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1. World Book Night, Wendy Williams, & Jenny Han Get Booked

book-boysHere 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.

Greenlight Bookstore is hosting a “World Book Night Kickoff” with readings and a wine reception in honor of this year’s event. Check it out on Monday, April 14th starting 7:00 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)


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2. Reports: Linework NW was a hit

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Over the weekend Portland, OR saw Linework NW debut as a new indie-styled comic arts festival to replace Stumptown, which has merged with Rose City Comic-Con. Held at the more indie-complaint Norse Hall it sounds from all reports that the show had a great energy. Dark Horse’s David Scroggy was kind enough to send in the attached two pictures, one of the crowd and another of the great Jim Woodring drawing. Scroggy noted, “There was a tremendous energy present. It was like an early Stumptown.”

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If you’re friends with co-director Zack Soto on FB you can see a ton of photos and comments, but I don’t think he’d mind me sharing this comment:

You guys. I’m so fried, I’m not even going to try and write a serious recap/thankyous/shout out thingie till tomorrow BUT I will say THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. Today was definitely one of the best days of my life. Linework NW did good and everyone who worked on it did good and everyone who attended it did good and so forth. Really lots of fun and love.

Jason JFish Fischer has a photo album here.

Finally here is a video of Jim Woodring drawing with his giant pen at the show. If giant pen drawing is the mark of a successful event then this was a winner ll the way.

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3. Bastia Comics Festival: Robots, doodles, friends

I was invited to Una Volta, the comics festival at Bastia, Corsica, to run a cardboard robot workshop and meet French comic artists. It was great! I met some lovely, brilliant people. Check the link to see who they were - I'll just forget someone if I list them here. They were all great. The work was amazing. I felt honoured to be there, and I laughed my head off because everyone was hilarious. I especially enjoyed making use of some echoing dungeons under the Citadel where the exhibition was held, singing quite dreadfully in harmony.

I was very proud to see my drawings from "Cheese Belongs to You" and "Sleepwalkers" framed up, I've never exhibited pencil drawings before.

The Robot Workshop was a big success, despite my terrible Franglais. I had very good assistants.

I doodled a lot to distract myself from all the socialising. Socialising at Festivals is hard. These are doodles on demand, just people telling me what to draw so they can laugh at how fast it happens.

And some doodles just for my own enjoyment.

 We went to the beach looking for treasure.

There was a panel talk. It was brief, so I didn't bring up the one thing that bothered me: how come that half the children in my workshop were girls, many of the organisers were women, there were girls and women all over the festival, taking part... but when I looked through the books on display, pretty much all of them were about men having adventures. Strange.

Otherwise, I absolutely loved the whole event. You wouldn't believe the amount of tasty food we were fed constantly. Look, there even was bacon at the panel talk.

Hello Bacon.

 I came back early in the morning of my birthday and fell asleep in a nest of balloons. Yay!

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4. You're invited to the ABOWS release party!

You, your friends and family are invited to attend the
release party on
Thursday, May 8th at 7:00pm
at Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, Georgia
with live bluegrass music performed by
Playing on the Planet!
Click the invite for more details!

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5. TLA 2014! San Antonio, here I come!

I adore everything about Texas, and this week I'm heading to San Antonio, land of the Alamo, for the 2014 Texas Library Association annual conference. Books! People who love to talk about books! Good times!

In case you'll be there, I would love to see you. My schedule for the next few days is below.

Wednesday, April 9th
  • 10:15-11:00 - Book signing - Booth 2522 (Overlooked Books booth)     
  • 11:00-12:00 - Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels Annual Reception - Booth 2522 (Overlooked Books Booth)
  • 3:00-4:00 - Book signing - Booth 2243 (Book Festivals of Texas booth)

Thursday, April 10th
  • 9:30-10:00 - TT4L Teen Event
  • 10:45-11:15 - 
    TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE ARC signing - Tor/Macmillan Booth 1448
  • 12:00-2:00 -YART Texas Tea Event

Hope to see you there!

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6. ‘Sanjay and Craig’ Art Exhibit ‘Butt What Is Art?’ Opens This Week [Exclusive Art]

Nickelodeon is making a concerted effort to promote its renewed dedication to creativity at its animation studio. This week, they will open an art exhibit, “Butt What Is Art? A Sanjay and Craig Fine Art Retrospective,” at California State University, Fullerton’s Atrium Gallery (Pollak Library). The exhibit will focus on art created for, and inspired by, the series about an Indian boy and his talking snake:

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7. LA Times Festival of Books YA Schedule

Hi, everyone! It's that time of year again. It's The LA Times Festival of Books! The festival is this coming Saturday and Sunday and the schedule is pretty amazing. To help you out, we've collected the YA events (and a couple of children's events) into one handy dandy page below. Panels inside lecture halls may sell out so it is best to get tix if you can. They only cost $1 so well worth it. Veronica Roth and John Green are already sold out but there should still be plenty of good tickets available. Please go to this link to buy tix before the festival. For the full show schedule, please check out this link. I (Thuy) will be there both days so come by and say hi if you see me. 



Children's Stage

12:35 p.m. Oliver Jeffers, Author of THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT 
YA Stage

10:30 a.m. Young Adult Fiction: Haunted
Jonathan Auxier
Francesca Lia Block
Ransom Riggs
Moderator: Aaron Hartzler

12:00 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: Putting the Story in HiSTORY
Katie Alender
Andrea Cremer
Rachel Shukert
Moderator: Cecil Castellucci

1:30 p.m. Young Adult Fantasy: Worlds Beyond Imagination
Kelley Armstrong
Tony DiTerlizzi
Rachel Hawkins
Neal Shusterman
Moderator: Denise Hamilton

3:00 p.m. Young Adult Nonfiction: Where the Truth Lies
Aaron Hartzler
Georgia Bragg
James L. Swanson
Maya Van Wagenen
Moderator: Paula Yoo

4:30 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: Adrenaline Rush
Stephanie Kuehn
Abby McDonald
Lauren Oliver
Sarah Skilton Mo

Seeley G Mud 

12:00 p.m. Illustrating the Point: The Art of the Graphic Novel
(Conversation 1072)
Vanessa Davis
Ben Katchor
Anders Nilsen
Mimi Pond
Moderator: Deborah Vankin

Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL 101)

10:30 a.m. Picture This: Young Adult Graphic Novels
(Conversation 1041)
Gris Grimly
Jen Wang
Gene Luen Yang
Moderator: Hope Larson

1:30 p.m. Children's Books: Drawing the Imagination
(Conversation 1043)
Joe Cepeda
Gianna Marino
Jon J. Muth
Salina Yoon 
Moderator: Lee Wind

3:00 p.m. Children's Books: Inspiring Young Minds
(Conversation 1044)
Mac Barnett
Doreen Cronin
Jennifer Fosberry
John Rocco 
Moderator: Kelly Sonnack

12:00 p.m. Middle Grade Fiction: Stories in Series
(Conversation 1042)
D.J. MacHale
Ridley Pearson
Jonathan Stroud Moderator: Jonathan Hunt

1:30 p.m. Children's Books: Drawing the Imagination
(Conversation 1043)
Joe Cepeda
Gianna Marino
Jon J. Muth
Salina Yoon
Moderator: Lee Wind

3:00 p.m. Children's Books: Inspiring Young Minds
(Conversation 1044)
Mac Barnett
Doreen Cronin
Jennifer Fosberry
John Rocco
Moderator: Kelly Sonnack

4:30 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: It's the End of the World As We Know It
(Conversation 1045)
T. Cooper
Allison Glock-Cooper
Tahereh Mafi
Lydia Millet
Moderator: Cecil Castellucci

Norris Theater

10:30 a.m. Middle Grade Fiction: In BeTWEEN Tales
(Conversation 1091)
Lisa Greenwald
John Rocco
Joyce Sidman
Holly Goldberg Sloan
Moderator: Rollie Welch

12:00 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: Testing the Boundaries
(Conversation 1092)
E. Lockhart
Rainbow Rowell
Andrew Smith
John Corey Whaley
Moderator: Aaron Hartzler

1:30 p.m. Middle Grade Fiction: Growing Pains
(Conversation 1093)
James Howe
Jenny Lee
Megan McCafferty
Moderator: Holly Goldberg Sloan

3:00 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: Writing Culture & Identity
(Conversation 1094)
Maurene Goo
Cynthia Kadohata
Gene Luen Yang
Moderator: Lynn Rutan

4:30 p.m. Young Adult Fantasy: The Real & the Unreal
(Conversation 1095)
Soman Chainani
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Margaret Stohl
Laini Taylor
Moderator: John Corey Whaley

Bovard Auditorium

12:30 p.m. John Green, Author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, in Conversation with David L. Ulin
(Conversation 1052)
John Green
Interviewer: David L. Ulin


Children’s Stage

10:20 a.m. Jon Klassen, Author of THIS IS NOT MY HAT
We <3 Jon Klassen!

YA Stage

10:30 a.m. Young Adult Fiction: Square Peg, Round Hole
Elizabeth Eulberg
Ken Baker
Bill Konigsberg
Amy Spalding
Moderator: Aaron Hartzler

12:00 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: A Little Help from My Friends
Robin Benway
Heather Cocks
Jessica Morgan
Lauren Myracle
Moderator: Aaron Hartzler

1:30 p.m. Young Adult Sci-Fi: Fantastical Tales
Leigh Bardugo
Cecil Castellucci
Sarah J. Maas
Marissa Meyer
Moderator: Andrew Smith

3:00 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: Told From the Heart
Stephanie Perkins
Emery Lord
Joanna Philbin
Moderator: Amy Spalding

Norris Theater

10:30 a.m. Young Adult Fiction: Somewhere in Time
(Conversation 2091)
Ann Brashares
Eoin Colfer
Melissa de la Cruz
Tamara Ireland Stone
Moderator: Sonya Sones

12:00 p.m. Ava Dellaira, Author of LOVE LETTER TO THE DEAD, in Conversation with Stephen Chbosky
(Conversation 2092)
Ava Dellaira
Moderator: Stephen Chbosky

1:30 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: Outside Looking In
(Conversation 2093)
Carrie Arcos
Deb Caletti
Anna Shinoda
Ann Redisch Stampler
Moderator: Stephanie Kuehn

3:00 p.m. Laurie Halse Anderson, Author of THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY, in Conversation with Susan Carpenter
(Conversation 2094)
Laurie Halse Anderson
Interviewer: Susan Carpenter

Bovard Auditorium

11:00 a.m. Veronica Roth, Author of THE DIVERGENT TRILOGY, in Conversation with Leigh Bardugo
(Conversation 2051)
Veronica Roth
Interviewer: Leigh Bardugo

1:00 p.m. Daniel Handler, Author of FILE UNDER: 13 SUSPICIOUS INCIDENTS, in Conversation with
Ransom Riggs
(Conversation 2052)
Daniel Handler
Interviewer: Ransom Riggs

3:00 p.m. Sandra Cisneros, Author of HAVE YOU SEEN MARIE? in Conversation with Michael Silverblatt
(Conversation 2053)
Sandra Cisneros
Interviewer: Michael Silverblatt

Hope to see you there!

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8. The Little Magic Box for School Visits and Signing

Debbie 2My Little Magic Box by Debbie Dadey

It took me about twenty years to figure it out, but making a magic box to take with me to book events was a great idea! Okay, it’s not magic but it does have everything I need to make a book signing or school visit go smoothly. What does my little plastic container have inside? Here’s what I’ve collected for my little 6.5 by 4.5 inch box (a left-over from my teaching days):

1. Business cards (Because the minute you don’t have one, you need one.)

2. Tissues (Because boogers are not pleasant with 200 kids watching!)

3. Book plates (Someone will always cry because they forgot their book.)

debbiebox2004. Award winning author stickers (Which I bought in a silly moment, but kids like stickers.)

5. Sticky notes (Because kids have the strangest names these days and it’s better to write it first on a note than ruin the book-better yet have the school or bookstore do it for you while the kids are waiting in line.)

6. Tic Tacs (Bad breath is not an author’s friend.)

debbiecontent2007. Protein bar (Let’s face it, sometimes school lunches are horrible.)

8. Candy (see above)

9. Cough drops (A coughing fit really doesn’t work well with my presentation.)

10. Hand lotion (It makes me feel better!)

11. Hand sanitizer (It keeps me from catching every illness because schools are breeding grounds!)

12. Chap stick (I am prone to fever blisters and they aren’t pretty.)

13. iPad adapter (I started taking my iPad on school visits instead of my laptop and I love it.)

14. Clips to hold up something (Just a handy thing to have for posters.)

15. Memory stick with presentations (Some schools have their computers far away. I also have a clicker to advance slides. There is an app available to advance Keynote-the iPad version of PowerPoint. PowerPoint will convert to Keynote, but there are always a few adjustments to be made.)

16. Slips for information (These are leftovers from a giveaway and everyone likes free stuff.)

17. Rubber band (These come in handy for keeping my rolled up posters tidy.)

18. Markers or ink pens (Some people like Sharpies to autograph with, but I’m not picky).

Missing from my box are my fun red Author pin, camera, book signs, bookmarks, a bottle of water, and school visit brochures. Not all of them will fit inside my box, but I have them listed in marker on the inside of my box so I don’t forget them. Something I’ve been wanting to get is a tablecloth with my logo and maybe some book covers on it. On my scheduling page (http://www.debbiedadey.com/Events/Scheduling/index.php)

debbieDream of the Blue TurtleI have an Author Visit Checklist that lists everything I could think of to help a school prepare for my visit. Click Here to View. 

Perhaps there is something on it you can adapt for yourself. Do you have more suggestions for my box? Please let me know, I have more book events coming up soon!

Check www.debbiedadey.com for one near you.

My newest book is Dream of the Blue Turtle (Mermaid Tales #7) with Simon and Schuster. Treasure in Trident City (#8) comes out in May. I hope you’ll like me on Facebook.com/debbiedadey. I’m hoping it doesn’t take me twenty years to get the hang of Facebook!

Thanks Debbie for sharing your idea for having a handy box that you can grab whenever you do a book event. It will definitely help everyone who has a hard time juggling everything that has to be done in our busy lives.

I love the idea of getting a table cloth made with your logo and covers. They don’t cost very much and it really adds to making you look exciting and professional.

Talk tomorrow,


Filed under: Advice, Events, inspiration, list, Tips Tagged: Debbie Dadey, Dream of the Blue Turtle, Simon & Schuster, Tresaure of Trident City

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9. This Sunday in London: Centennial Tribute to Pioneering Animator Joy Batchelor

On Sunday April 13, as part of the Bird’s Eye Film Festival, the Barbican art centre in London is set to hold an event to mark the centenary of animator Joy Batchelor. Speaking at the event will be Joy’s daughter Vivien Halas; author and former Channel 4 commissioning editor for animation Clare Kitson; BFI animation curator Jez Stewart, and film critic Brian Sibley, whose work includes books on Disney and Aardman.

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10. Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival!

I'm off to the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival in Hattiesburg, Mississippi this week! On Wednesday I'll talk about "Saving the Environment One Book at a Time" (of course tied in with the story of A BIRD ON WATER STREET). I've never done this festival before, but I've heard wonderful things about it. And I can visit my artwork, which is archived at the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection. Thursday evening, I ve been invited to attend the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Awards Celebration. That should be fun! So if you are attending - I hope you'll come see me on Wednesday at 11:30 and then party with me on Thursday! Tally-ho!

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11. Bob Saget, Matt Taibbi, & Pen Parentis Get Booked

bowHere 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 next installment of the Franklin Park Reading Series will feature five writers. Join in on Monday, April 7th at the Franklin Park Bar & Beer Garden starting 8 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)


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12. The Blue Ridge Writers Conference

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Blue Ridge Writers Conference in Blue Ridge, Georgia about "What to Do When the Story Finds You." What a lovely conference with top notch speakers!
     It's held in the restored courthouse, now home to the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association. Of the several speakers I had two faves...

     Claire Cook, author of MUST LOVE DOGS (made into the movie with Diane Lane and John Cusak) was the keynote speaker and awesomely nice lady to boot! We ended up munching lunch together in the kitchen and she couldn't have been any more down to earth and easy to talk to.

     Jennifer Jabaley, author of LIPSTICK APOLOGY and CRUSH CONTROL gave two talks - one about finding ideas and the second about building tension. I learned SO MUCH from her I can't even tell you! And my agent will be happy to hear Jenn helped me flesh out my next novel. Shhhhh!
     Michelle Moran gave a one-day workshop called "Overcome Your Blocks to Find Your Unique Voice." Along with being a great writer, Michelle owns Harvest on Main, the BEST restaurant in Blue Ridge, Georgia. I recommend the scallops.
     I gave my first formal talk on A BIRD ON WATER STREET, and while its always a bit nerve wracking that first time, as I figure out how long the slideshow will take and how long my stories will take to tell, the response was fantastic and there were several locals in the crowd who knew the history of Copperhill all too well. Happily, I answered all their questions accurately and passionately and they all bought the book. In fact, the store sold out again! That's the second time - wow!!!
     Thanks to Carol Crawford, Kay Kendall, and all the BRMAA staff and volunteers who made it such a great event. If you ever need a creative mountain getaway, I must recommend the Blue Ridge Writers Conference!!!

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13. Hannah Hart is Coming to LeakyCon 2014

LeakyCon was excited to announce the arrival of a new special guest, Hannah Hart, to LeakyCon 2014 in Orlando. Hannah Hart, an avid Potter fan, is most well known as a YouTube sensation with her series "My Drunk Kitchen." Ms. Hart will be leading a special edition of "My Drunk Kitchen" at LeakyCon 2014, with a Potions 101 class. You can read more about Hannah Hart and LeakyCon here and register for LeakyCon 2014 here.

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14. MoCCA Party Poop: From Robert Williams to Pinball

Con be damned, it’s MoCCA Time — I’ll be running some previews and debuts througout the day — but here’s all the party poop you need to know about starting tonight. (I know there were a bunch of great events last night as well — On the Scene reports anyone?)



Fiona Staples at Midtown Comics
6:30 – 8:00pm
64 Fulton Street
Join MoCCA Arts Festival Guest of Honor Fiona Staples at Midtown Comics downtown location.


Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin
7 pm
Film Screening
A screening of the film will take place at the Beatrice Theatre at SVA, located at 333 West 23rd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.
A Q & A will follow with artist Robert Williams and Co-Director/Producer Nancye Ferguson, moderated by culture critic and curator Carlo McCormick.
$5 General Admission
* SVA students and faculty are free.


Domino Books
Hic & Hoc Publications &
Revival House Present:
The annual pre-MoCCA comic book beer fest at Park Slope Ale House


Park Slope Ale House
356 6th Avenue,
Brooklyn, New York 11215

Rad poster art by Revival House’s very own Rusty Jordan!


Glorkian Warriors Release Party at Bergen Street Comics
7-10 pm
470 Bergen St, Brooklyn,


Drink And Draw Like A Lady
7 pm
The Productive
40 W. 38th St. (between 5th and 6th Ave)
5th Floor (there is an elevator).

All ages are welcome, 21+ to drink. Bring your mini comics, business cards, sketchbooks and your love of comics. Ladies only please!



MoCCA After Party and Awards
Society of Illustrators
128 E 63rd St, New York,
The Society is hosting an after-party open to MoCCA Arts Exhibitors, Speakers, Special Guests, and Volunteers.  We will also be announcing the winners of the MoCCA Arts Festival Award of Excellence during a special presentation. 

7-8pm: Free admission includes beer, wine, and soda plus a small plates buffet.
8-11pm: Cash bar plus small plates buffet.


C&B Publishing and Origami Comics Present:
Modern Pinball Art Opening and The Unofficial After-Party of MoCCA

6:00pm – 2:00am

including “Power Draw” Live Costumed Model Sketch Sessions
Modern Pinball NYC, 362 Third Ave, New York City
$10 (mention special code “CB-ORIGAMI” for discount
includes unlimited pinball

(Art by Chris Brown)


7-10 pm
Bureau of General Services-Queer Division
83A Hester Street, New York, NY10002 United States
Coinciding with the MoCCA Arts Fest in New York, Northwest Press and the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division are hosting a fun LGBT comics event for everyone! Come on down and have a beverage, meet other LGBT readers and artists, and maybe win a door prize!
Scheduled to appear: Charles “Zan” Christensen (Anything That Loves, The Power Within), Tom Cardamone (The Lavender Menace: Tales of Queer Villainy!), Carlo Quispe (QU33R), Bill Roundy (Anything That Loves) and more!


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The Beat and Z2 Comics After MoCCA Hang Out
The Mad Hatter
360 3rd Avenue

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15. Event report- DIVERGENT PREMIERE

So, a week and a bit ago, I got invited to the premiere of Divergent. Needless to say, I accepted!

The premiere was last Sunday, and I took one of my friends from school. We got to Leicester Square which had been transformed into a Fan Experience area, so there were lots of things for people to do. There were lots of Erudite and Dauntless faction members running around, doing tattoos, initiations, aptitude tests and more.

I met and got to run around with Rita, who runs Weaving Pages, which was great. For a short while (i.e. a few seconds) I saw Casey (Dark Readers), Ben (Benjamin of Tomes), Jim (YA Yeah Yeah), Debbie( Snuggling on the Sofa) and Hannah. People who I knew were there but never got to see include Jess (Jess Hearts Books), Ryan (Empire of Books), Cait (the Cait Files) Jax (Making it Up)  Amber (The Mile Long Bookshelf) and Amber (Books of Amber) and   . Lesson learnt-busy film premieres are not the place to try and do a "meet all the bloggers". Maybe another time?

I am most definitely not Dauntless
Back to the day. I met Rita, which was really good. My friend and I did the aptitude testing, which said we were Erudite within a few questions. Rita and I went on the rock climby thing, which she won by miles. We were going to do some other things, but then we saw how long the queue to get into the cinema was already and decided to go join it before all the good seats were gone!

 I'm not sure, but I think we were in the queue for over an hour. Not complaining-we're British, we know how to queue. While we were in that queue, all the important people started arriving. We were on the other side of the square, so we didn’t get to see them up close, but we could see them on screens and hear the fans screaming (I’m not sure if my ears have yet recovered from the cheers when Theo James arrived).

look! wristbands! 
Finally we got to the front of the queue. After an Erudite guy checked that we were allowed in (I am so jealous of all the people who got to spend a weekend pretending to be people from Roth's Chicago), we got on the red carpet and chose a faction, and we got wristbands that correspond to our chosen factions.

Ok, wristband designer, seriously? Did you not realise some people might like to take theirs off without cutting the thing? I pulled mine on normal tight, and my normal playing with things on my wrist tightened it even more. I was inside the cinema when I realised that it wouldn't come off. When I got out, I realised there were spikes keeping the fabric once it had been pushed up. I had to cut my wristband off. Designer gets negative consumer feedback.
the sad fate of my wristband
We then got seated by faction. Erudite were somewhere in the middle, which suited me fine. We got to see a livescreen of what was happening outside, ie everyone's interviews on the red carpet. I got a bit angry when they asked Shailene and Kate who designed their clothes but not Theo, and then remembered "we live in a sexist world that values women by what they wear" and tried to get not too annoyed before hopefully enjoying the film. Then a short presentation of the people involved. Then the film began.

The film was really good. It adapted the world really well, made Roth's Chicago come to life, and
Of course, there were some changes. Things got cut, i.e. the whole eye stabbing thing, which is the only thing bar the major characters, world and plot that I remembered, and some things got added. I'm sure there were more changes, but I've not read this series in ages.
Trigger warning for attempted rape. It's short, and in Tris's fear landscape thing, and I'm glad it's in there because people will talk about it and sexual assault is a thing that we as a society need to talk about and deal with, and it's nice that she gets praised for defending herself. But trigger warning is there.
They made Four an asshole in this. I know he wasn't the nicest guy at the start of the book, but by the time they were kissing, I honestly didn't see why Tris liked him in the film. He does get nicer after that though.
I love the way they did everything, especially the testing, the fear landscapes... everything about Dauntless really! The acting was really good, especially Jeanine, Christina and Eric. I left with a strong craving to reread Divergent (first review here). And Insurgent (first review here). And actually read Allegiant. Film wise though, I am definitely ready for Insurgent.

Anyway, after the film, I tried finding people. Mostly failed (see prior list of people who were there but I never saw). Outside  we saw this guy in a suit who had loads of people crowding him and fawning over him and he was only a few feet away and we might have got his autograph or something but by the time my friend and I had tried to work out who he was he was gone

Anyway, it was a great day. Thank you hugely to Entertainment One and Harper Collins for the amazing opportunity, and I hope that if you see Divergent, you do too!

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16. Celebrate the Texas Library Association Annual Conference with The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels!

The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels look forward to TLA all year, and it's finally here! We hope you all will come by our annual reception and say hi (and of course, maybe grab a cookie or two)!

Our complete schedule is below, including currently published book signings, ARC signings, and more. Please make sure to mention you read our newsletter when you come by! And be prepared to tell us whether you are a Sweetheart or a Scoundrel :)

***TLA Schedule***  


Monday, April 7th

Wednesday, April 9th
  • 10:15-11:00 - P. J. Hoover & Jessica Lee Anderson book signing - Booth 2522 (Overlooked Books booth)     

  • 10:15-11:00 - Don Tate -
    THE CART THAT CARRIED MARTIN signing - Author area

  • 11:00-12:00 - Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels Annual Reception - Booth 2522 (Overlooked Books Booth)

  • Odd Girl In 11:00-12:00 - Jo Whittemore book signing - Booth 1443 (Book Festivals of Texas booth)

  • 2:00-3:00 - Don Tate -
    THE CART THAT CARRIED MARTIN signing - Charlesbridge Booth 2440

  • 3:00-4:00 - P. J. Hoover & Jessica Lee Anderson book signing - Booth 1443 (Book Festivals of Texas booth)

  • 4:00-5:00 - K. A. Holt -
    RHYME SCHEMER ARC signing - Author area

Thursday, April 10th
  • 9:00-10:00 - Don Tate book signing - Booth 2522
    (Overlooked Books booth)   

  • 9:30-10:00 - TT4L Event - P. J. Hoover, K. A. Holt

  • 10:45-11:15 - P. J. Hoover -
    TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE ARC signing - Tor/Macmillan Booth 1448

  • 11:00-12:00 - Don Tate READ TO THE RHYTHM poster signing - Booth 1835 (iREAD booth)

  • 12:00-2:00 -YART Texas Tea Event - P. J. Hoover, K. A. Holt

 See you there!

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17. To Do: Graphic Brighton with David Lloyd, Chris Riddell, Hannah Berry etc. on May 24th

Alex Fitch tell us that he’s one of three people organising a one-day comic symposium set for the University of Brighton in England. The day will include panels, talks, workshops and so on.

Guests include Chris Riddell, David Lloyd, John Higgins, Nicola Streeten, Hannah Berry, Corinne Pearlman, Daniel Locke, Joe Decie, Neil Evans (a.k.a. Nelson Evergreen), Lawrence Elwick, Ian Williams, Paul O’Connell, Nye Wright, Hannah Eaton, Paul Collicutt and Tim Pilcher.

Tickets are on sale now.

9.30 – 5.30, Saturday 24th May 2014,
University of Brighton Faculty of Arts
56-58 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY

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18. Bette Midler, Dan Santat, & Kendra L. Willis Get Booked

beekleHere 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 Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend creator Dan Santat will appear for a story time at Books of Wonder. Meet him on Tuesday, April 1st from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (New York, NY)


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19. Upcoming Loft Class

I’m teaching a class on “Writing Irresistible Kidlit” at the Loft in Minneapolis. If you happen to be in town, check it out. It’s on April 12th at 1:30 p.m. to 4:30, and you can learn more about it here. Hope to see you!

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20. London, Ontario’s TING Festival unveils Jesse Jacobs poster


The Ting Comic and Graphic Arts Festival in London Ontario is yet another of the comic arts festivals (CAFs) springing up around the world. It will be held for a full TWO WEEKS (April 22-May 3) and showcase local artists, from past and present including Seth, Marc Bell, Aaron Costain, Scott Chantler, Willow Dawson, Jessica Desparois, Antony Hare, Jesse Jacobs, Mark Laliberte, Jeff Lemire, Gabrielle Norwicki, David Poolman,Jay Stephens, Diana Tamblyn, and Merle Tingley (Ting).

The show is named after Ting, one of the many Canadian cartooners little known in the States but worthy of more study. Ting was editorial cartoonist for the London Free Press from 1948 – 1986—and the whole fest is planned as an homage to his work and influence.

The festival has a website, linked to above, and now a Tumblr. AND a poster by Jesse Jacobs which will also be available as a t-shirt.


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21. Comic Arts Brooklyn announces date with bonus City of Glass video


It’s not too soon to start planning: Comic Arts Brooklyn has just announced its 2014 dates: November 8th Mt. Carmel church and a few satellite locations. The above art by Benjamin Marra should get you in the mood.

Exhibitor applications are available here. Applications will be open until June 1st.

PLUS: here’s the video of the City of Glass panel from 2013 with Paul Auster, David Mazzucchelli, Art Spiegelman, and Paul Karasik with guest appearance by Bill Kartalopoulos.

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22. Animation Torrent Festival Will Debut in Chicago Next Month

The United States has surprisingly few animation festivals for a country of its size, but increasingly we are seeing smaller local events that serve as a substitute for the festival experience. There is Animation Breakdown, and Chicago, which already has the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, will see the arrival of Animation Torrent next month.

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23. To so Tonight, NYC Dare2Draw at SoI


Dare2Draw, the comics themed life drawing class is back tonight at the Society of Illustrators with special guest Cliff Chiang

Attendees These events always include giveaways and contests as well as drawing and a fun time is had by all. More info in the link.

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24. Reading under the Stars

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Yesterday I read PLEASE, LOUISE aloud with students of The Wilkes School at Grace & Saint Peters and Midtown Academy. It was an enchanting afternoon sitting under the stars of Enoch Pratt’s Night Room chanting aloud the text from PLEASE, LOUISE. After we read together, I shared a bit of my journey as a young reader and artist along with a conversation about where ideas come from and how long it takes to make a book. And of course, there were plenty of questions that followed. At the end, I did a live draw of Patrick, a second grader I believe. Unfortunately, though, most of the students didn’t think that I nailed his likeness. Tough crowd ;-). Afterward, I signed about 60 books and gave away posters and bookmarks to all of the students who attended. What a great celebration of PLEASE, LOUISE and the power of reading!

A SUPER THANK YOU goes to the amazing Deborah Taylor, Coordinator of School and Student Services, who graciously offered her support of this launch and a second super THANK YOU to Dr. Carla Hayden, who provided each child with their very own  copy of Please, Louise. Dr. Hayden believes that children should not only have books available at their neighborhood library, but that they should also have books in the home. I concur! Thanks also to Selma Levi, for all of her support and for sharing the space with us!

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Exchange of the day:
After passing out books to everyone at the beginning of the presentation, one young man just couldn’t believe his luck.
Him: “I can keep this?”
Me: “Yes, it’s yours.”
Me: “Yes, forever.”
Him: “Whoa.”

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Special shouts out to the two big kids against the wall, literary homies, Mathew Olshan, and Jonathan Bean who came to show their support!

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25. April 2014 Events

Hello! I am not sure how in the world it's April already but it is and this month is just full of awesome YA book events. We literally have a big event for each weekend in April, not to mention some awesome signings in between. I think there's probably an event here for everyone so come out and support your local authors and bookstores if you can. Happy reading!

Tuesday April 1, 2014 7pm
Gabrielle Zevin 
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Vromans Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, California 91101
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Tuesday April 1, 2014 7pm
Ava Dellaria
Love Leters to the Dead
Barnes & Noble The Grove
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-525-0270event page

Saturday April 5, 2014 11am
Salina Yoon 
Penguin in Love
Unwind Yarn
818 North Hollywood Way
Burbank CA 91505event page

April 7, 2014 7:30pm
John Corey Whaley
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles 90027event page

Wednesday April 9, 2014 7pm
John Corey Whaley
Buena Vista Library
300 N. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91505event page

Friday April 11, 2014 11:30am - 1:30pm
Gabrielle Zevin Lunch 
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikryand 
Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach
2810 Artesia Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Please join us on Friday, April 11 for lunch with Gabrielle Zevin. This fabulous author has created a book near and dear to our hearts ... about a bookseller who lives on an island off the east coast. We know you will be enchanted. We promise that you will love The Storied Life of A.J. Fikryand adore Gabrielle Zevin.

We invite all genders of book lovers to join us for lunch at Lido di Manhattan in Manhattan Beach to talk books with Gabrielle and meet our new non-profit beneficiary, Literally Healing.

Registration and informal discussions with our author begins at 11:30am. Lunch and our formal program begins promptly at noon. Reservations are required and limited.

To make your reservation for this not-for-women-only event, please purchase your ticket from Brown Paper Ticket. Alternatively, you may also purchase your ticket to the event by visiting or calling the Redondo Beach store (310-542-6000).
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Sat/Sun April 12 -13, 2014 all day
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
So. Many. Authors. Amazing line up this year - full schedule
University of Southern California Campus
3551 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Friday April 11, 2014 7pm
5 Fantastic YA Authors at MG San Diego
J.R. Johnansson (Insomnia), Rachel Hawkins (Rebel Belle), Debra Driza (MILA 2.0), Shannon Messenger (Let the Storm Break), Nancy Holder (Hot Blooded)
Mysterious Galaxy San Diego
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd #203
San Diego, CA 92111

Saturday April 12, 2014
Laini Taylor
Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (Time TK)
University of Southern California Campus
3551 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Sunday, April 13, 2014 2pm
Laini Taylor
Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Barnes & Noble (Huntington Beach)
7881 Edinger Ave. #110
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

April 18-20, 2014 all day
WonderCon Anaheim
Anaheim Convention Center
schedule TBD

Tuesday April 15, 2014 7pm
Melissa de la Cruz
The Ring and the Crown
Mysterious Galaxy San Diego
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd #203
San Diego, CA 92111
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Thursday, April 17th at 4pm
Teen Author Reading Series 

Featuring authors Rachel Searles, Laurisa White Reyes, Sarah Skilton, and Amy Helmes 
Sunland-Tujunga Library
7771 Foothill Boulevard
Tujunga, CA 91042

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 1pm
Sarah Skilton
Launch Party for HIGH AND DRY! 

Reading, Q&A, Signing, Raffles & Prizes
Barnes & Noble Valencia, CA
Creekside Place, 23630 Valencia Blvd.
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
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Thursday April 24, 2014 7:30 pm
Carrie Arcos
There Will Come a Time

Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles CA 90027
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Satuday April 26, 2014 12 - 4pm
Pasadena Teen Book Festival
Pasadena Public Library
285 East Walnut Street 
Pasadena, CA 91101

Participating Authors (subject to change)
Jesse Andrews – Me, Earl, & The Dying Girl
Carrie Arcos – There Will Come a Time
Katherine Ewell – Dear Killer
Holly Goldberg Sloan – Counting by 7s
Aaron Hartzler – Rapture Practice
Tracy Holczer - The Secret Hum of a Daisy
Kristen Kittscher - The Wig in the Window
Catherine Linka – A Girl Called Fearless*
Gretchen McNeil - 3:59
Lissa Price – Enders
Elizabeth Ross – Belle Epoque
Frances Sackett – The Misadventures of the Magician’s Dog
Rachel Searles – The Lost Planet
Sarah Skilton – High & Dry
Andrew Smith – Grasshopper Jungle
Amy Spalding – Ink Is Thicker than Water
Ann Stampler – Afterparty
Margaret Stohl - Icons
Carol Tanzman – Circle of Silence
Amy Tintera - Reboot
Lisa Yee – Warp Speed
Allen Zadoff – Boy Nobody

Ahhhh! So many events this month. We hope you can make it out to some of them and if you see us, please say hi. :)

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