Happy book birthday to ICE DOGS! Written by Terry Lynn Johnson, and brought to us by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Set in the unforgiving Alaskan bush, ICE DOGS is a high stakes, high adventure middle grade novel of endurance, hope and finding your way back home.No share or id values provided for youtube shortcode.
Last night, SCBWI Houston had a really special monthly meeting. We’re gearing up for our 25th anniversary conference on April 26-27, so to help writers and illustrators prepare for their face-to-face meetings with agents, editors and an art director, we had a three-person panel giving tips and answering questions. Our illustrator coordinator, Diandra Mae, gave extensive information on portfolio presentation, while Crystal Allen and Kimberly Morris talked about how to pitch, what to expect and what to not expect.
Speaking of the conference, there is still time to register for critiques with local authors! Also, I believe that at the time of this writing, there are still spots available for two-time Newbery winner Gary Schmidt’s intensive on Sunday. Did you hear that? GARY SCHMIDT! The Wednesday Wars, Okay for Now, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy! Go! Hurry! Register!
Now for this week’s events:
Robin Benway and Megan Miranda will discuss and sign their new novels for young adults. Robin Benway, author of ALSO KNOWN AS is back with the exciting sequel, GOING ROGUE that is as full of adventure as the first book in the series. Now settled into the high school scene, 16-year-old Maggie Silver’s life is still nothing close to normal with her family connected to a spy organization. After risking her life and the lives of her friend Roux and former-mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse, Maggie is on a new mission—to clear the names of her parents, who were falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins from their own agency.
Megan Miranda’s VENGEANCE is the riveting, atmospheric sequel to FRACTURE. Nobody really believes in a curse… until you know the people who disappear. Too much coincidence, you look for a reason. Too much death, you grasp for something to blame. Carson pulled Delaney out of Falcon Lake and he died on the side of the road with her mouth pressed to his. When Troy drowned, Delaney told the cops it was suicide. But Delaney believes the lake released her and grabbed another. So when Decker’s father dies in a pool of spilled water on their kitchen floor, Decker burns with rage, knowing Delaney knew his dad was going to die. She backed out of his house and never said a word. Falcon Lake still has a hold on them both, and Decker can’t forgive Delaney until he knows why.
February 7, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Texas Safari Ranch
Reading Between the Wines—Literacy council of Fort Bend County
Join the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County for our second annual Reading between the Wines event presented by Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land and Safari Texas. Celebrate your love of literacy with books, wine, authors, food, auctions and more! The New York Times Best Selling authors joining us this year are, Linda Castillo, Julia Heaberlin, and Paulette Jiles. Guest authors include Nathan Barber, Kathy Duval and Betty Verdino. Local restaurants such as Currant Kitchen, Fadi’s, Blu, The Curry Cup, Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, Safari Texas Ranch and The Swinging Door will be serving tasty delicacies.
February 8, Saturday, 9:30-12:00
Pine Shadows Elementary, 9900 Neuens Rd
Bookworm Book Festival
Bookworm Book Festival will be a fun morning celebrating emerging readers, and those who write for them. We will have a keynote speech from Judith Viorst, author of the beloved ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD VERY BAD DAY, and the new LULU series of early chapter books. She will be joined by nationally known authors of picture books and early chapter books. Other authors and illustrators include Bob Shea, Gwendolyn Zepeda, Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri, and Harper Paris.
Librarians and language arts teachers from across Houston comprise the steering committee for the Bookworm Festival. Their goal is to connect emerging readers with authors to foster the joy of reading. We hope you’ll join us on February 8!
February 11, Tuesday, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Ringer Library, College Station
Rachel Caine, YA Author
New York Times Bestselling YA Author Rachel Caine, author of the popular Morganville Vampires series and more than forty novels, will promote her new book PRINCE OF SHADOWS, a retelling of Romeo and Juliet.
In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born.
Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona—and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of many in Verona…