YA Resists

Last night twelve YA authors gathered at Skylight Books to do a reading from books for young people that highlight resistance, protest and activism.

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It was a very moving and powerful evening and I was thrilled to put the event together with author Diana Wagman.  It was cosponsored by PEN USA.

We compiled a list of books that we read from as well as other books with activism as a resource for those who are looking for good books for young people that have these themes.  YA Resists Reading List



Travel, Opera, Occupy, NYC dates and Terri W

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!

December 9th

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
(212) 989-3270


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!

The American Cinematheque / celebrates Robert Downey Jr

My fine friends. Many of you know that I am a cinephile. And many of you know that I have had a long and wonderful relationship with the American Cinematheque. I’ve volunteered there, I’ve worked there, I even had my character Egg, from Boy Proof, have an internship there. Every year the American Cinematheque has a gala fundraiser where they give an award and celebrate an actor. This year it’s Robert Downey, Jr. (swoon!)

One thing that you can do to help the Cinematheque is to watch the Ustream of the red carpet at 6:30 PM (PDT) The Cinematheque earns a revenue share for every viewer who watches live.

Streaming by Ustream

January 15th *WriteGirl 10th Anniversary Book Launch!*

January 15th

*WriteGirl 10th Anniversary Book Launch!*

*Beyond Words*, the 10th anthology from WriteGirl, explodes with poetry,
stories, lyrics and essays of more than 100 teen girls and women writers.
You’ll be shocked into laughter, provoked into thinking and transported by
the power of our words.

Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia (*Beautiful Creatures* and
*Beautiful Darkness*), and Cecil Castelucci (*Boy Proof*) will be there to celebrate the release of will be *Beyond Words: The Creative Voices of WriteGirl*

Available for purchase at the reading, or at

January 15th, 2011
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Borders Hollywood
1501 Vine St. at Sunset
Hollywood, CA 90028

Parking: Lot at Morningside & Sunset (1 block west of Vine)

A portion of the Hollywood Borders store sales on January 15th will be donated to WriteGirl: For in-store and online orders the benefit code is WRGR0115A.


info@writegirlorg or call 213-253-2655
*WriteGirl is the 2010-2011 California Nonprofit of the Year!*

wrapping at skylight for charity

Hello and Happy Holidays my fine friends.

This year, as I do most years when in Los Angeles for the Holidays, I will be wrapping at Skylight Books.  The wrappers at skylight always wrap for a charity and I will once again be wrapping for the Jenesse Center, which is a Domestic Violence Intervention Program.  This cause is very important to me.  Last year I raised over $200 for them.

Won’t you come buy books for gifts, support your local indie bookstore and help out victims of abuse to become survivors of abuse?

Here is my skylight wrapping schedule:

Monday, December 20 11- 2PM

Tuesday, December 21  11- 2PM

Wednesday, Deceber 22  5-8PM


name that alien! raffle for KGB Fantastic Fiction Series


I am participating in a raffle to support the KGB Fantastic Fiction reading series!  For a mere $1 you can bid on a “tuckerization” in my new novel.  Well, kind of!  Instead of putting in your name as a character, I am offering the chance to name a species of alien and one alien trait in my new YA novel.

I suppose you could say that is a spoiler that my next YA is a Sci Fi novel!  Hurrah!

Get a load of some of the other things you can get, too! Things like:  Neil Gaiman’s used key board! Three signed George RR Martin books! Your very own wormhole named after you!  Art from China Mievelle!  All for the low raffle ticket price of $1

Support cool Fantastic Fiction live readings!

Raffle ends October 25th (which is also, my birthday!)

I would love to get a wormhole, FYI.

Help the Virginia Avenue Project

Hello fellow people who love books and literacy and kids.

I’m helping Rachel Manija Brown with her effort to fund raise for the fabulous Virginia Avenue Project. It is a free afterschool program that uses the performing arts to help kids discover their full potential.

You can bid on my three YA novels (Boy Proof, Queen of Cool and Beige) signed. They are what I like to call my “Los Angeles Trilogy”

OK! Bid here.

Or check out some of the other fantastic things up for grabs.