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

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NYC Teen Book Festival March 14th – 20th

I am so excited that I’m on the east coast and that I’ll be participating in the  NYC Teen Book Festival begins.  I’ll be on a panel on the first night, Monday March 14th.

I hope you come and say hello!

behold the schedule!

Monday, March 14

Chatham Square Branch of the NYPL, 33 E Broadway., 6-8
Finding Voice, Giving Voice: Speaking Up for Characters

Authors:
Cathleen Bell
Jen Calonita
Cecil Castellucci – me!
Brent Crawford
Elizabeth Eulberg
Brian James
Kekla Magoon
Melina Marchetta
Marie Rutkoski

Moderator: David Levithan

Tuesday, March 15

B&N Union Square, 7-8:30
YA Reader’s Theater

Authors:
Holly Black
Judy Blundell
Gayle Forman
Eliot Schrefer (aka E. Archer)

Host: David Levithan

Wednesday. March 16

South Court, 42nd Street NYPL, 6-8
YA Rocks, featuring Tiger Beat!

Tiger Beat:
Libba Bray
Daniel Ehrenhaft
Barnabas Miller
Natalie Standiford

With music-related readings from:
Philana Marie Boles
Libba Bray
Daniel Ehrenhaft
Barnabas Miller
Jon Skovron
Jeri Smith-Ready
Rita Williams-Garcia

Host: Jack Martin / Chris Shoemaker

Thursday, March 17

Five Borough Read, 10-12

Manhattan:

Seward Park Branch, 192 E Broadway, Manhattan, 10am
Alma Alexander
Philana Marie Boles
Leanna Renee Hieber
Lena Roy
Mark Shulman


96th Street Branch, 228 E 96th St,  10am
Violet Haberdasher
Kimberly Marcus
Micol Ostow
Eliot Schrefer
Natalie Standiford

Washington Irving H.S (in conjunction with Mulberry St Branch) – 40 Irving Place, 10am.
Eireann Corrigan
Jocelyn Davies
Anne Heltzel
Matt de la Pena
Patrick Ryan
Leila Sales

Muhlenburg Branch, NYPL, 209 W 23rd St
Alexandra Bullen
Helen Ellis
Sarah Mlynowski
Matthue Roth
Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Robin Wasserman

Brooklyn
Central Branch, Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Auditorim, 10 Grand Army Plaza

Cathleen Bell
Gayle Forman
Christopher Grant
Melissa Kantor
Jeri Smith-Ready
Melissa Walker

Bronx:
Bronx Library Center, 310 E Kingsbridge Road, Bronx

Margie Gelbwasser
Sarah Darer Littman
Arlaina Tibensky
Maryrose Wood

Queens:
Library TK

Brent Crawford
Barry Lyga
Melina Marchetta
Neesha Meminger

Staten Island:
St George Branch, 5 Central Ave, Staten Island, 10am

Elizabeth Eulberg
David Levithan
Michael Northrup
Danette Vigliante

Friday, March 18th,

Scholastic Event

Scholastic, 557 Broadway

10am

Reading/Signing:
Alexandra Bullen
Judy Blundell
Libba Bray
Elizabeth Eulberg
Kim Harrington
Sarah Darer Littman
Michael Northrup
Patrick Ryan
Eliot Schrefer
Maggie Stiefvater

Signing only:
Eireann Corrigan
Aimee Friedman
Barry Lyga
Michael Northrop
Matthue Roth
Lisa Sandell
Samantha Schutz
Natalie Standiford
Suzanne Weyn

Friday, March 18th,

Symposium

South Court, 42nd Street, 2-6pm

2:00 Introduction

2:10 – 3:00: Telling the Truths – Hard Topics, Illuminating Fiction

Authors:
Eireann Corrigan
Donna Freitas
Sarah Darer Littman
Kimberly Marcus
Micol Ostow

Moderator: DL

3:00 – 3:50: Debut Author Showcase

Authors:
Jocelyn Davies
Margie Gelbwasser
Christopher Grant
Anne Heltzel
Kimberly Marcus
Arlaina Tibensky

Moderator: Jack Martin / Chris Shoemaker

3:50 – 4:00: Break

4:00 – 5:00: I Think I Love You (But Maybe I Don’t?) – Writing About Teens in Love

Authors:
E. Lockhart
Terra Elan McVoy
Sarah Mylnowski
Patrick Ryan

Moderator: David Levithan

5:00 – 6:00: Under the Influences: Discussing Influences on YA Fiction

Authors:
Libba Bray
Susane Colasanti
Barry Lyga
Carolyn Mackler
Lena Roy
Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Maryrose Wood

Moderator: Barry Lyga

Saturday. March 19th,

Symposium

South Court, 42nd Street, 1-5:30

1:00 – Introduction

1:10 – 2:00: The Ties That Bind, Part One: The Struggle Against Darkness

Kim Harrington
Lisa McMann
Maggie Stiefvater
Robin Wasserman

Moderator: David Levithan

2:00 – 2:45: The Ties That Bind, Part Two: Family Bonds

Melissa Kantor
Melina Marchetta
Alyssa Sheinmel
Natalie Standiford
Danette Vigilante

Moderator: Jack Martin / Chris Shoemaker

2:45 – 3:30: The Ties That Bind, Part Three: Friends and Community

Matt de la Pena
Ellen Hopkins
Torrey Maldonado
Michael Northrop
Leila Sales

Moderator: Barry Lyga

3:30-3:40 – Break

3:40 – 4:20 – Tribute to Michael Cart

Host/Opening: Jack Martin

Speakers/Readers: David Levithan and Jacqueline Woodson

Acceptance: Michael Cart

4:20-5:30: LGBTYA: Past, Present, and Future

Nick Burd
Michael Cart
David Levithan
Patrick Ryan
Jacqueline Woodson

Moderator: Jack Martin / Chris Shoemaker

Sunday, March 20th
Books of Wonder Signing (1-4)

Authors:

1-1:45
Lizabeth Zindel (A Girl, A Ghost, and the Hollywood Hills, Penguin)
Maryrose Wood (The Hidden Gallery, Harper)
Suzanne Weyn (Empty, Scholastic)
Danette Vigilante (The Trouble with Half a Moon, Penguin)
Maggie Stiefvater (Linger, Scholastic)
Natalie Standiford (Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters, Scholastic)
Mark Shulman (Scrawl, Roaring Brook)
Alyssa Sheinmel (The Beautiful Between, RH)
Kieran Scott (She’s So Dead to Us, S&S)
Leila Sales (Mostly Good Girls, S&S)
Patrick Ryan (Gemini Bites, Scholastic)

1:45-2:30
Marie Rutkoski (The Celestial Globe, FSG)
Lena Roy (Edges, FSG)
Michael Northrup (Trapped, Scholastic)
Sarah Mlynowski (Gimme a Call, RH)
Neesha Meminger (Jazz in Love, Ignite)
Terra Elan McVoy (After the Kiss, S&S)
Lisa McMann (Cryer’s Cross, S&S)
Kimberly Marcus (Exposed, RH)
Melina Marchetta (The Piper’s Son, Candlewick)
Torrey Maldonado (Secret Saturdays, Penguin)
Barry Lyga (Archvillain, Scholastic)

2:30-3:15
E. Lockhart (Real Live Boyfriends, RH)
Sarah Darer Littman (Life After, Scholastic)
David Levithan (Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, RH)
Melissa Kantor (The Darlings Are Forever, Hyperion)
Carla Jablonksi (Resistance, First Second)
Ellen Hopkins (Fallout, S&S)
Gwendolyn Heasley (Where I Belong, Harper)
Kim Harrington (Clarity, Scholastic)
Christopher Grant (Teenie, RH)
Margie Gelbwasser (Inconvenient, Flux)
Elizabeth Eulberg (Prom & Prejudice, Scholastic)
Helen Ellis (The Turning, Sourcebooks)

3:15-4
Daniel Ehrenhaft (Friend is Not a Verb, Harper)
Sarah Beth Durst (Enchanted Ivy, S&S)
Matt De La Pena (I Will Save You, RH)
Brent Crawford (Carter Finally Gets It, Hyperion)
Eireann Corrigan (Accomplice, Scholastic)
Susane Colasanti (Something Like Fate, Penguin)
Marina Budhos (Tell Us We’re Home, S&S)
Kate Brian (Book of Spells, S&S)
Philana Marie Boles (Glitz, Penguin)
Judy Blundell (Strings Attached, Scholastic)
Cathleen Bell (Little Blog on the Prairie, Bloomsbury)

Cecil’s West Coast Tour Dates

I’m very pleased to be out on the road for my two new books Rose Sees Red and Grandma’s Gloves.


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Won’t you please come and say hello?

October 9th Book Soup
2 PM

8818 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310-659-3110

October 10th

Wordstock
Portland Convention Center
Target Children’s Stage

Portland, OR

October 12th

Studio City Public Library
7 PM
12511 Moorpark Street
Studio City, 91604

October 16th

12:30 PM

Every Picture Tells a Story
1311-C Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 451-2700

October 21st

Teen Read Week!

Edendale Library
5PM
2011 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026-3122
(213) 207-3000

w/ Cylin Busby

October 28th

Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr
Tempe, AZ 85283
480-730-0205

10 am story time for Grandma’s Gloves
7 PM reading for Rose Sees Red

November 7th

Vermin on Mount

Mountain Bar in Chinatown, LA

475 Gin Ling Way

YA Night!

Ned Vizzini
Lauren Kate
Lauren Strasnick

w/ hostess Cecil Castellucci

November 9th

The Lit Thing: Book Bash
where authors rant or rave about a book they love or hate

Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-660-1175

with Janelle Brown, Sherri L Smith and others!

East Coast wrap up!

I am just back from a fantastic trip to the East Coast where I saw some fall foliage and also did some bookish things.

thank you thank you thank you to my lovely cohorts and tour buddies Natalie Standiford and Siobhan Vivian.  If you haven’t snatched up and devoured their books Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters and Not That Kind of Girl, then what are you waiting for! Get reading!

First, Natalie and I went to beautiful Portsmouth, NH where we took RiverRun Bookstore by storm!  It was so nice to meet one of my twitter friends @readandbreathe in real life.  She was just as charming and bookish and smart as she is on the internets.  (you should follow her!)

Natalie at Riverrun

Then we went to Cambridge Public Library, and if I were a teen I would just move right into their teen lounge.  Gorgeous!

Me and the book display at Cambridge Public Library!

Next up, we ladies trained it to Rhinebeck, NY to Oblong books where we hung out with the divine miss Jennifer Laughran (aka @literaticat ) and her mascot, Moxie the dog!

We three sassy ladies at Oblong Books!

While I was there I got to see some old friends of mine who I met while camping on Hollywood Blvd, waiting for Star Wars Ep I tickets.  it was so great to see them, and meet their kids!

Then we were Brooklyn Bound!  I entered the land of the hip via Bookcourt.  The rain pounded the skylight.  We read and chatted with our fearless editor David Levithan! Fun was had by all.

Then it was off to Rhode Island for the NEIBA conference.  And while i was there in Providence, I went and hung out with my fourth grade boyfriend and his lovely wife, who own the COOLEST cafe cinema in Providence.  It’s called The Cable Car Cinema and if you live in Providence, you should be going there and hanging out there every day!

Thank you all who came out.  And stay tuned for my west coast dates.  I’ll be posting them shortly!

xxoxo

(look at all of our pretty books!)

Fall Tour! Come see me / Say hello!

I’m very pleased to be out on the road for my two new books Rose Sees Red and Grandma’s Gloves.

Shop Indie Bookstores

Shop Indie Bookstores

Won’t you please come and say hello?

First up on the east coast is me, Natalie Standiford and Siobhan Vivian doing a couple of dates!

September 23rd

Riverrun Bookstore 7pm

20 Congress Street

Portsmouth, NH 03801

603-431-2100

w/ Natalie Standiford

September 25th

Cambridge Public Library

2 PM

Main Branch

449 Broadway,

Cambridge, MA, 02138

with Natalie Standiford

September 26th

Oblong Books

4 PM

Montgomery Row

Rhinebeck, NY

(845) 876-0500

With Natalie Standiford and Siobhan Vivian

September 27th

BookCourt

7 PM

163 Court Street (between Pacific & Dean)

Brooklyn, NY 11201

(718) 875.3677

with Natalie Standiford and Siobhan Vivian

October 3rd

Orange County Children’s Book Festival

Orange Coast College – Costa Mesa, CA

October 9th

Book Soup

2 PM

8818 Sunset Blvd

West Hollywood, CA 90069

310-659-3110

October 10th

Wordstock

Portland, OR

October 12th

Studio City Public Library

7 PM

12511 Moorpark Street

Studio City, 91604

October 16th

12:30 PM

Every Picture Tells a Story

1311-C Montana Ave

Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 451-2700

October 21st

Teen Read Week!

Edendale Library

5PM

2011 W Sunset Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90026-3122

(213) 207-3000

w/ Cylin Busby

October 28th

Changing Hands Bookstore

6428 S McClintock Dr

Tempe, AZ 85283

480-730-0205

10 am story time for Grandma’s Gloves

7 PM reading for Rose Sees Red

November 9th

The Lit Thing: Book Bash

where authors rant or rave about a book they love or hate

Skylight Books

1818 N Vermont

Los Angeles, CA 90027

323-660-1175

with Janelle Brown, Sherri L Smith and others!

Rose Sees Red/ Behind the scenes/ Tour!

Just wanted to point out that I wrote an essay for the Romantic Times Book Review website about writing Rose Sees Red and troublesome friendships.

Also, Natalie Standiford, Siobhan Vivian and I will be doing a few dates on the east coast. Stay tuned for more dates, but for now, we have these two confirmed.

September 23rd / Riverrun Bookstore / Portsmouth, NH (just me and natalie)

September 26th / Oblong Books / Rhinebeck, NY

Not only am I geektastic, I am on occasion, gleektastic

Last night I did an experiment. I sang showtunes and read excerpts from books at a dive bar. I did it because my friend Mack Mackenzie (buy his music, it’s awesome) was doing a music residency at Barfly in Montreal and since I was in town he asked if I’d like to do something. “You can do anything. Read. Sing. Dance. Whatever.”

Whatever! That. Means. Fun. Challenge.

So, I concocted a plan. I would sing showtunes. And then read excerpts from all of my novels, starting with Rose Sees Red.
It was pretty fun. I sang acapella, and maybe if I ever do it again (tempting!) I would maybe have a piano player. Because singing acapella is hard. But I thought that as far as readings go, it was a nice way to read a bit of everything.

So, for those that are curious. My set list was as follows:

Out Here on My Own / Fame  – then reading pages 21 to 23 from Rose Sees Red
Wouldn’t it Be Loverly / My Fair Lady –  then reading pages 11 -13 from Beige
There Are Worse Things I Could Do / Grease  – then reading pages 46 -47 from Queen of Cool
Maybe This Time / Cabaret  – then reading pages 140-142 from Boy Proof

And for my grand finale, I sang the best song about just being creative no matter what and not letting anything stop you. It’s called Die, Vampire, Die from the fantastic musical Title of Show.

I share my rendition of Die, Vampire, Die here with you, not because my rendition of it is so great, but in the spirit of the song which is a call to arms to not let anything stymie your creative expression. And boy, am I trying to express! So, enjoy the ridiculousness and fun!