People have been coming us to us saying, “I hear Cory Doctorow will be here next week, can my kids come listen?” I’m beginning to realize that maybe we’re not the only ones who adore hearing writers talk about their books and how they create such magic. So, to that end, I’m going to try to list local readings of YA writers here each week. I’ll link them to our reviews if we’ve already written about them. If you end up going to one of the events, be sure to let us know how you liked it–you’re welcome to write a guest blog entry if you’d like–you guys must be getting tired of listening to my ramblings all the time.
If your a writer of YA interest who is speaking locally, be sure to email me to be included on the weekly updates. If you’d like to come to BHS and talk to our students, PLEASE email me to set something up.
Cory Doctorow @ the BHS library during Period 5 on Wednesday, May 19.
Jandy Nelson @ A Great Good Place for Books (6120 LaSalle Avenue Oakland, California 94611) at 7 PM on Thursday, May 20.
” ‘Jandy Nelson completely won me over through Lennie, whose story of grief somehow manages to be an enchantment, a celebration, a romance—without forsaking the rock-hard truths of loss. ‘—Sara Zarr, National Book Award Finalist and author of Story of a Girl and Sweethearts
About the Author
Jandy Nelson received a BA from Cornell, an MFA from Brown in poetry, and another MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. A literary agent for many years, she is also a published poet. The Sky Is Everywhere is her first novel. Jandy lives in San Francisco.
Barbara Quick@ Mrs. Dalloway’s (2904 College Avenue, Berkeley) on Sunday, May 23, 4 p.m.
“Barbara Quick reads from A Golden Web (HarperTeen, $16.99). Alessandra is desperate to escape. Desperate to escape her stepmother, who’s locked her away for a year; to escape the cloister that awaits her and the marriage plans that have been made for her; to escape the expectations that limit her and every other girl in fourteenth-century Italy. There’s no tolerance in her quiet village for Alessandra and her keen intelligence and unconventional ideas.
In defiant pursuit of her dreams, Alessandra undertakes an audacious quest, her bravery equaled only by the dangers she faces. Disguised and alone in a city of spies and scholars, Alessandra will find a love she could not foresee — and an enduring fame.
In this exquisite imagining of the centuries-old story of Alessandra Giliani, the world’s first female anatomist, acclaimed novelist Barbara Quick gives readers the drama, romance, and rich historical detail for which she is known as she shines a light on an unforgotten — and unforgettable — heroine.
Barbara Quick is the author of Vivaldi’s Virgins. She lives in Berkeley.”