Posts Categorized: events

Miss Peregrine Movie Screening + Tim Burton Handprint Ceremony Recap

Miss Peregrine Movie Screening + Tim Burton Handprint Ceremony Recap

Last week, I was invited to a really fun event: a screening of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children + Tim Burton’s Handprint Ceremony! I was really excited to see the film after seeing the fantastic trailer, especially since I am excessively fond of Eva Green. I haven’t read the books yet, but I can’t imagine anyone more perfect to play Miss Peregrine. Even though I worked in movie publicity for a long time, I’d never been to a handprint ceremony before, so I was also interested to see what that would be like. (I always think of that old I Love Lucy episode with John Wayne, heh.) Mr. Darling and I got there early and were put into a press pen while we waited for everything to begin. There were a ton of journalists there, as well as a pretty big crowd of tourists. That’s typical for Hollywood and… Read more »

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The Scorpion Rules: Review + Erin Bow dinner + giveaway

The Scorpion Rules: Review + Erin Bow dinner + giveaway

You get two for the price of one today–Layla has a review of The Scorpion Rules for you, and Wendy has a giveaway + recap of the Erin Bow event she attended awhile back! Review: I enjoyed the hell out of this book. I have been in the middle of a fairly severe reading slump (and am also reading nonstop for my dissertation, so you know, take that into account, too) and The Scorpion Rules is one of the few books that have successfully broken through the haze of grumpiness I’ve been in for the last few months. But The Scorpion Rules really worked for me. From what I can tell, though, it seems like it’s been a fairly divisive read – you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it. Luckily for me, I am firmly on Team Scorpion Rules (and Team Talis!). If you like dark humor, morally ambiguous AIs,… Read more »

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ALA 2015: event recap + giveaway!

ALA 2015: event recap + giveaway!

I’m back from the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco! Well, I’ve been back for almost a week, but was so wiped out (and still nursing minor injuries), so this post is just now going live. But here I am with tidbits and goodies to share. I was bad at taking photos this year, but it was for good reason–I was having such a good time that I often forgot! Last year’s trip was great, but ALA 2015 surpassed my expectations, in ways I didn’t even imagine. Stick around, since we’re also giving away TWO prizes–a box of 10 coveted ARCS to a U.S. reader, and an awesome tote “Reading is my Everything, Everything” bag filled with swag to an international reader. The Authors There were so many great authors at ALA this year, and I trotted around like an obedient pony trying to find them all. Marie Lu… Read more »

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BEA 2015: Event Recap + Giveaway

BEA 2015: Event Recap + Giveaway

  Kim: Well folks, another year, another BEA. Layla: Says Kim! Another year, and BABY’S FIRST BEA. (That’s me. And it was my first BEA.) Kim:I was so overwhelmed by my first BEA I can’t even believe I signed up for another!  Layla, you were such a pro babby BEA-er. *sniff* So proud! By the way, did you know that it is actual magic when co-bloggers meet irl for the first time? You can actually wish upon a star from the magic of co-bloggers meeting. Or maybe that’s just us. Layla: Oh, I second this. My heart grew three sizes that day. Some of the highlights from our trip: On the floor at BEA Layla: I can show you the world … replete with shining, shimmering, and splendid ARCs. A herd of bloggers amassed for the drop of Disney’s A Whole New World, a retelling of Aladdin in an alternate universe where Jafar… Read more »

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Layla at NCTE / ALAN: Event Recap

Layla at NCTE / ALAN: Event Recap

Happy December! So I had a book adventure / conference adventure right before Thanksgiving, which was appropriate because as a Layla, I am perpetually thankful for books. Two weeks ago, I attended the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (as well as the workshop on YA Lit that followed the conference, ALAN). This year’s conference was held in Washington, D.C., which is close-ish to where I live in North Carolina, so it seemed like a good year to go. An added bonus – I had a group of friends who were already going, one of whom was a seasoned ALAN veteran who promised to show me the ropes. Road trips! Learning! D.C.! Count me in. Although I went to NCTE for professional reasons, it turned out to be unexpectedly and delightfully relevant to my work as a reader and blogger. Conferences in my field primarily consist of different panels… Read more »

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Vampires of Manhattan: book party + giveaway

Vampires of Manhattan: book party + giveaway

It was sweltering in Los Angeles today, but that didn’t stop Melissa de la Cruz’s book party for Vampires of Manhattan from being fun! I think the swanky vampires themselves would have approved of the gathering, which was attended by local LA authors, librarians, entertainment veterans, and a whole bunch kids who were very excited to be there. The garden party was hosted by Beautiful Creatures author Margaret Stohl, whose lovely home provided the perfect setting for this relaxed event. At The Ring and the Crown Tea I attended a few months ago, I was struck by how supportive all these LA authors are of each other, and it was really nice to see Allen Zadoff, Pseudonymous Bosch, Alyson Noel, Robyn Schneider, Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer Bosworth, Gretchen McNeil, Morgan Matson, and many others turn out in celebration of Melissa’s book. Sharp-eyed fans will notice that Vampires of Manhattan is actually… Read more »

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A Q&A with Sarah J. Maas, Tiffany Schmidt, Susan Dennard, and Liz Norris: Event Recap

A Q&A with Sarah J. Maas, Tiffany Schmidt, Susan Dennard, and Liz Norris: Event Recap

You guys, you guys, you guys. What is life even anymore? I do not know. Last night I had the incredible, incredible privilege to moderate an author Q&A with Sarah J. Maas, Tiffany Schmidt, Susan Dennard, and Liz Norris at Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA. So obviously I was super nervous but quickly found out there was no reason to be! I met with the ladies briefly before the event and we discussed our Q&A gameplan. I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah and Susan at the YA Runs a 5K event here in Philly last July, and was completely overwhelmed when they both greeted me with hugs last night.       I was so thrilled to see a huge number of actual teens and younger people in the audience. When I attended an event earlier this year at CBW it seemed like the adults definitely outnumbered the… Read more »

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