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Girls Night Out… at the Library!

I just got home from an evening at the Francestown Library with the coolest and most adorable group of teenage girls ever.  And I’m not just saying that because they live in my town. 😉 These lovely young ladies came out to help me kick off the month of June with a “Girls Night Out” in celebration of REUNITED‘s release date being a mere 10 days away!   We all made collages (like the girls in REUNITED) which centered on friendship (a theme in REUNITED), I read an excerpt from the book and talked about the process of writing it, we ate a bunch of junk food, and I raffled away some major swag.  Special thanks to Mary Farrell, our Children’s Librarian who organized the event, Meaghan Farrell, her daughter/the party’s social director, and Carol Brock, our Head Librarian, for supporting our shenanigans.

And don’t forget to check out their fabulous collages below.  These gals can work a glue stick.

Just like you can’t look directly at the sun without going blind, the camera found it impossible to focus on this much awesomeness.


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The REUNITED Love Your Library Giveaway

It’s Week 3 of the REUNITED Giveaway Extravaganza, which means there’s only 2 more weeks to go until REUNITED hits the shelves!  Yippee!

Last week’s winner —  Samantha C. – walked away with two pre-release copies of REUNITED – one for her and one for Alisha, her BFF.

And I had so much fun giving away those books that I’m doing it again!  But this time, with a twist.  To enter, just write the name of your favorite library in the comments section of this post— it can be your town library, or the one at your school — and you could win two copies of REUNITED – one for you, and one to donate to your library of choice!  (Contest runs through Tuesday June 5, 2012 at 7:00amEST. Open to U.S. residents only.)

Of course, I’m making the librarians at my local library buy a copy. 😉 Thank you Mary and Carol!!!

My favorite library, in stick-figure form.


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Fiction and Movies and Blogs, Oh My!

Just got back from a whirlwind trip to NYC for Teen Book Fest, (where my speaking engagement didn’t exactly go as planned) then Portland, Maine for the Chidlren’s Film Festival (where my speaking engagement went better than planned).  But both trips were full of unexpected book & movie-related delights along the way.

Delight #1 – A visit with my publisher.  Once again, my lovely editor, Alexandra Cooper, gave me the official Simon & Schuster tour, where I got to meet all of the people in Sales, Marketing, and Publicity who are working hard to make REUNITED a success (presumably, they’re publishing other titles, too).

When I got off the elevator at Simon & Schuster, there was this. Not bad company, eh? Though I hear they gave Whaley champagne. 😉

Delight #2 – Authors & BBQ – Though our Teen Author Fest event didn’t exactly go as planned (insert loud throat-clearing here) I did get to enjoy a wonderful lunch with a gang of great authors including:   Leanna Renee Hieber (author of DARKER STILL), Lauren McLaughlin (author of SCORED and the CYCLER series), Kody Keplinger (author of THE DUFF and SHUT OUT), PG Kain, (author of the COMMERCIAL BREAKS series) and Gwendolyn Heasley (author of WHERE I BELONG and the forthcoming A LONG WAY FROM YOU).  A definite highlight of my trip!

Leanna Renee Hieber, Lauren McLaughlin, and I visit the lovely teen room at the Hamilton Grange Branch of the NY Public Library.

Delight #3 – While in the East Village with my friend Chuck, we walked by the inspiring & hilarious Janeane Garofalo, who was rocking red leggings and combat boots, like a total bad-ass.  No photo, but you get the picture.

Delight #4 – In Portland, ME we always stay with my sister & her family.  Recently, my eight-year-old niece created her own in-house library, complete with official library cards, a reference section, and a wide selection of books and videos available for loan.  A family library card cost 35 cents.  Also, there’s a tip jar.

My niece's library, where we took out a Muppets Movie and a Calvin & Hobbes book.

Delight #5 – This is me, leading a filmmaking workshop at the Children’s Film Fest in Portland, ME.  Great kids, well-attended, and I was sooooo happy to see so many girls interested in making movies!

Raise your hand if you want to overthrow the patriarchy.

Delight #6 – Kirsten Cappy of Curious City is also based out of Portland, ME and we spent the afternoon eating sushi & scheming with the uber-cool librarian and all-around Renaissance man Michael Whitaker.  You can see some of our plans for REUNITED here:  http://curiouscitydpw.com/2012/03/28/fictional-band-at-your-library/

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