literary fests, bashes, book drops and writing retreat

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.

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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.

First up was  a panel on the fantastic, with Gennifer Albin, Mark Frost and Cornelia Funke.

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Then I moderated a panel on Middle Grade with Stuart Gibbs, Psudeonymous Bosch and Blue Balliett.  It was kind of an amazing panel.

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Then Aaron Hartzler, my co moderator at the YA Stage, moderated a graphic novel panel with me, Hope Larson and Ron Koertge.

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.

They had a photo booth!  Here I with my fellow PEN Emerging Voices Mentors Ramona Ausubel and Ben Loory!  We just saw our mentees do their readings at the Hotel Cafe this Sunday and they were swell.

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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!

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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.

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