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An Evening with David Levithan, Lucy Christopher, and Rainbow Rowell: Event Recap + Giveaway!

An Evening with David Levithan, Lucy Christopher, and Rainbow Rowell: Event Recap + Giveaway!

Last Sunday, I weathered the frigid winds and freezing roads to arrive at the lovely and charming Children’s Book World in Haverford, Pennsylvania. All for the love of books, my friends. I was truly beyond thrilled to attend this incredible author event: David Levithan, Lucy Christopher, and Rainbow Rowell all in one room, reading to us from their works. This is the very first author event I have ever attended (yes, in my life! what??) and it could not have been more fun! It was an absolutely packed house. The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement and I soon understand why.  All three authors were absolute delights. David Levithan was hilarious and had us laughing all night (seriously!). Lucy Christopher was endearingly gracious and lovely. And Rainbow Rowell was so fun, and down to earth, and just plain cool. We began with David Levithan talking about and reading from Two Boys… Read more »

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Dickens Christmas Séance: event recap

Dickens Christmas Séance: event recap

I love doing very Christmassy types of things, but I never thought I’d be attending a Victorian literary séance. But when I saw the event hosted by the Pomona Historical Society and Pomona Library pop up on Facebook, I just couldn’t resist! I’m fascinated by the Victorians’ obsession with death and mysticism, particularly after reading Affinity and In the Shadow of the Blackbirds, and of course A Christmas Carol puts a whole new spin on ghosts and the holiday season. Two things you should know about me: 1. I absolutely believe in ghosts. 2. But I’m also a skeptic and well aware that a large percentage of supernatural phenomena are most likely hoaxes. Mr. Darling and I signed up for this as a lark with more intellectual curiosity than anything else, so it wasn’t until we were sitting in the library enjoying cookies and punch that it occurred to me… Read more »

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My Lunch with Marie Lu + Champion Giveaway

My Lunch with Marie Lu + Champion Giveaway

This past weekend I got to do something really cool.  Like, really, really, really cool.  I was invited by Penguin Teen, along with the lovely Gillian of Writer of Wrongs, to have lunch with Marie Lu before her signing at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore.  The Legend Trilogy is one of my favorite YA series from the past few years, so I was really excited, but also kind of nervous and intimidated. We braved the freezing weather (55 degrees) and perilous driving conditions (some rain) to meet up in Redondo Beach and chat over catfish and shrimp.  I was, as I said, nervous, so I arrived over half an hour early (if I hadn’t spilled coffee on myself I’d have been even earlier) and sat in my car texting my sisters.  Gillian was there early, too, so we were standing together talking about how freakishly cold our hands were when Marie strolled… Read more »

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Yallfest, Y’all! event recap + giveaway

Yallfest, Y’all! event recap + giveaway

Hey, y’all. I just got back from a glorious five days in Charleston, South Carolina where I visited friends, basked in the friendliness of the south, and had the BEST TIME EVER at Yallfest–a free festival held every year in Charleston, organized in part by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia. I’ve not been to many book festivals aside from the bookish panels at SDCC and all its attending craziness, so I was pleasantly surprised by the smaller scope of Yallfest. The panels felt so intimate and unhurried, and gave an insight into the authors and their stories I hadn’t seen in person before. Plus, with signings on such a smaller scale than typical, it gave the authors an opportunity to give each person a moment of personal attention, instead of having to hurry through the line like usual. (Though the lines were very long in some cases.) I was so pleasantly… Read more »

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Nerd Alert: SDCC 2013 recap and HUGE giveaway!

Nerd Alert: SDCC 2013 recap and HUGE giveaway!

Photo credit: @trinitymartinez1 Oh, Comic Con. How to explain to the uninitiated? Think of your very favorite thing. The thing that makes you happiest. That makes your whole face light up. The thing you can talk about for hours with philosophical authority, and passion, and wonder and awe. Now think of 300,000 people who feel the same way coming together for four days of the ULTIMATE GEEK OUT. Comic Con has something for the nerd in everyone. It’s not just about comics anymore, it’s television, movies, video games, books, role playing… you name it, there’s a group there who’s into it. (Yep, even that. Don’t make that face.) This was my sixth year going, and as a pretty equal opportunity nerd, I usually run myself ragged trying to see every. single. thing. I can. I mean. My favorite television and movie stars, comic writers and artists, AND BEST OF ALL:… Read more »

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"Young Adult" Lit Art Show, Los Angeles

"Young Adult" Lit Art Show, Los Angeles

“Jessica & Elizabeth” by Kiersten Essenpreis Today we did a little gallery-hopping around Los Angeles! The first stop was at the “Young Adult” Lit Art Show presented by Hello Giggles and Gallery 1988 Melrose. I enjoyed looking through the fun exhibit, which featured work created by female artists inspired by YA literature from the 80s and 90s. Young adult books have inspired quite a few crafts and products, as a quick search through Etsy or Hot Topic will attest. It’s more unusual to see fine art inspired by the genre, however, and even more unusual to see a dedicated public exhibition. Cheers to the founders of Hello Giggles (actress Zooey Deschanel among them) for their efforts to showcase this offbeat show. Even though the definition of “young adult”was used pretty loosely here (Babysitters Club is textbook middle grade), even though I wish there had been more variety in the subjects… Read more »

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event recap: LA Times Festival of Books 2012 and giveaway!

event recap: LA Times Festival of Books 2012 and giveaway!

Every time the lovely ♥ Rachel ♥ stops by the blog, she always has fantastic bits of author news that I haven’t heard elsewhere, so I was thrilled to hear she wanted to cover the Los Angeles Times Festival Books for us.  As if that weren’t exciting enough, Rachel is such a sweetie that she also has an autographed copy of Deb Caletti’s new book to give away! Read on to see how you can win. ~ Wendy I just like to say thanks again to Wendy inviting me to share my experience! Aaron Karo, Abby McDonald, Tristan Bancks Attending the Event: This was my first year attending the Festival, so I was pretty excited to go. So armed with sun block, a camera, and my husband’s muscles (books are heavy!) I was ready to tackle this large event. I had read schedules, knew which panels I wanted to attend and… Read more »

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