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Sunday, February 22, 2009

NYC Teen Author Festival!

You must, must, must come! And not just to see me (though I'll be reading in the Bronx and at Books of Wonder, and I'd love a rgz hello!). But enough about me; here are the shiny, happy events you can attend if you're in town (note our featured author Rita Williams-Garcia is in the mix!):

Juvenalia Smackdown
Monday, 3/16, 4-6pm, Tompkins Square Park branch
of the NYPL, 331 E. 10th Street

Join Holly Black, Alaya Johnson,
Justine Larbalestier, David Levithan, Diana Peterfruend, Scott Westerfeld as
they read some of their (ahem) less accomplished work from their middle school
and high school years. Hosted by Libba Bray.

I Have Seen the Future…and It Sounds Like This

Wednesday, 3/18, Mulberry
Street Branch of the NYPL
Teen authors are notoriously stingy about reading from their works-in-progress. But for Guest of Honor Joe Monti, authors Libba Bray, Rachel Cohn, Eireann Corrigan, Justine Larbalestier, Barry Lyga, and Scott Westerfeld are willing to share a little bit from their future books.
Hosted by David Levithan.

The Five-Borough Read

Thursday, 3/19 BROOKLYN: Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army
Plaza, Brooklyn 10-11am
Gayle Forman Jenny Han Leslie Margolis Abby
Sher Matthue Roth Robin Wasserman BRONX: Bronx Library Center, 310 E.
Kingsbridge Road, Bronx 4-5pm
Coe Booth Madeleine George Paul Griffin
Brian Sloan Melissa Walker MANHATTAN: Countee Cullen Branch, 104 W
136th St 4-5pm
Matt de la Pena Daphne Grab Mary Hogan Bill Konigsburg
Barry Lyga Carolyn MacCullough MANHATTAN: Jefferson Market Branch, 425
Avenue of the Americas 4-5pm
David Levithan Bennett Madison Laura
McLaughlin Billy Merrell Marie Rutkoski MANHATTAN: Webster Branch,
1465 York Avenue 4-5pm
Lisa Ann Sandell Courtney Sheinmel Rachel Vail
Cecily Von Ziegesar Martin Wilson QUEENS: Far Rockaway Branch, 2002
Cornaga Ave, Queens 4-5pm
Tara Altebrando Laura Dower Heather
Duffy-Stone Aimee Friedman Eliot Schrefer Siobhan Vivian Rita Williams-Garcia
STATEN ISLAND: St. George Library Center, 5 Central Avenue
Kate Brian Judy Goldschmidt Michael Northrop Micol Ostow Lynn

Rock Out with TIGER BEAT!
Thursday, 3/19, 6pm at Books of Wonder
By day, Libba Bray, Daniel Ehrenhaft, Barney Miller, and Natalie Standiford are upstanding authors. But by night, they turn into … TIGER BEAT, the first ever YA author rock band. Tonight is their debut public performance … and it’s sure to go down in legend. With opening act The Infinite Playlists (Rachel Cohn and David Levithan reading a
litany of musical references, but mercifully not singing).

I Love You, New York: Teen Lit in the City

Friday, 3/20, 6pm, NYPL, 42nd
Street, Court Room

Join authors Coe Booth, Paul Griffin, Maureen Johnson, David Levithan, Cecily von Ziegesar, and Rita Williams-Garcia in a spirited reading and discussion about teen novels set in New York City – from the glamour of the gossip girls to the grit of the Bronx projects, from the everyday battles of
the high school halls to the extraordinary events of 9/11.

Stuff for the Teen Age Ceremony

Saturday, 3/21, 1pm, NYPL, 42nd Street, Celeste Bartos Forum
This new list only has the best of the best, and includes books, music, movies, and video games. Featuring a keynote by Walter Dean Myers

Teen Authors Celebrate Teen Readers

Sunday, 3/22, NYPL, 42nd Street, Trustees Room, 1pm
Over a dozen authors salute teen readers and teen advisory board members from around
the city, including Blake Nelson, reading from his upcoming novel Destroy All

The Biggest Teen Author Signing EVER
Sunday, 3/22, Books of Wonder, 4pm
Join over 40 authors for a signing extravaganza as they take over Books of Wonder, sign books, and converse with
fans new and old. An incredible event that is sure to go down in book-signing history. Authors include: Nora Baskin Jessica Blank Judy Blundell Coe Booth
Elise Broach Susanne Colasanti Sarah Darer-Littman Matt de la Pena Heather
Duffy-Stone Gayle Forman Aimee Friedman Madeleine George Maureen Johnson
Kristen Kemp Justine Larbalestier David Levithan E. Lockhart Barry Lyga Carolyn
Mackler Sarah MacLean Megan McCafferty Laura McLaughlin Neesha Meminger Billy Merrell Blake Nelson Micol Ostow Matthue Roth Marie Rutkoski Lisa Ann Sandell Courtney Sheinmel Abby Sher Brian Sloan Rachel Vail David Van Etten Ned Vizzini Adrienne Maria Vrettos Cecily von Ziegesar Melissa Walker Robin Wasserman Scott
Westerfeld Suzanne Weyn Maryrose Wood Lizabeth Zindel


Marie said...

can't wait- this is going to be awesome!

Little Willow said...

What a fantastic line-up! Have fun.

Micol Ostow said...

I'm looking forward!

Melissa Walker said...

I can't wait either!

holly cupala said...

Oh, wow, wish I could be there! Break a leg, Melissa! What I wouldn't give to see Tiger Beat...perfectly named, too. Not Bop, not YM...Tiger Beat. Yeah.

Jessica Burkhart said...

Oooh! So wish I could be there! :) Fun!

Unknown said...

I must make it to at least one of the events! This is so cool! :)

Nick said...

The post schedule reads March 19, but just for clarification, the Brooklyn Public Library event is on Thursday, March 18.

Melissa Walker said...

This was last year's post, Nick; we'll put up a new one for 2010 soon. :)

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