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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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next time, try the train

Apologies to everyone who came out for the group reading at Jefferson Market Library last night hoping to see me read from Quantum Coin. Due to circumstances entirely out of my control, I missed it by that much.

I was on the Greyhound bus from Philadelphia which normally takes two hours—two-and-a-half tops—to reach New York City on a weekday afternoon. However, a fatal truck crash set the NJ Turnpike and an overpass on fire, requiring significant diversions. So I got on the bus at 1 p.m. and arrived at Port Authority Bus Terminal at 7:15 p.m., like some horrible kind of time warp that I hopefully will not do again. The reading began at 6 p.m. As inconvenienced as I was, I’m still alive (though half-asleep), so I feel I can’t really complain about it all too much. My condolences to the family of the deceased truck driver.

Despite valiant efforts to draw out the reading and Q&A, I arrived just after it had finally ended. But I can tell you this: It was wonderful to see a room full of my friends waiting for me! They said I should read anyway, but I figured the library would have preferred if we were all gone. And I was hungry. At least I had time for dinner and made some new friends before I had to get on public transit again—a train at 10:05 p.m., which thankfully brought me back home right on schedule.

It was also nice to have people on Twitter to keep me company and root for me during my not-quite-epic journey. I am not the whiny sort, but I was really bummed to miss the reading. Still, there will be other readings, and hopefully other books. But next time, if I’m at all in a hurry, I’m taking the train.

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reading tonight!!!

Just a reminder that I will be joining Jack O’ Connell at the KGB Fantastic Fiction reading tonight at the KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th Street, NYC. The readings start at 7:00 p.m., books will be for sale, and oh, did I mention that it’s my birthday? This is also likely to be my last (and thus, best!) reading for Fair Coin in NYC. It would be so wonderful to see you there. In fact, it’s my birthday wish.

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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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sleep no more: what you see is what you get

This weekend, my wife and I went to Sleep No More, a theatrical production in New York City produced by Punchdrunk and EMURSIVE. It would be incorrect to call it a play, or to say that I went to “see” it, because it isn’t a traditional sort of play, nor is it something you watch passively; however, there is definitely a strong element of real play in it, for both the audience and the actors.

The Wikipedia page calls Sleep No More an “immersive theatre installation,” which is an accurate, if not necessarily accessible description. Some reviews have likened it to video games like BioShock or Choose Your Own Adventure books, and one of my friends compared it to a holonovel on Star Trek, an interactive book that plays out on a holodeck and makes the “reader” part of the story. I would go one step further and compare Sleep No More to novels, period.

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