Friday, October 1, 2010

October's Indie Exchange... YA-Relevant Events In Arizona

What's going on around Arizona in October?  Dude.  A ton.  YA Awesome abounds.  Mark these on your calendar, and make an effort to get to the ones that interest you!

October 2nd, 2pm : DIANA GABALDON - THE EXILE: GRAPHIC NOVEL Historical sci-fi, adventure and romance -- Diana Gabaldon's novels have it all, and now they have the amazing artwork of Hoang Nguyen to tell the stories with images. Outlander is now a graphic novel! Signing at Barnes & Noble, Eastside, 5130 E. Broadway, Tucson

October 3rd, 2pm: JEWELL PARKER RHODES - THE NINTH WARD Communicating with ghosts, including the spirit of her mother who died giving birth to her, is a gift that Lanesha, 12, has had for as long as she can remember. The girl's beloved caretaker, Mama Ya-Ya, a midwife and healer, has a gift that allows her to predict the future. Signing at The Poisoned Pen, 4014 N Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale

October 6th, 7pmDIANA GABALDON - THE EXILE: GRAPHIC NOVEL Diana Gabaldon, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander Saga, visits with her latest, The Exile, her first-ever graphic novel, illustrated by Hoang Nguyen. Readers get a fresh look at the events of the original Outlander from Jamie Fraser’s side of the story. Signing at Changing Hands, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe

October 7th, 7pm: KALEB NATION, creator of, returns with his new novel for young readers, Bran Hambric: The Specter Key, the much-anticipated sequel to Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse.  Signing at Changing Hands, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe

October 10th, 2pm: LAUREN CONRAD, #1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Conrad, star of MTV's The Hills, presents her new books Lauren Conrad Style and Sugar and Spice. Signing at Changing Hands, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe

October 14th, 4pm: KAMI GARCIA & MARGARET STOHL, Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.  Signing at The Poisoned Pen, 4014 N Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale

October 17th, 3pm: RICK RIORDAN, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, presents The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero.  Signing sponsored by Changing Hands, but held offsite at Dobson High School, 1501 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa (my alma mater!) Tickets $18 and include a copy of the book.

October 18th, 7pm: LINDA GERBER, LISA MCMANN, & APRILYNNE PIKE:Three authors in one night! Linda Gerber presents her new teen novel, Trance. Every time something bad is going to happen, Ashlyn Greenfield knows what's to come—a trance. She’s pulled in, an unwilling seer of events she’s never been able to stop, not even when the vision was of her mother's fatal car accident. Joining Gerber is Lisa McMann with the conclusion of her New York Times bestselling Wake trilogy, Gone. Janie is spending her summer with Cabel, but deep down she's panicking about how she's going to survive her future when getting sucked into other people's dreams starts to take its toll. In Spells, Aprilynne Pike continues the story of Laurel, introduced in her New York Times bestseller Wings, as she accepts her true identity as a faerie and faces a heartbreaking choice.  Signing at Changing Hands, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe

October 19th, 7pm: The oh so AWESOME JAMES A. OWEN, Join us as we kick off the newest release from James A Owen and the fifth in the 'Chronicles of the Imaginarium Georgraphica' series. Catch the next installment of the Caretakers: John, Jack and Charles.  Signing at Barnes & Noble, Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 42, Phoenix

October 22nd, 7pm: A.S. KING signs Please Ignore Vera Dietz.  Signing at Barnes & Noble, Chandler Fashion Mall, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd #2054, Chandler

October 23rd, 1pm:  JAMES A. OWEN, visits with The Dragon's Apprentice, the fifth book in his acclaimed YA fantasy series Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica. Seven years after the events of The Shadow Dragons, John, Jack, and Charles return to their beloved Archipelago of Dreams. But new concerns shadow the reunion: the threat of Ecthroi, the primordial Shadow. Signing at Changing Hands, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe

October 23rd, 4pm: A.S. KING, A. S. King, author of The Dust of 100 Dogs, visits with Please Ignore Vera Dietz. Vera's spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she's kept a lot of his secrets, even after he betrayed her. So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows more than anyone. But will she emerge and clear his name? Does she even want to? Ellen Hopkins, author of the New York Times bestselling Crank and Glass, raves, "Please Ignore Vera Dietz is a 'please go away and don't bother me, I have to finish this book before I do anything else' kind of book. Brilliant.”  Signing at Changing Hands, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe

October 24th, 2pm: 5 AUTHOR HALLOWEEN BASH, James A Owen, Larry Correia, Sam Sykes, SS Wilson, Weston Ochse, Larry Correia signs Monster Hunter: Vendetta (Baen $7.99), which follows Monster Hunter International ($7.99),  Sam Sykes celebrates the US release of Tome of The Undergates, James A Owen joins us with the release of his latest, The Dragon's Apprentice, from the The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, Weston Ochse talks about his latest piece of horror, Empire of Salt, from his Tomes of the Dead series, SS Wilson, writer of the screenplays Tremors and Short Circuit joins us with his novel Tucker's Monster.  Event at The Poisoned Pen, 4014 N Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale

October 28th, 7pm: CECIL CASTELLUCCI, presents her latest novel, Rose Sees Red. Set in New York in the 1980s, this story of two ballet dancers (one American, one Russian) recounts the unforgettable night they spend in the city, and celebrates the friendship they form despite their cultural and political differences. Signing at Changing Hands, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe

October 30th, 7pm: HALLOWEEN TALES WITH TOM LEVEEN, Young adult author of Party and artistic director, Tom Leveen, puts on an evening of performance literature from classic, modern and original works! A full cast of actors from the former Chyro Arts Venue performs a variety of scary (and fun!) Halloween fiction and poetry.  Event at Changing Hands, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe

Phew.  We've got YA overload in October!  No complaints from me though.  You see James A. Owen's name up there a lot.  If you haven't read the story (my super-embarrassing one), read it now.  It'll demonstrate why his books are worth a read!

As always, leave us a note and let us know which events you're going to, and if you're not in Arizona, leave us a note to tell us about the events going on near you!

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