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event reports, and other teen news!
Texas Teen Book Fest 2015 News!
It’s that time of year again – time to gear up for the Texas Teen Book Festival! The announcements of the awesome authors attending the 2015 festival are starting to come out. Here is the latest:
Jennifer E. Smith has officially joined the line up! Her books are romantic, funny, and real. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between comes out this September! Yay! (Bonus: Her book The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is getting made into a movie starring Hailee Steinfeld and Robert Sheehan!)
And just announced minutes ago, Morgan Matson! Her latest book is a story about friends,Since You’ve Been Gone, but you may already know her from her other fun, summery books, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer. With the addition of Matson, what panels do you think are shaping up?
To start planning your visit, information about attending this year’s festival is up, and you can keep it tuned here for author line up & programming announcements.
New for this year, is a fiction writing contest sponsored by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. You know Delacorte as the publisher of Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands & Teeth), James Dashner (The Maze Runner), Matt De La Pena (The Hunted), Ann Brashares (The Here and Now), Frank Portman (King Dork), and Libba Bray (Going Bovine). Delacorte’s got YA chops, to be sure. There is a deadline – July 1! – so be sure to check out all the rules and entry form. Good luck and happy writing!
Are you excited yet?? You should be!!
Texas Teen Book Festival (formerly the Austin Teen Book Festival) happens on Saturday, September 26, 2015 on the campus of St. Edward’s University. This event – and parking – is free and open to the public.
June Buzz Book!
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
The world-building, exploration of how Aaron interacts with his environment, and seamless integration of science fiction into the contemporary setting are amazing. The portrayal of Aaron’s struggle with internalized homophobia is really spot-on. Silvera has artfully combined the universal elements of that experience with issues specific to Aaron’s life. I was really drawn in by the Leteo Institute and all the ethics questions it brings up, especially in regards to Aaron. The inclusion of the Leteo Institute draws parallels to the real world issues of conversion therapy and the search for the “gay gene” along with a way to prevent it. The novel does a good job bringing up and discussing these issues within the novel and I think it starts a dialogue for readers to consider beyond the scope of the novel.
–Emily, Teen Press Corps
Interview with Elena Dunkle
About once a month, we repost with permission the interview of a children’s author. Local author Chris Barton conducts these interviews for his own newsletter, and this month, his interview subject is Elena Dunkle, co-author of her memoir, Elena Vanishing. This is a YA nonfiction book about Elena and her mother, co-author Clare B. Dunkle, and their struggle to cope with and recover from Elena’s anorexia. Here is an excerpt from the interview –
Chris Barton: What role has writing, revising, and sharing your story played in your own recovery?
Elena Dunkle: The biggest gain from the writing process has been the journey I went through with my family. Anorexia is such a deceitful and lonely disorder that my relationship with my family was built completely around lies. As my mother and I journeyed through the process of writing the memoir, we had to break down many of them and confront them head on. Both of us wanted the book to be as completely honest and open as possible, and that meant shining a light on many things we had kept from one another.
It was very painful at the time but in the end was very liberating. Our relationship weathered the storm, and I truly feel we are that much stronger. We jokingly refer to the time put into the book as a form of family therapy, but it really was that: meeting in the middle, being brutally honest, apologizing and then building up a firmer foundation from there.
Upcoming YA Events!
Fun upcoming events of YA interest this summer. Mark your calendar and join us and these authors!
Saturday, June 13 at 4PM
Grand Dame of YA and chapter books, Judy Blume is coming to BookPeople! BUT – please note, she is NOT here to promote a new children’s or YA book. She’s going to be speaking about and signing her new ADULT novel, In the Unlikely Event. Find out more about this event here.
Sunday, June 14 at 2PM
Tera Lynn Childs & Tracy Deebs, authors of Powerless, a new romantic thriller that blurs the lines between superheros and supervillians. Check out the just released book trailer!
Monday, July 13 at 7PM
Chris Colfer of Glee fame is a middle-grade author. Even though his books are a little younger than YA, some of you might be interested in meeting him and getting his new book, The Land of Stories, Book 4: Beyond the Kingdoms. He won’t be signing any Glee or other memorabilia. Check out the event details and rules here.
Friday, July 17 at 7PM
Mary E. Pearson, author of The Heart of Betrayal, the second book in The Remnant Chronicles. Princess Lia is a captive in the hostile kingdom of Venda, where she, Rafe, and Kaden, have a complicated and uneasy relationship with the Komizar, the unpredictable and sly ruler of Venda.
Tuesday, July 28 at 7PM
Ernest Kline, author of Ready Player One and his new book Armada. While both these books are published for adults, but we know you – our teen customers – love Ready Player One, too!
From the World of John Green!
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know how much we adore John Green and his books. Well, it was a busy week for Mr. Green. Here’s a wrap up.
First thing’s first – The second official trailer for Paper Towns is here!
Even though everything in this article happened back in December during the shooting of Paper Towns, the article only recently came out. It’s an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the filming and much is from John Green’s point of view as the book’s author, executive producer, and friend to Nat and others in the cast.
John also talked to Entertainment Weekly about what he likes to read during the summer. He said he’s looking forward to reading Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (yay, we love this book, too!) and the new book from M.T. Anderson that isn’t exactly your typical summer reading fare, Sympathy for the City of the Dead (this is on our TBR pile, too).
And finally, just in case you haven’t decided where to go to college, this may help. John isn’t directly related with this course, but his books are. Sounds like a class we’d love to take!
Other News from Hollywood!
In case you haven’t heard, the world of Harry Potter is returning to the big screen. J.K. Rowling is writing her first screenplay and it is a prequel to Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s adventures we all know and love. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander, one of the text books used at Hogwarts, will be coming to life starring Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne as Newt. The new edition of this book will be available on June 30, 2015, but the movie isn’t schedule until November 18, 2016. So we have a bit of a wait and plenty of time to get excited.
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