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1. FREE Webinar: Creative Playgrounds

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While making notes for Salli’s upcoming class – BUILD A FREELANCE ILLUSTRATION BUSINESS – she realized that one topic was worthy of it’s own session: Creative Playgrounds, which Salli and her brother/business partner Nate Padavick believe can energize your career. What IS a Creative Playground and why are they so important? Join us for the FREE webinar August 10th at 4:00 EST (or watch any time after the live class).

Take it from Albert Einstein “Play is the highest form of research.”

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2. Pixar’s Design Process Explored in New Cooper Hewitt Show

The show will explore the studio's iterative and collaborative design process.

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3. Zurich is Hosting An Impressive Hayao Miyazaki Retrospective

The films of the legendary Japanese filmmaker will be screened in Switzerland over the next couple months.

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4. Zurich is Hosting An Impressive Hayao Miyazaki Retrospective

The films of the legendary Japanese filmmaker will be screened in Switzerland over the next couple months.

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5. First Quidditch European Games to be held in Italy

As some will recall from our World Cup 8 report, the IQA (International Quidditch Association) dissolved in  2014, after many non-US Quidditch teams refused their bids to the 7th annual Quidditch World Cup. The IQA was then split into national associations (i.e. USQ, QUK, etc.). US World Cup 8 was hosted by USQ, while European Quidditch Associations promised a combined regional Cup was in the works. The European regional tournament is finally here.

For the first time, European Quidditch games will be held in Tuscany, The Telegraph reports.

According to the article, the real-life version of Quidditch, which was invented in the USA in 2005,  is popular in Italy. There are an estimated 6,000 Italian players. This year marks the first  that squads from all over Europe will take part in games held in the 2,000 year-old town of Sarteano. Players from the UK, Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Catalonia, France, Poland, Spain, and Italy will compete in the games, which begin this Friday. The Telegraph reports that Sarteano will be transformed into a “mini Hogwarts” for the games:

The Quidditch teams will be greeted by a Harry Potter-themed party in Sarteano Castle, which dates from the 11th century. Market stalls will be set up to resemble the fictional Diagon Alley, where young wizards and witches come in search of their wands in the JK Rowling books.


Alas, flying on broomsticks isn’t exactly a possibility; however, real-life Quidditch reportedly closely mimics the original wizarding sport:

Each of the seven players in a real-world team must hold a broomstick between their legs at all times and the game comes to a close only once the snitch – which comes in the form of a human with a tennis ball suspended in a sock between their legs – is caught.


You can read the rest of the article here.

 

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6. Literary Events This Week: Soman Chainani and the YAx6 Panel

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7. Live Read-Aloud Revival Author Chat Next Sunday

Hey gang, I’ll be doing a live online chat with Sarah Mackenzie at Read-Aloud Revival next Sunday at 1pm Pacific. Read-Aloud Revival started as a terrific podcast (I was interviewed for an episode here) and has grown into a membership site with workshops, discussions, and a lot more.

Event details: Live Author Event: Melissa Wiley

Read-Aloud Revival Live Author Events are for your whole family. Come hang out with us live– your kids can type questions into the chat box, and our featured author will answer them live on screen! Throughout the hour-long live event, we give away prizes, get a sneak peek at what it’s like to be an author, and ask our best questions about the featured book.

During the live event, we’ll be giving away 5 copies of The Arrow Guide to The Prairie Thief from Brave Writer, and 3 copies of The Prairie Thief itself.

Participate in the chatbox to enter, and winners will be selected randomly throughout the event!

$5 gets you access to the Live Author Event plus everything else in membership for a whole month.

I can’t wait!

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8. UPDATE: Coverage of ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Casting Call in London

Today, thousands of girls aged 8-12 years flocked to the Excel Centre in London to audition for the role of ‘Modesty’ in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, due for release in November 2016.

J.K. Rowling also tweeted about her excitement to find the girl perfect girl to play the ‘haunted young girl with an inner strength and stillness’:

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Various Potter stars also gave their best wishes to the girls in the queue, including Evanna Lynch, who posted an encouraging message on her Facebook earlier this week, urging people to audition:

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Here’s a first-hand breakdown of the day:

9:00am: Word around the HUGE queue was that people started to gather at around 5am, so by the time 9:00am hit (the time the queues opened), 4000 people were already raring to go.

10:00am-12:30pm: Temperatures were running high, and patience among the young hopefuls running thin. Security guards passed round water, suncream and umbrellas, with water tanks, an ice cream van and a snack bar nearer the front of the outside portion of the queue.

News reporters and various camera crew members were circling the crowds from all angles, and interviewing those in line – as in this video from BBC’s Newsround, and this video from Sky News. Others tweeted their photos of the queues:

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13:00pm: 9:00am arrivals reached the section (inside and air-conditioned!) portion of the queue. An absolute blessing. Casting Information Forms were handed out and filled in.

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14:30pm-15:00pm: After around six hours of queueing, 9:00am arrivals were finally taken in for their audition, which went as follows:

Staff took groups of ten children aside at a time, telling them not to be nervous. Girls were then broken into smaller groups to have their photos taken.

For their head-shots, girls were lined up in front of whiteboard and told what face to pull (e.g: straight face, smiley face, ‘eyes shut’ face). A casting crew member then took the groups aside to stand in a circle and take it in turns to tell the others their name, age and birthday. They were then asked a few questions (e.g: ‘If you had one superpower, what would it be?’)

Children then handed in their Casting Information Forms, and received a certificate to say they had taken part.

The audition was a 30-50 minute process on average. RadioTimes said that an estimated 14,000 children queued up outside the Excel Exhibition Centre.

We are all very excited at The Leaky Cauldron to see who’s going to be cast as Modesty. Join us in wishing good luck to those who auditioned!

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9. ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ owls to visit Aberdeen, U.K. this weekend

The Snowy Owl who played Hedwig, and Eral, a Great Horned Owl who delivered Harry’s first letter in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone are set to visit Duthie Park in Aberdeen this Sunday. The two ‘Harry Potter owls’ are from the Owl and Pussycat Centre in Maud, who frequently take the birds to local events.

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The Press and Journal, Aberdeen writes:

‘As well as getting to meet the feathered film stars, visitors will also be able to enjoy stalls and events hosted by RSPB, the Satrosphere Science Centre, the Aberdeen Bee Keeper’s Society, the Butterfly Conservation Society and other environmental groups, from midday to 4pm.’

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You can read more about the event on Aberdeen City Council’s website here.

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10. Don’t Miss MoMA’s Amazing Tribute to Golden Age Technicolor Cartoons

"Inside Out" production designer Ralph Eggleston and historian John Canemaker will introduce some of the screenings.

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11. Literary Events This Week: Word For Word Series and Book’d in Burbank

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12. SDCC’15: Aspen Comics Practice Santeria for Comic-Con

SDCC 2015 hasn’t been a slouch in the announcements department especially if you’re a fan of comics.  Friday morning, Aspen Comics held their Comic-Con caucus in room 9 kicking off with a big traditional “Aloha” and leading to a couple of big teases for fans.

Frank Mastromauro, Vince Hernandez, Mark Roslan, and Peter Steigerwald were joined by Josh Reed, Beth Sotelo, BigDog Ink’s Tom Hutchison, David Wohl, Paolo Pantalena, Siya Oum, V. Ken Marion, Heather Quinley, Alex Koant, and Hannibal Tabu. So many people that actually couldn’t fit on the stage.

Frank opened with the upcoming Eternal Soulfire showing off the Century Edition cover which was an SDCC exclusive. With Eternal Soulfire debuting this week more covers for issues three and four were shown off including a large piece separated into four different covers. The Vettix sketch cover initiative cover was talked about and their lineup for auction includes Art Adams with more names to follow soon. Vettix helps armed forces men and women attend hard to score events like comic-con.

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The presentation transitioned into the recently launched Fathom Blue. One of the two Aspen team books set in the Fathom universe. Some scantily clad covers and regular covers for issue 2 through 5 were showing.

David Wohl talked about his new project called Santeria: City of Fear (working title). Wohl talked about wanting to do a paramedic story. It’s about a woman who saves someone’s live and in doing so is thrust into a world of Santeria. The pitch for the book sounds like an interesting take on what the cost of saving a life could be.

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Oniba Swords of the Demon by Paolo Pantalena is a series featuring a female samurai. Her feudal Japan timeline story will see the heroine battle intricately designed monsters. There’s a sketchbook available at the Aspen booth featuring some intense line art.

The Big Dog Ink rundown started with an update on Critter. Some con exclusive covers were shown which should be available on the publisher’s online store. After Critter will be Legend of Oz Wicked West in October. Wrapping up the BDI stuff is a tease for new Shahrazad stuff next year.

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Jirni Volume two debuts in August. Some new covers for the series were shown and Marion’s art really bumps up his game here.

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The all ages Psycho Bonkers showed off some covers including one by MLP artist Agnes Garabowska.

LOLA XoXo Wasteland Madam had some new cover art to show off by the impressive Siya Oum. She’ll return to writing the LOLA series with Vol 2 whileWasteland Madam continues to be written by Vince Hernandez.

Steigerwald talked about the delay with Zoohunters. His current DC Commitments were taking more time than they should have but he’ll be returning to the book very soon.

Upcoming trades by the publisher include Fathom Vol 2, Fathom Killian’s tale, Legend of the Shadow Clan, and Jirni Vol 1.

Following the recent movement of Aspen Novels is Aspen Novellas. The first one in the line will feature the world of Executive Assistant Iris. They’ll be shorter than the novels but an expansion into the comics’ worlds that takes prose form.

Dellec and Shrugged will have new Volumes at some point. The stories for each are in the works but current titles are the focus. Mastromauro explained the publisher can only handle a certain number of books a month.

The Scourge,  Scott Lobdell’s previous Aspen series is in talks to be a feature film and has a screenwriter.

A gorgeous Michael Turner gallery edition collecting the legendary artist’s Batman/Superman run through the lens of the original pages is currently available at the show and at Graphitti Designs. The oversized book is a must for fans of Turner and orginal art which also contains tons of cover work and designs for his various DC Comics contributions. Fans can flip through one at the Graphitti booth, but be prepared for the best impulse buy ever.

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The panel announced this year’s Halloween Fest book will be a Psycho Bonkers coloring and activity book for kids.

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The publisher also announced a catch up with day-and-date digital as well as the back catalog continuing to update with Comixology.

For years Aspen has always had their IP on the cusp of breaking into other mediums, while there has been movement on a few things; according to Mastromauro the thing closest to being a reality is Executive Assistant: Iris. In the group’s opinion it’s the property that would be cost effective for a studio to tackle. Even teasing that it could be a SDCC 2016 announcement.

With that the panel closed with another rousing “Aloha!”

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13. Comic-Con 2015: Your Complete Guide to Animation Events

An animation-specific roundup of panels, presentations, and other cartoon goodness at America's biggest pop culture festival.

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14. Literary Events This Week: Rocker Corey Taylor and the Queens Museum Children’s Book Celebration

Summer-ReadingHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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Rock star Corey Taylor and radio personality Lou Brutus will sit for a conversation about Taylor’s new book, You’re Making Me Hate You. Meet them on Wednesday, July 8th at Bryant Park from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. (New York, NY)

More than one dozen children’s books creators will appear at the Queens Museum Children’s Book Celebration. Check it out on Saturday, July 11th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Queens, NY)

The next session of the Franklin Park Reading Series will feature a dual paperback launch for A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall by Will Chancellor and Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman. Join in on Monday, July 13th at the Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden starting 8 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

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15. ALA 2015: event recap + giveaway!

I’m back from the American Library Conference in San Francisco! Well, I’ve been back for almost a week, but was so wiped out (and still nursing minor injuries), so this post is just now going live. But here I am with tidbits and goodies to share. Fair warning that I was bad at taking photos this year, but it was for good reason–I was having such a good time that I often forgot! Last year’s trip was great, but ALA 2015 surpassed my expectations, in ways I didn’t even imagine. Stick around, since we’re also giving away TWO prizes–a box of 10 coveted ARCS to a U.S. reader, and an awesome tote “Reading is my Everything, Everthing” bag filled with swag to an international reader. The Authors There were so many great authors at ALA this year, and I trotted around like an obedient pony trying to find them all.... Read more »

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16. Annecy 2015: Thoughts From a First-Time Attendee

Observations and tips from a first-time attendee of the world's largest animation festival.

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17. School visits

I had a few wonderful school visits recently...

In St Christopher's School I helped with a project where the kids made their own picture books. I did a day of tutorials, some sketching and in the end made a whole dummy book on stage.
They had a biology lesson in the gym, handling exotic animals, which was great fun to draw.





 In the Haberdasher's Aske's School for Girls I visited for a day with Alexis. We read them our books and drew monsters together.


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It was awesome.
Thanks everyone!



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18. Staten Island Direwolves to Host George R.R. Martin Night

Stark Direwolf Game of Thrones (GalleyCat)The Staten Island Yankees will be hosting “George R.R. Martin Night” on August 8 in New York. During this event, the Staten Island Yankees will be called the “Staten Island Direwolves.”

According to MLB.com, Martin himself will be present and signing autographs. A wolf from the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary will also be a guest; this animal will make an appearance on the field.

The players will wear specially-made jerseys with fabric that features a brown fur and gray material design. One jersey will be auctioned off to raise funds for the wolf sanctuary. (via DNAinfo.com)

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19. This Week’s Literary Events Feature Candace Bushnell and Daniel Silva

bryant park reading room (GalleyCat)Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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The next session of the Thalia Book Club will focus on Etgar Keret’s The Seven Good Years. Join in on Tuesday, June 23 at Symphony Space starting 7:30 p.m. (New York, NY)

Candace Bushnell and Jay McInerney will sit for a conversation about Bushnell’s new novel, Killing Monica. See them on Wednesday, June 24 at the Bryant Park Reading Room starting 12:30 p.m. (New York, NY)

Daniel Silva will discuss and sign copies of his thriller fiction book, The English Spy. Meet him on Monday, June 29 at Barnes & Noble (Union Square branch) starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

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20. Pasadena Loves YA Recap

Hi, guys.  Today I am a posting a very late recap of last month's Pasadena Loves YA event. This was the second year of the event and it just keeps getting better each year. 2015 boasted an amazing line up of 20 fantastic YA authors.

Attending authors included Mary McCoy, Katie Alender, Victoria Aveyard, Alexis Bass, Julie Berry, Livia Blackburne, Virginia Boecker, Jessica Brody, Stephen Chbosky, Brandy Colbert, Ava Dellaira, Kody Keplinger, Liz Maccie, Morgan Matson, Lauren Miller, Alexandra Monir, Jennifer Niven, Romina Russell, Sarah Tomp, & Kiersten White.

I was volunteering again this year so I didn't have a lot of time to go to the panels and signings. I was able to pop into a couple of them though for a few minutes. The photos in this post were taken by our good friend Katie F. Katie is an amazing photographer and we are lucky that she makes the time to come to our events to take photos. 

Keynote speaker Mary McCoy. photo by Katie Ferguson

Keynote speaker Mary McCoy. photo by Katie Ferguson

The day started off with a keynote speech by Dead To Me author and LAPL teen librarian Mary McCoy. We have known Mary for a while now and her passion and love for YA shines through in everything she does. She started off the event on the right foot with her wonderful keynote speech. 

First up was the Second Chances panel featuring Brandy Colbert, Morgan Matson, Lauren Miller, and Sarah Tomp. 

Brandy Colbert, Morgan Matson, Lauren Miller, and Sarah Tomp. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Brandy Colbert, Morgan Matson, Lauren Miller, and Sarah Tomp. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Unfortunately I was not able to see any of this panel but I heard later that it was a good one and that it was standing room only. The signing line for the panel was long but everyone was super patient and the authors took a little time with all of their fans.

Lauren Miller. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Lauren Miller. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Morgan Matson and Sarah Tomp. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Morgan Matson and Sarah Tomp. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Next on the agenda was the The First Time: From Draft to Finish Line panel featuring Victoria Aveyard,  Alexis BassVirginia Boecker, Kody Keplinger. This was a really fun panel. Several of the authors came from northern California so it was a real treat to have them. Kody Kepliger was a favorite of mine and it was really cool to finally meet her.  Fans were so excited to meet the authors on this panel that they started a line during the panel. 

Victoria Aveyard, Alexis Bass, Virginia Boecker, and Kody Keplinger. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Victoria Aveyard, Alexis Bass, Virginia Boecker, and Kody Keplinger. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Kody Keplinger and a fan. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Kody Keplinger and a fan. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy was up next with Livia Blackburne, Jessica Brody, Romina Russell, and Kiersten White. This was another standing room only panel. Many of our authors were super nice and sat on the floor while watching panels in order to make room for fans. 

YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy panel with Livia Blackburne, Jessica Brody, Romina Russell, and Kiersten White. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy panel with Livia Blackburne, Jessica Brody, Romina Russell, and Kiersten White. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Kiersten White and  Livia Blackburne. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Kiersten White and  Livia Blackburne. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

The lovely Jessica Brody. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

The lovely Jessica Brody. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

The next panel of the day was Dial "M" for Murder. This panel featured Katie Alender, Julie Berry, Mary McCoy, and Alexandra Monir. 

Alexandra Monir, Julie Berry, and Katie Alender. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Alexandra Monir, Julie Berry, and Katie Alender. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Katie Alender and Mary McCoy. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Katie Alender and Mary McCoy. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Alexandra Monir. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Alexandra Monir. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

The final panel of the day was Tough Topics with panelists Stephen ChboskyAva DellairaLiz Maccie, and Jennifer Niven. I was actually able to watch most of this panel. It covered some tough topics from bullying to writing honestly to favorite television shows. Jennifer admitted to being a huge "Supernatural" fan while Liz and Stephen said that they really liked "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." 

Ava Dellaira, Liz Maccie, and Jennifer Niven. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Ava Dellaira, Liz Maccie, and Jennifer Niven. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Liz Maccie and Stephen Chbosky. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Liz Maccie and Stephen Chbosky. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Amazing nails by Novels and Nail Polish. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

Amazing nails by Novels and Nail Polish. Photo by Katie Ferguson.

The signing line for the last panel was very long, but everyone was extremely patient and cool about the wait. The authors were super kind and stayed until the last person got their book signed.

Overall it was a very successful and, we hope, fun event. Many thanks to all of the authors and attendees. Also many thanks to all of the amazing volunteers for the event. There would be too many to name here but you know who you are. Big thanks to Jane Gov, Bridge to Books and the Pasadena Public Library for organizing such and amazing event. Thanks to all of the wonderful bloggers who participated in the blog tour and came out to the event and to Vroman's for selling books for the event.

If you want to see more pics, head over to Katie F's Flickr set and the Pasadena Loves YA Instagram account. If you attended or posted about the event, let us know in the comments below.

See you next year, Pasadena!

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21. Deep Valley, Minnesota, Here I Come!

Today begins the Deep Valley Homecoming, a celebration of Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy books in her hometown of Mankato, Minnesota (the real Deep Valley). I won’t be joining the fun until tomorrow—can’t wait!

I have visited Mankato once before, after the 2010 Kidlitcon in Minneapolis. The awesome Kathy Baxter took my pal Margaret and me around town, showing us All the Important Places From the Books, and I just about died of excitement (as Margaret chronicled in her photos). The brass bowl! Winona’s wall! Carney’s sleeping porch! Lincoln Park!

THE BENCH, for heaven’s sake!

Betsy and Tacy's bench on the hill. Photo by Margaret Berns.

Betsy and Tacy’s bench on the hill. Photo by Margaret Berns.

Yes, I looked exactly that goofy the whole time. What can I say? I’m a fan.

My Deep Valley Homecoming schedule

Sunday, June 28th
12:15pm: Children’s literature panel discussion at the Book Festival
2:15pm: I will read from one of my books

Monday, June 29th
11:30am: Presentation at the Historical Society. Topic: the publishing history of the Betsy-Tacy series.

I hope to see you there!

Related posts:
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill
The Betsy-Tacy Songbook
Interview with Mitali Perkins, Jennifer Hart, and me about Maud’s books
Betsy-Tacy booksigning at ALA Midwinter
Photos of my visit to the real Deep Valley, as chronicled by Margaret in Minnesota
Why I love Carney
Why I love Emily
A Reader’s Guide to Betsy-Tacy

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22. Mary Badham to Read New Harper Lee Novel at the 92Y

gosetawatchmanMary Badham, the actress who portrayed young Scout Finch in the 1962 film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, will celebrate the release of Go Set a Watchman at a reading event. She plans to read from both the first Harper Lee novel and the highly anticipated sequel.

This event is scheduled to take place on July 14 at the 92Y in New York. For those who can’t make it in-person, it will also be broadcast live on the organization’s website.

Badham gave this statement in the press release: “Of course at age 10 I wasn’t aware of the impact Mockingbird had at the time, or the impact the film would have later, but it has been a special part of my life ever since. Now I am really excited about Watchman and being able to share it with Miss Nelle’s loyal and passionate fans.”

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23. Literary Events This Week: Genevieve Valentine and a Summer Poetry Panel

wordstore1Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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Larry Kramer and Bill Goldstein will sit for a conversation on Kramer’s book, The American People: Volume 1: Search for My Heart. Check it out on Tuesday, June 30 at McNally Jackson starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

The Summer in Poetry City panel will feature five writers. Meet them on Tuesday, June 30 at the Housing Works Bookstore Café starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

Genevieve Valentine and Kelly Link will join forces for a discussion on Valentine’s book, The Girls at the Kingfisher Club. Join in on Wednesday, July 1 at Word Bookstore (the Brooklyn branch) starting 7 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

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24. Comic-Con 2015: Nine Animation Events We’re Excited About

Cut through the clutter with our handy guide to the must-see animation events happening in San Diego this year.

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25. Build a Freelance Illustration Business with This 3-Day Workshop

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Are you a designer, illustrator or creative doodler? Have you ever wondered how you could turn your talents into a business? This three-day workshop will help you create a plan for leveraging your creativity into a successful freelance business.

Run by Sally S. Swindell and Nate Padavick (illustrators and co-founders of They Draw and Cook) this course will give you an inside look at how two artists have built a successful design & illustration studio by fostering a community of artists that empower each other to grow their businesses.

Join Salli and Nate for (3) hour-long sessions to learn how you can leverage community & online content to build a successful freelance business around your creative skills.

Click here for more info >>

 

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