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a flurry of announcements. April 14, 2010

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In lieu of an apology post for not updating more recently, I’ll just run down a catch-up of what’s been going on in my life/blog these past few weeks!

Nerds Heart YA

I’m really excited to be a bracket judge this year for “Nerds Heart YA.” This is a bracket-style competition to recognize under-appreciated/unknown YA books released the previous year. For this year, the books nominated (nominations are over) had to feature characters or were penned by authors in the following categories: Person(s) of Color (POC), GLBT, Disability/Mental Illness, Religious Lifestyle, or Lower Socioeconomic Status. Stay tuned here for my post or check out Nerds Heart YA for more info.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon

I completely slacked this time on the 24-hour read-a-thon. Didn’t post my start post, had to work during the time, wound up having to go car shopping right after work, and only put away four books. Thanks, as always, to the organizers of the event and to the cheerleaders who still commented even though my blog looked a bit dead!

Read: “The Sky Is Everywhere” by Jandy Nelson, “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret” by Judy Blume, “The Daughters” by Joanna Philbin, and “The Reckoning” by Kelley Armstrong. Page count: 1103. Reviews to come.

John Green and David Levithan

Last Tuesday night, I had the pleasure of going and seeing both authors on the release day of “Will Grayson, Will Grayson.” It was a great signing — John and David both read from WGWG, answered questions, and talked about the process of writing the book. I laughed so hard that my stomach hurt. And it is definitely worth noting that there was a Stormtrooper in attendance. Also worth noting was meeting up with Drea and Kristen — it is always awesome to see friends!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Yes, that is a “Very Hungry Caterpillar” feltboard. I made that at work this past week for my Eric Carle preschool program next month. I just had to show it off!

National Poetry Month

And my attempt at celebrating National Poetry Month at my Teen Book Display!

So, all in all, a busy few weeks at work (we were on spring break too!), but I should be back into the blogging swing now.

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february author signings. March 12, 2010

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Okay, so I’m ridiculously late in posting these pictures — but at least I’m posting them!

This past month, I had the pleasure of meeting three amazing YA authors — Ally Carter, Kami Garcia, and Margie Stohl.

Ally Carter — February 10th

Ally talked about her newest book, “Heist Society” before taking a ton of audience questions. She was super sweet, and very patient with the tons of teen fans. (As for me, I almost always hang back at signings, and rarely ask questions!)

After a very short wait, I got my book signed by Ally, and also got a copy of “I’d Tell You I’d Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You” signed for my amazing book-loving 11-year-old cousin.

(My camera sucks at indoor pictures. We had unavoidable blurring.)

Kami Garcia and Margie Stohl — February 24th

I got to the signing late — I went to the wrong location. My local indie has two locations. Whoops?

But I made it! And I came in as Kami was finishing up a reading from their book “Beautiful Creatures.”

Then, Kami and Margie interviewed each other about their writing process. (Which was awesome because the question I’ve seen most asked at author signings? Advice for writers, and about the writing process.)

And then we had a Q&A portion before the signing started.

While we waited around (I had the second to last signing number), I got to hang out with amazing bloggers: Drea from Book Blather, Erica from The Book Cellar, and Stacy from Page Turners Blog!

Some awesome signing pictures:


Margie, me, and Kami


Margie, Katie, Erica, Drea, Kami, Stacy, & Yvette


My awesome signed book, please take note of Gatlin County Library stamp!

Kami and Margie have way more pictures at their blog entry about the signing.

Such awesome fun — I’m so glad that I went to these signings! Next month, I’m going to see John Green, David Levithan, and Ann M. Martin (!!) for sure. I’m super excited!