Sunday, April 1, 2012

Random April Fool's Day Things

It's been three + months of writing bliss in my office (or more realistically, at my kitchen table due to the cold office situation) and now it's time to get ready for the road again. First, I want to share with you my tour-ish schedule for the next few months.

Westborough High School

April 10, 2012
(Not a public event)

Booksigning at Tatnuck Booksellers
Westborough, MA
April 10, 2012
7:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m.

The Purnell School
April 13, 2012
(Not a public event)

Teens Know Best
April 20, 2012
(Not a public event)

Loft Literary Center
Second Story Reading Series
1011 Washington Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN, 55415
April 21, 2012

Donegal High School
April 27, 2012
(Not a public event)

Reading Public Library
100 South Fifth St.
     Reading, PA  19602
April 28, 2012

Youth Empowerment Summit
Martin Library York, PA
May 3, 2012
All Day

Books-A-Million Exton
Exton Square Mall
Exton, PA 19341
May 12, 2012

Rush Henrietta High School
May 17, 2012
(Not a public event)

Our Lady of Mercy High School
May 18, 2012
(Not a public event)

Rochester Teen Book Festival
Nazareth College, Rochester, NY
May 19, 2012
All Day

Maricopa YA Book Festival
Phoenix, AZ
May 26, 2012
More info: TBA

ALA Annual
Anaheim, CA
Signing ARCs of ASK THE PASSENGERS in the LBYR Booth
Sunday June 24

Books-A-Million Harrisburg
5125 Jonestown Rd.
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Saturday, July 14, 2012

Ephrata Public Library
550 South Reading Road
Ephrata, PA 17522
August 8th, 2012

Here's a picture of VERA DIETZ in Turkish:

So, güle güle means goodbye, and there you have it. Cool cover. I can't wait to see the flowcharts inside. That's my favorite part of all the foreign editions--seeing the flowcharts.

A really kickass review
I saw this review at Monica Fumarolo's blog today and there's a lot about it that made me smile this morning. It was this line:
Every once in a while, you come across a book that is so completely honest that it forces you to examine parts of yourself and your life that you maybe didn't even realize you were missing. A book that completely gets you and understands you better than you understand yourself.
Or maybe it was this line:
If you are a fan of contemporary fiction that's not afraid of getting gritty and exploring those big, awful, complicated, necessary questions that life throws at us and that critics all too frequently claim YA literature is incapable of adequately exploring, learn from my mistake and pick up a copy of this novel as soon as possible.
I do like that idea that some books on the YA shelves can, indeed be thought-provoking and challenging and maybe even [gasp] just like "real books." I've heard from less polite mouths this idea that YA writers lack the talent to write for adults and therefore YA books lack, you know, that "real book" quality of being. . . um. . . I have no idea. I can't figure out what those people are talking about, so I can't really figure out how they think. Oftentimes they have not read any YA novels before they claim this stuff. (And I write novels for adults too, so I can't figure out if according to their theory I write YA on my talent-free days, or what.)
As seen in July 2011
I did hear a conversation at a library workshop the other day about how "women" are reading YA now because it "gives their brains a break."
Boxes boxes boxes.
We are all so scientific, pinning wings and labeling specimens that we sometimes forget that not everything can be boxed, pinned and labeled. I am so glad some people can think outside of those boxes. And a huge thank you to Monica who rocks for reading and reviewing and telling me about it on Twitter.

And. . .
Since we're talking about Vera, let me say here in very large letters...

Please Ignore Vera Dietz 
comes out in paperback in a week. 

A huge thank you to last week's contest participants.
I will be posting some more fun content in the Facebook Secret Hideout this week.
Stay tuned.


Kristen Pelfrey said...

Vera Dietz in Turkish a a joy forever.
So is Vera Dietz in paperback, because my grant dollars will buy more copies.
It is unpardonable to have fewer than three copies of Good Books in the Underground Library.
And I beamed at that kick*** review.
And I am thrilled to the point of curled toes that I will get to be in line for an ARC of Ask the Passengers.
Life is good.

Matthew MacNish said...

I'll have to try to book my ALA return flight for late Sunday night.