Cooper presents a fascinating tale of friendship in the intertwining stories of Little Hawk and John Wakely in her newest novel for kids, GHOST HAWK.

Little Hawk is sent into the woods alone one winter day, taking only a bow and arrows, his handcrafted tomahawk, and the amazing metal knife his father traded for with the new white settlers. If Little Hawk survives three moons by himself, he will be a man.

John Wakely is only ten when his father dies, but he has already experienced the warmth and friendship of the nearby tribes. Yet his fellow colonists aren’t as accepting of the native people. When he is apprenticed to a barrel-maker, John sees how quickly the relationships between settlers and natives are deteriorating. His friendship with Little Hawk will put both boys in grave danger.

The intertwining stories of Little Hawk and John Wakely are a fascinating tale of friendship and a unique look at the history of our nation.

September 12, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. SB Logo
UH-Sugar Land
Literacy Council of Fort Bend County 4th Annual Great Grown-up Spelling Bee

All proceeds from the Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee will support programs of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend

September 13, 7:00 p.m.  SweetLegacy
Blue Willow Bookshop
Tera Lynn Childs, YA Author 

Tera Lynn Childs, award-winning author of books about mythology, mermaids, and monsters, will discuss and sign the final book in her monster-hunting descendants of Medusa trilogy, SWEET LEGACY.

The three sisters Greer, Grace, and Gretchen cannot hesitate as they seek the location of the lost door between the realms, even as monsters and gods descend on San Francisco in battle-ready droves. In this exciting conclusion to the Sweet Venom trilogy, these teenage heirs of Medusa must seek the truth, answer the ancient riddles, and claim their immortal legacy.

September 14, Saturday, 2:00 p.m. Solstice
Blue Willow Bookshop
P.J. Hoover & Mari Mancusi, YA Authors

Blue Willow Bookshop welcomes Texas YA authors P.J. Hoover and Mari Mancusi. P. J. Hoover will be discussing and signing her debut YA novel SOLSTICE, and award-winning author Mari Mancusi will be presenting her YA novel, SCORCHED.

Solstice trailer:

Scorched trailer:

September 14, Saturday, 2:00 p.m. Shoo Fly Shoo
Barnes & Noble, The Woodlands
Danielle Dail, PB Author

Come and meet author Danielle Dail   as she presents her new children’s book, SHOO FLY SHOO. Everybody wants friends to play with, especially Buzz! There’s only one little problem…nobody wants to play with an annoying fly. Follow Buzz on his search for a friend who will accept him for who he is.

September 15, Sunday 2:00 p.m. SCORCHED
Katy Budget Books
Mari Mancusi, YA Author

Mari Mancusi signs her new YA novel SCORCHED. Sixteen-year-old Trinity longs for a stable family: her father died before she was born, her mother committed suicide two years ago, and now her eccentric grandfather has wasted what little money they had on what he claims is a dragon egg. But when government agents attack her house looking for it, Trin realizes the egg might not be a hoax at all.

Soon she finds herself torn between Connor and Caleb, twins brought back from a future razed by a fiery dragon war. Loyal soldier Connor says the only way to save the world is to destroy the egg. Caleb, sent by a rebellious pro-dragon group, claims the beasts are the key to Earth’s salvation. All the while, a third voice whispers to Trinity, telling her the dragon inside her egg is not ready to give up without a fight.

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16. Writing Workshops

No events this week, but hold onto your hats because the rest of September is going to be a blur!

Meanwhile, here are links to a few writing workshops I came across on the internet this week:

*Triple Threat: Voice & Character with Kathi Appelt, Susan Fletcher, and Uma Krishnaswami at The Writing Barn in Austin, TX, on Sept. 14

*Huntington City-Township Public Library: Writing and Publishing Workshop with Monica Koldyke Miller, Sept. 14, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

*Nova Ren Suma is leading a workshop and retreat in Feb. 2014 at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Northern California. Applications are now open—and the deadline is Oct. 18APPLY!

For more craft workshops/retreats, click here.

*FREE Online writing workshop for 15 writers from University of Iowa, Sept. 16 – Oct. 28. Deadline to apply:  Sept. 6

For more online workshops/classes, click here.

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17. Book Trailers from Houston Authors

I love book trailers—they’re a fun promotional tool, adding an extra opportunity through images and sound for authors to convey the tone of their books. Several authors with Houston SCBWI have released awesome trailers for their 2013 books. Take a look:

From Dax Varley: SEVERED—A Tale of Sleepy Hollow 

From Kelly Bennett: VAMPIRE BABY

From Mary Lindsey: ASHES ON THE WAVES

From Crystal Allen: THE LAURA LINE

From Joy Preble: THE SWEET DEAD LIFE

And a beautiful author video from Lynne Kelly for CHAINED

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18. Kidlit Author Events August 27-September 2

WordPress is being difficult today, so quickly, before it crashes again, here’s what happening this week:

August 28, Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.SCBWI Logo
SCBWI-Brazos Valley
Schmooze: Picture Book Discussion

Writing a picture book? Join the SCBWI-Brazos Valley for their August Schmooze. Picture Book Potpourri is the topic!
Stay for lunch if you have the time. Gentle critique begins at 9:30 a.m. Bring 5 copies of 5 double-spaced pages of a work in progress to share.

August 29, Thursday, 7:00 p.m.Crown of Midnight
Blue Willow Bookshop
Sarah J. Maas, YA Author

Sarah J. Maas will discuss and sign her new novel, CROWN OF MIDNIGHT. After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown—a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.Keeping up the deadly charad—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon—forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she willing to fight for?

 

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19. Author Events January 15-22

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It’s been a lovely, rainy January here in Houston. My azaleas have decided winter is over and have already started blooming. For Christmas, my husband and son got me a new birdbath and hanging feeder and now my backyard has become a bird playground. I love glancing up at them throughout the day while I’m writing.

Speaking of writing, you need to hurry if you still want to sign up for the Austin SCBWI conference. Registration ends February 2. The Houston SCBWI conference will be in April this year. We’ve sold out all critique spots for our guest speakers, but there are still spots available with our local authors. If you are new to writing, this is a great opportunity to have an experienced author give you feedback on your work.

Don’t forget! The Montgomery County book Festival is coming soon! Mark your calendars for February 2, Saturday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm!

Just One DayJanuary 15, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
Blue Willow Bookshop
Gayle Forman, YA Author

Gayle Forman, award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT, will discuss and sign her new young adult novel JUST ONE DAY. Equal parts mystery and romance, JUST ONE DAY uses the power of travel to show how all manner of journeys can lead to the most unexpected revelations.

Sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey has always followed the rules. But when she meets the laid-back 20-year-old Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter in England at an underground performance of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, there’s an undeniable spark. One day’s adventure together in Paris seems to ignite the flames love till the following morning, when Allyson wakes up to discover that Willem has disappeared without a trace.

This 24 hour whirlwind forces Allyson to confront the narrow confines of the life that has been built for her.

A breathtaking journey of self-discovery, JUST ONE DAY showcases Forman’s nuanced use of language, exposing the depths of grief and passion, and the unexpected joys that can come from the most challenging times.

For important information about this event, see Blue Willow Bookshop’s Events page.

Gates of ParadiseJanuary 17, Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
Blue Willow Bookshop
Melissa de la Cruz, YA Author

Best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz will discuss and sign GATES OF PARADISE, the breathtaking finale of her Blue Bloods series.

Schuyler Van Alen is running out of time. The Dark Prince of Hell is storming the Gates of Paradise, intent on winning the heavenly throne for good. This time he has his greatest angels by his side, Abbadon and Azrael, or as they are known in the coven, Jack and Mimi Force.

Will Bliss and the wolves she has recruited to join her win the battle for the vampires? Is Schuyler prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, the same one Michael was forced to make in Florence so long ago? Love and vengeance, duty and loyalty, life and death, are all at odds in this gripping, heartbreaking finale.

For important information about this event, see Blue Willow Bookshop’s Events page.

Main Street TheaterJanuary 17-February 10: Regular Performances
Preview: January 16
Main Street Theater
Memory House, Play by Kathleen Tolan YA/Adult

Houston playwright Kathleen Tolan’s regional premiere of MEMORY HOUSE, directed by Claire Hart-Palumbo.

As Katia struggles to finish her college essay by tonight’s midnight deadline her mother Maggie tries to motivate and encourage her while baking a pie. Mother and daughter wrestle with lingering issues from Katia’s adoption from Russia, her parents’ divorce and her fear of leaving home as they pick their way through the very human, very honest, and sometimes very funny struggle of how to connect with each other and face the future.

Post show discussions: Following the Sunday matinees on January 20 and February 3, the audience is invited to join the artists involved with the production as well as a diverse panel of adoptive families, who will reflect on the play and share their own experiences.

For very important information about this event including pricing and age guidelines, see Main Street Theater’s website.

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20. Welcome 2013! New Year, New Events

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I’m off like a herd of turtles to re-engage here and on facebook and twitter. I’ve been spending a lot of time with my family and just sitting by the fireplace editing and revising manuscripts. There’s more editing and revising in my near future before launching into a new project  that’s whispering to me, but it will have to wait its turn. Last night’s SCBWI meeting got me revved up to start the new year. We had a great panel of three Houston authors—Dotti Enderle, Wendy Lanier and Lynne Kelly—who gave us tips and info to help everyone prepare for our upcoming Houston SCBWI regional conference in April. The illustrators broke off for their own info session, run by our Houston Illustrator Coordinator, Diandra Mae. This is going to to be a fantastic conference. I can’t wait!

Meanwhile, here’s a fun YA event to look forward to a bit earlier:

Just One DayJanuary 15, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
Blue Willow Bookshop
Gayle Forman, YA Author

Gayle Forman, award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT, will discuss and sign her new young adult novel JUST ONE DAY.

Sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey has always followed the rules. But when she meets the laid-back 20-year-old Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter in England at an underground performance of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, there’s an undeniable spark. One day’s adventure together in Paris seems to ignite the flames love till the following morning, when Allyson wakes up to discover that Willem has disappeared without a trace.

This 24 hour whirlwind forces Allyson to confront the narrow confines of the life that has been built for her.

A breathtaking journey of self-discovery, JUST ONE DAY showcases Forman’s nuanced use of language, exposing the depths of grief and passion, and the unexpected joys that can come from the most challenging times.

For important information about this event, see Blue Willow Bookshop’s Events page.

More next week! Happy New Year!

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21. Happy Holidays!

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Celebrate!

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22. Author/Illustrator Events January 22-29

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Here’s this week’s roundup of events for children’s and young adult authors and illustrators. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Montogmery County Book Festival on February 2! If you write or illustrateor are interested in learning about writing or illustratingchildren’s literature, there is still time to sign up for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators spring conference here in Houston on April 13. Critique slots for our guest speakers are filled, but there are still opportunities for critiques from several of our wonderful local authors, including Kathy Duval, Warren Hanson, Sherry Garland, Joy Preble, and Ana Maria Rodriguez.

Chachalaca ChaquitaJanuary 26, Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
Katy Budget Books
Melanie Chrismer, PB Author

Melanie Chrismer, author of more than a dozen books, including the Phoebe Clapsaddleseries, presents her newest picture book, CHACHALACA CHIQUITA. In a Southwestern spin on the Chicken Little tale, Chachalaca Chiquita, a colorful southwestern bird, is on a mission to tell the jefe (boss) that the sky is falling after a pebble falls from the sky and hits her right on the head. Chachalaca Chiquita joins the feathered flock-Lina Gallina, the prairie hen, and her chicks-and heads to the mountain, passing bugs buzzing, birds flying, lizards snatching, and animals moseying, collecting more animals along their journey. Their adventure takes a turn when they meet sly Tacito Ocelote and they learn that he is the jefe—the one who started it all and has been expecting the odd flock for dinner.

January 26, Saturday, 3:00 p.m.MEECE FOR MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY
River Oaks Bookstore
Kip Cosson, PB Author/Illustrator

New York artist/author Kip Cosson’s newest picture book, MEECE FOR MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY, follows the adventures of Meece Mouse, who decides to run for Mayor of New York City. As part of his campaign, Meece and his campaign manager, Ned Penguin, visit all five boroughs of New York City. Mayors from all across the country are reading this book to children and teaching them about our electoral system in an entertaining way.

Continuing Now through February 10
Main Street Theater Main Street Theater
Memory House, Play by Kathleen Tolan YA/Adult

Houston playwright Kathleen Tolan’s regional premiere of MEMORY HOUSE, directed by Claire Hart-Palumbo.

As Katia struggles to finish her college essay by tonight’s midnight deadline her mother Maggie tries to motivate and encourage her while baking a pie. Mother and daughter wrestle with lingering issues from Katia’s adoption from Russia, her parents’ divorce and her fear of leaving home as they pick their way through the very human, very honest, and sometimes very funny struggle of how to connect with each other and face the future.

For very important information about this event including pricing and age restrictions, see Main Street Theater’s website

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23. Author Events Jan. 29- Feb. 5

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Hold onto your socks! February is busy!

February 2, Saturday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Lone Star College – Montgomery
Montgomery County Book Festival
Admission: FREE

The Montgomery County Book Festival is now partnering with Lone Star College – Montgomery. This year the festival is being expanded from a teens only format to include authors of children’s and tween books, young adult authors who cross over to the adult market and authors who write specifically for adults. However, as this blog focuses on children’s and young adult’s literature, I’ve only listed the names of authors who write for these age groups. For a complete list, visit the Montgomery County Book Festival website.

Jonathan Maberry * Sherrilynn Kenyon * Jill Alexander * E. Kristin Anderson * Kathi Appelt * Kendare Blake * Rachel Caine * Suzanne Crowley * Lindsay Cumming * Carolee Dean * Tracy Deebs * Wendy Delsol * Brian Falkner * Janet Fox * Bethany Hegedus * C.C. Hunter * Sophie JordonJacqueline Kelly * Mary Lindsey * Kimberly Griffiths LittleNikki Loftin * Diana Lopez * Mari Mancusi * Lisa McMann * Anna MyersJenny Moss * Mike Mullin * Joy Preble * Cory Putnam Oakes * Bettina Restrepo * Victoria Scottya * Janni Lee Simner * Cynthia Leitich Smith * Greg Leitich Smith * Dom Testa * Jo Whittmore *

NO YEAR OF THE CATFebruary 2, Saturday, 3:00 PM
River Oaks Book Store
Mary Dodson Wade, Children’s Author

Chinese New Year Storytime! Join author Mary Wade in celebrating the Chinese New Year with the reading of NO YEAR OF THE CAT.

The Emperor has a problem. He wants his people to remember the year in which his son was born. But there is no way to keep track of the years. So the Emperor devises a race in which animals will cross a river. The first twelve animals to reach the opposite side will have a year named after them. Thus, the people will be able to remember the years and the events that occurred. And so the race is set. Rat, knowing he is no match for the rushing water, schemes with Cat on how to cross the river. Together the two convince Ox to carry them across. But halfway across the river, Rat shows his true colors. Will Cat make it to the other side? Which animals will have a year named after them? Accompanied by exquisite watercolor artwork, this charming story explains the origins of the Chinese calendar.

SIRENSSWEET DEAD LIFEFebruary 5, Tuesday, 6:00 PM
Barnes & Noble, College Station
Janet Fox and Joy Preble, YA Authors
Join Janet Fox and Joy Preble for an exclusive young adult Q&A session of their latest books and what it takes to be a YA author. We will be celebrating the release of Janet’s newest book, SIRENS, and Joy will talk about her upcoming book, THE SWEET DEAD LIFE.

Main Street TheaterNow-February 10
Main Street Theater
Memory House, Play by Kathleen Tolan: Mature YA/ Adult

Houston playwright Kathleen Tolan’s regional premiere of MEMORY HOUSE, directed by Claire Hart-Palumbo.

As Katia struggles to finish her college essay by tonight’s midnight deadline her mother Maggie tries to motivate and encourage her while baking a pie. Mother and daughter wrestle with lingering issues from Katia’s adoption from Russia, her parents’ divorce and her fear of leaving home as they pick their way through the very human, very honest, and sometimes very funny struggle of how to connect with each other and face the future.

Post show discussions: Following the Sunday matinee on February 3, the audience is invited to join the artists involved with the production as well as a diverse panel of adoptive families, who will reflect on the play and share their own experiences.

For very important information about this event including pricing and age restrictions, see Main Street Theater’s website.

Perfect ScoundrelsFebruary 5, Tuesday, 7:00 PM
Blue Willow Bookshop
Ally Carter, YA Author

Ally Carter will also be appearing at Murder By The Book  on Tuesday, February 6 at 6:30 PM.

Ally Carter, New York Times best-selling author of the five books in the Gallagher Girls series, will discuss and sign her young adult novel PERFECT SCOUNDRELS.

Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting—or stealing—whatever they want.

No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. So instead of being the heir—this time, Hale might be the mark.

For important information about this event, please see Blue Willow Bookshop’s Events page.

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24. Workshop Tweets Roundup

Last week I started a new post series, listing my tweets about writing workshops of interest to authors of children’s and teen’s literature. Most of these are one-day or half-day workshops, in the U.S. or Canada, which don’t fit neatly into any of my regular list pages.

Workshop tweets for Aug. 17-23:

Sept. 14: Setting & Using Scenes to Advance Your Story, SCBWI, San Diego, CA

Sept 21: What Every Writer Needs to Know About Research, SCBWI, Bakersfield, CA

Oct. 5: Graphic Novel Workshop with Calista Brill of First Second Books, Dave Roman, and Cynthia Leitich Smith, Austin, TX

Oct. 15: Writing for Kids with Cary Fagan, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Oct. 26: Writing for Children & Young Adults with Brian Henry, Mississauga, Ontario

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25. Kidlit Events Aug. 20-27

I’m home recuperating from having a wisdom tooth pulled. I can’t complain too loudly though, because my niece just had all four of hers pulled a week ago. Summer is almost over, and I hate that all the kids have to go back to school. Of course I’m glad kids get to go to school, but I’ll miss having my boy and his friends around. Teenagers are a lot more fun than their reputations suggest.

But in case you missed it, here’s a fun thing—Joy Preble‘s post for WriteOnCon: What Y’all Saying Bubba? Creating Voice in Fiction.

And we’ve got a few author events around town to cheer me up:

August 20, Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.TAKE ME TO YOUR BBQ
Hillendahl Library
Storytime with Kathy Duval

In TAKE ME TO YOUR BBQ from Hyperion/Disney, aliens have landed on Willy’s farm, and they’re not leaving without a square dance and a square meal. So fire up that grill, pour on the barbecue sauce, and snatch up that fiddle. Adam McCauley’s out-of-this-world illustrations match Kathy Duval’s hoedown rhymes like ribs and taters! Get ready for some extraterrestrial, lip-smackin’ fun.

Afterwards, each child will be able to make an alien hat out of tin foil to take home.

Children’s author Kathy Duval is also the author of The Three Bears’ Christmas, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, and The Three Bears’ Halloween, both illustrated by Paul Meisel.

Kathy will also be appearing:
August 21, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.
Katy Budget Books
Kathy Duval, PB Author 

August 21, Wednesday, 6-8 p.m.Houston Public Library
Central Library, 500 McKinney
Gwendolyn Zepeda, Houston Poet Laureate

Houston’s first Poet Laureate, Gwendolyn Zepeda, will conduct a two-hour workshops for poetry beginners ages 13 and up: Making It Flow: Exercises in Rhythm. The workshop will consist of selected readings and then several writing exercises. The session is  designed to enable even the least experienced writers to complete more than one original poem. Program is free and open to the public.

August 24, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Pasadena
Three YA Authors: Joy Preble, Mary Lindsey and Christie Craig

Three great Teen Authors, Joy Preble, Mary Lindsey and Christie Craig, will be signing copies of their books. Bring your well-read copies or pick up a new series. New copies of their books will be available for purchase.

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