Last night in Houston, we got to attend a SCBWI event with Pat Miller, author of the new picture book THE HOLE STORY OF THE DOUGHNUT. Pat shared tips on writing narrative nonfiction plus some surprising discoveries she made while researching this fun nonfiction story of America’s favorite pastry. Pat is heading up a conference this fall, NF 4 NF, which stands for Nonfiction for New Folks, the only conference for children’s nonfiction writers focused solely on the craft of creating publishable work. Registration is open!
Last night I also got to join our conference committee meeting where we are putting the final touches on our plans for our big event in October. I’m so impressed with the lineup of speakers we have coming. It’s going to be a blast!
The summer slideshow is up! On the sidebars for the conference pages, the slideshow is filled with new books launching this summer from my friends across the web and IRL. Please have a look! Clicking on the cover will take you to the author or publishers page for that book.
Barnes & Noble is having a Teen Book Fest this week, so we have a lot of author events going on. We also have a few conference updates, so scroll down for that information.
HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!
to Kate Messner’s new MG novel from Bloomsbury,
When Charlie Brennan goes ice fishing on her town’s cold winter lake, she’s hoping the perch she reels in will help pay for a fancy Irish dancing solo dress. But when Charlie’s first catch of the day offers her a wish in exchange for its freedom, her world turns upside down.
Charlie catches the fish again and again, but each time, her wishes go terribly and hilariously wrong. Just when things are finally starting to turn around, a family crisis with her older sister forces Charlie to accept the fact that some of the toughest challenges in life can’t be fixed by wishing.
And another Happy Birthday wish to Briana Sayer’s new picture book which launched from Random House last week!
Illustrated by Christian Slade
Have you ever wondered what little trains do when it’s time for bed? The same things you do! Freight trains, passenger trains, subways, trolleys—and more—wash up, have a snack, load their teddies for story time, and get rocked to sleep by mommy and daddy trains beneath a blanket of stars. Little train lovers with a one- track mind will gain a new affinity for their bedtime routine when they find they share it with their favorite vehicles.
LOCAL KIDLIT AUTHOR EVENTS
This weekend, Barnes & Noble stores nationwide are hosting their first-ever teen book festival, featuring author events, writing workshops, panel discussions, trivia & games, exclusives, giveaways and more. Please join our local authors for this event.
JUNE 10, FRIDAY, 5:00 PM: JENNIFER MATHIEU, YA AUTHOR
JUNE 10, FRIDAY, 5:00 PM: MELISSA BURON, PUBLISHER MAB MEDIA
JUNE 11, SATURDAY, 11:00 AM
JUNE 11, SATURDAY, 2:00 PM
Local publisher Melissa Buron will be talking about all things mermaid and also reading from A BOOK OF MERMAIDS. Stories about mermaids come from almost every country by the sea—from Iceland to India; America to Arabia. In these sixteen stories Ruth Manning-Sanders captures the quicksilver personalities of mermaids and mermen as she tells of their marvelous schemes and adventures.
Author Kim O’Brien will be signing her novel BONE DEEP. Spending the summer on an archeological dig sounds like fun, and it would be, if Paige Patterson didn’t have to work for her dad—the man who walked out on their family. Luckily her best friend Emily Linton also is interning. The summer even takes on a romantic possibility when she meets Jalen Yazzi—the super attractive son of her father’s project manager.
But then Emily vanishes. As the police struggle for answers, Paige sets out to find the truth.
Gretchen Dee will be signing copies of her book ELEMENTAL FATE. Three years after losing her mother, Tera is just trying to survive. With a drunk father constantly disappearing she’s on her own. Until Fate steps in.
JUNE 11, SATURDAY, 1:00 PM THREE YA AUTHORS
Join B&N for a panel discussion to celebrate B-Fest, featuring local favorite authorsC.C. Hunter, Joy Preble, and Becky Wallace. Bring your questions and pick up books to have signed for yourself or for a friend!
JOY PREBLE: IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THIS
BECKY WALLACE: THE SKYLIGHTER
Joy Preble and C.C. Hunter will also be appearing:
JUNE 11, SATURDAY, 5:00 PM at Barnes & Noble, Pasadena
JUNE 12, SUNDAY, 1:00 PM at Barnes & Noble, Deerbrook Mall
JUNE 11, SATURDAY, 2:00 PM: DAX VARLEY & CAROLINE LEECH, YA AUTHORS
Meet Dax Varley who writes the kind of YA novels she wishes were around when she was a teen. SLEEPY HOLLOW: Katrina is haunted by her encounter with the Headless Horseman the night he beckoned to her. Now he has risen again, slashing heads and terrorizing the quiet countryside. Her only joy during this dismal darkness comes when Ichabod Crane, a gorgeous young man from Connecticut, moves to Sleepy Hollow and their attraction turns to romance. When the Horseman marks Ichabod as his next victim, Katrina, despite dangerous efforts to save him, sees no choice than for them to flee. But the Horseman awaits. Now it’s up to her to sever the horror and alter the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Upcoming YA author Caroline Leech will be leading games and a YA lit spelling bee. There will be prizes—new YA debut releases as well as the first chances to win an ARC of Caroline’s own Harper Teen debut, WAIT FOR ME, when they are released in the fall!
Sherry Garland will be signing some of her YA novels and also her non-fiction historical series. SONG OF THE BUFFALO BOY: When American soldiers departed Vietnam, many left children behind—like seventeen-year-old Loi, whose fellow villagers ostracize her because she is con-lai, a half-breed and a reminder of her country’s tragic civil war. Only Khai, a young buffalo tender, shows her love and respect. Promised in an arranged marriage to a cruel older man, Loi flees to Ho Chi Minh City. Along with thousands of others, she applies for the chance to leave for the United States through the Amerasian Homecoming Program, and faces the most important decision of her life: Should she leave her beloved country, her family, and her gentle, loving Khai?
T.D. Hubbard who will be signing copies of her book TEYLOR HIGH: THE SUMMER HOOK UP. Kirby Daniels, teenage daughter of a successful engineer and administrative assistant, is enjoying a good life growing up in Missouri City, Texas, when her world is suddenly thrown into turmoil.
JUNE 12, SUNDAY, 12:00 PM: MOLLY & GARY WHITNEY, MG AUTHORS
THISTLE DOWN: Life as a troll is never easy, but Tyson faces more challenges than most. When his mother’s early death leaves him with an unfeeling father, he finds himself alone, unloved and uneducated. Trying to better himself through education, he’s bullied about both his looks and his race.
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JULY 23: THE TENNESSEE WRITING WORKSHOP, NASHVILLE, TN
AGENTS: Marisa Corvisiero, Cate Hart/Corvisiero Literary; Julie Gwinn/The Seymour Agency; Tricia Skinner/Fuse Literary; Eric Smith/P.S. Literary
SEPTEMBER 10: AGENTS, EDITORS, WRITERS, BELGRADE ME
AGENTS: Kaylee Davis/Dee Mura Literary ; Erin Murphy & Ammi-Joan Paquette/Erin Murphy Literary Agency; Rebecca Podos/Rees Agency
OCTOBER 28-30: WRITERS DIGEST NOVEL WRITING CONFERENCE, LOS ANGELES, CA
AGENTS: Paula Munier/Talcott Notch Literary Services; Patricia Nelson/Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
EDITORS: Melissa Kim/Islandport Press; Audrey Maynard/Tilbury House Publishers
Also, the RUTGERS ONE-ON-ONE CONFERENCE is open for registration. I’m not going to add it to the main conference pages because applications are only open until June 27 (opened May 23), plus, aside from Linda Epstein, they have not yet revealed which agents or editors will be participating. Acceptance is limited to 80 authors and illustrators. This one-day event will be held October 15 in New Jersey.
SEPTEMBER 22-25: NF 4 NF NONFICTION CONFERENCE, ROSENBERG, TX
AUTHORS: Candace Fleming, Kelly Milner, Nancy Sanders, Peggy Thomas, Pat Miller