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1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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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10. 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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11. 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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12. 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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13. 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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14. 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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15. 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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16. 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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17. Tonight in LA: Popeye Up The Wazoo (Gallery)

Popeye brings out the best in everybody. Opening tonight in Los Angeles is "Strong to the Finich! An Official Popeye Tribute Art Show" and there's some rather attractive pieces in it.

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18. Meet the Beat at Baltimore Comic-Con, SPX and the Brooklyn Book Festival


It’s the crazy fall season for comics and graphic novels, as the Baltimore Comic-Con blends into the Small Press Expo and then barnstorming cartoonists head north to the Brooklyn Book Festival, before everyone dons their waders for New York Comic Con.

Baltimore is underway as you read this! What a great show1 I’m a bus headed down this very minute. Guests are a who’s who of comics and they are all present in a relaxed, collegial atmosphere that makes this show a highlight of the calendar. And of course there’s the HArvey Awards gala tomorrow night, where Michael Uslan will emcee and Gail Simone will deliver the keynote address. Word on the street is that this will be a real scorcher.

All the programming can be found here. And You will find the Beat on TWO panels, both Saturday:

Room 345-346
11:00-12:00 – Comics by the Numbers
Over this past year, the comic landscape has changed as diversity has spread across the comic pages, as well as behind the scenes with the creators making them. Though a stereotype persists of the “comic reader,” the characters are reflecting the real diverse audience. Join bloggers Heidi MacDonald (The Beat) and Brett Schenker (Graphic Policy) as they discuss the comic audience, presenting hard data showing that comic readership is more diverse than ever and there’s more going on than grabbing headlines when decisions are made. If you’ve ever wondered about who the comic fans are, or are looking at how to market your own comics, this is the panel for you!

I’ve pulled together some more numbers for this and it should be a real eye opener. This is Brett’s only convention appearance of the year so make sure to come hear the man who rewrote comics demographics.


Room 347-348
4:00-5:00 – Gender and Comic Books
What is gender? Can we see it in comic books? Does gender make a difference in the comic book industry? If you have been paying attention, you know it is making a difference – in both good and bad ways. Learn how we can see gender in comics and how it influences us in how we think of ourselves and others. See the history of the Bechdel test, the more recent sexy lamp test, and the pros and cons of both. Join moderator and comic scholar Christy Blanch, as we explore masculinity, femininity, androgyny, and how ideas of gender have influenced the comics world.

No need to explain this.

If I can recommend a panel I’m NOT on, Saturday in the Main Ballroom:

2:00-3:00 – Spotlight on Miracleman
Who would have guessed that a revival of a character from the 1950s would become one of the 1980s’ most popular and influential comics? And yet, that is exactly what happened with the revival of Marvelman/Miracleman. Join Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort, Alan Davis, John Totleben, Rick Veitch, and Mark Buckingham as they take a look at this groundbreaking series.

Next week, I’ll be at Small Press Expo, Politics and Prose and the week after at the Brook;yen Book Festival. Details to come. But if you see me walking around at any show, please feel free to stop and say hi.

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19. To Do Tonight, Brooklyn: Save our Schmuck, Bone Marrow Benefit for Seth Kushner

Photographer/cartoonist and friend of comics Seth Kushner is still battling leukemia, and currently awaiting a bone marrow transplant. He’s a tough fighter and a great guy and this shouldn’t be happening. But it is. A benefit for Kushner will be held tonight at Union Hall in Brooklyn. The evening will include a full line-up of performances, music and comix readings, all to raise money for Kushner’s health care costs.
August 26 at 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Union Hall – Brooklyn – 702 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215

If you cannot attend but would like to help Seth, you can donatehere

Performances by

Molly Crabapple

Douglas Rushkoff

Dean Haspiel
Akim Funk Buddha
Josh Neufeld
Plucky Charms
Christa Cassano
Mike Cavallaro w/ Sticks & Stones
(+more acts TBA)

$15 Tickets & Info:

Produced by Jeff Newelt

Co-presented by HEEB Magazine

Onsite bone marrow registration by Delete Blood Cancer
HANG DAI Editions

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20. Come See Me at the Decatur Book Festival!

This year at the Decatur Book Festival I'll be speaking on a panel of mid-grade authors with the illustrious Deborah Wiles (REVOLUTION) and Tommy Hays (WHAT I CAME TO TELL YOU). (I'll share A BIRD ON WATER STREET, of course.)
     We'll be on the Children's Stage at 3:45 on Sunday. Our panel is called "Southern Drawl" (because we're all Southern writers) and it will be moderated by my friend, Vicky Alvear Shecter!
     But that's not all!!
      I'll also be moderating a panel myself on Saturday at 11:30am called "All in the Family." I'll interview two creative couples - James and Kimberly Dean of 'Pete the Cat' fame, and Frank Morrison and Connie Schofield-Morrison of I GOT THE RHYTHM.
So please come Saturday or Sunday or both and I look forward to seeing you there!

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21. Sundance Launches Touring Animated Shorts Program

The Sundance Film Festival announced that they will launch a touring animation short program next month.

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22. Alvy Ray Smith, Glen Keane, and Tom McGrath To Headline VIEW Conference

The VIEW Conference, which is the largest computer graphics event in Italy, has announced the line-up for its 15th annual conference, which will take place October 14 to 17 in Turin (Torino), Italy.

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23. Elizabeth Gilbert & Barbara Shoup Get Booked

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

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The Sexy Librarian will headline a reading event for the Big Book of Erotica story collection. Hear her on Thursday, September 4th at the Good Vibrations Store (Polk Street branch) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (San Francisco, CA)


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24. The Decatur Book Festival Wrap-Up - 2014

Friday... Stan and I went downtown to pick up my author packet at the hotel and see who we could see. Sure enough, I ran into Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda) and Cece Bell (El Deafo) and their kids. Sweet folks from the same town as Hollins University! We walked around the square to watch the tents going up. There's a buzz in the air that begins with those tents - everybody starts getting excited. The folks at Little Shop of Stories were still organizing all the books they'll be selling throughout the weekend (no small task), and there was just a general glow to things.
     We went back to the hotel to try out the new restaurant there - Makan. I highly recommend it. Then ran into more folks in the lobby - Kelly Light (who is as sweet and lovely as I always knew she'd be), Tony and Angela DiTerlizzi and their daughter too. Then back to Little Shop at 8:00 for the Children's book creator party.
     They're moving up in the world and had printed pinable name tags this year - they even had one for Stan, how sweet is that? I got to meet so many folks I've been wanting to meet for years, like Peter Lerangis, LeYuen Pham (pronounced "Lee Win"), and Matt Phelan. The bookstore hired a magician (author/magician Mike Lane) to entertain us and it was fun to see him (almost) lose Jon Scieszka's wedding ring in flames!

Saturday... More authors come in today and I can't wait to party with my peeps on the square this evening at the BIG party. DBF is such a non-stop blast!! Until then, today I moderate the "All in the Family" panel with James and Kimberly Dean (Pete the Cat) and Frank Morrison and Connie Shofield-Morrison - can't wait! Wish me luck!

Later... Gads it was a hot one - but we had a blast!! We saw bits and pieces of several presentations, trying to catch as much as we could. (It's impossible not to miss something.) The first we caught was Matt Phelan, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and Kelly Light talk about "Pure Imagination." Then I had my panel...

I knew James and Kimberly, but was thrilled to meet Frank and Connie - lovely and talented people. Two powerfully creative couples talked about "All In The Family" - the challenges and high points of working with your significant other. I'm biased since I moderated, but I thought it went great.

     And James gave one lucky little girl an original Pete the Cat painting!

     Afterwards, we grabbed lunch at Leon's Full Service - air conditioning! Then we went to an adult author (about the Civil War) for Stan, then home for showers because the VIP party was that night!!
     It was still hotter than blazes, but the VIP party is not to be missed if you can get in. It's basically ALL the speakers in attendance gathered in once spot to mingle and have fun. I finally got some time to hang out with Loren Long, Chris Gall, and meet Salina Yoon - luv 'em! Kelly Light once again looked awesome in her red lipstick with those gorgeous aqua eyes of hers. Here she is (on the right) with my good friend Lynn Cullen (Mrs. Poe) and me in the middle:

They served arepas and creative cocktails and it was all good!

Sunday... It was a groggy, slow start this morning, but we eventually got moving. A good thing considering it was my turn to be on stage. Stan and I nabbed what I have dubbed "The Magic Table" in front of the Brick Store Pub in downtown Decatur. I swear to you, if you sit at this table during DBF, a ton of the folks you want to meet will walk by. Some will stop to say 'hi,' while others will join you for a beer. It's one of the best ways I know to get to know my fellow creators!

     Back to the children's stage, Carmen Deedy wowed the crowd as she always does. Then Chris Gall and William Wegman - there were several Weimaraners in the audience for him especially. Look him up and you'll see why. Sadly, Molly Idle came down with a flu bug in Washington (at the National Book Festival), so had to pass on DBF. I was so looking forward to finally meeting her in person. *le sigh* Oh well, our kid lit world is a small one.
     My panel was called "Southern Drawl" since Deborah Wiles, Tommy Hays, and I are all from the south. Vicky Alvear Shecter moderated and asked some great questions about voice, inspiration, research, etc.

Here's a pic of me with the gorgeous sign my publisher sent:

And we had a great audience too (all strategically sitting in the shade):

     After I signed a bunch of books (yay!) and even wrote my name on a little girl's arm (can you say SOAP please?), Stan and I mosied around to see the punch out image photo ops the Decatur Library created using my coloring pages. We had to do it! I'm in the fairy and Stan is saying "Arrgggghhh!" in the pirate:

And we finally got to see the bus that Little Shop of Stories purchased via a grant from James Patterson. It's SO CUTE!!!!

Then we caught up with a gang of children's book creators at The Square Pub for fall-apart cocktails. Some had to leave to catch flights and the rest of us went on to enjoy a lovely dinner at The Iberian Pig. I think we were all about to fall over by the time we hugged good-bye. But we all agreed, it was a FANTASTIC weekend.
     I was once again SO honored to be asked to participate. The folks at Little Shop of Stories busted bootie to make sure everybody had the books they wanted (they were packed the entire weekend, both in the store and at the booths). The leadership of DBF (Hi Daren and Diane and Paul and Mary!) made it all look easy, even though we know it's not. So a big hearty THANK YOU goes out to everybody for all your hard work making this my favorite weekend of the year!!

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25. September 2014 Event Calendar

It's a new month which means new events! We hope you can make it out to some of this awesome author events coming to the Southern California area. If you don't live in SoCal, check your local bookshops to see if these authors are coming your way. :)

Wednesday - September 3, 2014 at 7pm
Michelle Gagnon
Don't Let Go

Barnes & Noble The Grove
The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036
tel 323-525-0270
event page

Thursday - September 4, 2014 at 7pm
Adi Alsaid & Alexandra Adornetto
Let's Get Lost; Ghost House

Barnes & Noble Americana
210 Americana Way, Glendale CA 91210
tel 818-545-9146
event page

Thursday - September 4, 2014 at 7pm
Josephine Angelini
Trial by Fire

Barnes & Noble The Grove
The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036
tel 323-525-0270
event page

Saturday - September 6, 2014 at 7pm
Scott Campbell
Hug Machine

Nucleus Gallery
210 East Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801
tel 626-458-7482
event page

Tuesday - September 9, 2014 at 7pm
Mac Barnett

Once Upon a Time Bookstore
2207 Honolulu Ave
Montrose Shopping Park
Montrose, CA 91020
tel 818-248-9668
event page

Saturday - September 13, 2014 at 2pm
Edith Cohn
Spirit's Key

Children's Book World
10580 1/2 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
tel 310-559-BOOK
event page

Monday - September 15, 2014 at 7pm
Gretchen McNeil and Anna Carey
Get Even and Blackbird

The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 
tel 213-488-0599
event page

Monday - September 15, 2014 at 7pm
Danielle Fishel
Normally This Would Be a Cause for Concern

Barnes & Noble The Grove
The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036
tel 323-525-0270
event page

Wednesday - September 24, 2014 at 4pm
LAPL Teen Author Reading Series
Carrie Arcos, Gretchen McNeil, Cam Baity, Ben Zelkowicz, Lauren Miller, hosted by Cecil Castellucci

LAPL Junipero Serra Branch
4607 S Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037
tel 323-234-1685
event page


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