Thursday, January 31, 2013


WILD BOY: THE REAL LIFE OF THE SAVAGE OF AVEYRON, by Mary Losure, ill. by Timothy Basil Ering (Candlewick, March 2013)(ages 10+).  In the last years of the 18th century, a boy -- about ten or eleven years old -- was captured in rural France.  He'd been living on his own -- foraging in the forest, naked and running on all fours -- and no one knew where he came from.  Ultimately, he was taken to Paris for study, where scientists tried to "civilize" him...

WILD BOY offers a fascinating look at one boy and human nature and what it means to be civilized -- a compelling and thought-provoking read.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


This week, Cyn and I attended a couple terrific signings at BookPeople!

The first had a birthday-party theme for Liz Garton Scanlon's new picture book, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUNNY!  The second had "Roaring Twenties" theme for Janet Fox's recent release, SIRENS.

Here are some pictures:

Cyn, Lindsey Scheibe, Carmen Oliver

Liz speaks
Janet and Bethany Hegedus

Janet's books


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Montgomery County Book Festival!

February 2, Cyn and I will be on panels at the Montgomery County Book Festival!

Here's the schedule and list of authors:

Panel Title and Author List
Get Real
Magic and Dragons and Mermaids, Oh My!
E. Kristin Anderson
Bettina Restrepo
Anita Bunkley
Carolee Dean
Moderator: Molly Harras
Sophie Jordan 
Tracy Deebs
Kathi Appelt
Moderator: Belle Whittington
It’s the End of the World
As We Know It
Make Every Day Count
Dom Testa
Mike Mullin
Lindsay Cummings
Moderator: Jonathan Maberry
Jenny Moss
Diane Kelly
Jill Alexander
Diana Lopez
Books With Bite
Reality is Great But
I Wouldn’t Want to
Live There
Cynthia Leitich Smith
CC Hunter
Rachel Caine
Mari Mancusi
Moderator: Missy Jane
Cory Oakes
Wendy Delsol
Janni Lee Simner
Moderator: Ledia Runnels
We’re Not in Kansas Anymore: SciFi Reads
Tweens Read Too
Brian Falkner
Greg Leitich Smith
David McGinnis Gill
Moderator: Jim Schmidt
Jo Whittemore
Bethany Hegedus
Kimberley Griffiths Little
Nikki Loftin
Moderator: Melissa Studdard
Things That Go BUMP
in the Night
Man! Those Corsets Were Tight!:
Historical Reads
Mary Lindsay
Victoria Scott
Joy Preble
Kendare Blake
Lisa McMann
 Michelle Hayes Pickett
Jacqueline Kelly
Suzanne Crowley
Janet S. Fox
Anna Myers
Moderator: Lana Meyers

Festival Schedule
9:00 - 10:00 am
Registration, Book Sales and
Entertainment in Commons
10:00 am
Keynote address in Theater with Jonathan Maberry
10:45 am
Session I Author Panels
Writing Workshop - Beginner
11:30 am
Author Signing Session I
Book/Concession Sales
Special Keynote Presentation
with DeeAnne Gist
1:05 pm
Session II Author Panels
Writing Workshop - Intermediate
1:50 pm
Author Signing Session II
2:10 pm
Session III Author Panels
Writing Workshop—Advanced
2:55 pm
Author Signing Session III
3:15 pm
Keynote Address in Theater with Sherrilyn Kenyon
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Closing Author Signing Session

Monday, January 21, 2013

YAK Fest Report!

Cyn and I are safely back from YAK Fest!  We had a great time road-tripping with Cory Putnam Oakes and Jessica Lee Anderson, although traffic on I-35 was the worst ever. (And we didn't allow anyone in the car who doesn't have three names in their byline).

Once we arrived in Keller, we were treated to a nice reception/dinner at the awesome Book Carriage Book Store.  The next morning, Simone Elkeles delivered a rousing keynote, followed by our panels!
On my panel,Krissi Dallas spoke about creating worlds and names therefor; Tracy Deebs talked about apocalypses and Pandora's bad rap; and Andrea White talked about the inspiration for Surviving Antarctica.

Many thanks to all the organizers, sponsors, and volunteers!

Here are some pictures:

Jason Henderson, Lori Aurelia Williams, Cory Putnam Oakes, Jessica Lee Anderson, and Cyn and Me.

The Elvis shrine at the Waco Chuy's

Cory, Cyn, Krissi Dallas, Me

Jason Henderson and Me

Road tripping!

Traffic jam in Waco

Cory, Jessica, a Yak, Krissi, Cyn and Me

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Movies 2013

In addition to the May 17 release (finally!) of Star Trek into Darkness, 2013 looks to be a good year for movies based on children's and YA books.

Coming up this year are:

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Ender's Game
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Other movies this year based on books/plays/classic tales include:

Bless Me, Ultima
Jack Ryan
Jack the Giant Slayer
Jurassic Park 3D
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Great Gatsby
World War Z
Much Ado About Nothing
The Seventh Son

And based on comic books:

Iron Man 3
Man of Steel
The Wolverine
Thor: The Dark Worlds

Monday, January 07, 2013

YAK Fest!

On January 19, 2013, Cyn and I will be panelists at YAK Fest, the Young Adult Keller Book Festival, at Keller High School, in Keller, Texas.

Here are the details, with the complete lineup and panel breakdown:

WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 9am – 5pm
OPEN DOOR: Come when you can and stay for as long as you like.
WHERE: Keller High School, 601 N. Pate Orr Rd. Keller, TX 76248
SOCIAL MEDIA: twitter / facebook / blog  (hashtag #Yakfest13)


Panel Breakdown:

Keeping It Real – Jessica Anderson, Charles Benoit, Chris Crutcher (afternoon only), Simone Elkeles, Guadalupe Garica McCall, Jessica Warman, Lori Aurelia Williams and Shannon Greenland

This is Not Normal – Rosemary Clement Moore, Cory Oakes, Victoria Scott, Mary Lindsey and Jeff Hirsch

This is Not Normal Either – Krissi Dallas, Tracy Deebs, Greg Leitich Smith and Andrea White

Vampire Smack Down - Cynthia Leitich Smith, Rachel Caine and Jason Henderson

Poetry Workshop – Colin Gilbert

A Walk on the Weird Side – Kelley Milner Halls

Choctaw Tales – Tim Tingle

Schedule (tentative)
9:00 - 10:00Doors open; book salesCommons
10:00 - 10:45Keynote- Simone Elkeles, followed by introduction of authorsFine Arts Center
10:55 - 11:40select a panel or sessionLecture Hall, Band Hall, classrooms
11:40 - 12:40Lunch - food for purchase; Book salesCommons
12:40 - 1:20select a panel or sessionLecture Hall, Band Hall, classrooms
1:30 - 2:10select a panel or sessionLecture Hall, Band Hall, classrooms
2:20 - 3:00select a panel or sessionLecture Hall, Band Hall, classrooms
3:10 - 3:40Poetry readingCommons
3:40 - 5:00book sales; author signingCommons
There will be books available for purchase from The Book Carriage, and they will be selling books all day. The Book Carriage will accept cash and credit cards. You may bring some books from home for authors to sign. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at lunch.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy 2013, everyone!  Cyn and I had great fun at the New Year's Eve/Cyn's Birthday party sponsored by The Writing Barn and hosted by Bethany Hegedus

Here are some pics (the first four are courtesy of Chris Kocek Photography):

Cyn and me
Gene Brenek presents me with a dinosaur.  Naturally. :-).

Doing my best Sinatra singing "Happy Birthday."
Gene, Sean Petrie, and me
Cyn in front of the spread

Don and Tami Tate
Brian Yansky, Cyn, Brian Anderson

Just the two of us

Cyn's gift from the community (art by Shelley Ann Jackson)

For more photos by Chris Kocek, go check out the Writing Barn Facebook page. Cyn has more pics here.
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