Last night I was part of my first YA author panel, hosted by the Barrington Bookstore and the Barrington Public Library. Having grown up in Rhode Island, this was a really fun and exciting opportunity for me.
On the panel with me were Tara Sullivan, author of Golden Boy, Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love, Bianca Turetsky, author of The Time-Traveling Fashionista series, and Katie Davis, author of Dancing with the Devil. Our moderator was the wonderful Alyisha Foley, librarian and blogger and kidlit enthusiast. Alyisha had great questions, and I loved hearing my fellow panelists talk about their own experiences writing books for teen readers and about their own young reading experiences.
A few favorite moments from the panel:
All of us agreeing that middle/high school are so freaking hard and basically when you need books the most.
Also agreeing that sometimes spoken communication is hard–long live the text/email!
Talking about what why flawed characters are compelling and real.
Tara Sullivan sharing an ebony wood sculpture. (Made me flash back to all those good Habo and Kweli moments!)
Bianca Turetsky’s shoutout to the Baby-Sitters’ Club.
Getting to sign The Chance You Won’t Return for RI family and friends, including the parents of some of my friends from high school.
Happy Friday, guys! Is it just me, or was this week about three weeks long? Good thing we’ve got the Friday Fifteen to carry us into the weekend. Here are this week’s micro-book-reviews:
1. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
Marchetta book about a girl and family mental health? No way I couldn’t love it.
2. About Animals (Childcraft: the How and Why Library #5) by World Book-Childcraft International
Why don’t I remember this one at all? Maybe I was afraid of potential spiders.
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Watcher’s Guide, Volume 1 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Watcher’s Guide #1) by by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder
Before there was Tumblr, fans had to buy books about their favorite shows. Olden days!
4. Henry IV, Part 1 by William Shakespeare
Mostly I remember the pub stuff. Probably should watch a version.
5. The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food by Stan and Jan Berenstain
I didn’t understand the problem.
I’m excited to introduce a new project: over the next several months, I’ll be a regular contributor to the Ploughshares blog, sharing thoughts about children’s/YA lit and literary fiction and how the two can function together.
As an Emerson alum, I’m thrilled to be a little part of Ploughshares. They have such a great literary tradition, and their blog features some fantastic content.
My first post is now live. This week, I’m talking about the power of children’s literature, Tuck Everlasting, books that stay with you forever, and my reaction to business school bumper stickers.
What books are yours forever? Share in the comments!
Happy Friday, everyone! It’s the Friday before Patriot’s Day/Marathon Monday (aka my favorite MA holiday) and the Friday before The Chance You Won’t Return officially hits selves. Eee! So for today’s Friday Fifteen, I’m featuring a few Amelia Earhart-ish books. Check out the latest in micro-book reviews:
1. Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming
Agent sent me a signed copy after she/Fleming were at a conference. Mid-revision inspiration!
2. The Fun of It by Amelia Earhart
Amelia talks about her own life, flying in general, and women aviators.
3. 20 Hours, 40 Min: Our Flight in the Friendship by Amelia Earhart
Earhart admits she was mostly a passenger on Friendship flight, but obvious she loves flying.
4. Amelia Earhart: Courage in the Sky by Mona Kerby
For 5th grade biography project. Thought, “If I have to read nonfiction, should pick Amelia.”
5. Last Flight by Amelia Earhart
Dispatches from Earhart’s final flight. Similar tonally to her other books, but ending still unsettling.