Wednesday, November 20, 2013

So, this happened today.

A grooooovy librarian from TX tweeted this to me:


And so, I followed the link to Kirkus and was stoked!

But then, a friend of mine from my camp counseling days (i.e. he knew both Mr. King and I when we had mullets) sent me an email with a link to this:



Same list.

But DAMN the Huffington Post has great taste in cover art. (Shout out to Liz, my cover designer at Little, Brown.)

And to go full circle, here's something for the Texas librarians out there.




And Glory O'Brien copy edits ARE DONE.

And I am still in my pajamas even though I've been working since 8.

So I'd better go pull myself together.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Don't panic. WE CHANGED OUR LOOK. It's about time.

I have twenty minutes to write this blog, tops, because the awesome Andrew Smith and I are heading to the driving range to hit a few balls around and see who can hit one all the way to Japan. JAPAN, man.

Sure, VOYA reviewer. More to come.
I promise. Thanks!
Still holding back two secrets from you. Sorry. I'll tell you the minute I can.

Here's one thing I can tell you. We got news of Reality Boy's FOURTH STARRED REVIEW today. It will appear in December's VOYA magazine and here's a snippet:
"King’s writing is...better than ever—not one unneeded word slows the reader in racing through this intense and incredibly fresh plot. Kudos, Ms. King. More please."--VOYA


INDIE NEXT LIST TOP TEN NEWS
I'm pretty sure that subheading says it all. Thrilled to be in the Top Ten! 

TAYSHAS LIST NEWS
I know it's hard to keep up with what things like this mean, but trust me when I tell you it's good news. The Texas Tayshas list came out this week and both Ask the Passengers AND Reality Boy made the TOP TEN. That's pretty freakin' awesome and a huge thank you to the groovy Texas librarians. All of them.
The link it here to the list--some mighty fine books on there. 

BONUS PICTURE FROM AASL
I didn't plan on recapping either conference until I was done with both, but here's a picture of Me, Jarrett Krosoczka, and Laurel Snyder after our early-morning panel about Skyping into classrooms.

I'm starting to realize that every time I take a selfie, my right arm
looks hulkish. SOON AMY TALK LIKE THIS. 

In case you're going to NCTE/ALAN and didn't catch my schedule last time around, here it is again!


Here is my NCTE Schedule for Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM          Signing Reality Boy and other titles in LBYR Booth #803 & 805

1:15 – 2:30 PM                      Speaking on No One Cares What You Think or Feel: Talking Back to the Common Core Standards [Sheraton – Independence Ballroom East, Second Floor]
The unchallenged assertion that “no one cares what you think or feel” in real-world literacy underscores both the standards' key message and method of their development/dissemination. This Conversation invites participants to “talk back” to the CCSS. All will have opportunity to write, draw, or film their personal responses.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Kim McCollum-Clark, Millersville University, chair; Paul Hankins, Floyds Knobs, IN; Teri Lesesne Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX; Mark Letcher, Purdue University-Calumet, Hammond, IN; Cindy Minnich, Upper Dauphin Area High School, Elizabethville, PA; A.S. King, Author

3:00 – 4:00 PM                      Signing Losing It in Lerner Booth #822

6:00 - 8:00 PM                      Cary Library Event with Malindo Lo and Karen Healey        
                                               Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, MA 



And on Monday, I will be speaking on the Walden Award panel from 4:10-5:00pm

Until then, I am organizing things like finishing copy edits for Glory O'Brien's History of the Future. Woot. Also, I may have seen that cover. So...add that to my pile of secrets. Sorry. Again.

I am also finally sending change of address cards. That only took me five months.

I know. The excitement here is exhausting.

Until then, here's me in my lab coat.



Monday, November 11, 2013

Last Leg. AASL & NCTE Schedules

This is the last leg of the autumn toury stuff. I have two books waiting for me to write when I get back.

First, this Friday in Hartford for AASL (American Association of School Librarians) to hang out with my Westborough Reads librarian superheroes, Maureen and Anita on a panel about collaborative reading projects. I also get to hang out with old friend and fantastic author Laurel Snyder and some other awesome people for the "Authors Who Skype" panel. (Bonus event at Western New England University with an old friend on Wednesday night, and then dinner with old school friend who is also an awesome librarian on Thursday.) (Yes, I know I listed those completely out of order. I make you work on this blog.) Lots of old friends! Very excited to see them all!

Here's my AASL schedule for Friday, November 15th:


8:00 – 9:15 AM          Speaking on Authors Who Skype [Marriott C]
With rising travel costs and shrinking budgets, schools are experimenting with ways to connect authors through Skype and other video conferencing.

Participants include: Mary Ann Scheuer, moderator; Laurel Snyder; Jarrett Krosoczka; A.S. King; Melissa Stewart; Vicki Cobb, Author.

9:30 – 10:30 AM        Signing Reality Boy and other titles in LBYR Booth
                                   
2:00 – 3:00 PM           Signing in Mackin Booth #401

3:15 – 4:30 PM           Speaking on Reading + Collaboration = Shared Community Experience [Convention Center Room 24]
Attendees will learn how to create a shared reading experience through a town-wide collaboration that will strongly impact the fabric of the entire community. Practical advice will be provided on gaining support and integrating the experience with the curriculum. Outcomes of a successful program will be discussed from the perspective of the school librarian, a public librarian, and the author.

Participants include: Anita Cellucci, School Librarian; Maureen Ambrosino, Library Director; A.S. King, Author


You can click on this. 

Then home for the kid's birthday. I love being home for the kid's birthday.

Then straight Boston for NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) to talk sense about the Common Core with the likes of several bona fide Han Solos, with a bonus stay for ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE), where I'll be on a panel of the Walden Award finalists on Monday afternoon. 

Here is my NCTE Schedule for Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM          Signing Reality Boy and other titles in LBYR Booth #803 & 805

1:15 – 2:30 PM                      Speaking on No One Cares What You Think or Feel: Talking Back to the Common Core Standards [Sheraton – Independence Ballroom East, Second Floor]
The unchallenged assertion that “no one cares what you think or feel” in real-world literacy underscores both the standards' key message and method of their development/dissemination. This Conversation invites participants to “talk back” to the CCSS. All will have opportunity to write, draw, or film their personal responses.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Kim McCollum-Clark, Millersville University, chair; Paul Hankins, Floyds Knobs, IN; Teri Lesesne Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX; Mark Letcher, Purdue University-Calumet, Hammond, IN; Cindy Minnich, Upper Dauphin Area High School, Elizabethville, PA; A.S. King, Author

3:00 – 4:00 PM                      Signing Losing It in Lerner Booth #822

6:00 - 8:00 PM                      Cary Library Event with Malindo Lo and Karen Healey        
                                               Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, MA 


Again, I listed these out of order. Pure trickery. 
I can't help it. 

I will be back with news I can't share when I can share it. 
Until then, I have to pack and tap dance.

Friday, November 8, 2013

One secret revealed, with a bonus.

***TONIGHT I AM AT CLINTON BOOK SHOP AT 7PM.***

Last night was a fantastic time at Children's Book World. I even got to see a friend from childhood who I hadn't seen in 25 years--and a surprise visit from one of my oldest friends. Thanks to all who came out to see me and to CBW for throwing a lovely signing, as usual.

Anyway.

This post has to be really short because Mr. King is bringing me Dunkin' Donuts breakfast after a late night of work and a late wake-up.

I told you I had secrets.
The first one showed up today.

REALITY BOY is on the Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2013. 


And a bonus! 
A star for Gerald in Shelf Awareness.



Also, Facebook is so funny.
It keeps telling me that my profile is incomplete. 
And this is why. 
Ha ha ha Facebook.


Facebook also seems to think I live in Omaha. 
Every day it asks me: Do you live in Omaha?
I never answer it.
Never trust questions like that from strangers. 




Monday, November 4, 2013

I have secrets.

Photo cred: E.E. Charlton-Trujillo
MSP airport sighting!
Good news abounds.
But I can't tell you about any of it.

I know how cruel that is. But it's how things go, man. So here's some random personal news that might fill the void until I can share things with you.

Tomorrow I will trade in my long-loved and trusted 1997 Dodge Neon with no air conditioning for another used car, but one with AC (and fog lights) that presently smells like a dog and an ashtray had sex in the back seat, but I will fix that as soon as possible after I buy it.

I loved that old Neon. I really did. The car got me so many places and it never gave up on me once. It came to me cheap (because the head gasket had blown and it was rebuilt) and I loved it like I love a favorite pair of Doc Marten boots or something.

I never cared that in July I had to bring changes of clothes to author events because I'd be drenched by the time I got there. (Farley's in New Hope & Clinton Books, I appreciate the bathroom space to change.) I didn't care that day I was at a colleague's house and a potential new friend arrived and said, "Is that your car out there?"
Then..."Isn't it a little old and beat up?"

Yes. Yes it was old and beat up. And I loved it. And tomorrow we will part.
Her name was Violet. She will be missed.
(And no, no one who puts down your car on a first meeting really becomes a friend. Remember this, posse. Also, good friends don't judge. Period. They just don't.)

TOUR STUFF

You have THREE chances to see me this week on the East Coast. Hope to see you there!

Photo credit: Beth Kephart
Children's Book World
17 Haverford Station Rd.
Haverford, PA 19041
November 7, 2013 7pm 

(p.s. if you're in the NYC area on Thursday night, Books of Wonder has a fantastic event that night too. My friends Andrew Smith and Ellen Hopkins will be there as well as three other awesome authors.)

Clinton Book Shop
12 E Main St
Clinton, NJ 08809
November 8, 2013 7pm



Lititz KidLit Festival
(Aaron's Books)
Linden Hall School Lititz, PA
Nov 9th, 2013
(Check for details! So many cool authors coming into town for this!)


HERE'S A POST I WROTE FOR THE VCFA FACULTY BLOG

It's about how landscape informs books. But really it's about how I started writing a new book yesterday morning after something that happened the night before.

You should just read it. 

I have nothing else. Three days off and I'm tearing through my to-do list.
Next week: Speaking at Western New England College, AASL in Hartford.
Week after: NCTE/ALAN in Boston. TWO public events there as well! More on those soon!