February 26th, 2010

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NYC Teen Author Festival

There's an absolutely awesome event coming to New York in only a couple of weeks - the New York City Teen Author Festival. There's tons of stuff you can go to if you're interested in YA life and literature - here's a few highlights:

Monday, 3/15 (NYPL, Tompkins Square Branch, 331 East 10th Street, 6pm):

First Draft to Final Draft – Talking About the Writing Process

Gayle Forman
Daphne Grab
Carolyn Mackler
Sarah Mlynowski
Blake Nelson
Marie Rutkoski
Eliot Schrefer
Natalie Standiford

Tuesday, 3/16 (Barnes & Noble Tribeca, 97 Warren Street, 7pm):

Getting Inside the Mind of a Teen Boy

Nick Burd
Matt de la Pena
Gordon Korman
David Levithan
Barry Lyga
Michael Northrup
Jon Skovron
Jake Wizner

Wednesday, 3/17 (Mulberry Street Branch, NYPL, 10 Jersey St, 6pm):

The Treasure Map to Going Bovine with Will Grayson(s)
(or, an evening of readers’ theater)

Libba Bray
John Green
David Levithan
E. Lockhart

Thursday, 3/18 (Five Borough Read, 10am):

Authors read to high school students and the public in libraries across the city.


Countee Cullen Branch, NYPL, 104 W 136th St

Jefferson Market Branch, NYPL, 425 6th Ave

Muhlenburg Branch, NYPL, 209 W 23rd St

Mulberry Street Branch, NYPL, 10 Jersey Street

Seward Park Branch, NYPL, 192 East Broadway

Yorkville Branch, NYPL,, 222 East 79th St


Central Branch, Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Auditorim, 10 Grand Army Plaza


Bronx Library Center, NYPL, 310 East Kingsbridge Road


Broadway Branch, QPL, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City

Staten Island:

West New Brighton Branch, NYPL, 976 Castleon Avenue

Friday, 3/19 (South Court, 42nd Street, 2-5 and 7-9:30)

NYC Teen Author Festival Symposium


2:00 Introduction

2:10 – 3:00: Using Genre to Tell the True Story of Adolescence

Judy Blundell,,Sarah Beth Durst,,Lauren McLaughlin,,Diana Peterfreund,,Sara Shepard,,Maggie Stiefvater, Robin Wasserman

3:00 – 3:30: Making a First Impression – 2010 Debut Authors

Angie Frazier, Emily Horner, Alyssa Sheinmel, Ebony Wilkins

3:30 - 4:15: Grief, Loss, and the YA Novel

Alexandra Bullen, Heather Duffy-Stone, Donna Freitas, Alice Hoffman, Sarah Darer Littman, Lisa Ann Sandell, Samantha Schutz

4:15 – 5: The Boy You Can’t Have

Susane Colasanti, Elizabeth Eulberg, Robin Palmer, Elizabeth Scott, Melissa Walker, Maryrose Wood


6:45 – 8:30: What it Feels Like for a Girl – Writing in a Teen Girl’s Voice

Jessica Blank, Eireann Corrigan, Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, Terra Elan McVoy, Siobhan Vivian, Adrienne Maria Vrettos, Jacqueline Woodson

Saturday, 3/20 (Bartos Forum, 42nd Street, 1pm):

Stuff for the Teen Age Event
Come check out Stuff for the Teen Age, The New York Public Library’s list of the hottest books, movies, music, and video games from 2009. Talk with your favorite authors. Rock out to your favorite songs. Have fun. Hear a very special presentation from keynote speaker, Libba Bray, the author of Going Bovine.

Sunday afternoon:
Books of Wonder Signing (2-6)

NOTE: Because of the number of authors, signings will be in shifts. Below is the approximate schedule, which is subject to change

Alma Alexander
Nora Baskin
Cathleen Davitt Bell
Judy Blundell
Libba Bray
Coe Booth
Elise Broach
Alexandra Bullen
Nick Burd
Sarah Burningham
Susane Colasanti
Matt De La Pena
Violet Haberdasher
Maggie Stiefvater

Tom Dolby
Heather Duffy-Stone
Sarah Beth Durst
Elizabeth Eulberg
Gayle Forman
Aimee Friedman
Jenny Han
Alice Hoffman
Carla Jablonksi
Melissa Kantor
Kristen Kemp
Michelle Knudsen
Peter Lerangis
David Levithan

Sarah Darer Littman
Barry Lyga
Robin MacCready
Carolyn Mackler
Sarah Maclean
Marianne Mancusi
Amanda Marrone
Wendy Mass
Lauren McLaughlin
Neesha Meminger
Sarah Mlynowski
Michael Northrup
Robin Palmer

Diana Peterfreund
Shani Petroff
Matthue Roth
Marie Rutkoski
Lisa Ann Sandell
Samantha Schutz
Elizabeth Scott
Kieran Scott
Courtney Sheinmel
Sara Shepard
Abby Sher
Jon Skovron

Jennifer Smith
Natalie Standiford
Rachel Vail
David Van Etten
Siobhan Vivian
Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Melissa Walker
Robin Wasserman
Suzanne Weyn
Lynn Weingarten
Martin Wilson
Jake Wizner
Maryrose Wood
Michelle Zink


Look at the company I'm in!

Judy Blundell! Libba Bray! Maggie Stiefvater!

Go to as many of these as you can - but particularly - come to the bookstore on Sunday afternoon. Come and say hi.
coffee beans

I'm OLD.

Back in the late '90s sometime, when mmy_me and I were wandering along one of the shopping arcades of downtown Auckland, we were passing a record shop with a sales rack outside its front door and we stopped to paw through the offerings just on the principle of it.

I still vividly remember her outrage as she hauled out a CD and spluttered, "RETRO? The *Eighties*?"

It didn't seem like retro, to either of us. We had been young then.

Today, in the car, same damn thing.

"Enjoy the retro ride home!" twittered the chirpy DJ. "Do you remember this one... from 1993...?"

NINETEEN NINETY FRICKING THREE? What do you mean, "retro"? That was YESTERDAY! That was... that was...

That was seventeen years ago.

I'm OLD.