Upcoming Events August and September

Here are some upcoming events!  I hope to see you there!
Love, Cecil
August 7
Barnes and Nobles Montclair CA
5183 Montclair Plaza Lane, Montclair, CA 91763
Young Adult Graphic Novel Event
7 PM
with Hope Larson and Jen Wang!
August 10

Roarshack Reading Series

The Truth Will Always Be
at 826 LA in Echo Park  from 4-5:30 pm.

Ashaki Jackson
Cecil Castellucci
Musical guest The Breaks
Last month’s Live write winner Taaji Rauf
Tara Ison

September 13

Writers With Drinks  At The Make-Out Room 3225 22nd. St., San Francisco CA, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open at 7 PM.

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.

 September 27/28

Long Beach Comic Con

My San Diego Comic Con Schedule!


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
Room 28DE

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
Future Landscapes
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
Room 28DE

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

Readercon Schedule!

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.

Des Canards Trop Bizarres now in Quebec!

Very excited that Des Canards Trop Bizarres, published by Rue des Sevres in France (available here) , is now available in Quebec!



You can order it online at Archambault, or special order it from your local indie book store!


How to Panel like a Lit Champ

How to Panel Like a Lit Champ!

I’ve been moderating and paneling for a long time and been doing a lot of panels these past few months and have a few thoughts about what makes a great panel.  I thought I would follow up Mette’s excellent A Good Moderator post from a month ago with a How to Panel like a Lit Champ! post.  These are just some things that I’ve learned along the years and try to strive for when I’m on a panel or when I’m moderating one and I thought I would pass these tips on to you.  Enjoy!

1.If you are moderating, read the books of all the authors on the panel. This means their newest book / the one they are promoting.

2. Come up with questions. Do not wing it. Do not make them general questions. i.e. avoid things like, What’s your process? What’s your research? What are you working on next? Although of course, when peppered in with your thoughtful questions those could be great.

3.When you are moderating, have a pen and piece of paper to jot down anything interesting that you can turn into a question. Meaning, be flexible to how the panel is flowing.

4. Come up with at least one thoughtful question for each panelist that pertains to their specific book.

5. Moderators, try to contact your authors before the panel to let the panelists know what you are going to be covering / how you are going to run the panel. Sometimes you only get the publicists email. Ask the publicist to forward your email to the author. If you cannot email, make sure to get to the room early to greet your authors and let them know how you are going to run the panel.

6. Moderators, have a bio of each of the authors on your panel to introduce them.

7.Authors, do your moderator a favor and have a short bio readily available on your website. One that actually talks about the highlights of your career (and not about your dog or how much you like pie.)

8.Avoid having every single author go down the line and answer every single question. It is long and tedious and oftentimes boring for the audience. This is especially bad on panels with more than five people.

9. People like a conversation! If you are moderating, encourage cross talk! If you are on a panel, ask the other panelists a question when you are talking!

10. If you are on a panel that is being moderated by someone else, be classy and at least have googled the other authors and be aware of exactly what their new book is about. Read the flap copy or the first chapter. I know it’s hard to read. Trust me, everyone on the panel is busy and on deadline! But it makes the conversation on the panel so much nicer when people at least know each others literary flavor!

11. Bonus points if you read or have read at least one book by each author on the panel even if it’s not the one they are currently promoting. It means you can at least talk to that authors style or themes.

12. Also authors, google your moderator! They could be an author as well and it shows respect to at least know who they are / why they were selected to moderate the panel. It often also makes for a better conversation.

13. If you are an author and you are moderating a panel you should of course mention that and on occasion weigh in with your own thoughts, but your job is to moderate the panel so keep the self tooting to a minimum.

14. If it is just you and another author in conversation with no moderator, read the other authors book. Seriously. This is non negotiable.

15. If you are asked to read a short passage on a panel, read no more than three to four pages. And probably keep it on the shorter side. Remember that people look forward to the conversation and that’s the fun part of a panel and if everyone reads for a full five to seven minutes than half your panel is gone and the audience Q&A is truncated.

16. If your moderator asks you to read just one page. Really read just one page.

17. Do not be a mic hog as a panelist. This is not the “look at only me show.” Even if you are the most famous author and everyone in the room is there for you, you are on a panel. Let everyone talk.

18. Keep your answers short. You personally do not need to answer every question. Other people have things to say, too. Some people are shy and will not jump on in. Be mindful of that.

19. If you are a moderator and someone is hogging up all the time, jump in and guide the conversation to another author.

20. If you are a moderator and notice that a panelist is shy and not speaking much, try to help them to come out of their shell. They usually have great things to say when coaxed.

21. If you are a moderator and an audience member rambles on or does not ask a question, at the Q&A quickly (and kindly) move it along.

22. If you are the moderator and open it up to the audience for questions and they are a shy audience and do not have questions, make sure that you have spare questions for your panel. This is a good time to use those questions / further points that you jotted down.

23. You don’t have to be everyone’s best friend, but you do have to be friendly, polite and inclusive. If you are on a panel with your good friends, great! But avoid inside jokes. It alienates the other authors and the audience.

24. When on the panel and in the social parts / green rooms of a festival/ conference, remember that you are all peers and that the career wheels are always turning. Some are just starting out. Some are grizzled vets. Some are on the up and up.  Some are having a hard time of it. It doesn’t matter if you are the most famous or the least famous in the room / on the panel, be nice. Stay classy.

25. Have fun!

Wondercon Schedule!

I’ll be at WONDERCON this weekend.  I’ll be talking TIN STAR (I’ll have buttons to give away!) and glowing about ODD DUCK’s Eisner nomination!  Come say hello!  It’s in Anaheim!

Saturday, 04/19

4:30-5:30 SFF for Kids: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility – Frank Beddor (NY Times bestselling author of The Looking Glass Wars), Nancy Holder (NY Times bestselling author of On Fire: A Teen Wolf Novel), Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities), and Dan Yaccarino (Emmy-winning author/illustrator of Doug Unplugged) and Cecil Castellucci (Tin Star). This panel comprises science fiction and fantasy authors. We’ll discuss writing speculative fiction for kids, from Picture Book through Young Adult). Moderated by Henry Herz (Nimpentoad). Room 213

Signing at Mysterious Galaxy immediately afterwards.  Booth 709

Sunday, 04/20 (Easter)
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Surviving Well

Saving the world, etc. is always important, but so is the quality of life for the survivors. Guest Marjorie Liu (Labyrinth of Stars), Cecil Castellucci (The Tin Star), Genese Davis (The Holder’s Domain) , John Mulhall (Geddy’s Moon) and Gretchen McNeil (3:59) discuss when “just” saving the world is not enough. With moderator LeAnna Herrera of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 208

Signing at Mysterious Galaxy at 3 PM.  Booth 709.

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

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