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Monday, November 2, 2009

November 2009: rgz Newsflash!

rgz celebrates Native American Heritage Month!

After meeting with the staff of the American Indian Library Association at the Summer ALA Conference, rgz is now working hand in hand with If I Can Read I Can Do Anything, a national reading club for Native American youth. They are our new partners for TBD 2010! But more about that soon…

rgz RAVE: New Moon Frenzy

Are your toes curling for the premiere of New Moon? Will you still love the book better? Hit the rgz blog on November 21st to dish with TwilightMOMS and rgz. Be ready to express all your vampiric impressions. The frenzy starts at 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST at the readergirlz blog!

Join the fun for a chance to win a Twilight necklace from Gypsy Wings and other fantastic swag!

rgz welcomes Marlene Carvell in honor of Native American Heritage Month!

In November, we are pleased to welcome Marlene Carvell into the rgz Circle of Stars. We’ll be discussing her beautiful literary verse novel, Sweetgrass Basket. Please join us as we chat about related topics all month at the rgz blog. rgz LIVE! with Marlene will be held there on Tuesday, November 24th at 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST.

Gather the postergirlz recommended reads to accompany Sweetgrass Basket:

  • Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today, edited by Lori Marie Carlson

  • Rain is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith

  • Who Will Tell My Brother? by Marlene Carvell

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

  • Native Time: A Historical Time Line of Native America by Lee Francis

rgz RAVE Homecoming!

And then close out November with us as members of our Circle of Stars return to the rgz blog for our first rgz RAVE Homecoming! Chatter alongside former rgz features:

Coe Booth, Dia Calhoun, Janet Lee Carey, Cecil Castelucci, Justina Chen, Rachel Cohn, Holly Cupala, Liz Gallagher, Nikki Grimes, Lorie Ann Grover, Ellen Hopkins, Sarah Miller, Mary Pearson, Mitali Perkins, Dana Reinhardt, Laura Resau, Melissa Walker, Ellen Emerson White, Rita Williams-Garcia, Sara Zarr...

...and others from the young adult community who jump on in. It will be a Fan Fiesta! Here’s a time for you to drop some love to your fav YA author. The event will be at the rgz blog on November 30th, 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST.

Co-founders Dia Calhoun and Lorie Ann Grover will be making their way to New York City to accept the National Book Award’s Innovations in Reading Prize for rgz! If you are at the National Book Award Dinner, be sure to say hello!

rgz is returning to the Constant Contact newsletter service next month. Feel free to verify your receipt by signing up for the new format on the blog once it is available! 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~

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

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Little Willow said...

Welcome, Marlene! :)

Homecoming is going to be a BLAST!

Brie Becket said...

Soooo excited for New Moon!! My toes are definitely curling!

~The Social Girls

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Rock on, Brie. :~)

It's going to be a great month! Off to buy my New Moon ticket.

Georgia said...

Am I excited for November? Yes. yes I am.

Anonymous said...

Ooo very cool. I'm glad I'm almost all caught up on Twilight. ;)

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