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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
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.
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!
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.
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
Young Adult Fiction: Putting the Story in HiSTORY
Young Adult Fiction: It’s the End of the World
As We Know It
Salvatori Computer Science Center (Sal 101)
Moderator: Cecil Castellucci
Sunday, April 13th
11:45 — MacKids Signing
@ Mrs. Nelson’s Booth 720
Young Adult Sci-Fi: Fantastical Tales
Sarah J. Maas
Moderator: Andrew Smith
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.
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
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!
LAPL Teen Author Reading Series
Echo Park Library 4 PM
Stories at Stories
Stories in Echo Park
W/ Ben Loory, Zoe Ruiz, Jim Ruland and others.
Tin Star Book Launch! My new book is out! I’ll be reading and then talking with JPL engineer Steve Collins!
Skylight Books 7PM
Monday, March 3rd
Joseph-Beth Cincinnati, OH
Location: 2692 Madison Road / Cincinnati, OH 45208
Tuesday, March 4th
Schuler Books Lansing, MI
Location: 2820 Towne Center Blvd / Lansing, MI 48912
w/ Jenny Trout
Thursday, March 6th
Red Balloon St Paul, Minnesota
Location: 891 Grand Avenue / St. Paul, MN 55105
North York Public Library
The North York Public Library
Monday, March 17th
New York Public Library Teen Book Fest
NYPL 42nd St, South Court, 6-8):
Finding the Creative Balance: Technology, History, Imagination
Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam
Thursday, March 20th
W/ Andy Marino and Eliot Schrefer
Location: 126 Franklin Street / Brooklyn, NY 11222
LA Times Festival of Books
Houston Teen Book Con
Saturday, May 17
Rochester Teen Book Festival