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my readercon schedule

 

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Readercon is one of my favorite conventions, but important things like birthdays and weddings (most notably my own last summer) often conspire to keep me away. So I’m really glad I’ll be able to make it this year–attending a convention as a published novelist for the first time!

I’ll be there from early Friday, July 13 to early Sunday, July 15. I’m not scheduled for any panels, readings, or autograph sessions, but if you happen to want your copy of Fair Coin signed, feel free to stop me when you see me, unless I’m in the bathroom; I will be well-armed with Sharpies for the weekend. If you don’t want to bring the book along (I doubt anyone will have it in the dealer’s room), I’ll have a limited number of bookplates with me. And you can always get a signed bookmark or maybe a coin case, while supplies last. (Supplies are very low.)

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend the one panel I really want to see: Mapping the Parallels (Sun, 1:00 p.m.), which is all about parallel universes in fiction. I have opinions on this subject. But I have a pretty long trip home on Sunday and work the next day, so I’ll probably be taking off after lunch.

There seems to be only one YA panel, Through a Glass Dystopianly (Fri, 1:00 p.m.), and you can bet I’ll try to be there. Otherwise, follow me on Twitter and you’ll be able to stalk me, or just wait around the bar or pool; I’m bound to appear there eventually. I’m looking forward to catching up with lots of friends!

I’m not actually sure who all will be going to Readercon, so if you’ll be there, let me know in the comments and I will keep an eye out for you specifically!

teen writing workshop & book signing

On Saturday, May 19, I will be joining two other Apocalypsies to host a teen writing workshop at Chester County Book & Music Co.:

ATTENTION TEENS!
Sign up for a writing workshop

with three young adult authors,
members of the Apocalypsies,
and be eligible for a fabulous door prize!
K.M. Waltonauthor of CRACKED
Elisa Ludwig, author of PRETTY CROOKED
E.C. Myers, author of FAIR COIN
Saturday, May 19
Workshop 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ($10)
Signing 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 pm (free and open to the public)
Cost includes a buffet lunch.
Hurry!  Space is limited!
You MUST register in advance.
Chester County Book & Music Company
975 Paoli Pike
West Goshen Center
West Chester, PA 19380
For more information
call 610-696-1661, ext. 29
Please help spread the word! I hope to see you and/or your teen writers on Saturday!

all things asian must come to an end…

Wait… While technically true, that’s kind of an awful thought, isn’t it? In any case, all I mean is that the All Things Asian webstravaganza ended yesterday. *sadface*

Thank you to everyone who visited the three participating blogs and read all the great posts, commented, entered contests, and helped make this such an exciting, educational, and interesting online celebration. Big thanks to our hosts, who pulled this amazing thing off: That Hapa Chick; iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books; and My Words Ate Me. I was honored to be included in this.

I hope we can continue to think about, discuss, and promote diversity in young adult fiction, and in all areas of our lives. In the meantime, if you missed some of the posts, you can find links to all of them at the main website:

http://livelaughlovebook.blogspot.com/p/all-things-asian.html

Many of the giveaways are still running through April 30. I’m looking forward to sending a Fair Coin prize pack to one lucky winner!

Stay frosty,
Eugene

all things asian!

I’ve been remiss in mentioning this sooner, but I’m participating in All Things Asian, an online celebration of Asian culture, authors, bloggers, and Asian-influenced literature hosted by That Hapa Chick, iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books, and My Words Ate Me.

These three blogs are running guest posts and interviews now through April 16 with excellent folks like Jay Kristoff, Ellen Oh, Melissa de la Cruz, and Kat Zhang, among others. I was honored to be invited to contribute something too; an interview with me about my work and relationship with my Asian heritage will appear on April 9, but I’m following and enjoying all the posts, and I hope you will too! I’ve also offered up a Fair Coin prize pack for the All Things Asian giveaway, which includes a signed copy of the book and assorted swag. Giveaways end on April 30.

Here’s the main page for the event, where you can find links to all the posts and giveaways as they appear.

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!