We’ve had a big change at SCBWI-Houston. Our long-time Assistant Regional Advisor, Millie Martin has decided it’s time to step away and spend more time with her five grandchildren. We are all grateful for the many years Millie has spent working diligently on our Houston conferences and making the long drive almost every month from Tomball to the Tracy Gee Community Center for our monthly meetings.
Thank you, Millie!
I was thrilled to hear that author Lynne Kelly has agreed to step up and fill the Assistant Regional Advisor position. Lynne is a crackerjack: funny, charming, a social media pro, and knows everyone in this business. We couldn’t have made a better choice and I’m so glad she accepted!
Thank you, Lynne!
[clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Are you wondering if Houston has a kids’ & YA literary scene? [/clickandtweet]Here’s the avalanche of author events going on this week in the Houston area! And as promised last week, you can scroll down to see all the conference updates I found this week. Please use the Subscribe to Updates form on the left to keep up with these weekly additions!
CHILDREN’S & YA AUTHOR EVENTS
Writefest is a week-long writers festival hosted by Writespace, Houston’s grassroots nonprofit literary arts center. The festival kicks off with a series of Monday-Friday workshops and culminates in a weekend filled with presentations, critique sessions, panels by local and national literary journal editors of all genres, a Literary Journal Fair, and readings by local and nationally-recognized authors.
FEB. 23, Tuesday, 5:00 PM
Blue Willow Bookshop
Kate Wetherhead, MG Author
Kate Wetherhead discusses her new kids’ book, JACK AND LOUISA: ACT 2, at Blue Willow Bookshop. Shaker Heights Middle School is putting on “Guys and Dolls “and best friends Jack and Lou are hoping to get lead roles. But a mysterious new director soon arrives to town and threatens to meddle with their dreams. Is Shaker Heights big enough for two Broadway legends?
Please visit Blue Willow Bookshop’s site for important information about this event!
FEB. 24, Wednesday, 6:30 PM
Murder By The Book
Brandon Sanderson is signing at Murder By the Book this Wednesday! Even though Brandon Sanderson is here to sign his newest book for adults, I’m including this event because with the purchase of his new adult book CALAMITY, he will sign up to three older titles per person, so parents, take your kids! Teens, take your younger brothers and sisters!
FEB. 24, Wednesday, 7:00 PM
Blue Willow Bookshop
V.E. Schwab & Rachel Hawkins, YA Authors
Join Rachel Hawkins and V.E. Schwab to discuss Schwab’s A GATHERING OF SHADOWS. Four months have passed since the final, tragic events of A DARK SHADE OF MAGIC. In many ways, things have almost returned to normal for Kell, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games-an extravagent international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries-a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.
But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again-and so to keep magic’s balance, another London must fall.
FEB. 27, Saturday
The Woodlands College Park High School
3701 College Park Drive, The Woodlands
MONTGOMERY COUNTY TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL
The Montgomery county Book Festival is this weekend! The festival includes authors of children’s and tween books, young adult authors who cross over to the adult market and authors who write specifically for adults. There will be an opening keynote speaker and a closing keynote, with a special presentation during the lunch hour. Ten different panels will each repeat twice during three breakout sessions. A book vendor will be onsite featuring books by the festival’s authors. Book sales are hosted by Murder By The Book and Space Cadets Comic Book Store.
FEB. 27, Saturday, 9:00 AM – NOON
Bagel Cafe, Mason Rd., Katy
FEB. 28, Sunday, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
First Cup Cafe, Fulshear
Maria Ashworth, PB Author
[clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Celebrate with PB author Maria Ashworth and her debut picture book![/clickandtweet] In STEP ONE, STEP TWO, STEP THREE AND FOUR, a young girl’s world is turned upside-down when her mother tells her she’s getting remarried. Along with the ring comes a few more, her step-brothers, Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four. The girl will do whatever it takes to keep them out of her perfect world. She eventually realizes there are some benefits to her new blended family. Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four takes a less serious approach to a child’s life altering event, and looks at the positive aspects of having a growing family. Children ages 4 to 8 will be entertained for years with its fun text and lively illustrations by Andrea Chele.
FEB. 28, Sunday, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Morton Ranch High School Commons
21000 Franz Rd, Katy
Susan Dennard, Veronica Rossi, & Sophie Jordan: YA Fantasy Authors
[clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Katy Budget Books is hosting three powerhouse authors of young adult fantasy![/clickandtweet] Join KBB at the Morton Ranch High School commons as Susan Dennard, Veronica Rossi, & Sophie Jordan discuss their new series and writing in general, do a Q&A, and sign all of their titles.
TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard: Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.
Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safiya’s hotheaded impulsiveness.
Safiya and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and privateer) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
RIDERS by Veronica Rossi: For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.
Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen–Conquest, Famine, and Death–are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence. They fail.
Now–bound, bloodied, and drugged–Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for–not to mention all of humankind–he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger. But will anyone believe him?
REIGN OF SHADOWS by Sophie Jordan: Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness, and in the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, the kingdom’s lost princess, has been locked away in a tower in the cursed Black Woods ever since. Luna’s survival depends entirely on the world believing she is dead…
But that doesn’t stop Luna from longing for a life beyond the stifling tower walls. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer who has braved the Black Woods in search of a land where the sun still shines, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk.
When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is far more treacherous than Luna ever realized. Hideous, flesh-hungry creatures lurk behind every corner and each stranger they encounter has frightening ulterior motives. With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.
This is a ticketed event! For information, please see KBB’s site.
And now for the conference updates! Click over to the main pages for more information on these events.
SEPTEMBER 10: CHESAPEAKE WRITING WORKSHOP, WASHINGTON D.C.
Rachel Marks/Rebecca Friedman Literary; Eric Smith/P.S. Literary; Stacey Graham/Red Sofa Literary; Kelly Peterson/Corvisiero Literary Agency
NOVEMBER 19: LAS VEGAS WRITING WORKSHOP, LAS VEGAS, NV
Paul S. Levine/Paul S. Levine Literary; Patricia Nelson/Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
MARCH 30-APRIL 3: WORDSMITH WORKSHOPS, WARRENTON, VA
Authors: Beth Revis; Cristin Terrill; Jennifer Armentrout
Agent: Eric Smith/P.S. Literary
APRIL 4-10: STORYMASTERS: WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL, HOOD RIVER, OR
Authors/Instructors: Christopher Vogler; James Scott Bell
Agent: Donald Maass/Maass Literary Agency
APRIL 29-30: SCBWI SPRING SPIRIT CONFERENCE, CITRUS HEIGHTS,CA
Editor: Tamar Mays/HarperCollins Children’s Books
Agent: John Rudolph/Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
MAY 6-9: SPRING WRITERS RETREAT, DUNFORD HOLLOW, MIDHURST, SUSSEX, ENGLAND
Author: Melvin Burgess
Editor: Rachel Mann/Simon & Schuster
Agent: Felicity Trew/Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency
JUNE 20-26: YOUR BEST BOOK, VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
Editors: Andrew Harwell/HarperCollins; Brenda Windberg/Free Expressions; Emma D. Dryden/drydenbks LLC
Agents: Josh Adams/Adams Literary; Tracey Adams/Adams Literary; Peter Rubie/Fine Print Literary Management
Author: Chuck Wendig, Jordan Rosenfeld
Director-Owner/Free Expressions: Lorin Oberweger
OCTOBER 9-16: BONI GRADUATE LEARNING RETREAT, TAMPA, FL
Agent: Donald Maass/Maass Literary Agency
JUNE 21-27: EDGAR ALLAN POE YOUNG WRITERS CONFERENCE, RICHMOND, VA
Residential housing at The University of Richmond
JUNE 18-26: THE JUNIPER INSTITUTE FOR YOUNG WRITERS, AMHERST, MA
Residential housing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
JULY 9-AUGUST 5: CALIFORNIA STATE SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS: CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM, SACRAMENTO, CA
Application deadline: February 29, 2016
JULY 17-23: LONGFELLOW YOUNG WRITERS’ WORKSHOP, FARMINGTON, ME
Residential housing at University of Maine Farmington
JULY 21-31: ALPHA SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND HORROR WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG WRITERS, PITTSBURG, PA
Residential housing at University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg Campus
JULY 25-AUGUST 12: THE WRITERS CIRCLE SUMMER CREATIVE WRITING INTENSIVES, MADISON, NJ
Nonresidential day program.
JUNE 9-11: CHILDREN’S ART & LITERACY FESTIVAL, ABILENE
SEPTEMBER 19-24: WEST TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL, ABILENE
OCTOBER 9-10: NORTH TEXAS BOOK & PAPER SHOW, GRAPEVINE, TX
Author applications open!