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LA Times Festival of Books Schedule!


Here is my schedule for the LA Times Festival of Books!

Please come and say hello! I’ll be signing books after each session. I will have Tin Star buttons to give away!

Saturday, April 12th

12:00 p.m.

Young Adult Fiction: Putting the Story in HiSTORY
YA Stage
Katie Alender
Andrea Cremer
Rachel Shukert
Moderator:Cecil Castellucci

4:30 p.m.

Young Adult Fiction: It’s the End of the World
As We Know It

Salvatori Computer Science Center (Sal 101)
(Conversation 1045)
T. Cooper
Tahereh Mafi
Lydia Millet
Moderator: Cecil Castellucci

Sunday, April 13th

11:45 — MacKids Signing
@ Mrs. Nelson’s Booth 720

1:30 p.m.

Young Adult Sci-Fi: Fantastical Tales
Leigh Bardugo
Cecil Castellucci
Sarah J. Maas
Marissa Meyer
Moderator: Andrew Smith

Tin Star RPG Game!

Hello! As you all know, TIN STAR is out (hope you’ve picked up your copy )

I love Tula Bane’s world and I thought it might be fun to play in it! So my brother and I have created a tabletop RPG True 20 game based on the book Tin Star! Grab yourself a 20 sided die order a pizza and invite a bunch of friends over! You can play a bunch of aliens who land on the Yertina Feray and interact with the characters from the book!

DOWNLOAD THE TIN STAR GAME HERE *note. you should download both files the quick start rules and the adventure.

Get it on Scribd: Tin Star QuickStart Rules
Tin Star: A Simple Favor Adventure Module

I got the idea to create a game when visiting my good friend Chris Prams, publisher of Green Ronin Games! They created the True 20 system, which is an open license system. Check out their True 20 games here!

I hope you will enjoy playing! If you have any questions or any trouble downloading the game you can email me and my brother at tinstargame (at) gmail (dot) com or tweet us @tinstargame

Have fun!


Events /Tour dates for Cecil & Tin Star

I’m very pleased about my new book TIN STAR!!  I am doing some event s for it and other readings.

Please come and say hello!

February 18th

LAPL Teen Author Reading Series
Echo Park Library 4 PM

February 24th
Stories at Stories
Stories in Echo Park
W/ Ben Loory, Zoe Ruiz, Jim Ruland and others.

February 25th
Tin Star Book Launch! My new book is out! I’ll be reading and then talking with JPL engineer Steve Collins!
Skylight Books 7PM
1818 Vermont
Los Angeles

Monday, March 3rd

Joseph-Beth Cincinnati, OH
Time: 7:00pm
Location: 2692 Madison Road / Cincinnati, OH 45208

Tuesday, March 4th
Schuler Books Lansing, MI
Time: 7:00pm
Location: 2820 Towne Center Blvd / Lansing, MI 48912
w/ Jenny Trout

Thursday, March 6th
Red Balloon St Paul, Minnesota
Time: 6:30pm
Location: 891 Grand Avenue / St. Paul, MN 55105

March 8th
North York Public Library
Toronto, Ontario

March 8th
The North York Public Library
Toronto, Ontario

Monday, March 17th
New York Public Library Teen Book Fest
NYPL 42nd St, South Court, 6-8):

Finding the Creative Balance: Technology, History, Imagination
Cecil Castellucci
Andrea Cremer
Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam
Lev Grossman
Andy Marino
Kass Morgan

Thursday, March 20th
WORD Brooklyn
Time: 7:00pm
W/ Andy Marino and Eliot Schrefer
Location: 126 Franklin Street / Brooklyn, NY 11222

April 12/13

LA Times Festival of Books

April 26
Houston Teen Book Con

Saturday, May 17
Rochester Teen Book Festival

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Tin Star Goodreads Giveaway

Hi everyone!

For the next 8 days there is a giveaway of ARCs of TIN STAR over at GOODREADS

Go sign up!  You have a really good chance of getting one.

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TIN STAR download first five chapters for free!

I’m pleased to say that MacTeen Books has made the first five chapters of TIN STAR available for download. Go get it here! where there are handy buttons for your ebook of choice!

TIN STAR is out 2/25/2014 and available for pre-order now!  buy the book options here!

You can also add it to your goodreads!

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West Hollywood Book Fair! 9/29

I’ll be at the WEHO book fair on Sunday 9/29

Here are my panels!  I’ll be talking Odd Duck and then moderating some YA panels!  Also, I will have some TIN STAR arcs and buttons with me!  Find me and tell me your fave celestial object and you will probably get one!

11 am Young Readers Stage

Let’s Talk Picture Books!

Amy Goldman Koss (Moderator)
Cecil Castellucci
Peter Stein
Bayne Gibby

2 PM Young Peoples Stage

The End of the World as We Know it!  Dystopia!

Cecil Castellucci (Moderator)
Francesca Lia Block
Ransom Riggs
Tahereh Mafi

4PM Young Readers Stage

LOL Funny YA

Cecil Castellucci (Moderator)
Maurene Goo
Marni Bates
David Iserson

Tin Star Contest results and human / alien relations!

The winners are @_mrsilva Valerie Burleigh and Juniper Greenstein!  Thanks and make sure to email me your snail mail for your Tin Star ARC.  And don’t worry if you didn’t win, closer to release there will be a giveaway at Goodreads!

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and you can read an excerpt over at

Meanwhile, the list of alien human relationships you love were so great and so cool and made me want to rewatch / reread all of the stories where these fantastic friendships are.  I thought I’d share with you so you can swoon fondly at all the great human / alien friendships there are in our world and then go outside and look up at the stars and wish for your own extra terrestrial friend.

1. Starman and Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen / Jeff Bridges) in Starman

2. Seven of Nine and Captain Janeaway (ST: Voyager)

3. Han and Chewie (Star Wars)

4. The Neighbors (The Neighbors)

5. Max and Liz  (Roswell)

6. Dr. Daniel Jackson & Teal’c  (Stargate)

7. The Doctor and Donna (Doctor Who)

8. Mrs Who and Meg Murray (Wrinkle in Time)

9. Eliot and ET (E.T.)

10. John Crichton and Aeryn Sun (Farscape)

11. Tsynq Yr and Karen and Jonathan   (Pamela F. Service’s Stinker From Space)

12. The Martian and the off-planet Earthling in Bradbury’s “Night Meeting”

13. FemShep/Garrus (Mass Effect)

14. Thomas Jerome Newton and Mary Lou in The Man Who Fell to Earth

15. Kal-El (Superman) & Lois Lane  (Superman)

16. Kirk/Spock  (Star Trek)

17. Tristran/Yvaine in Neil Gaiman’s STARDUST

18. Jodahs and his/her human mates (from Imago: Book 3 of Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis Trilogy)

19. My Teacher Is an Alien: Peter Thompson and Mr. Smith

20. Captain Picard and Q! (Star Trek: TNG)

21. David/Dennis (father-adopted son) relationship in Martian Child

22. Enemy Mine between human Willis and Drac Jeriba.

23.  Ben Mason with the skitters in Falling Skies

24. Aliens in ALIENS ATE MY HOMEWORK by Bruce Coville

25. Aliens in Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K LeGuin

26. Wanderer/Melanie from The Host

27. Mork & Mindy

28. The buggers and Ender Wiggin (Ender’s Game)

29. Ripley and the Queen

30. Roger and Stan Smith

31. Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect

32. Corbin and Leeloo, Fifth Element

33. The Doctor and Rose

34. Young Weaglim and Tommy Pepper from Gary D. Schmidt’s It Came from the Stars

35. The Great Gazoo and Fred Flintstone

TIN STAR ARC giveaway!

I’m back from Comic Con!  I’ve got a couple of ARCs of TIN STAR to giveaway for those of you who couldn’t be in San Diego to snag one!

Leave your name in the comments (or tweet me or on the facebook comments) along with your fave alien / human friendship/relationship (just for dorky fun!) and I’ll draw the winners at random on August 1st.

On their way to start a new life, Tula and her family travel on the Prairie Rose, a colony ship headed to a planet in the outer reaches of the galaxy. All is going well until the ship makes a stop at a remote space station, the Yertina Feray, and the colonist’s leader, Brother Blue, beats Tula within an inch of her life. An alien, Heckleck, saves her and teaches her the ways of life on the space station.

You can read an excerpt of TIN STAR over at

add it at goodreads!
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Tin Star Cover and Chapter 1 Excerpt!

Behold! The cover of my new science fiction novel TIN STAR! It was revealed yesterday on io9 (thanks, io9!)

You can read Chapter One in an excerpt over at

I’ll be signing Advanced Reader copies at Comic Con at the MacKids Booth #1220 on Thursday, July 18th at 3 PM. And of course I’ll snag a few to do a giveaway when I come back for those who can’t be at comic con and want to read it in advance of it’s 2/14 release!

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Meanwhile, you can add it at goodreads shelf or pre-order it from indiebound, amazon, powells, b&n

San Diego Comic Con Schedule!

San Diego Comic Con Schedule!!! 

Come and say hello!

Thursday, July 18th

10 am  Trickster* Panel with
Faith Erin Hicks, Lea Hernandez, Vera Bergasol

(* trickster is at 900 Market Street)

Get tickets here!

3 PM Signing TIN STAR advanced copies at the MacTeen Booth at COMIC CON

Saturday, July 20th

4:30 PM  Comics and Prose: the Hybrid Novel

with Douglas Wolk, Jeffrey Brown, Nate Powell, Janet Tashjian and Jim Pascoe
Room 26AB

Sunday, July 21st

9:30 am ODD DUCK signing at First Second Booth


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