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1. Secret Wars Answers the Question “Zombies or Robots?”

Marvel’s buffet of Secret Wars tie-ins just got weird. That’s really saying something when you consider the already announced titles that will be revisiting the publisher’s history or spotlighting obscure characters. Today over on EW, Marvel announced a new series that sounds like it came from Axel Alonso playing with his action figures, Age of Ultron vs Marvel Zombies.

The series, debuting this June, is by the recent All-New Invaders team of James Robinson and Steve Pugh, and will feature one of that book’s stars, Jimm Hammond, the original Human Torch. Taking place on the No Man’s Land part of the patchwork Battleworld planet, Ultron vs Zombies will see how the area becomes a prison of sorts for misfit continuities and battle rule breakers. Robinson described the off-the-wall premise of the story as, “Ultron sees his world as the epitome of perfection and the Zombies are the antithesis of that, so no they don’t get along at all,” says Robinson. “They war for whatever humanity they can find, with Ultron wishing to either control it or kill it and the zombies wanting to eat it.  They’re definitely at war.”

It’s shaping up as though Battleworld will be a place with severe consequences for the losers. Age of Ultron vs Marvel Zombies could potentially be the most fun Secret Wars tie-in to read. Readers will get a book that feels like it has weight in the event while seeing repercussions that may get overlooked in the main line. The series is set to debut on June 3 and was announced as an ongoing title. Although as of late in the Marvel Universe, ongoing just means it’ll get more than six issues.

In addition to the cover, a three page preview was also shown and you can see it all below.


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2. Martin Amis & Gayle Forman Get Booked

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

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Two famed authors, Martin Amis and Jeffrey Eugenides, will headline an evening of “Selected Shorts” readings. Hear them on Wednesday, February 25th at Symphony Space starting 7:30 p.m. (New York, NY)

Chef Angelo Sosa and radio personality Angie Martinez will sit for a discussion about their new cookbook. See them on Thursday, February 26th at Barnes & Noble (Tribeca) starting 6 p.m. (New York, NY)

Three young adult writers, Gayle Forman, E. Lockhart, and Libba Bray, will come together for a launch party. Join in on Friday, February 27th at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

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3. SCIBA Children's Literacy Day 2015


On Saturday, February 21, 2015, the inaugural SCIBA Children's Literacy Day took place at the Hilton Long Beach conference rooms. A diverse group of speakers including authors and publisher representatives addressed an audience of teachers, librarians, and other supporters of children's literacy, alongside a host of children's book experts from our local independent bookstores. I carpooled down with my friend Alyson from Kid Lit Frenzy, excited about seeing old friends from the our bookloving community, and seeing all the great new books coming out for the season.

The day began at 9 am with a continental breakfast and a special guest, former teacher and Mexican-American author Pam Muñoz Ryan, who presented about her career as a children's author and provided background about her latest novel, Echo, which all of the breakfast attendees received. The book grew from her research into the school desegregation case commonly known as the Lemon Grove Incident (Roberto Alvarez vs. Lemon Grove School District) and evolved into a story of several children from different times and places connected by an unlikely item: a harmonica.

Pam Muñoz Ryan and the children's booksellers of Vroman's Bookstore (Pasadena, CA) show off Echo

Pam Muñoz Ryan and the children's booksellers of Vroman's Bookstore (Pasadena, CA) show off Echo

After breakfast, the children's representatives from several publishers--Penguin, Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Scholastic--recommended their best picks from the new spring/summer crop of books. I won't go into that in too much depth during this post, as I'll be posting throughout the week about books from each publisher in a separate post.

Our luncheon speakers included 5th grade teacher and debut author Dan Gemeinhart (The Honest Truth), YA author and screenwriter Andrea Portes (Anatomy of a Misfit), and living legend Jane O'Connor--yes, the author of Fancy Nancy herself--who spoke mostly in her capacity as an editor of children's nonfiction at Random House. Attendees received the aforementioned books, along with intermediate nonfiction title Who Was King Tut?, penned by O'Connor under one of her pseudonyms, Roberta Edwards. This was followed by two talks, one with Ingram representative Beverly Fisher talking about services to libraries. Author Stacey Lee (Under a Painted Sky), one of the founding members of the We Need Diverse Books movement, moderated a Diversity in YA panel with Ayize Jama-Everett (The Liminal People, The Entropy of Bones), Cynthia Kadohata (Half a World Away), and Sherri L. Smith (Orleans).

To round out the panels for the day, attendees chose between one on children's nonfiction with Jane O'Connor and our friend Alyson Beecher from Kid Lit Frenzy, and another featuring debut YA authors Leah Thomas (Because You'll Never Meet Me), Sarah Tomp (My Best Everything), and Henry Turner (Ask the Dark). Courtney Saldana, the librarian behind the Ontario Teen Book Fest, moderated. I really wish I could have been in two places at once, as I was interested in the nonfiction panel too, but I'd signed up for the YA one. I also wish I could have brought a photographer along, as I was having issues with my phone that day (so many blurry, dark photos!). Maybe next year. (You can search for other people's photos on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #scibakidlit and #scibakidlit2015.)

Clockwise from top left: Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Penguin, Random House exhibits showed new and upcoming releases from each publisher

Clockwise from top left: Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Penguin, Random House exhibits showed new and upcoming releases from each publisher

The exhibits area featured our children's publishing representatives, Roz Hilden from Scholastic, Kelly Stidham from Simon & Schuster, Nicole White from Penguin, and Nicole DuFort from Random House, as well as booksellers Mrs. Nelson's Book Fair and Library Services (Pomona, CA) and Once Upon a Time Bookstore (Montrose, CA). Rounding out the event was a cocktail hour including signings and book with yet still more authors, including MG/YA author Shannon Messenger with Keeper of the Lost Cities: Everblaze, YA author Elana K. Arnold with her middle grade debut The Question of Miracles, debut YA author Elissa Sussman, and author/illustrator Dan Krall with his new picture book Sick Simon. I'll be featuring more of these titles later in the week!


I can't decide which of the books I picked up yesterday is the most exciting, but also I feel like it's going to take me a solid year to work through all of these titles. Do you know what I was even more excited about though? The people! It was wall-to-wall book people, my favorite kind. Author Salina Yoon (Stormy Night) attended, and I really have to remember to get my photo taken with her next time. I love her so much! I had breakfast with Book Beastie (you should follow her on Tumblr :) Teachers and librarians were everywhere, including my teaching idol and Nerdy Book Club member Cathy Blackler and my book club buddy Emily Aaronson. I also met Lana and Erin from Chaucer's Bookstore in Santa Barbara (where my good friend Colleen worked during college), and Susie from Once Upon a Storybook in Tustin. I had a chance to catch up with Kim and her daughters (who run a school book club in Upland) while waiting in line for author signings. I even carpooled home with Carolyn, the YA reviewer from Kid Lit Frenzy. I'm probably forgetting a ton of names... some I'm not entirely sure if they want to be mentioned, so if I met you yesterday and you want to be mentioned by name, hey, leave a comment!

I really had a ton of fun at the first SCIBA Children's Literacy Day! I was so tired afterwards, but happy, too. If you are a teacher, librarian, or other school or literacy professional, you can sign up for annual membership in SCIBA on their website, www.scibabooks.org (though at this point, I'd wait until the end of the school year so your membership is valid for the next big children's events--fall and spring). The way the event is priced usually varies (I purchased tickets for every meal of the day, plus membership, which totaled $170), but trust me, it's completely worth it, whether your goal is to network, meet authors, learn about upcoming releases, or gather up books for your classroom or library. I also hope educators and librarians will continue to come and interact with their book industry representatives, to find out the ways in which publishers and independent bookstores can support literacy and programming in classrooms and libraries.

Thanks to the Andrea Vuleta and the rest of the awesome folks at SCIBA for welcoming us to their event, and may there be many more!

Follow SCIBA on Facebook and Twitter. For more info, go to www.scibabooks.org.

Find your local indie bookseller at www.indiebound.org.
Bookstore Links:
Once Upon a Time
Vroman's Bookstore
Mrs. Nelson's Book Fair
Chaucer's Bookstore
Once Upon a Storybook

More info on featured books and authors coming soon!

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4. SCBWI Europolitan Conference!

I doubt I'll be over there in time for this, but it's exciting that the Euro-SCBWI chapters are putting this conference together - now in it's second year! Last year it was in Paris, this year it will be in Amsterdam. CLICK HERE to read more about it!

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5. The Galiano Literary Festival & Neil Gaiman Get Booked

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

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Two writers, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Melissa Petro, will appear at BookCourt for a reading. Hear them on Monday, February 16th starting 7 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

Two authors, Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler, will sit down for a conversation at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. See them on Tuesday, February 17th starting 8 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

New York Times correspondent Sam Roberts will talk about his new book, A History of New York in 101 Objects, at the New York Public Library (Mid-Manhattan branch). Meet him on Wednesday, February 18th starting 6:30 p.m. (New York, NY)

Writer Ame Dyckman and artist Zacharia Ohora will headline a launch party for their new picture book, Wolfie The Bunny. Join in on Saturday, February 21st from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (New York, NY)

The 6th annual Galiano Literary Festival will feature a variety of panels and workshops. Check it out from Friday, February 20th to Sunday, February 22nd (Galiano Island B.C.)

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6. Where I’ll Be in June: Deep Valley Homecoming

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Attention Betsy-Tacy fans!

2015 Deep Valley Homecoming

A Celebration of Maud Hart Lovelace & the Betsy-Tacy books!

June 26 – 30, 2015

Make plans to attend this event. Fun for the entire family!

Activities include: Betsy & Tacy House Tours, Betsy-Tacy Neighborhood Tour, Narrated Horse-drawn Trolley Rides, Discover Deep Valley Bus Tours, Deep Valley Victorian Tea, Book Festival, Fashion Show, Play, Living History Actors, Programs, Speakers & Re-enactments, Gift Shop & Exhibits & Music, Vintage Car Show, food & crafts and more!

Registration form and schedule is in progress and will be posted very SOON!



We are excited to announce that Melissa Wiley will be the feature speaker at the Deep Valley Homecoming (DVH) this summer. Melissa Wiley is the author of The Prairie Thief, Fox and Crow Are Not Friends, and the Inch and Roly series, as well as Little House in the Highlands and seven other novels about the ancestors of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Melissa wrote the forward to the HarperPerennial ModernClassics 2010 edition of Carney’s House Party and Winona’s Pony Cart by Maud Hart Lovelace.

Joining Melissa Wiley as featured speaker will be Nancy McCabe, author of From Little Houses to Little Women. Her book is a memoir about her return to the beloved books of her childhood and travel to places related to her favorite authors, including Laura Ingalls Wilder, Maud Hart Lovelace, Lucy Maud Montgomery and Louisa May Alcott.

Melissa and Nancy will participate in the Deep Valley Book Festival on Sunday, June 28 and will each speak during the DVH programs on Monday, June 29. We’ll have more details about what you can look forward to from these authors and all of our other speakers and presenters in the coming days.

For more information, visit the Betsy-Tacy Society website. Hope to see you there!

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7. Scott McCloud & Pen Parentis

Sculptor Graphic NovelHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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Three writers will appear at the Pen Parentis Literary Salon. Join in on Tuesday, February 10th at Andaz Wall Street from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (New York, NY)

Six authors will participate in the “Unconventional Teen Romance” panel. Check it out on Thursday, February 12th at Books of Wonder from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (New York, NY)

Scott McCloud will perform a reading of his newest graphic novel, The Sculptor, at Macalester College. Meet him on Saturday, February 15th at the John B. Davis Lecture Hall starting 4 p.m. (New York, NY)

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8. Pacing: Space out the Tense Moments

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Tension on every page is the mantra for fiction writers. But what if your tension is spread unevenly throughout the story? That may be fine, because stories need a natural rhythm, an ebb and flow of action, thoughts, dialogue and reflection (inner dialogue). Some scenes may be crammed with small actions, while others pace steadily through the setting. Sometimes, though, I find that I’ve packed a scene with too many MAJOR revelations or actions, creating a top-heavy scene; that scene is usually matched by another scene that lacks enough tension.

My current WIP was in that position this week. One scene had two major confrontations. So, I decided to see if I could lift one Major Complication and put it elsewhere. The actual text, a revelation that someone was searching for the main character, took about 20 lines of text. Not so bad to move elsewhere, I thought.

But every part of a story is intertwined with every other part.
Timeline. First, there’s timeline issues. EventA happens before EventB. The RevelationEvent was originally the EventA, but I moved it to an EventC position, which meant that I had to go back and clean up the time line. There could be no mention of the RevelationEvent before Event B, of course. This is tedious work. You have to reread chapters thinking about what a reader should know at this point in the story, and make sure there’s no hint of the RevelationEvent that will spoil the surprise. Of course, I can hint at it; that’s called foreshadowing. Foreshadowing’s role, though, is to make the reader slap his/her forehead and say, “Duh! That’s exactly what should happen. Why didn’t I see it coming?” The reader should still be surprised, but the surprise is believable. Cleaning up the timeline is hard work, and if you slip up with even one half-sentence, you’ll be nailed on it by some alert reader.

Fitting it in. Unfortunately, you can’t just pick up the 20 lines and insert them where Event C occurs. Much of it may be salvaged verbatim, but much of it needs to be worded differently at the new place of the story. Keep the core of it, the meaning, but be willing to rewrite to make it seamless. The goal is to make it seem that the story was originally written this way.

As a revision exercise, I required my freshman composition students to write eight different openings for their essay. Often, the third or fifth or eighth opening was dynamite, and the writer chose to start his/her essay with it. Too often, though, it was stuck on the front and had no relationship to the rest of the story. I modified the assignment: students still wrote the eight openings. But then, in class to make sure they did it, they had to start writing the essay again from that starting point and keep writing for a timed period. I made sure the writing time was long enough to carry them into the body of the essay. That resulted in strong openings that were integrated into the whole essay. That’s what you want here, too.

One caution: keep a copy of the original version, because you may not like moving the event to a new place. In Scrivener, take a snapshot. In word processors, make a backup copy or a versioned copy; or use track changes to make the preliminary changes and then decide if you want to make them permanent.

The strategy of moving events is easy on the imagination. I don’t have to think up new events or complications; instead, I just need to use what I’ve already written in a stronger way.

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9. Richard Williams To Present ‘The Thief and the Cobbler’ Director’s Cut At Annecy

The Annecy International Animated Film Festival has confirmed that animation legend Richard Williams will attend the festival this year.

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10. The Drawing Center Hosts a Tomi Ungerer Exhibit

Tomi UngererThe Drawing Center is hosting the “Tomi Ungerer: All in One” exhibit. As a children’s books creatorTomi Ungerer (pictured, via) has become well-known for the picture books The Three Robbers and Moon Man.

According to the press release, Claire Gilman served as the curator for this art show. It will run from January 16th to March 22nd.

This retrospective features Ungerer’s “childhood drawings depicting the Nazi invasion of Strasbourg, through his work in New York and Canada, and concluding with the artist’s most recent political and satirical campaigns, as well as his illustrations for the 2013 children’s book Fog Island, ‘Tomi Ungerer: All in One’ re-introduces this wildly creative individual to New York City and the world.” Visitors will also see Ungerer’s erotic artwork and animation pieces.

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11. Nick Hornby & Franklin Park Get Booked

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

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Novelist Nick Hornby and writer Bill Tipper will headline a conversation event at Barnes & Noble (Union Square branch). Hear them on Wednesday, February 4th starting at 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

Four children’s books creators will appear for the February Picture Book Bonanza at Books of Wonder. Join in on Sunday, February 8th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (New York, NY)

The next session of the Franklin Park Reading Series will feature five writers. Check it out on at the Franklin Park Bar & Beer Garden on Monday, February 9th starting 8 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

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12. Magneto Meets His Last Days in Secret Wars

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Marvel pulled another piece out of their Secret Wars puzzle box today when they announced, on Newsarama, the ongoing Magneto book by writer Cullen Bunn and artist Javi Fernandez would be under the umbrella of the Last Days banner during Secret Wars. Starting with May’s issue #18, the master of magnetism faces off against the end of the world in a four issue story the writer described as being about Magneto’s legacy. He’ll see the events leading up to end of the Marvel 616 and attempt to use every bit of his power to halt them.

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The arc is also set to feature appearances from Briar, the Marauders and various S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who’ve been in pursuit of Magneto throughout the series. Readers will also see a surprise appearance in the form a character related to Magneto with a controversial past. With the terminability surrounding these Last Days tie-in books it would suggest an end to the series and maybe even the character himself upon conclusion. Could Marvel be revealing what characters won’t make it into Secret War? Magneto was a major part of the original 1984 Secret Wars, but it looks also though he may not even make it to this one. When asked if this would be the series finale Cullen Bunn had this to say: “If the book were to end, I think this arc would wrap things up quite nicely,” Bunn explains. “But what I’m doing also positions Magneto for some really exciting stuff that’s coming up. Really, do you think something like the end of the world is going to stop the Master of Magnetism?”

No other story details were revealed but we expect to hear more soon as the rest of the tie-in books are revealed including titles for the other two banners Battleworld and Warzones!.


What do you think of Marvel’s latest tease? Could Marvel leave Magneto out of their new world order?

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13. Young Adult Authors & The ‘How I Learned’ Storytelling Series Get Booked

92YHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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Three young adult authors, Gayle Forman, Libba Bray, and E. Lockhart, will appear together at Barnes & Noble (Tribeca). Meet them on Tuesday, January 27th starting at 6 p.m. (New York, NY)

The next session of the “How I Learned” storytelling session will take place at Union Hall. Join in on Wednesday, January 28th at 7:30 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

Writer Marissa Meyer will celebrate the latest book from The Lunar Chronicles series, Fairest: Levana’s Story. Check it out on Thursday, January 29th at the 92Y starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

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14. ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Cast Announces A Live Tour

The cast of the animated series "Bob's Burgers," currently in its fifth season on FOX, has figured out how to do something rare: make money from the live performance of animation.

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15. An MLK day story on the importance of librarians and archivists

Amy Goodman from Democracy Now interviews Brian DeShazor the director of the Pacifica Radio Archives. He talks about finding a lost speech of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

So, this recording, this archive is an American treasure, and every citizen in America, I hope, understands that this collection, we want to be able to make it accessible to you, the public. We want it to be in the classrooms. We want it to be in high schools. We want universities to have this for their scholarly research and their scholarly endeavors. And that will make history change. It will be able to have us, the political left, if you will, the progressive left, the record of the activism available for history in the future. And if we don’t preserve this deteriorating, fragile tape, then that history will be lost, and we’ll lose the connection with our elders, like Dr. King. This very speech, this may have the quote that inspires somebody to take the next step in our fight for racial equality and justice in America.

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16. The Morgan Library is Hosting An Alice in Wonderland Exhibit

Alice in WonderlandHow has Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland stood the test of time? The Morgan Library & Museum is hosting an exhibit called “Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland.”

The curators plan to bring over the original manuscript for Carroll’s beloved children’s book “across the pond” from the London’s British Library to New York City. Other items that will be displayed include drawings, letters, rare editions of the book, and vintage photos. The opening date has been scheduled for June 26, 2015 and the closing date has been set for October 11, 2015.

Here’s more about the exhibit: “The enchanting tale of Wonderland was first told ‘one golden afternoon’ to Alice Liddell and her two sisters. Delighted by the fantastic world of logic and nonsense inhabited by rabbits in waistcoats and playing card gardeners, Alice begged for a written copy of her namesake’s adventures under ground. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll) painstakingly wrote out the story, illustrating the original manuscript with his own pen and ink drawings.” Follow this link to download a free digital edition of the novel.

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17. Peachtree Publishers Preview Party

I was invited to the loveliest get-together Sunday. Margaret Quinlin, publisher at Peachtree Publishers invited librarians, teachers, creators, influencers, and me to her lovely home in Atlanta, where Peachtree editors, publicists and art directors showcased and talked about their new book releases for Spring 2015.

It was fascinating hearing the background behind the creation process and lovely to see everybody's passion for their work. I took some truly candid photos of the event (shared with Margaret's blessing). Here's Stephanie Fretwell-Hill talking about STANLEY THE FARMER and SPECTACULAR SPOTS by Susan Stockdale:

Tom Gonzalez gave a fascinating talk about his process for TOAD WEATHER:

Vicky Holified talked about the latest book by Adrian Fogelin, SOME KIND OF MAGIC.

Also, Loraine Joyner (art director) talked about P. ZONKA LAYS AN EGG by Julie Patchkis, and Kathy Landwehr talked about RODEO RED, written by Maripat Perkins and illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winning Molly Idle (who has visited my blog a few times). All said, it was a fantastic glimpse into these great new books and the journey behind them.
Some of the original pieces form the books were showcased in Margaret's dining room:

It was so nice to be invited to this party as I have several friends at Peachtree. I couldn't help grabbing selfies with several of them. Like...
Kathey Lanwehr (editor), Me, and Christine, the former New York librarian and newest publicist has been doing a great job reaching out to help spread the word about this fresh crop of fantastic books.

Here I am with Loraine and Stephanie:

And me and Mia Manekofsky, Decatur children's librarian and awesome person.

Tom and me.

Thanks to Margaret, Christine and everybody at Peachtree. It was a great party and introduction to Peachtree's lovely new books as well as a fascinating glimpse into the tight team you have there. It's no wonder Peachtree has gained such a strong reputation for great books in the kid lit world.

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18. Devan Sagliani & Tomi Ungerer Get Booked

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

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The organizers behind Pen Parentis will be hosting a Winter Poetry Night. Join in on Tuesday, January 13th at Hotel Andaz starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)


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19. Scribd Recruiters Will Join Mediabistro’s San Francisco Networking Party Tomorrow


For a chance to meet and chat about career opportunities with media company recruiters, head to Mediabistro’s networking party tomorrow, Dec. 16 at Harlot (46 Minna Street). From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. PT, you can discuss openings with recruiters from organizations such as Scribd. The subscription-based audio and eBook provider seeks developers and editorial assistants to join its team. 

The event is hosted by Camille Schmidt of Camille Schmidt Public Relations

To register for this free event and to check out the full listing of employers in attendance, go here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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20. The Cooper Hewitt Hosts The ‘Maira Kalman Selects’ Exhibit

Maira KalmanThe “Maira Kalman Selects” exhibit has opened at the Cooper Hewitt (the Smithsonian Design Museum). Kalman, an acclaimed author and illustrator, chose 40 objects for this display. She (pictured, via) sourced these items from the Cooper Hewitt, the National Museum of American History, and her personal collection.

According to the Smithsonian website, Kalman’s objective with this project was “to suggest the journey of a life story, from birth through death.” A closing date has been scheduled for June 14, 2015. Follow this link to hear Kalman’s TED talk.

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21. Maira Kalman Solo Show Opens at the Julie Saul Gallery

My Favorite ThingsMaira Kalman’s solo exhibition, “My Favorite Things,” has opened at the Julie Saul Gallery in New York City.

According to the press release, Kalman “explores the human condition, presenting objects that create a picture of daily life as she sees it and lives it. The disparate elements, she says, are bound together by sheer luck.”

Several of Kalman’s paintings are featured in her latest book which shares the same name as this art show. The closing date has been scheduled for February 08, 2015. Follow this link to listen to Kalman’s New York Public Library podcast on her favorite things.

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22. Picture Books & Franklin Park Get Booked

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

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Author Tracy Weber will appear at the Seattle Mystery Shop. Meet her on Saturday, January 10th starting 12 p.m. (Seattle, WA)


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23. Upcoming Events January 2015

Hey hey! Just a quick reminder that we post links to select local Los Angeles/Southern California book events at the beginning of every month. You can check out the calendar anytime at http://www.readnowsleeplater.org/events. We sometimes add events as soon as we find out about them, so keep up with them here, on Tumblr, and on Twitter. Whenever we can, we also attend and post photos on Facebook and Instagram!

We usually cover the following venues and events:

Once Upon a Time Bookstore, Montrose
Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena
Nucleus Gallery, Alhambra
Book Soup, Los Angeles
Skylight Books, Los Angeles
The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles
Barnes & Noble at The Americana, Glendale

Barnes & Noble at The Grove, Los Angeles
Barnes & Noble at The Promenade, Santa Monica
Barnes & Noble at Bella Terra, Huntington Beach
Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego

Burbank Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library
Pasadena Public Library
Santa Monica Public Library

Book'd in Burbank
Los Angeles Times Book Festival
Ontario Teen Book Fest
Pasadena Teen Book Fest
YALLWEST - new this year!

If you are a traditionally published author, event manager, librarian, or publicist, please email event info including author name, date, time, venue, and event description to readnowsleeplater@gmail.com. We cannot guarantee that we will include every event in our calendar, but we do try to list all events that are of interest to our readers.

If you see Alethea, Thuy, and/or Kimberly at one of the events, please come and say hi! There may be a bookmark in it for you... just sayin'...

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24. IMAX to Host Game of Thrones Screenings

got logoThe Game of Thrones HBO series is heading to 150 IMAX theaters. This will be the first time a television show gets displayed on these giant screens.

The final two episodes from season four will be shown along with an exclusive trailer for season five. These screening events will take place from January 23rd to 29th all over the United States.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “The move signals a continued blurring of the lines among media platforms, where digital videos, television series and films stream across a proliferation of screens, from tiny mobile phones to movie theaters. It also shows the extent to which media companies are trying to turn their blockbuster hits into mega events, as drawing mass audiences becomes increasingly rare.”

New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

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25. Devan Sagliani & Tomi Ungerer Get Booked

Zombie Attack!Here 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.

The organizers behind Pen Parentis will be hosting a Winter Poetry Night. Join in on Tuesday, January 13th at Hotel Andaz starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

Horror writer Devan Sagliani will appear for a signing session. See him on Saturday, January 17th at Barnes & Noble (Santa Monica branch) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Santa Monica, CA)

Children’s books creator Tomi Ungerer will headline an author event to talk about his artistic process. Meet him on Sunday, January 18th from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (New York, NY)

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