Today, March 28, the SCBWI Blueboard will be down for an important security update. Don’t panic! It will be back up by tomorrow, and will be even more wonderful than it was before.
Happy Book Birthday
Today’s celebration is for twitter follower, USA Today bestselling, and award-winning young adult author Kristin D. Van Risseghem for the new novella in her Enlighten series,
Written by Kristin Van Risseghem
Kieran’s job of being a guardian angel is straightforward: observe and learn—and don’t intervene in their lives. But then he watches as his first charge dies at the hands of evil while he does nothing to help.
Overcome with grief and doubt, Kieran flees back to the safety of heaven. With guidance from his mentor, he learns all he can about the Battle of the Fallen and the creation of evil itself. With renewed determination, he vows he will save the Ordinaries in his care.
The rules of being a guardian angel have not changed, but Kieran has. Returning to earth, only Kieran knows how essential it is to find and protect one 17-year-old girl. The girl who can thwart the Devil’s escape from his prison and the start of Armageddon.
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Local Author Events
Here’s what’s going on around the Greater Houston Area this week. If you’d like to be notified of these weekly updates, please use the Subscribe to Updates form on the sidebars!
MARCH 30, THURSDAY, 5:30 PM: VARSHA BAJAJ, CHILDREN’S AUTHOR
Children’s Museum of Houston, Brown Auditorium
Celebrate Read Aloud Month with author Varsha Bajaj and her books, THIS IS OUR BABY, BORN TODAY, OUR EARTH, OUR HOME, ABBY SPENCER GOES TO BOLLYWOOD, and HOW MANY KISSES DO YOU WANT TONIGHT? Help us raise literacy brand awareness in our community and discover the fun and love while reading.
APRIL 1, SATURDAY, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM: TEENBOOKCON
25 Young Adult authors, with a keynote from Laini Taylor. The TeenBookCon mission is to celebrate and promote reading by connecting teens with authors, and this year 25 Young Adult authors will be attending.
Non-teen attendees please note: Adults are welcome, but this first and foremost a day for teens. Priority seating at all sessions will be given to teens and if a session becomes full, seated adults will be asked to give up their seats. Adults may ask questions at panel sessions after teens have had an opportunity to ask their questions.
APRIL 1, SATURDAY, ABBI GLINES, YA AUTHOR
Katy Budget Books
In the follow-up to Abbi Glines’s #1 New York Times bestseller Until Friday Night, three teens from a small southern town are stuck in a dramatic love triangle.
Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her.
High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know.
Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can.
As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.
APRIL 4, TUESDAY, 6:00 PM: LAUREN MYRACLE, MG AUTHOR
James Hogg Middle School
Join bestselling author Lauren Myracle for a discussion of the second book in her Wishing Day series, THE FORGETTING SPELL.
Most people in Willow Hill think Darya is the prickliest of the Blok sisters. What they don’t realize is that on the inside, Darya is soft and gooey from feeling everything, all the time. When Darya turns thirteen, the goo gets stickier–and as Darya’s Wishing Day approaches, all she wants is to forget the silly tradition ever existed.
Except . . . she can’t. Ten years ago, a wish made by Darya’s mother splintered their family into pieces. Last year, Darya’s sister Natasha wished for their broken mother to return. The past is something you’re supposed to leave behind. Which is why Darya has locked and sealed her most painful memories inside the far corners of her mind, where they can no longer hurt her.
But when some of them begin to leak out, Darya realizes the decision about what to wish for–and what not to wish for–is probably the most important choice of her life.
APRIL 1, SATURDAY, 8:30 AM: NORTHWEST RWA MONTHLY PROGRAM : WORKSHOP WITH BABETTE DE JONGH
Spring Creek Oaks Clubhouse, 17111 Misty Creek, Spring
Babette de Jongh -Everthing you ever wanted to know about sex but we’re afraid to write.
APRIL 3, MONDAY, 7:00 PM: SCBWI MTG: BRUCE FOSTER
Tracy Gee Community Center
Paper engineer Bruce Foster presents, Focus on Illustrators.
APRIL 3-8: BAYOU CITY BOOK FESTIVAL
All Lone Star College College Campuses
The Bayou City Book Festival is a new initiative coming out of Lone Star College’s (LSC) Center for Civic Engagement. The Center desires to effectively and efficiently integrate literacy and literary works within the lives of their students and the wider Houston-area. BCBF seeks to create the venue for nationally and internationally known authors to speak to audiences about unique ideas, meet with attendees on an individual basis, provide free literary programming, promote diverse works of literature and their authors, and focus attention on literacy within the City of Houston. Exhibitors consist of book sellers, authors, presses, non profits, and unique specialty items relating to literacy and literary works. See list of events here.
For more conference information, visit the main conference pages. If you’d like to be notified of these weekly updates, please use the Subscribe to Updates form on the sidebars!
JULY 7-10: SCBWI INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONFERENCE, LOS ANGELES, CA
AGENTS: Erzsi Deak/Hen&ink Literary Studio; Jennifer Laughran, Jennifer Rofé/Andrea Brown Literary Agency; Tricia Lawrence/Erin Murphy Literary Agency; Alexandra Penfold/Upstart Crow Literary; Rubin Pfeffer/Rubin Pfeffer Content; Quressa Robinson/D4EO Literary Agency; Michael Stearns/Upstart Crow Literary; Kate Testerman/KT Literary
EDITORS: Arthur A. Levine, Kait Feldmann, Nick Thomas, Weslie Turner—/Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic; Zareen Jaffery/S&S BFYR; Emma D. Dryden/drydenbks; Allyn Johnston/Beach Lane Books, Simon & Schuster; Kendra Levin/Viking Children’s Books, Penguin Random House; Arianne Lewin/G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin Random House; Sara Sargent/HarperCollins Children’s Books; Nancy Paulsen/Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Young Readers
ART DIRECTORS: Laurent Linn/Simon & Schuster BFYR; Cecilia Yung/Penguin BFYR
JULY 15-16: ALLWRITE NOW!, CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO
AGENTS: Alice Speilburg/Speilburg Literary Agency; Justin Wells/Corvisiero Literary Agency
EDITOR: Donna J. Essner/Amphorae Publishing Group
NOVEMBER 3-5: THE INDEPENDENT AUTHORS CONFERENCE, PHILADELPHIA, PA
The Independent Authors Conference is a skills-building educational weekend event for 500 independent authors. Our goal is to bring together bright minds to lead sessions that will improve skills, foster learning, and inspire creativity. Our purpose is to give independent authors the practical skills they need to publish and market their books and manage careers as independent authors. There will be two tracks – publishing and marketing, plus keynote presentations, panel discussions, and workshops. We want you to walk away from this conference knowing that you can tackle all of your writing, publishing, and marketing dreams.
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