It’s finally here! ODD DUCK is out today! Written by me! Illustrated by Sara Varon! Go forth and be odd!
My new story “We Have Always Lived on Mars” is up now at Tor.com!!!
*remember, you can get your kobo ebook from an indiebound bookstore!
the art works (which I think is absolutely perfect and totally gorgeous) is by Carl Wien.
These past few weeks there has been one literary thing after another! Which I love!
First off there was the ReaderGirlz Teen Book Drop. I dropped a few YA novels including my own First Day on Earth at the wee library in my neighborhood. Look how tiny and cute it is. Adorable. It’s near a High School, so I think that those books will find great readers.
Then it was my favorite book festival of all time: The Los Angeles Festival of Books!
I hung out mostly at the YA Stage where I moderated two panels and was on one panel.
That night was the LAPL Book Bash at the LAPL Central Library. This year I was a honorary hostess which made me feel very fancy.
Then it was World Book Night! So I sat at Intelligentsia Cafe and I handed out Willa Cather’s My Antonia. The weird thing is that people are so surprised that the book is free. They mostly thought that I was hocking my own self published novel. Yeah. I wish I wrote My Antonia!
Then this past weekend a bunch of writer pals and I went to a secret cabin in the woods and we workshopped some short stories and first chapters based on the Milford Workshop rules. It was magical.
Here I am. The smallest of the bunch.
YA (and graphic) novelist Cecil Castellucci sold North American rights to a currently untitled Depression-era graphic novel to Dark Horse’s Sierra Hahn. The book, which William Morris Endeavor’s Kirby Kim represented, will be illustrated by Joe Infurnari, and is currently set for a fall 2014 release. The story is set in 1932 and follows, Dark Horse said, two misfits “and a relationship built during a train-hopping journey from the cold heartbreak of their eastern homes toward the sunny promise of California.”
This past weekend I participated in the Yappiest Day on Earth! the brain child of Cat Patrick. It was 16 YA authors, bloggers and librarians and you! Imagine us all running around Disneyland with matching blue shirts like we were on a school trip. Every ride to conquer! Thrilling screams to be had!
Here we are before our adventure began!
I wanted to go onto the Winnie the Pooh ride. BUT WE GOT STUCK IN THE HONEYCOMB!
Or as Kevin Emerson, Sean Beaudoin, Rachel Cohn and I now will say for all things that suddenly go wrong: “Tigger spilt some honey on the tracks.”
Kevin Emerson and I in the Pooh “trap.”
I also went on Splash Mountain which was wet. I was terrified at the drop.
Me and Gabrielle Zevin pre-drop. We talked a lot about the Bears. And Zippity Doo Dah.
I spent a lot of the day hanging with Sean Beaudoin. He even won me a stuffed mouse at the midway in California Adventure. He also won a Dumbo that he gave to a tiny child who waddled off with the biggest grin on her face. He also snuck in some Cruella de Ville time.
Thanks to all of those who came out! You should totally come next year.
Events upcoming next week! Dystopia Panel! Teen Author Read Night! Yappiest Day! Wondercon! Literary Orange!
Here are my upcoming events next week!
I will have Odd Duck buttons to give away.
Monday, March 25th
Yappiest Day on Earth!Come join me and 15 other YA authors at Disneyland
Wondercon in Anaheim
Heroes vs. Villians 3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m., Room: 210BCD
1 PM Young Adult: The Awesome Age
Josephine Angelini, Cecil Castellucci, Jessi Kirby, Sarah Maas
Moderator: Allison Tran & Michelle Ann Dunphy