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



Come see me at the Silverlake Jubilee!

Hello my fine friends.

Just a quick update that I’ll be hanging out over at the Silverlake Jubilee this Saturday and Sunday.   On Saturday I’ll be on a panel  with the LA Review of Books (you have been checking that out, right?)  (I’m the YA editor! Fun!)”The Electrocution of the Book: Reading, Writing, and Publishing in a Post-Print Culture,” (which sounds scary! but super cool!) moderated by LARB’s own Tom Lutz and featuring once and future LARB contributors Grace Krilanovich, Cecil Castellucci, Matthew Specktor and Ben Ehrenreich. (my fellow panelists are all totally impressively awesome!)

I’ll also be hanging out at the LARB booth and the Skylight Books booth.  So make sure to come and say hello!

SCIBA dinner

I had great fun being the EmCee for the SCIBA Children’s Book dinner. There were many lovely authors there at the dinnerand the four keynote speakers – Judy Blundell, Brandon Mull, Andrew Smith and Dr. Cuthbert Soup were charming and it is always so wonderful to hear writers talk about writing.

Because I believe in a little bit of quirky fun at these sorts of things, I made up a little “Cecil gets lost in their books” montage. So here I am, transported by their new books.   I had photo help from photographer Ben High. Oh.  And I also sang a song I wrote especially for the evening to help celebrate the awesomeness of Children’s Literature.  Yes.  A little ditty from me to you. Mary from Skylight Books filmed it for you to enjoy. Fun!

Thanks to all who came out last night.  I love you indie book stores!

Pardon My Youth YA book club

Today, in the Wall Street Journal, there was an article about YA book clubs in NYC. For those of you looking to join a YA book club in Los Angeles, for almost two years I’ve been running one at Skylight Books (1818 N Vermont) called Pardon My Youth on the third Sunday of every month at 2pm. We meet in the bookstore, amongst the books and discuss all kinds of YA. Sometimes we are mixed ages, as in we have teens who join us in the discussion. It’s always pretty wonderful. (Look, the LA Times even wrote about this and us last March!)

This January 16th at 2 PM we’re discussing The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. Come join us!

you can always find out what book we’re reading at our blog Pardon My Youth or you can join our facebook group.

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


In which I host 2 Events Next Week! 11/7 & 11/9

Hello my fine friends!

I’ll be playing hostess with the mostess at two different LA Literary Events which makes me feel la la la fancy!

First! 11/ 7  at 8 PM

It’s  a very special  YA night at Vermin on the Mount!


Lauren Kate

Sonya Sones

Lauren Strasnick

Ned Vizzini

Then 11/9  at 7:30 PM it’s the LIT THING at Skylight Books!

Where authors rant or rave about a book that they love or hate!

with :

Janelle Brown

Neal Pollack

Sherri L Smith

This last week: a whirlwind!

My dear friends!

This last week of July has been a bonanza of fun! merriment! joy! good stories! fun friends! and yeah-ness!

First: Comic Con! I only dipped in and out for a quick visit. I was there with the always lovely and fantastic Melissa Auf der Maur as she was signing at Century Guild her beautiful original poster by Lee Moyer!

As always, I had so much fun at comic con seeing all my dear comics peeps. This years fun included excellent hang out time with Bill Willingham, Shelly Bond, Nate Powell, Chris Wisnia, Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon, Jeff Lemire, Matt Idelson, Josh Dysart.

Melissa signing her poster


Me & Josh Dysart


Second my twin book launch! I had my shindig at the ever wonderful Skylight Books where I released my new YA novel Rose Sees Red and my first picture book Grandma’s Gloves.


Me reading Grandma’s Gloves!


One special thing was that since Rose Sees Red takes place in 1982 and Rose goes to the High School of Performing Arts (now LaGuardia High School of the Arts) I got some friends of mine from High School to do the reading with me. I was lucky and grateful to have from L to R Alex Desert, Kimberly Huie, John Maraffi, Rhonda Christou, Lee Coleman, Mason Bendewald & Anna Bendewald


Thank you to all who came out! Both books now available! Order away!

And then last night, I went to the Movie Premiere of Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (books written  and must be read, by the great Bryan Lee O’Malley). And it is a truly wonderful movie that you are all going to love.

Here are me Steve, Ben and Todd.

Twin Book Launch / July 24th @ Skylight Books

Please come join me as I launch my two new books!

My new YA Novel / Rose Sees Red (scholastic press)

Set in New York in the 1980s, this story of two ballet dancers (one American, one Russian) recounts the unforgettable night they spend in the city, and celebrates the friendship they form despite their cultural and political differences.

And my first Picture Book / Grandma’s Gloves (candlewick press)

Grandma is always on her knees in the dirt, with her gardening gloves on, talking to her roses and laughing with the birds-of-paradise. A day comes when Grandma is no longer there to care for the little girl, who feels sad and small and alone until she remembers all that her grandmother taught her — and all that she now has to teach.

Since Rose Sees Red takes place in 1982 and Rose goes to the High School of Performing Arts, there will be a special reading of Rose Sees Red with fellow classmates of mine from PA. (Mason Bendewald, Rhonda Christou, John Maraffi, Alex Desert, Desiree Titone, Shula Van Buren)

Also, there will be wine and treats.

Skylight Books
Saturday July 24th
5 PM

Be there, or be square!