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Monday, June 28, 2010

Spending Time with Authors, part 3!

During the meetings for the Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA) award committee this weekend, local teens came to talk to us about the books that have been nominated.  Prior to talking about the books, one of the publishers hosted a pizza party for the teens with some authors (thank you Penguin!).  On Sunday, we were lucky to have some well-spoken teens sharing their thoughts on books and three terrific authors sharing their stories! 

Andrea Cremer (first-time author of Nightshade), John Green and David Levithan (authors of Will Grayson, Will Grayson) were "on stage" answering questions, telling their stories, and even performing some karaoke straight from the movie "Top Gun."  HILARIOUS!  I wish I had video I could post.

I have an advance copy of Nightshade, which is to be the first book in a trilogy, and I can think of many EJH students that will be anxious to read this book once school starts!  I would recommend Will Grayson, Will Grayson for high school students (you will fall in love with a character named Tiny Cooper, I promise).  You should also look for John Green's An Abundance of Katherines or David Levithan's Wide Awake for those wanting to read more from these two talented authors.

If you ever get the chance to hear any of these authors in person, DO IT!  Always entertaining.  In fact, here is a link to John Green's "Book Nerd Paradise" video of some of his time spent at the library conference...wish he had included the clip of David Levithan singing "You've Lost that Loving Feeling."

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