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1. Emma Thompson & Barbara Shoup Get Booked

barnes-noble-logo11Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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Actress Emma Thompson will discuss her new book, The Spectacular Tale of Peter Rabbit, at Barnes & Noble (Tribeca branch). Meet her on Thursday, October 2nd starting at 6 p.m. (New York, NY)


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2. Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston are touring with ‘Wordless’

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A few years ago, an Australian impresario named Jordan Verzar put together the Graphic Festival at the Sydney Opera House which included a dream list of multi-media comics projects, including the Neil Gaiman/Eddie Campbell/Fourplay String Quartet collaboration The Truth is a Cave in a Black Mountain and the Art Spiegelman/Phillip Johnston Sextet collaboration Wordless. I was lucky enough to see both of these when the came to the US earlier this year, and I’m happy to say that Wordless is touring the country, and may just come to a city near you. If it does, run run to see it!

“Wordless” is, ironically, not wordless at all, but Spiegelman narrating a history of the early, silent woodcut graphic novels of the first half of the 2oth century, works by artists like Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, Milt Gross, Otto Nuckel, and Si Lewen. The projected comics are accompanied by improvised jazz styling by the Phillip Johnston Sextet, and the evening is full of information, music and the magic of art and storytelling. You can read more about it on a tumblr Spiegelman has set up, (Spiegelman tumbles, says the headline) and here’s an article from SFGate with more thoughts on the venture. And here are the dates:

Tour Details

Wednesday, October 8
Cleveland OH — Oberlin College

Friday, October 10
UC Berkeley, CA — Zellerbach Auditorium

Sunday, October 12
Seattle, WA — Seattle Theatre Group, Moore Theater

Wednesday, October 15
Los Angeles, CA — UCLA, Royce Hall

Friday, October 17
Santa Barbara, CA — UCSB, Arts & Lectures

Sunday, October 19
Kansas City, MO — Kauffman Center

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Washington, DC — GWU Lisner Auditorium

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Boston, MA — The Institute of Contemporary Art

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3. Alex Rider: Stormbreaker Bench Auction

On 7th October, The National Literacy Trust are auctioning a one-of-a-kind ‘Alex Rider: Stormbreaker’ bench. Anthony is a huge supporter of the charity, which is dedicated to raising the literacy levels of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

For more information visit the Books About Town website

AH Bench

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4. NJSCBWI Fall Craft Weekend


Princeton Theological Seminary
Stuart Hall and Mackay Campus Center
Princeton, NJ

Event kicks off at noon on Saturday November 1, 2914 and parts run through Sunday, finishing at 5 p.m.

Editors/agents include: Amy Cloud (editor, S&S), Janine Le (agent, Sheldon Fogelman Agency), Leon Husock (agent, L. Perkins Agency), Brooks Sherman (agent, The Bent Agency), Connie Hsu (editor, Roaring Brook Press), Shauna Rossano (editor, G.P. Putnam’s Sons), Patrick Collins (creative director, Henry Holt). Author/illustrators include: Joyce Wan (author/illustrator), Darlene Jacobson (author), Kit Grindstaff (author), Laurie Calkhoven (author), Yvonne Ventresca (author), Ame Dyckman (author),  … plus more to be announced!

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 ~ Craft Afternoon

(FREE SCBWI Members / $45 Non-SCBWI Members)
Noon to 5 p.m. (Stuart Hall)
Enjoy an afternoon of craft-related workshops with editors, agents and author/illustrator presenters, to help you further your writing/illustrating skills in the world of children’s books. Afternoon includes editor/agent panel, picture book, MG/YA workshops, and more! Bring a bag lunch.

*Registration is required, even for SCBWI members. 

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2013 ~ Dinner with the faculty

($65 SCBWI members / $85 Non-SCBWI Members)
Relax for dinner with our Saturday guest editors and agents.
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (The Lounge, Mackay Center)

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 ~ Peer Group Critique

8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Stuart Hall)

(FREE SCBWI Members / $25 Non-SCBWI Members)
Meet with fellow PB, MG or YA writers to review each other’s manuscripts and get the feedback you need to revise, revise, revise and move forward on your path to publication.
*Registration is required for this free event.

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 ~ Writers Day
8:00 a.m to 5 p.m. (Stuart Hall and Mackay Center)
($240 SCBWI Members / $275 Non-SCBWI Members)
Confirmed editors and agents:

  • AGENTS: Leon Husock, L. Perkins Agency;  Janine Le, Sheldon Fogelman Agency; Brooks Sherman, The Bent Agency.
  • EDITORS: Amy Cloud; Simon & Schuster, Connie Hsu, Roaring Brook Press; Shauna Rossano, G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

This awesome, jam-packed day, all about the craft of writing books for young readers, has been created especially for you. Enjoy the benefits of our opening editor/agent panel, participate in a first-page session, gain feedback in a one-on-one manuscript critique with an assigned editor*, attend breakout sessions, eat breakfast and lunch, and enjoy afternoon tea/coffee. The deadline to submit your manuscript for critique is September 30 at 5 pm. (Note: You can only sign up for either Writers Day or Illustrators Day, not both.) *If attending both days, your one-on-one manuscript critique may be scheduled for Saturday.

*Writers Day manuscript submissions are due no later than 5 p.m., Sept 30, 2014.  

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 ~ Illustrators Day
8 a.m to 5 p.m. (Stuart Hall and Mackay Center)
($240 SCBWI Members / $275 Non-SCBWI Members)
Prepare to work hard! Illustrators will work with Patrick Collins (Creative Director, Henry Holt) and Joyce Wan (published illustrator/author). The intensive will begin with everyone together, then illustrators break off with their pre-assigned illustration project mentor* for their group critique. The intensive also includes artwork display, portfolio and promo card display, breakfast, lunch and afternboon tea/coffee. (Note: You can only sign up for either Writers Day or Illustrators Day, not both.)

Talk tomorrow,

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5. Mexico’s Biggest-Ever Animation Industry Event, Festival by Pixelatl, Begins Today

Festival by Pixelatl begins today in Cuernavaca, Mexico, in what promises to be the largest-ever animation industry event that has ever happened in Mexico.

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6. Sign up for my "Creating Picture Books" class at John C. Campbell!

I get lots of requests to teach what I do, so I wanted to give you a heads up... my class "Creating Children's Picture Books" at the John C. Campbell Folk School is coming up on December 3rd. Now's the time to sign up if you're interested! Here's where you can learn about the class at the John C. website: CLICK HERE. And you can read about past classes by clicking on the year: 2012, 2011, 2009, and 2008. It's a 4-day long intense class on a gorgeous campus in the North Carolina mountains with fantastic family-style meal times. Camp for adults! It's a small class, so if you want in, sign up soon - it fills up quickly!

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7. Literary Arts Has Acquired the Wordstock Festival

wordstockLiterary Arts, Inc. has acquired the Wordstock Festival.

The nonprofit organization plans to devote the next three years to overseeing an annual literary festival as its pilot project. Wordstock will be re-launched on November 07, 2015 at the Portland Art Museum. Powell’s Books will serve as a community partner for this.

Here’s more from the press release: “Wordstock began in 2005 and is the largest celebration of literature and literacy in the Pacific Northwest. Each year, the festival brings together thousands of readers and hundreds of small presses, independent publishers, nonprofits, and independent booksellers, along with 150+ authors.”

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8. Scott Westerfeld, Nicholas Kristof, & Alexis Barad-Cutler Get Booked

Scott WesterfeldHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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A panel of young adult authors, Scott Westerfeld (pictured, via), Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, David Levithan, and Robin Wasserman, will celebrate the release of Afterworlds. Meet them on Tuesday, September 23rd at the New York Public Library (Jefferson Market branch) starting 6 p.m. (New York, NY)


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9. NYC’s real super week and TONIGHT’S TO DOs with Eleanor Davis and the CBLDF

The week between SPX and the Brooklyn Book Festival has evolved into a real “indie super week” on the eastern seaboard, as touring cartoonists barnstormed and socialized at a furious pace. The week perhaps culminated in the Bergen Street Comic/Fantagraphics Brooklyn Book Fest kick off party Saturday, where Eleanor Davis, Michael Deforge, Patrick Kyle, Simon Hanselmann, Brandon Graham, Farel Dalrymple and Inkstuds’ Robin McConnell converged with the locals, as captured on the Fantagraphics Twitter.

The fun continued the next day at the Brooklyn Book Festival, although I was really only able to go to my own panel and quickly tour the booths, where everything seemed to be buzzing along. My panel—with Don Mishkin talking about The Warren Commission Report, Liana Finck on The Bintel Brief and Vivek J. Tiwary on The Fifth Beatle—went well as far as I could tell, with all three talking about a personal connection to the material and using comics for historical exploration. Apparently a photographer from Wikipedia was there and insisted on updating my photo, which, Puffy Sunday everyone.

And the fun continues tonight with two great events! Swing by the CBLDF and then hop on the Fulton St G to go to Desert island for the next!

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CBLDF Banned Book Week Kick Off

Celebrate the Freedom to Read with the city’s greatest graphic novelists at CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Kick-Off this Monday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m.!

Join us to wind down another successful Brooklyn Book Festival, and to celebrate the opening of Banned Books Week, which this year celebrates comics and graphic novels!  Mingle with comics creators and learn what you can do in your community to protect the freedom to read!

This event is free to CBLDF Members and Brooklyn Book Fest partners. $5 – $10 Suggested Donation all others.

Location: BRIC (647 Fulton Street, New York, NY)
Time: Monday, September 22, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Price: $5 – $10 suggested donation



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Eleanor Davis Slideshow at Desert Island:
Monday, Monday, Monday! Eleanor Davis is giving her LAST performance of the How to Be Happy tour at Brooklyn comic shop, Desert Island, 7-9m. You may have gotten your book signed at Brooklyn Book Festival but you haven’t L I V E D until you’ve seen Eleanor give her talk on the relationship of art and the artist.

AND TOMORROW, Super Week well and truly winds up with Hanselmann, Kyle and DeForge at Parsons as part of Ben Katchor’s Comics Symposium:

The 100th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 8 pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public. Please note 8pm starting time.
Presentations: Michael DeForge, Simon Hanselmann & Patrick Kyle.

Having self-published comics for the better part of the last decade, Patrick Kyle will discuss the logistics of playing publisher while balancing careers as both a cartoonist and illustrator.

Michael DeForge goes through different finished and unfinished projects he’s thrown away before publication. He discusses the value of abandoning projects, scripted versus improvised storytelling and the importance of digressions in the writing process.

Simon Hanselmann will discuss the Australian comics scene, the virtues of Tumblr as a distribution platform, making money, ‘the future’ and his general comics making process. Also: various crackpot theories and obscure in-jokes.


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10. Tonight to do: Julia Wertz and MariNaomi reading at Bergen Street

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The week between SPX and the Brooklyn Book Festival s usually crowded with events and this is no exception. Tonight, things kick off at Bergen Stree Comics with A Live Reading with Julia Wertz and MariNaomi!:

Two of the the most spectacular people in comics on one night, reading from their fresh-from-the-printer new books? It doesn’t get better than that! Come on out to and let MariNaomi and Julia Wertz remind you that in the contest for funniest comics on the scene, we’re all scrambling around for third place. (Because they have the first two spots, you see.) Besides the new books, the live reading and the general joie de vivre, they’ve even promised a signing to boot. You have to be here. It’s not even a question. YOU HAVE TO BE HERE.

Wertz and MariNaomi do have two of the freshest books out there so stop on by.

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11. Greenlight Bookstore & Peck’s Specialty Food Launch the Book/Plate Event Series

f9c8WjAdTwo Brooklyn-based businesses, Greenlight Bookstore and Peck’s Specialty Food, have formed a partnership to launch the Book/Plate event series.

Attendees sit for a dinner with an author to enjoy a book discussion and a family-style meal. The cost of reserving a seat typically covers both the food and a copy of the book.

Tonight’s dinner features Saeed Jones and his new poetry collection, Prelude to Bruise. Matthew Gavin Frank will headline the September 30th dinner and talk about his essay, “Preparing the Ghost.” (via TimeOut New York)

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12. Gretchen McNeil & Anna Carey

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Hey all! I actually wasn't able to get to Gretchen McNeil and Anna Carey's launch party on Monday at The Last Bookstore. So, no recap for you (actually, for me either--I'd love to read one, so if you went, leave a link in the comments)!

Instead, I'm posting their upcoming appearances. Are you near one? I hope you get to check them out.

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 7:00pm

Not your Mother's Book Club at Books Inc.
601 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA 94102
Anna Carey, Gretchen McNeil, and Catherine Linka (A Girl Called Fearless)

Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 2:00pm

Mysterious Galaxy
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Ste 302
San Diego, CA 92111
Anna Carey & Gretchen McNeil

Epic Reads Fall Tour
Anna Carey with Heather Demetrios (Exquisite Captive), Amy Ewing (The Jewel), Madeleine Roux (Sanctum), and Andrea Portes (Anatomy of a Misfit)

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 6:00pm

Barnes & Noble
3535 US Highway 1 Ste 400
Princeton, NJ 08540

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 6:00pm

Schuler Books & Music
2820 Towne Center Blvd
Lansing, MI 48912

Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 6:00pm

Wild Rumpus
2720 W 43rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55410

Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 7:00pm

The King's English Bookshop
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 3:00pm

Barnes & Noble
2501 W. Happy Valley Rd Ste 20
Phoenix, AZ 85085

Happy book birthday to these wonderful ladies!

About GET EVEN by Gretchen McNeil

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process.

Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.

About BLACKBIRD by Anna Carey

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her.

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined.

The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists

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13. Scott Campbell, Peter Mehlman, & Sally Wolfe Get Booked

Hug MachineHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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Author and illustrator Scott Campbell will celebrate the launch of his new book, Hug Machine, at Books of Wonder. Join in on Tuesday, September 16th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (New York, NY)


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14. SPX ’14 party poop: this is the year of the Prom and the Wedding

tumblr nbie1eMyE41qiccgro1 1280 SPX 14 party poop:  this is the year of the Prom and the WeddingThis weekend the Small Press Expo takes place in North Bethesda, MD. The show is known for its collegial, summer camp vibe, but this year, it is going ALL OUT. There will never again be talk about the pig roast or the softball game or the karaoke or anything else, because this year there is going to be a PROM.

Yes following the Ignatzes there will be a danceathon in prom finery as we dance around the chocolate fountain in glee. This kind of display has been bubbling under in private parties for years but this year, it’s real. In case you’re worried about etiquette, the SPX tumblr has the rulez.

There is also going to be a post Ignatz WEDDING, according to Simon Hanselmann:

What is this wedding you’re doing?

I was joking about having a fake wedding, and then Cohen at Fantagraphics got really excited about it and said, “We’ll do it, it’ll be real.” It’s a publicity stunt, basically. I’m going to buy a wedding dress. Grant and I have to get drunk and go to the wedding dress strip and buy a wedding dress. I’m worried about how much it’s going to cost. It’s a fake wedding; DeForge is my best man. It was going to be officiated by Gary Groth, but I think Chris Mautner is doing it now, from Comic Book Resources. There’s going to be cake, balloons, I’m getting married to comics. It’s going to be a beautiful, emotional, symbolic kind of tribute to my love of the craft. I’m kind of nervous about it now, because I kind of have to write it, like it’s a comedy bit in a way. And it’s very heartfelt in a way. I’m kind of a bit crazy. It will have meaning to me, but it’s just kind of a lark as well. I’m going to do a talk at Parsons, I’ve got my list of all the stuff I have to do, I’m going to do Gridlords.

Will this surpass the time Nick Gurewitch talked to a gorilla? Very possibly.

Anyway, it looks like this will be a Saturday night SPX hoedown that people will be talking about for days, even weeks to come. Word on the street is that there will be Tumblr posts about it and possibly even tweets.

My only regret is that due to luggage restraints, I won’t be able to bring a hat. =( Oh well, best to leave that kind of thing to the kids, anyway.

Oh yeah Flashback Friday, here’s Eric Reynolds and Chris Oarr, then SPX director, from 2003 at the OLD hotel. I hear Oarr will be making an appearance for this 20th Anniversary show. Truly this one has it all.

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Here are some pictures from the album launch of Kawakawa's new album, "Island Species".
It's beautiful, and we had a great evening.
There were some very strange birds present...

All photos: Peter John Morgan

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16. Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto Will Premiere ‘Pikmin’ Animated Short at Tokyo Festival

As part of the Tokyo International Film Festival's animation focus this year, they will host the 3D premiere of "PIKMIN Short Movies" produced by videogame legend Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Nintendo's Mario, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda.

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17. PEN American Center Kicks Off Fall Event Series

penamericaPEN American Center has kicked off its Fall events series, a lineup of discussions featuring writers, musicians and critics around New York City.

The first night, which took place this past Tuesday, was called ”What Can’t Be Sung” and featured a discussion between The New Yorker‘s music writer Sasha Frere-Jones, Chinese author/filmmaker Xiaolu Guo and the singer-songwriter Nellie McKay.

The next event in the series, “Something to Hide: Writers Against the Surveillance State,” will take place at the Brooklyn Book Festival. The PEN DIY Series, which “celebrates how literature can be approachable yet unexpected, and how it can help us make sense of our lives,” will take place at the Ace Hotel once a month throughout the fall.

Follow this link to see the schedule for the series and read more about the other events.

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18. Picture Book Month Calendar Now Available

I'm proud to once again be involved with Picture Book Month in November hosted by Dianne de las Cassas. Every year I create the calendar which lists all the participating authors, a theme for each day, and lots of my coloring pages (some which you haven't seen yet). Teachers and librarians need a little time to organize their plans for the month, so the calendar is being released early. You can download the full color or black and white version to print out at the Picture Book Month website (CLICK HERE). Of course, I have coloring pages available for most of those themes, so I hope you'll take advantage!

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19. Adi Alsaid at BN Americana Recap + Giveaway

Hello! It's Thursday night (though this post is going up on Friday) and I'm popping in to write a quick recap of the super fun event that I just got back from. Barnes and Noble Americana in Glendale hosted Adi Alsaid, debut author of the YA contemporary novel Let's Get Lost. Alexandra Adornetto (Halo, Ghost Town) was also supposed to be at this event but she left unexpectedly before the signing started. This was disappointing to some of the attendants but it meant more time with the lovely Adi Alsaid. 

He started off the event by telling us about his cab driver, a talkative Russian with a Swedish accent who has had an amazing life. Alsaid said that it was people like his can driver that made him want to write let's Get Lost. He has an appreciation for the many interesting and varied people you often meet on road trips. That's one if the reasons why his book is told from the pov of the people that the main character meets and not from her pov. Alsaid likes to write from a perspective that is not his and often writes from multiple points of views. One of the ways he does this is by writing from a female pov. He says that he does it well enough that some people at his publishing house actually thought he was female. He usually knows from the first sentence whether or not his character will be male or female. 

When asked why his main character was going to see the northern lights or if that place had significance, Alsaid said no, that he chose it so that she would have a reason to go on the road trip. However, by the end of the book, the destination does gain significance. And it wasn't until Alsaid wrote the ending from the main charaxter's pov did he understand her reasons. 

Alsaid has only been to one of the locations in his book. He chose places he's never been becausr he prefers to make stuff up. The one place he did visit though was Barnesville, Minnesota.

When asked who some of his favorite books were he are he mentioned books by authors Anne Patchett, Kurt Vonnegut, Jennifer Egan and the Calvin & Hobbes comic strip. He is currently reading Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith (who he called a YA Vonnegut). 

After a few more questions it was time to sign books! Alsaid was really great and didn't mind all of our senseless babbling while he signed our books. And look, we managed to get a rare picture of the entire Read Now Sleep Later team at the signing.

Alethea got to take the Let's Get Lost home for Cypress Park Library. We got quite a few looks while wandering around the Americana with it, but it was /a great conversation starter. And we even think Alethea managed to hand sell a book to the Sprinkles clerk. If you want to see more pics, check our the Facebook album.

Many thanks to BN Americana, Adi Alsaid and Harlequin Teen for putting on a wonderful event. Now that you've made it this far I have a wee giveaway for you. We got a bit of fun swag at the event last night that we thought you guys would like. Included in this pack are a signed ARC of Let's Get Lost (not pictured), a signed poster for Let's Get Lost, a bookmark and a Let's Get Lost luggage tag. This giveaway is US only and ends on 9/13/14. Thanks and good luck!

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20. Ottawa’s Upcoming Animation Conference Will Focus on Content Creation

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) has announced the programming slate for its business-oriented Animation Conference (TAC), which runs alongside the film festival.

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21. Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, & Catherine Bell Get Booked

Iron TrialHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Holly Black and Cassandra Clare will appear at Books of Wonder for the launch of their new middle grade novel, The Iron Trial. Celebrate with them on Tuesday, September 9th starting 5 p.m. (New York, NY)


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22. Watch Out for Hug Machine!


Hi, everyone./ If you don't know who Scott Campbell is, you should really check him out. We here at Read Now Sleep Later are big fans of this author and illustrator and were thrilled to hear that he was having launch party for his new children's book, Hug Machine, at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra.

There was a big crowd there for the event. Scott started off with a slide show detailing his process for coming up with the idea for and writing the book.


Above is a page from hit sketch book. Campbell said that he'll sometimes go to the children's section of the bookstore and read a bunch of picture books to get ideas flowing. Then he'll go to a coffee shop and just sketch in his notebook.  He does this for several months and then culls through his notebooks to see if any of the ideas lead him anywhere. Hug Machine started with a page of drawings which depicted a child attached to various people/characters (if you look at the drawing above you can see how he is attached so someone's back in the middle of the page). 


After coming up with the story and idea, it's time to develop that artwork and look of the book. Above are some early paintings of Hug Machine. This book was mainly done in watercolor paints. Campbell likes to play around with the colors until he comes up with a good palette for the book. 


Next, Campbell read the entire book aloud to the rapt audience. Above is one of my favorite panels in the book which depicts Hug Machine giving a porcupine a much needed hug. 


Then it was time for the drawing portion of the show. Campbell let the audience pick who/what Hug Machine would hug. Above is Hug Machine hugging an ice cream sundae.


Next we had Hug Machine Hugging Scott Campbell while a giraffe, dragon and knight wait in line for their hugs.


One of my favorites was Hug Machine hugging a Civil War ghost.


After the drawing portion of the show, Campbell sat down to sign some books. The line was quite long but we were luckily near the front of it.


Along with displaying original artwork, the show also had a cool interactive Hug Machine. As you can see, Kimberly and Hug Machine became fast friends.

If all this cuteness doesn't make you want to read Hug Machine, then check out the hilarious trailer below. It'll help you get those arm muscles ready for some serious hugging!

We highly recommend Hug Machine to picture book lovers and fans of great art. Hugs for everyone!

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23. Usher to Host Scholastic Event That Promotes Reading

biggerthanwordsScholastic has partnered with R&B singer Usher for a new program designed to encourage reading among children.

The initiative is called “Open a World of Possible,” and was put together with the idea of promoting reading in the classroom, as well as at home. To push this message, Usher will appear on a live webcast hosted by Scholastic called “Bigger than Words.”

On November 6, 2014 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, Usher will talk about the importance of books live from Scholastic’s headquarters in New York. Teachers and parents are encouraged to watch the event live by registering at this link. (more…)

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24. Brooklyn Book Festival has huge lineup of comics events

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Just as soon as you recover from SPX, you’ll be drinking in the comcis events at the Brooklyn Book Festival, the annual literary love-in which will be held Sunday, September 21st this year. Not only is there a full slate of comics panels, with Brandon Graham, John Porcellino, MariNaomi, Mike Dawson and MANY MORE, but there will be a signings, a screening and parties galore. You can check out the totally excellent (I will steal their theme) Tumblr jsut for BBF comics and graphic novels, but here is the whole schedule for posterity:

Panels and Events


Locations surrounding Borough Hall Plaza, see more atwww.brooklynbookfestival.org


10:00 A.M. Single Facing City: Coming of Age Comics. New graphic narratives by popular comics creators Mike Dawson (Angie Bongiolatti),Michael Cho (Shoplifter), and MariNaomi (Dragon’s Breath) follow the lives of very different young women, all striving for their place, identity, and their own way to change the world—some fictional, some confessional, all unforgettable. Moderated by Nicole Rudick, The Paris Review. Featuring screen projection.

12:00 P.M. What Does the Future Have Against Us? Dystopian Adventure Comics: Alternative reality stories from genre-bending, cult comics superstarsBrandon Graham (Multiple Warheads), Farel Dalrymple (The Wrenchies) andAmy Reeder (Rocket Girl). Discover the amazing worlds of these ongoing series and epic graphic novels. Moderated by Calvin Reid, Publishers Weekly Comics World.  Featuring screen projection.

1:00 P.M. Sex, Drugs, Dysfunctional Families—Plus Witches! Hilarious stories from the alt-comics universe, from leading-edge indie artists you love to read online (or to find as beloved mini comics passed creator-to-fan): Julia Wertz (Museum of Mistakes), Simon Hanselmann (MegaHex), coming from Australia, and Jennifer Cruté (Jennifer’s Journal). Moderated by Jonathan W. Gray. Featuring screen projection.

2:00 P.M. Losing and Finding Yourself: Comics of Heartbreak and Healing.Three award-winning artists offer their stories of traveling the world, through illness, anxiety, love, family, loss, and survival. Gabrielle Bell (Truth is Fragmentary), Mana Neyestani (An Iranian Metamorphosis) John Porcellino (Hospital Suite), and Anya Ulinich (Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel). Moderated byBill Kartalopoulos, ed., Best American Comics.Featuring screen projection.

3:00 P.M. Great Debates: Comic Books on Historical Controversy. Who shot JFK? Who was the 5th Beatle? How can a wife forgive her husband, her husband forgive God? From global politics to pop music to personal immigrant stories of the early Lower East Side, these new graphic nonfiction books offer fascinating, carefully researched, beautifully drawn histories of never-settled debates. With Vivek Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle), Dan Mishkin (The Warren Commission Report), from the bestselling team that created the 9/11 report graphic novel and Liana Finck (A Bintel Brief). Moderated by Heidi MacDonald, Publishers Weekly, The Beat.Featuring screen projection.


11:00 A.M. The Hilarity of Death and Deadlines: New Yorker luminaries Roz Chast, whose heart-wrenching memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? has garnered critical success, talks with Robert Mankoff (How About Never?) who shares his life as an editor and artist. How do comics take on taboo subjects to leave you laughing and crying (often at the same time)? Moderated by Hillary Chute (Out of the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists). Featuring screen projection.

3:00 P.M. Virtuosos: Comics Creators that Defy Classification. Award-winning artists Charles Burns (Sugar Skull), Eleanor Davis (How to be Happy) and Paul Pope (Battling Boy) are some of the most exciting creators on the scene today, helping to define indie, literary comics while also defying genre classification. Join them as they talk about how they orchestrate their art. Moderated by Lisa Lucas, Guernica Magazine. Featuring screen projection.

4:00 P.M. Jonathan Lethem and Jules Feiffer in Conversation. Jules Feiffer(Kill My Mother), one of the most influential editorial cartoonists of our time, and novelist and essayist Jonathan Lethem (Dissident Gardens) discuss the power of satire, dissent in their work, and the influence of cultural and political collisions. Moderated by Ken Chen, Asian American Writers Workshop.



10:00 A.M. Comics Quick Draw: Critically acclaimed syndicated cartoonist Jerry Craft (The Zero Degree Zombie Zone), Eisner Award winner Ursula Vernon (Dragonbreath), and Ben Hatke, author of the American Library Association Notable Children’s Book Zita the Spacegirl square off against each other in a lively drawing contest inspired by suggestions from the audience. Moderated by PW Comics Editor, Calvin Reid.

4:00 P.M. I’ll Make My Own Identity: Liz Prince, author of graphic novel memoir, Tomboy and Susan Kuklin, acclaimed photographer and author of Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out discuss what happens when teens break both boundaries and stereotypes, sharing true stories of perseverance and accepting oneself.  




World War 3 Illustrated: Cartoonists presentations and performances.WW3 has been on the cutting edge of comics and graphic novels since 1979 and has illustrated our collective history for 35 years in the pages of the magazine. Through journalism, autobiography and fiction the cartoonists of WW3 have been chronicling the events that have shaped the world. WW3 editors and artists will give a visual history and perform works from the magazine live! Including Peter Kuper, Seth Tobocman, Paula Hewitt Amram,James Romberger and Nicole Schulman.

Location: Brooklyn Public Library Dweck Center (10 Grand Army Plaza)

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Price: Free

Website: www.worldwar3illustrated.org


Fantagraphic’s Family Tour. Bergen Street Comics is once again the place to be for the best of alternative and indie comics. This stalwart bastion is hosting a party with signings by cartoonists Eleanor Davis (How To Be Happy), Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), Jesse Reklaw (Couch Tag), and special guestsMichael DeForge (Lose #6) and Patrick Kyle (Distance Mover), courtesy of Koyama Press. Party the night away with the best in comics!

Location: Bergen Street Comics, 470 Bergen St.

Time: 8:00 PM

Price: Free

Website: www.bergenstreetcomics.com


ROOT HOG OR DIE, Documentary Film Screening. The film Root Hog or Diefollows the life of John Porcellino, who has self-published King-Cat Comics and Stories for 25 years. Equal parts Thoreau and Hüsker Dü, his work showcases the moments-between-moments that make up the majority of our lives, but which many fail to notice. Q&A with the artist follows the screening, with a book signing for his new graphic novel, The Hospital Suite.

Location: Spectacle Theater, 124 S. 3rd St.

Time: 8:00 PM

Price: $5

Website: www.spectacletheater.com


Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Banned Books Week Kick-Off!Celebrate the Freedom to Read with the city’s greatest graphic novelists at CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Kick-Off! Join us to wind down another successful Brooklyn Book Festival, and to celebrate the opening of Banned Books Week, which this year celebrates comics and graphic novels!  Mingle with comics creators and learn what you can do in your community to protect the freedom to read! This event is free to CBLDF Members and Brooklyn Book Fest partners.

Location: BRIC, 647 Fulton Street

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM    
Price: Suggested donation $5 – $10


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25. Telephone

Tonight I headed to Once Upon a Time in Montrose with Alyson from Kid Lit Frenzy and our 8yo buddy KK. We had dinner and a scoop of ice cream at Black Cow Café, then headed over to the bookstore to see the hilarious Mac Barnett. He read and signed some of his previous books, as well as his latest title, Telephone!


If you're a picture book groupie like me (I'm going to use that term from now on--it's officially a thing), you'll recognize his name from Extra Yarn (illustrated by Caldecott medalist Jon Klassen) or maybe the middle grade mystery series The Brixton Brothers. You may also recognize Jen Corace's gorgeous watercolor work from such hits as Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Little (Pea, Hoot, Oink) series.


Anyway, Mac read us a couple of his books, including Extra Yarn and Guess Again. He's a great reader even with kids talking over him. He's also very, very funny. I took an audio recording and you can hear us giggling all over the place.


I don't think you have to be a knitter to appreciate Extra Yarn, a magical story of giving, greed, and yarnbombing. It's still my favorite. (You can click here to check out our totally awesome event from a few years ago at Unwind in Burbank.)


We were supposed to play a game of Telephone with all the attendees, but we kind of forgot because we were all so excited about Mac coming for a visit.

He told us about his first book tour ever, with Jon Scieszka (who was on his millionth book tour, in comparison), where they found a really old book that inspired the book Battle Bunny, which they ended up writing together. Illustrator Matthew Myers draws over a rather tame and predictable picture book. You can even download the pages and draw your own version at mybirthdaybunny.com. (You can email them the finished book when you are done modifying it, and the best ones will be posted online!)

Mac also said he decided to be a writer sometime in first or second grade, but he didn't really think about becoming a children's author until he was in college. He said no writers came to his school when he was a kid, though he remembers meeting Ed Emberley once and thinking he had a really gigantic beard. His first picture book was Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, illustrated by one of my favorite painter/authors: Adam Rex!

Mac Barnett reading Guess Again to a mostly-well-behaved audience

Mac Barnett reading Guess Again to a mostly-well-behaved audience

Rex also illustrated Guess Again, so of course I had to add that to my collection. I have quite a few of his books, including the slightly inappropriate and oft-banned The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake. (Mac claims he inspired the titular character's appearance, which I find hard to believe--the cowboy's so goofy-looking! Perhaps I'll get  to verify that with Adam someday.)


The kids at the event were really funny, and one girl even correctly guessed an answer in Guess Again! I think the parents had fun, too. One dad with a little girl said it was their first author signing ever, and they were so thrilled that they might come right back to the bookstore tonight (to see Rosemary Wells of Max & Ruby fame).

We also ran into lovely picture book authors-to-be Carter Higgins (from Design of the Picture Book) and Tina & Carson Kugler (whose In Mary's Garden will be out next March from HMHKids). I can't wait to read what they've written, as well!

I hope you enjoy Mac Barnett's books as much as we do. Check your local bookstore or library (or pop by Once Upon a Time!)

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