Yesterday brought exciting news: New York Public Library’s Youth Materials Collections Specialist, Betsy Bird has tagged Austin author Nikki Loftin‘s new MG magical realism novel NIGHTINGALE’S NEST as a 2015 Newbery contender! Says Bird, “Honestly, it’s like nothing else I’ve seen in quite a while.” 🙂 🙂 🙂
And there’s more good news; Nikki will be the keynote speaker at the Houston Writers’ League Agents and Editors Conference next month, April 11, where she will also be leading a breakout session on writing successful query letters. Sign up!
AND! Besty Bird has also predicted the picture book GRANDFATHER GANDHI by author Bethany Hegedus (founder of Austin’s The Writing Barn), co-author Arun Gandhi and illustrator Evan Turk, as a 2015 Caldecott nominee!
Read about both of these nominations as well as the books Betsy Bird thinks will be their main competition so far on Fuse Eight’s Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Spring Prediction Edition.
In other news, have you seen Lynne Kelly’s new site for CHAINED? It’s full of fun information like deleted scenes of Hastin telling folktales to his little sister Chanda, a book trailer, and a curriculum guide full of great classroom ideas.
Doris Fisher’s new nonfiction picture book ARMY CAMELS: TEXAS SHIPS OF THE DESERT has been getting some good buzz! It’s been included in librarian/teacher Michael Sullivan’s list of Best Boy Books. Author JoAn Martin gave it a 5 Cart Review on publisher Pelican’s site.
My D4EO Literary agent-mate Alison Kemper is having a blog tour for her debut YA DONNA OF THE DEAD from Entangled Teen. In this campy humor-meets-action vein of the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, a teen girl has to face the obliteration of the human race from a virus that makes people act zombie-like, with only the help of a rag-tag group of high school classmates, including her long-time crush. (Coming soon: DWIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD!)
There are so many exciting upcoming conferences and workshops; unfortunately, I can’t go to all of them. I can’t even go to most. But I can go to some! I will of course be at the Houston SCBWI Conference on April 26-27, and I might be at the Houston Writers’ Guild Conference on April 12. I really want to go to the Writing For Young Readers Conference in Utah this June, then there’s the enticing Full Novel Revision Week in August at The Writing Barn, and I’ve already committed to the Florida SCBWI Conference next January (TBA) to meet and hang out with Verla Kay (yes, I’m name-dropping 🙂 ) and many other SCBWI Blue Board friends. I hope to run into some of you at one of these awesome writers’ events!