Book Club! Book Club! Book Club!
Do you have a book club? Are you planning on reading one of my novels? Here’s a little treat for you. If the answer to these questions is yes, I would be happy to do a Skype visit with your book club to discuss the book!
If you send me a picture of your book club and proof that you’ve purchased 6+ copies of the book of mine that you are going to discuss I will happily arrange (to the best of my ability and schedule permitting) to Skype in at your book club meeting for half an hour.*
Book Club! Book Club! Book Club!
THE YEAR OF THE BEASTS is coming out in paperback on October 24th, 2014. I am very excited about this book. It’s a hybrid novel / graphic novel that is illustrated by Nate Powell. Do you have a book club? Are you planning on reading THE YEAR OF THE BEASTS**? If the answer to these questions is yes, here is a little treat for you. I would be happy to skype in to your book club to discuss the book (actually this offer is good for any of my novels!!) That’s right! Me! Live! In your living room! (Or wherever you meet!) Answering your questions!
How do you get this fantastic hang out? SO SIMPLE!
Just send me a picture of your book club and proof that you’ve purchased 6+ copies of THE YEAR OF THE BEASTS (or the book of mine that you are going to discuss) I will happily arrange (schedule permitting) to Skype in at your book club meeting for at least a half an hour .
There is no limit to this giveaway. There is no foreseeable deadline. So you can see how easy it is to win! I will Skype in to any and all book clubs as long as the criteria to win have been met!
Gather your book club and get reading! And to win, remember:
1) send me a group picture of your book club.
2) Send me proof that you’ve purchased 6+ books.
3) We will coordinate as best we can to make a Skype visit happen.
Email entries to misscecil at gmail dot com
*Schedule permitting to the best of my ability to Skype in. Sometimes things happen. Like travel. And things.
**Or any of my novels! This deal works for any book club reading any of my books.
***Libraries or Schools! This deal goes for you as well.
So excited that the USA Today Happy Ever After section featured the cover of STONE IN THE SKY. I wrote a little essay about loving the beast / alien to go along with it. Those of you who’ve read TIN STAR will get why.
Years ago, Tula Bane was beaten and left for dead on a remote space station far from Earth, her home planet. She started with nothing and had no one, but over time, she found a home, a family, and even love. When it’s discovered that the abandoned planet beneath the station is abundant with a rare and valuable resource, aliens from across the galaxy race over to strike it rich. With them comes trouble, like the man who nearly killed Tula years ago—the man she has dreamed of destroying ever since.
Signed pre-orders for Stone in the Sky (or for any of my books signed) are available at Skylight Books
I’ll be reading ODD DUCK over at the Hammer Museum on 9/7 as part of their Made in LA / Make in LA Family Day event!
There will be lots of fun things to do! There will be a Chad and Theodora coloring sheet.
See you there!
Stone in the Sky ARC (not final) Cover has been revealed. First 10 who find it, email me (misscecil gmail) where you found it & win ARC of Stone when it’s available or Tin Star now!
The Truth Will Always Be
at 826 LA in Echo Park from 4-5:30 pm.
Musical guest The Breaks
Last month’s Live write winner Taaji Rauf
with :Lenelle Moise (Haiti Glass, Madivinez, Ache What Make) Robin Sloan (Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore) Annelyse Gelman (Everyone I Love Is A Stranger To Someone) Edan Lepucki (California) Cecil Castellucci (Tin Star) Christina Nichol (Waiting For The Electricity)
Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away All proceeds benefit the Center for Sex and Culture.
2:00pm – :01 Booth Signing
Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck)
3:00pm – Panel
Walking the Line
Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly editor) moderates a panel with Nick Abadzis (author of The Cigar That Fell in Love with a Pipe, Titan’s Doctor Who comic series, and the award-winning graphic novel Laika) Frank Cammuso (author of The Misadventures of Salem Hyde series), Kazu Kibuishi (writer and artist of theAmulet series, and editor of the Explorer series) Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck) and Gene Luen Yang (writer and artist of the graphic novel Boxers & Saints) about the overlap between mainstream and alternative comics, and the possibility of a greater collaboration between the two.
Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm – 4:00pm
7:00pm – Eisner Awards
Wish me luck! I’m nominated along with Sara Varon for Odd Duck!
10:00am – MacKids Booth Signing Booth 1117
Cecil Castellucci (Tin Star)*
*I will have Tin Star buttons and also a very limited number of printed out versions of the Tin Star RPG: A Simple Favor. If you want a copy of the game, please tweet me @misscecil or leave a message on my facebook page. Booth 1117
1:00pm – Panel
Whether it’s a dystopian society, the aftermath of an apocalypse, or an unknown intergalactic landing point, the way YA novels envision the future is often complex and layered with problems and untapped possibilities. A dynamic group of authors including Emily Lloyd Jones (Illusive), Benny Zelkowicz (Foundry’s Edge), Romina Russell (Zodiac), Michael Johnston (The Heart of Dread series), Pierce Brown (Red Rising), Cam Baity (Foundry’s Edge), Charles Yu (How to Survive in a Science Fiction Universe), Benny Zelkowitcz (Foundry’s Edge), and Cecil Castellucci (Tin Star) discuss how they create their worlds of tomorrow, the architecture and outlining involved, and what we learn about our contemporary selves as a result of these future landscapes.
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm – 2:00pm
2:30pm – Autographing Area Signing
Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck/Tin Star)
Panels and Pictures (A Graphic Novel Panel — Kids/YA)
Sunday, 7/27/14, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 32AB
Learn about the latest in great graphic novels for kids, with Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), Kazu Kibuishi (Comics Squad: Recess),Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), and Raina Telgemeier (Sisters); moderated by Jenni Holm(Babymouse, Squish). In their discussion of what makes a graphic novel “for kids,” their creative processes, and their latest books, these fantastic cartoonists will show you that new young readers are the heart of the graphic novel industry.
01:30 PM – 02:30 PM Autograph Area Signing AA09
I am very excited to at long last be attending READERCON this year! Here is my schedule! Please come and say hello if you are there!
Friday July 11
11:00 AM ENV Reading: Cecil Castellucci. Cecil Castellucci. Cecil Castellucci reads from her new novel Tin Star.
4:00 PM G Being a Good Literary Citizen . Cecil Castellucci, Ben Loory, Kate Maruyama, Paul Park, Kit Reed (leader), Rick Wilber. The SF community is strong, vibrant, and varied. At this panel, we’ll talk about ways that writers can give something back to the community that supports them. How can younger writers benefit from the experience and knowledge of older writers, and vice versa? How does the connection between teachers and students enliven the field? How can we “pay it forward”?
6:00 PM F Can Heroes Be Happy?. E.C. Ambrose, K. Tempest Bradford (leader), Cecil Castellucci, Adam Lipkin, Sarah Pinsker. In defense of DC Comics’s policy that superheroes can’t get married, Dan DiDio says, “Heroes shouldn’t have happy personal lives. They are committed to being that person and committed to defending others at the sacrifice of their own personal interests…. It’s wonderful that they try to establish personal lives, but it’s equally important that they set them aside.” In response, at The Mary Sue, Susana Polo wrote, “[Gay] kids need heroes who do the things that their environment tells them are impossible. They need gay heroes who grow up to be loved by the men and women that they love, in stable, healthy, and, yes, legally sanctioned relationships. They need heroes, as well as real people, to show them that it gets better. That. Is what heroes. Are for.” Let’s use this as a jumping-off point for discussing different concepts of heroes and heroism.
Saturday July 12
11:00 AM F Life in Space: Fact and Fiction. Saira Ali, Cecil Castellucci, Tom Purdom, Allen Steele (leader), Gayle Surrette. Life in space has been a backbone of science fiction from the beginning. More recently, works about space have focused less on the glory/excitement of the experience and have instead focused on the practicalites: politics (Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars series), neglect (J.G. Ballard’s Memories of the Space Age), or outright disaster (Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity). What has caused this shift from fiction to fact? Has the passing of the Golden Ages of both science fiction and space exploration played a role in how writers approach their subject matter?
Sunday July 13
10:00 AM ENL Readercon Classic Children’s Bookclub: Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. Cecil Castellucci, Ken Houghton (leader). Written by Ian Fleming of James Bond fame and published in 1964, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang has been beloved by children and adults, and continues to delight new generations partly thanks to the musical movie version starring Dick Van Dyke, with a screenplay co-written by Roald Dahl. This year is the 50th anniversary of Chitty’s initial publication, so let’s talk about Fleming’s obsession with cars and gadgetry and thrilling cliffhangers, and ask the children and teens among us to discuss if they agree with a critic from the year of publication who said “we have the adult writer at play rather than the children’s writer at work. The style is avuncular, the writing down too evident.”
12:00 PM F Extrapolating SF from Science . Robert Jackson Bennett, Cecil Castellucci, Danielle Friedman, Jeff Hecht (leader), Ken Liu, Allen Steele. “Trying to predict the future is a discouraging and hazardous occupation,” Arthur C. Clarke declared. How far can authors see into the future and extrapolate about new technologies? Isaac Asimov said that science is how we see farther, and science fiction is where we write down what we see. Join us as our panelists discuss how they use science and technology in their work and how they try to predict future trends.