I missed the announcement of What Goes Around, a new edition of Courtney Summers first two novels, Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are. But the release is just around the corner (September 3) and there are several blogs hosting giveaways. So if you haven’t had a chance to read either or both of these dark contemporary YA novels, I strongly suggest that you head on over to one of the following blogs, or all of them for that matter. What Goes Around is a great introduction to the author and includes her best two novels (IMHO).
Holes in my Brain
Realm of Fiction
My Friend Amy
Today I’m pleased to tell you about SLJ’s SummerTeen, an online event including panels of YA authors such as Tamora Pierce, Robin LaFevers, Elizabeth Wein, Sharon Cameron, Allen Zadoff, Amanda Sun, and others talking about their writing experiences and current and forthcoming books. The brilliant part about this conference is that it is free to anyone who loves YA literature and can be watched live via webcam or viewed on-demand at a later date. BUT if you catch it live, you will be included in giveaways, contests, and interactive Q&A and chat sessions with the authors. Whether or not you can catch any of the sessions live, register here. The conference runs from 11am to 5pm EST on July 24. I’m going to do my best not to miss Tamora Pierce’s keynote address as well as the historical fantasy panel.
Now I promise that in spite of my recent blogging slump, I am working on reviews, but could use a little help from you in the poll below.
Thanks, and happy Friday!
I’m quite literally jumping up and down with the upcoming author events that I’ll be attending in the next few weeks that I had to tell you about them before they happen. Of course then you’ll have to bear with me when I post about them after with a photo or two as evidence or for bragging rights. Heaven help me.
So later this week I’ll catch some of the annual scifi and fantasy writing symposium called LTUE (Life, the Universe, and Everything). Besides the Utah-based authors who will be participating, the guest of honor will be none other than Megan Whalen Turner (!), an author I never imagined coming to my state. I think I’m still in shock that one of my favorite authors and one of the most masterful YA fantasy writers is not only coming to my state, but my town, AND I have the chance to meet her. Hear her speak, snap a picture, and watch her sign one of her books. Sigh. Yep, definitely still in shock.
Next week I’ll be heading up to the lovely The King’s English bookshop to see Tahereh Mafi, author of the YA dystopians Shatter Me and Unravel Me. I’m crossing my fingers that she’ll be wearing these incredible wedges covered in shattered mirror pieces that she added herself.
In other news, I’ve decided to apply for the online MLIS program at Drexel University. (Many thanks to Alyssa and Heidi for the recommendation.) I know other bloggers who are bona fide librarians by day … so, has anyone else enrolled in Drexel or another MLS/MLIS online program? What did you think of the program or what is your advice to me? The application isn’t due for another two weeks and then I won’t find out if I’ve been accepted for another two, but I’ll keep you informed. I’m hopeful that I won’t find it necessary to take a complete blogging hiatus once the quarter starts, just cut back on my reading and posting, but we’ll see. It’s all for a good cause, right?
I just about jumped up and down last week when I heard the news that the Aussie YA contemp Good Oil (my review) by Laura Buzo is being published in the US under the title Love and Other Perishable Items. Straddling YA and the emerging genre New Adult, which focuses on college-age adults, Good Oil is told from the alternating perspectives of young but mature Amelia, a fifteen-year-old starting at Woolworth’s and her twenty-one year old trainer Chris, who’s struggling to find his identity post-uni. I was lucky enough to read it as part of the Go Aussie Book Tour last year and I adored these two and their hopeful but realistic relationship immediately. I’m so excited that more people will have the chance to read their story. The December release date may feel miles away, but the egalley is currently available on NetGalley. So what are you waiting for? Go and request now!
Today Maggie posted not only the title of her next project (previously known as “MagicalNovel”) but also the cover and the blurb:
Filled with mystery, romance, and the supernatural, The Raven Boys introduces readers to Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey, III and Blue Sargent. Gansey has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on the hunt to find Glendower, a vanished Welsh king. Legend has it that the first person to find him will be granted a wish—either by seeing him open his eyes, or by cutting out his heart.
Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. But she is too practical to believe in things like true love. Her policy is to stay away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there—known as Raven Boys—can only mean trouble. When Gansey and his Raven Boy friends come into her life, Blue realizes how true this is. She never thought her fortune would be a problem. But she was wrong.
Sounds cool, right? Add that to my love for all of Stiefvater’s novels and this is in my cart faster than you can you say preorder. I think I may have to go the signed/doodled route this time and preorder through Fountain Bookstore. The Raven Boys is the first book in a four-book series and releases on September 18. Cannot wait!