Archive for First Day on Earth
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.
I’ve just spent the day putting together the clips for the YA Reading and Popcorn event over at The Last Bookstore this Friday night and I must say, I’m super excited!
Come join us!
Join YA Authors Cecil Castellucci (First Day on Earth), Carol Tanzman (Dancergirl), Janet Tashijian (My Life as A Stuntboy) and Crickett Rumley (Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell) as they read from their new novels and screen clips from films that will tickle your reading bone.
Basically, we’ll be reading and showing clips from a movie that sort of goes along with our books. And there will be popcorn. I’m kind of into the whole cross media thing. Because I love stories.
I’m so excited to be starting off 2012 with a bang! The fabulous Brad Listi from the Nervous Breakdown (who I want as a guest at a Viking Dinner Party that I fantasize about having in the future. Think about it. Vikings + Dinner Party.) interviews me. over at his reallyfantastic literary podcast
I’m a subscriber and a fan and so it was a total honor to be invited to be on the show. He always has really stellar guests like Steve Almond, Edan Lepucki, Ben Loory, Jillian Lauren, Dana Spiotta, Elissa Schappell, Adam Novy. It’s probably best if you subscribe to it.
We talk about YA, and trying to live an artists life, and Star Wars, and experimental films, all art all the time and the mysterious shirt (which I still have) that always caught my eye.
NY! Hello and I am in you!
I’ll be doing two readings this week. Please come on down and say hello! I’ll be reading from my new novel FIRST DAY ON EARTH!
12/7 – 6 PM
TEEN AUTHOR READING NIGHT
at Jefferson Market Branch NYPL
425 Avenue of the Americas
Cecil Castellucci, First Day on Earth
Margie Gelbwasser, Inconvenient
Andy Marino, Unison Spark
Julia Mayer, Eyes in the Mirror
Marie Rutkoski, The Jewel of the Kalderash
Delia Sherman, The Freedom Maze
12/8 at 6 PM
BOOKS OF WONDER
18 West 18th Street
Great Teen Reads
CECIL CASTELLUCCI First Day on Earth
DANIEL NAYERI Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow
PAUL GRIFFIN Stay With Me
ANNA GODBERSEN Beautiful Days (Bright Young Things Series #2)
Travel is always good for the soul. All that movement and new views. In Montreal it’s so nice to be with family and old friends. And I continue to be amazed at the performances of Madame Merveille.
There is one last showing of it in Montreal, I hope that you will come!
Salle Jean-Eudes (maison de la culture Rosemont)
3535, boulevard Rosemont, Montréal
I’ve been a supporter of the Occupy movement and with the eviction of the OccupyLA camp last night, I wrote a little something about YA Fiction over at the LA Review of Books Blog that highlights characters who participate in rallies and actions. For those of you who know my work, Boy Proof, , The Plain Janes and Rose Sees Red all feature activism by teens. It’s important to me. I hope that you will go and chime in over at the LARB blog with any books that you think would be great on that list. I think that it’s essential that teens be able to find YA fiction about activism.
For those of you in New York City, I’m doing two events to support First Day on Earth.
December 7th at the Jefferson Market Branch NYPL
Teen Author Reading Night
6th Ave and 10th St
New York City, NY
Cecil Castellucci, Margie Gelbwasser, Andy Marino, Julia Mayer, Marie Rutkoski, Delia Sherman
December 8th at Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
w/ CECIL CASTELLUCCI – DANIEL NAYERI - PAUL GRIFFIN -ANNA GODBERSEN
I hope that you’ll come and say hello!
And last, but not least, Terri Windling, who is a writer, artist and editor needs help. There is a fundraiser over at Magic 4 Terri. As I move into writing more in the Sci Fi/Fantasy genre I’ve been honored to be in two anthologies edited by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow. Teeth and the upcoming After. I’ve put up for auction an advanced reading copy of my new hybrid prose /graphic novel The Year of the Beasts. Plus I’ll write you a handwritten letter. (I love a letter!) There are a million other amazing things to bid on. I hope you will consider bidding on something.
Meanwhile, keep well and sing loud!
Hello my fine friends!
I am currently in OH! Canada! I spent last week in Toronto having a super swell time doing a bunch of high school visits and leading a teen writing workshop at Mable’s Fables
I even stopped by The Morning Show on Global TV to talk about my new book First Day on Earth and YA!
Now I’m in Montreal and I’m attending the performances of the remount of the opera I wrote the libretto for Les Aventures de Madame Merveille!
There are still a few show left, so if you are in Montreal (or near Montreal) you should totally come! It’s a live comic book opera with music by Andre Ristic and art by Cameron Stewart, Michael Cho, Pascal Girard and Scott Hepburn put on by ECM+
Below find the dates! I’ll be there! Please come and say hello! xo
November 17, 18, 19
Opera / Les Aventures de Madame Merveille
Théâtre rouge du Conservatoire
4750 Henri-Julien, Montréal
Jeudi 24 novembre 2011, 20h00
Lieu : Maison de la culture Ahuntsic
10 300, rue Lajeunesse, Montréal
Samedi 26 novembre 2011, 20h00
Lieu : Centre Segal des arts de la scène
5 170, chemin de la Côte Sainte-Catherine, Montréal
Mardi 29 novembre 2011, 20h00
Lieu : Maison de la culture Frontenac
2550 Ontario Est, Montréal
Jeudi 1 décembre 2011, 20h00
Lieu : Théâtre Centennial
2 600, rue Collège, Sherbrooke
Vendredi 9 décembre 2011, 20h00
Lieu : Salle Jean-Eudes (maison de la culture Rosemont)
3535, boulevard Rosemont, Montréal
My fine friends!
Behold, Episode 2 of Space Tales Theater in honor of the launch of my upcoming novel FIRST DAY ON EARTH.
Tuesday, October 25th
1818 N Vermont
Official book launch (and it’s my birthday party!)
In honor of the upcoming release of my new novel FIRST DAY ON EARTH, which is about a boy named Mal who starts going to an alien abduction support group, I’ll be releasing some UFO abduction / encounter tales over the next few weeks.
This first one was submitted to me by Ashly.
Most of you know that I really love outer space. Almost all of my books have some kind of observational astronomy in it. My newest book, First Day on Earth, (coming out in November 2011) is a Sci Fi(ish) book. And my current work in progress, The Tin Star, is a two book series that takes place on a space station around an extra solar planet. So, you know, finding out that there was a workshop to teach writers about space science… well… I could not apply fast enough.
And so last week I went to LaunchPad 2011 (aka space science camp.) It was the most fun and brain breaking thing ever.
LaunchPad is the brainchild of astronomer and sci fi writer Dr. Mike Brotherton (Spider Star and Star Dragon) It’s been funded by NASA and the NSF and its goal is to teach writers (of sci fi) space science so that the science is correct in your fiction. (I know, right? AMAZING!)
It takes place at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. (by the way, we all know Laramie has a bad rap. But it’s a sweet cute place. Totally adorable. For example, i saw a pair of victorian boots that I am coveting and also the cowboy saloon and dancehall which we got to sneak into and look at its amazingness – including saddle seat bar stools and a buffalo that snorts smoke. I was sad the saloon was closed for summer.)
Cowboy Saloon and Dancehall. I know you are two-stepping in your mind right now.
We were there for one week. Every day we had a lecture on space science. For a space dork like me it was amazing. I learned so much.
Learning about Stars. Learning about space medicine. Dark Matter. Spectrograph lab.
I even liked cosmology. (although it nearly broke me.)
We had two observing nights. I so desperately wanted to see M51 because there is a supernova in it right now. But we couldn’t see it from where we were. A stupid streetlamp was in the way and the weather was not cooperating. But we saw clusters (open and globular) Saturn. M82 galaxy. The Ring Nebula. I admit, many of these things looked like smudges. But they were very. cool. smudges.
We also went to WIRO (Wyoming InfraRed Observatory)
It was way up high on Mount Jen… Gorgeous. There was a lightning storm that surrounded us below. We could see bolts in the sky.
Lovely grad students Rana and Jessie let the few of us stay later help to open the telescope door and engage the telescope.
Dani opening the observatory doors.
Me in front of WIRO (pic by Liz)
The late night WIRO crew – Chris Rowe, Dani Wolff, Me!, Liz Gorinsky, Shelly Li (Todd Van der Mark took the pic)
I enjoyed the fine company of all of my fellow classmates. And I know that my reading list got huge. I think you should probably go read them all, too. Liz Gorinksy, Greg Fishbone, Mike Albo, KC Ball, Shelly Li, Todd Vandermark, Christopher Rowe, Stan Schmidt, Jennifer Willis, Danielle Wolff, Henry Strattman, Deborah J Ross , Shariann Lewitt, An Owomoyela , Pembroke Sinclair, Eric James Stone
And if you write Sci Fi, or long to, you should totally apply to LaunchPad next year. (And if you are science organization, (hint hint NASA and NSF) you should continue to support them.)