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2013 Teen Author Festival!

It’s here! This week is the annual Teen Author Festival in NYC, consisting of author panels, readings, signings, and performances. I’m thrilled to be participating in one panel this year, on a topic I know a little something about:

“Alternate World vs. Imaginary World”:
Of these authors, some have written stories involving alternate or parallel versions of our world, some have made up imaginary worlds for their characters, and still others have written books that do each.  We’ll discuss the decision to either connect the world of a book to our world, or to take it out of the historical context of our world.  How do these strategies help in telling story and developing character?  Is one easier than the other? Is the stepping off point always reality, or can it sometimes be another fictional world? With authors:

Sarah Beth Durst
Jeff Hirsch
Emmy Laybourne
Lauren Miller
E. C. Myers (that’s me!)
Diana Peterfreund
Mary Thompson
Moderator:  
Chris Shoemaker

Friday, March 22, 2013 | 4:40 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

New York Public Library
Steven A. Schwarzman Building (the one with the lions)
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
Bergen Forum, 2nd Floor

While I won’t be in this year’s big group signing at Books of Wonder on Sunday, the store still has signed copies of Quantum Coin, so just ask if you don’t see it on the shelves. And if you’re hoping to get something signed or just say hi or want a bookmark or some gummi bears (really!), I’ll be lurking around the Festival from Thursday to Saturday, either attending panels and events or writing in the beautiful Rose Main Reading Room. I hope you’ll drop by!

The full Festival schedule is below and you also can join the Facebook page for the latest information:

http://www.facebook.com/NYCTeenAuthorFestival

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signings of the apocalypse

I had a fantastic, authorly day in NYC yesterday that was not hampered at all by several poor transit decisions on my part. (Uh, if anyone wants an unlimited Metrocard good through 12/12/12, let me know, and I’ll mail it to you!) The more time I spend away from New York, the less competent I feel whenever I visit it…

The highlight of the trip, of course, was reading at Books of Wonder, my favorite book store in Manhattan. I’ve been going to readings and signings there for six or seven years, and once I began writing Fair Coin I hoped I would have my chance there one day. So I felt very lucky to be sitting up there with Colleen Clayton, Tiffany Schmidt, and Amy McNamara, with so many of our friends and people who love reading and publishing YA fiction on the other side of the table. Plus, mini-cupcakes! Many thanks to Peter, Scott, Allison, Alice, Corinne, and everyone at the store for their warm welcome!

The event had a nice turnout, the readings went well, I sold and signed some books, and it was great to catch up with friends from NY and beyond. I also had fun meeting up with my JABberwocky agents at their new(ish) office and touring book stores in the city with Tiffany. We hit pretty much every Barnes & Noble in Manhattan and signed our stock there, so if you’re looking for copies of her book, Send Me a Sign, or Quantum Coin, here’s where you can find them. They make great gifts! :)

Books of Wonder
18 W. 18th Street
212-989-3270
(They will also ship signed copies of Quantum Coin if you don’t live in NYC or otherwise can’t get to the store. Here’s the buy link!)

Barnes & Noble:

Union Square
33 East 17th Street

Fifth Ave
555 Fifth Avenue (46th St & Fifth)

Citigroup Center
160 E. 54th Street (near Lexington)

Tribeca
97 Warren Street

82nd & Broadway
2289 Broadway

86th & Lexington Ave
150 East 86th Street

The only B&N we didn’t make it to in Manhattan is the Greenwich Village store, which unfortunately is closing at the end of this month :(

And if you’ve purchased Fair Coin and/or Quantum Coin as a gift for someone or yourself, you can also request free, signed bookplates by e-mailing me at me [at] ecmyers [dot] net with your name, how you would like it personalized, and your mailing address. But if you want them in time for an impending holiday or the end of days, you should e-mail me soon!

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the signings of the apocalypsies

Jim Freund and me on Hour of the Wolf

Last week, I returned to my old home base, New York City, for the annual NYC Teen Author Festival. I had to miss the first few days of panels and readings, but I got in late Wednesday night so Jim Freund could interview me and Eddie Schneider on his weekly radio program, Hour of the Wolf (Thursday mornings from 1:30 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. on WBAI 99.5 FM). As usual, the time passed far too quickly! I read two short selections from Fair Coin on the air and we discussed YA fiction and publishing. You can listen to a recording of the broadcast online for the next week.

Making coffee out of lemons: Mark Schulman (SCRAWL), Jess Rothenberg (THE CATASTROPHIC HISTORY OF YOU AND ME), Arlaina Tibensky (AND THEN THINGS FALL APART), Léna Roy (EDGES), and me at Beans and Vines

Roughly seven hours later, I staggered to a library in Manhattan where I was scheduled to read to a high school class with four other authors. Unfortunately, the chain locking the doors suggested they weren’t expecting us. As my friend Matt London recounted on his blog, we adjourned to a nearby coffee shop to hang out instead, which worked out really well because a) I needed a lot of coffee after only 3 hours of sleep, and b) they are all really fun people and I happen to like talking with other writers.

Autographed copies face out on a table at B&N Tribeca. (Thanks, Kara!)

My agent, Eddie, and I then toured many Barnes & Noble bookstores throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, so I could sign their stock of Fair Coin. It was my first time seeing my book in stores in person, and it was as thrilling as you’d expect. It was even more exciting to see it prominently displayed face out in the new Teen Fantasy & Adventure sections and on several tables. It was also fun to meet and chat with several store employees who clearly love books, including Elizabeth, Donna, Ashley, Taina, Meredith, and Kara. (Hi!) Once I signed the books, the store staff slapped nifty “Autographed” stickers on them, the better to entice people to pick them up. If you’re looking to grab a signed copy of your own from Barnes & Noble, last week they had them at 82nd & Broadway, 86th & Lexington, 46th Street and 5th Ave, Tribeca, Court Street in Brooklyn, and Park Slope.

If you would like to support independent booksellers, and I always think that’s worth doing, you can also snag a signed copy from Books of Wonder on 18 W. 18th Street, the preeminent children’s bookstore in Manhattan. I was there on Sunday with around 65 other YA authors (including a bunch of Apocalypsies!) for the mega signing. It was great to see many friends show up to have their copies of Fair Coin signed, and meet some readers and book bloggers. The swag I made for the book seemed to be a big hit, too. It was definitely a wish come true to see my book in the store, since I’ve been going to readings and signings there for years. My only “problem” with Books of Wonder is I can’t leave without purchasing some books, and indeed I left with a bag of cherished autographed books by other Apocalypsies. (Many thanks to David Levithan for coordinating the signing and working so hard on the rest of the Author Festival, and to Peter Glassman and everyone at Books of Wonder who were so welcoming to a bunch of new authors.)

Getting to meet and hang out with other members of the Apocalypsies was a big highlight of the trip, and we even had a small gathering at one of my favorite restaurants, Chat n’ Chew, before the signing, with Zoraida Córdova (THE VICIOUS DEEP), Gina Damico (CROAK), K.M. Walton (CRACKED), Emily M. Danforth (THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST), Elisa Ludwig (PRETTY CROOKED), and Lizzie K. Foley (REMARKABLE), and assorted significant others. Apocalypsies were also well represented on various panels throughout Teen Author Week–already reading and talking about their books like pros.

Last weekend, I also joined many people (including some of my writing group, Altered Fluid), to usher in Alaya Dawn Johnson’s 30th birthday and her fourth novel, WICKED CITY, at a genuine NYC speakeasy, The Back Room. If you see Alaya tonight, be sure to congratulate her on both milestones; she and I will be reading and signing our new books at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art (138 Sullivan Street) at 7 p.m. I hope you can make it!

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2012 NYC Teen Author Festival

Some kind folks have been asking me about my “book tour” for Fair Coin, which so far consists of as many readings and signings as I can arrange on the East Coast within reasonable reach of Philadelphia. I’m working on scheduling more where and when I can, within the constraints of distance, budget, and available vacation time from my day job. Check my Events page to see if I’ll be coming to a venue near you, and I always appreciate recommendations for and to other stores, events, conventions, and activities, including library, school, and Skype visits.

I’m especially pleased and honored to be participating in the annual Teen Author Festival in NYC, an epic week of author panels, readings, signings, and mayhem. I’ve long attended as a spectator, but this is the first year that I’m one of the authors, with my shiny new book! (I’ll also be a spectator.) Most notably, I’ll be in a group signing at Books of Wonder on Sunday, April 1 from 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., my first public signing in NYC. I hope you’ll drop by, and attend the other events in the Festival. I’ll likely be in the audience from Thursday on. Full schedule below and you can join the Facebook page for the latest information:

http://www.facebook.com/NYCTeenAuthorFestival

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