Here’s what’s new this week:
MAY 13, SATURDAY, 3:00 PM: CAROLINE LEECH & JENNIFER PARK, YA AUTHORS
COST: FREE; Admission: In order to go through the signing line and meet Caroline Leech and Jennifer Park, please purchase one of their novels from Blue Willow Bookshop. At the time of your purchase, Blue Willow will issue a signing line ticket that indicates your place in line. Your book and signing line ticket can be picked up at the event.
Two Texas authors (one native, one via Scotland) Jennifer Park and Caroline Leech will discuss and sign their novels for teens.
WAIT FOR ME by Caroline Leech
It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country?
But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him–from his time fighting a war he doesn’t believe in, to his life back home in Germany–the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she’s always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.
THE SHADOWS WE KNOW BY HEART by Jennifer Park
In this haunting and luminescent debut novel, a girl’s complicated family life starts to unravel after she finds herself falling for a mysterious boy who lives in the forest behind her house.
Leah Roberts’s life hasn’t been the same since her brother died ten years ago. Her mother won’t stop drinking, her father can’t let go of his bitter anger, and Leah herself has a secret she’s told no one: Sasquatches are real, and she’s been watching a trio of them in the woods behind her house for years.
Everything changes when Leah discovers that among the sasquatches lives a teenager. This alluring, enigmatic boy has no memory of his past and can barely speak, but Leah can’t shake his magnetic pull. Gradually, Leah’s life entwines with his, providing her the escape from reality she never knew she needed.
But when Leah’s two worlds suddenly collide in a deadly showdown, she uncovers a shocking truth as big and extraordinary as the legends themselves, one that could change her life forever.
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MAY 12-14, FRIDAY-SUNDAY: COMICPALOOZA
On Friday from 10:30-11:30 AM, librarians from the Houston Public Library’s Graphic Novel Action Team will present Little Mavericks Graphic Novel List: Great GNs for Your Kid.
Discussion panels include:
YA Paranormal Romance, with Dax Varley and Rose Garcia
Not Another Love Triangle! Trope-Busting YA Fiction, with Emily Evans and Jennifer Yen
Dotti Enderle will also take part in a panel discussion, Reinventing Classic Monsters from 1:00-2:00 on Friday.
Author signings will be held throughout the weekend at the Barnes & Noble booth on the 1st Floor near Hall E. Children’s & YA authors signing include Emily Evans, Laura Liddel Nolen, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Marianne Dyson, and Stacy Berg. For author signing schedules and other information on the literary events at this year’s Comicpalooza, click here.
MAY 13, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM-NOON:CLEAR LAKE WRITERS MEETING
Clear Lake City-County Freeman Library
MAY 13, SATURDAY, 8:30-NOON:WEST HOUSTON RWA MTG: SHARON MIGENERY WORKSHOP
Memorial Drive Christian Church, 11750 Memorial Dr., Houston
*Writers and industry professionals interested in joining West Houston RWA can attend two meetings before deciding whether to join.
SUCKED IN FROM THE BEGINNING: Bring your first chapter or twenty pages.
Doors open at 8:30 for check in and PRO workshop, TIPS FOR UNPUBLISHED AUTHORS TO GAIN A FOLLOWING. The business meeting is from 9:00-10:00 followed by a networking break. The workshop presented by TBA begins at 10:30.
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Agent & Editors @ Conferences
JUNE 22-24: KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, ELIZABETHTOWN, KY
AGENT: Cyle Young/Hartline Literary Agency
AUGUST 4-6: WILLAMETTE WRITERS CONFERENCE, PORTLAND, OR
AGENTS: Dawn Michelle Frederick/Red Sofa Literary; Alexander Slater/Trident Media Group; Emily S. Keyes/Fuse Literary; Rachel Letofsky/The Cooke Agency; Roseanne Wells/Jennifer De Chiara Literary; Saba Sulaiman/Talcott Notch Literary Services; Olga Filina/The Rights Factory
SEPTEMBER 8-10: ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLORADO GOLD CONFERENCE, DENVER, CO
AGENTS: Danielle Burby/Nelson Literary Agency; Carrie Howland/Empire Literary; Kristin Nelson/Nelson Literary Agency, LLC; Zoe Sandler/ICM Partners
EDITORS: Stacy Abrams/Entangled TEEN, Entangled Publishing; Alicia Clancy/St. Martin’s Press
OCTOBER 19-27: SURREY INTERNATIONAL WRITERS CONFERENCE, SURREY, BC, CANADA
AGENTS: Jennifer Laughran/Andrea Brown Literary Agency; Tricia Skinner/Fuse Literary Agency; DongWon Song/Howard Morhaim Literary Agency; Nephele Tempest/The Knight Agency; Laura Zats/—Red Sofa Literary; Kari Sutherland/Bradford Literary Agency; Sharon Pelletier/Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret
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