Monday, April 15, 2013

Panel at L.A. Festival of Books 4-20

This week is LOS ANGELES WEEK.

Wow. That came fast.
Friday night I will be at the Los Angeles Festival of Books Award Ceremony with Mr. King and I may or may not be wearing my lucky boots.

Then on Saturday, I will be part of a fantastic panel at 11am called:

Young Adult Fiction: Danger & Determination
Location: Taper Hall (THH 201)
Moderator: Angelina Benedetti
Panelists: A.S. King, Martine Leavitt, Elizabeth Wein

You already know me, but in case you don't know my fellow panelists...

Martine Leavitt was born in 1953 in Alberta, Canada. She received a Bachelors of Arts degree, first class honours, from University of Calgary and a Master of Fine Arts from Vermont College. She has seven children and twelve grandchildren and lives with her husband in Alberta, Canada. Leavitt writes contemporary and fantasy novels, and short stories for young adults. Her books have been translated into German, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean. Her first three novels, the Marmawell Trilogy, are published under the name of Martine Bates. Keturah and Lord Death was a finalist for the National Book Award. Leavitt currently teaches in the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Elizabeth Wein's first five books recount a version of the King Arthur stories which moves the narrative to the kingdom of Aksum in 6th century Ethiopia. The stories focus on her interpretation of Medraut (Mordred) and his half-Aksumite, half-British son Telemakos. Her 2012 novel, Code Name Verity, is a World War II thriller focusing on the friendship between two young British women, a transport pilot and a spy. It was designated a Michael L. Printz Award Honor book in 2013. Wein's short stories have been published in collections edited by Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling, and Sharyn November.

After this panel, there is a signing and THEN at 1:30, I will be signing at the Mysterious Galaxy booth #368. Come see me chilling with one of my favorite indie bookstores!

I will try to take some pictures so I can update you when I get home...but I turn around and leave for Texas the following week, so I may be late because I have these books to write and all sorts of real estate jargon floating around my life right now.

Rock it!

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