YA Authors

Statewide Meeting Tomorrow

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I hope to see many friends tomorrow – sounds like a great day planned.

If you’re still deciding: here’s the day’s schedule: http://ctlibraryassociation.org/meetinginfo.php?id=108&ts=1380732096

See you there!



Tera Lynn Childs at Otis Library

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Don’t forget that on Monday, Tera Lynn Childs will be visiting the Otis Library at 6:30!


I’m super excited to host her and hope that you can make it.


~ Jennifer

Are you planning to attend BEA?

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BEA is like Christmas for me. I love chatting about books with bloggers and other librarian. I adore stalking chatting with authors. I like talking with publishers about books I really enjoyed and upcoming books I can’t wait to read. Basically, it’s one of my favorite days of the year. If you haven’t been, look into it, because it’s simply amazing.

Plus, you can get a little break if you’re part of the CT Library Consortium (and also if you sign up before May 5th!)

Thanks to the CLC for the discounted rate! (to get the discount, register using the link from here)

~ Jennifer R.

Ghosts & Graves Tour

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I recently attended the Ghosts & Graves Tour at Otis Library in Norwich and had a great time meeting the YA authors, Jessica Verday and Michelle Zink.  They talked about their latest books – the 2nd of a 3 part series for each of the authors.  We got to learn a little more about them as they answered questions from the audience.  Jessica really does make perfume, as does one of the characters in her books.  And Michelle has a teenage son that wrote a musical score to accompany her novels.  They each read from their latest book and I was instantly hooked. 

The authors had a raffle of some cool prizes – perfumes, books, cds, and an iPod shuffle.  Some lucky teens (and teens at heart) were thrilled. 

We were able to purchase copies of Jessica’s books, The Hollow and The Haunted, as well as, copies of  Michelle’s  books, Prophecy of the Sisters and Guardian of the Gate.  I purchased The Hollow and Prophecy of the Sisters and can’t wait to read and then donate them to the YA shelf at the library. 

The authors were available to sign books, chat with fans, and more than happy to be included in pictures. Check out Jennifer’s blog,  http://yabooknerd.blogspot.com/, for some awesome photos of the decorations, the authors, and the books. 

Oh, and no author talk would be complete without some tasty treats.  We snacked on tombstone cookies,  brownies, and gooey eyeball chocolates!  Thanks, Jen, for bringing these amazing authors to the area. 

Mary G., Scotland Public Library

Authors at Otis Library

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This week, we have two amazing authors coming to the library:

Morning with an Author: a library fundraiser featuring Sarah Strohmeyer

Spend the morning with Sarah Strohmeyer, author of eleven novels, including the Bubbles mystery series for which the Oxygen Network has purchased the television rights. Her novel, The Cinderella Pact, premiered as a 2010 Lifetime movie, and Penny Pinchers, her most recent novel, will be out in paperback this summer.

Enjoy bubbly, morning refreshments, and the chance to mingle with Sarah, who will discuss her writing, answer questions and read from her work. Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will conclude the morning. This fundraising event is perfect for book clubs and fans of women’s fiction.

Saturday May 22nd at 10 AM at Otis Library $10 tickets are available for purchase at the Otis Library Circulation Desk or at the door on the day of the event

*Books will also be available for purchase*


Marley Gibson (who also writes as Kate Harmon) will be joining us on Monday night, May 24th at 6:30 pm in the Community Room. She’ll be chatting about her ghost hunting experience and will have books and other goodies available for purchase after the event.

We’re super excited about these two lovely ladies joining us and we hope to see you there!

Girls in YA Lit

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I only took a quick look at this – the Girls Voices Literature Database – but it looks like a good link to bookmark. It was posted to YALSA-BK this week.
At the same time, I sometimes feel like there’s no dearth of literature about girls. A new author whom I am paying attention to, Cynthia Jaynes Omolulu, has an interesting post to her blog today. A novel that she wrote some time ago, but has never found a publisher for, has recently had some interest. But she has been asked to change the protagonist from a boy to a girl! In light of a recent flurry of discussion related to a media specialist’s controversial plea to publishers (on/in SLJ-do read the comments!), this is an interesting thing to know. (Some responses to the plea can be seen here: Justine Larbalestier, Lisa Chellman).
Oh, and check out this article in the Washington Post: Boyhood is Not a Disease.
~Linda W

Ann Brashares visit: rescheduled

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Sisterhood Central presents

3willows type treatment

Meet Ann Brashares on Tour

Meet the bestselling author as she discusses and reads from her latest novel, 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows!

Join us as we celebrate the next chapter of the Sisterhood!

Upcoming Event:

Southbury, CT
Thursday, February 26 at 7:00pm
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