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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September: rgz Newsflash!

We are facing the new school year with Triumph at rgz! We are happy to announce our very first Author in Residence, Beth Kephart. This critically acclaimed, gracious writer will be on the rgz team through December. Check out her mini-issue at the rgz website. Watch our blog for Beth’s monthly vlog entries about writing, which will include contests! Come welcome this author of HOUSE OF DANCE, UNDERCOVER, and NOTHING BUT GHOSTS!


rgz welcomes Kristin Cashore!
In September we are honored to host Kristin Cashore as our featured author. We’ll discuss her engaging fantasy, GRACELING. You can talk about related topics all month at the rgz blog. rgz LIVE! with Kristin will be held there on September 16th at 6 p.m. Pacific/9 p.m. Eastern. Join our celebration of Katsa and her amazing journey.


Snatch up the postergirlz recommended reads to accompany Graceling:

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Princess Ben by Catherine Murdock
  • The Attolia books by Meghan Whalen Turner
  • The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
  • Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier
  • In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers by Deborah Reber and Lisa Fyfe

Teen Read Week Tribute!
Do you love YALSA's Teen Read Week? Let it out at your blog through a post or vlog, then send the link to readergirlz@gmail.com. Subject line: Your name, TRW Tribute. We’ll collect all the contributions and post them at the rgz blog in a 24 hour time span. Tell us about your recent release, or a book you love dearly, and then give a shout out for Teen Read Week. The tribute will run October 23!

And here's a sneak preview for the awesome Teen Read Week event we're planning at readergirlz! (Remember last year?) And do we have an unbelievable lineup! Stay tuned for more info later this month...


rgz Launch Party with Janet Lee Carey!
Join the STEALING DEATH Launch Party with rgz co-founder, Janet Lee Carey on Wednesday, September 30, at 6 p.m. Pacific/9 p.m. Eastern! We’ll be chatting about her new fantasy release with Egmont that just received a starred review in SLJ. Congrats, Janet! We heart you!


Give a welcome to our newest rgz SALON appointment: Lyn Miller-Lachmann, editor of MultiCultural Review and author of GRINGOLANDIA. She’ll be bringing reviews of multicultural titles to the rgz blog. Thanks, Lyn! Nancy Pearl, Sharon Levin, Judy Nelson, and Rene Kirkpatrick will enjoy the company, I’m sure.

As always, if you have any suggestions for our award winning online book community, contact us at divas@readergirlz.com.

Thanks for joining us as we read, reflect, and reach out!

Best in books,
the readergirlz divas~

Lorie Ann Grover, Hold Me Tight
Dia Calhoun, Avielle of Rhia
Holly Cupala, Tell Me A Secret (2010)
Justina Chen Headley, North of Beautiful
Melissa Walker, Lovestruck Summer

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Beth Kephart said...

I am honored!

Vivian Mahoney said...

Yay for Beth and Kristin! Welcome!

Kristin Cashore said...

Congrats, Beth, and thanks, readergirlz! I'm happy to be here! :o)

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Thanks, Holly, for posting the newsletter!

The TRW poster is FABBITY!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Thanks, Holly, for posting the newsletter!

The TRW poster is FABBITY!

Erin said...


Also, CANNOT wait for TRW.

Melissa Walker said...

Amazing month. Love that poster, Holly!

Shelf Elf said...

Holy extravaganza of awesome! I cannot believe all of the good stuff the divas have conjured up. Yippee!!!

Doret said...

Beth Kephart and
Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Beyond cool

Loved Graceling and very excited to read Fire

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