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.


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.


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


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.


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!


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.




a ya reading party and popcorn

I’ve just spent the day putting together the clips for the YA Reading and Popcorn event over at The Last Bookstore this Friday night and I must say, I’m super excited!

Come join us!

Friday, January 20th at The Last Bookstore

453 S. Spring Street (but the main entrance is around the corner on 5th), Los Angeles, CA 90013

Join YA Authors Cecil Castellucci (First Day on Earth), Carol Tanzman (Dancergirl), Janet Tashijian (My Life as A Stuntboy) and Crickett Rumley (Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell) as they read from their new novels and screen clips from films that will tickle your reading bone.

Basically, we’ll be reading and showing clips from a movie that sort of goes along with our books. And there will be popcorn. I’m kind of into the whole cross media thing. Because I love stories.

In which I’m interviewed over at the Other People PodCast!

I’m so excited to be starting off 2012 with a bang! The fabulous Brad Listi from the Nervous Breakdown (who I want as a guest at a Viking Dinner Party that I fantasize about having in the future. Think about it. Vikings + Dinner Party.) interviews me. over at his reallyfantastic literary podcast

I’m a subscriber and a fan and so it was a total honor to be invited to be on the show. He always has really stellar guests like Steve Almond, Edan Lepucki, Ben Loory, Jillian Lauren, Dana Spiotta, Elissa Schappell, Adam Novy. It’s probably best if you subscribe to it.

We talk about YA, and trying to live an artists life, and Star Wars, and experimental films, all art all the time and the mysterious shirt (which I still have) that always caught my eye.

Two New York CIty Readings this Week!

NY! Hello and I am in you!

I’ll be doing two readings this week. Please come on down and say hello! I’ll be reading from my new novel FIRST DAY ON EARTH!

12/7 – 6 PM
at Jefferson Market Branch NYPL
425 Avenue of the Americas

Cecil Castellucci, First Day on Earth
Margie Gelbwasser, Inconvenient
Andy Marino, Unison Spark
Julia Mayer, Eyes in the Mirror
Marie Rutkoski, The Jewel of the Kalderash
Delia Sherman, The Freedom Maze

12/8 at 6 PM
18 West 18th Street

Great Teen Reads
DANIEL NAYERI Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow
ANNA GODBERSEN Beautiful Days (Bright Young Things Series #2)

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!

Canada Week One!

Hello my fine friends!

I am currently in OH! Canada! I spent last week in Toronto having a super swell time doing a bunch of high school visits and leading a teen writing workshop at Mable’s Fables

I even stopped by The Morning Show on Global TV to talk about my new book First Day on Earth and YA!

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(you can go get it! Indiebound Amazon
B&N Powell’s! )

(FYI you can get signed copies of any of my books from Skylight Books in Los Angeles or Mables Fables in Toronto)

Now I’m in Montreal and I’m attending the performances of the remount of the opera I wrote the libretto for Les Aventures de Madame Merveille!

There are still a few show left, so if you are in Montreal (or near Montreal) you should totally come!  It’s a live comic book opera with music by Andre Ristic and art by Cameron Stewart, Michael Cho, Pascal Girard and Scott Hepburn put on by ECM+

Below find the dates! I’ll be there! Please come and say hello! xo

November 17, 18, 19
Opera / Les Aventures de Madame Merveille
Théâtre rouge du Conservatoire
4750 Henri-Julien, Montréal

Jeudi 24 novembre 2011, 20h00
Lieu : Maison de la culture Ahuntsic
10 300, rue Lajeunesse, Montréal

Samedi 26 novembre 2011, 20h00
Lieu : Centre Segal des arts de la scène
5 170, chemin de la Côte Sainte-Catherine, Montréal

Mardi 29 novembre 2011, 20h00
Lieu : Maison de la culture Frontenac
2550 Ontario Est, Montréal

Jeudi 1 décembre 2011, 20h00
Lieu : Théâtre Centennial
2 600, rue Collège, Sherbrooke

Vendredi 9 décembre 2011, 20h00
Lieu : Salle Jean-Eudes (maison de la culture Rosemont)
3535, boulevard Rosemont, Montréal

Space Tales Theater / Episode 2 and First Day on Earth events!

My fine friends!

Behold, Episode 2 of Space Tales Theater in honor of the launch of my upcoming novel FIRST DAY ON EARTH.

First Day on Earth comes out 11/1 (but of course you can pre-order it now amazon, indiebound, powells, b&n ) But if you want it earlier why not come to one of my Launch events!

Sunday, October 23rd
Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach
2810 Artesia Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
This is Teen! 4 PM
With Jeff Hirsch and Maggie Stiefvater.

Tuesday, October 25th
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont
7:30 PM
Official book launch (and it’s my birthday party!)

Space Tales Theater / Episode One / Prom

In honor of the upcoming release of my new novel FIRST DAY ON EARTH, which is about a boy named Mal who starts going to an alien abduction support group, I’ll be releasing some UFO abduction / encounter tales over the next few weeks.

This first one was submitted to me by Ashly.

Remember you can pre-order FIRST DAY ON EARTH  (amazon, indiebound, powells, barnes and noble) and it’s out on November 1st, 2011 !!!

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