Monday, November 1, 2010

November's Arizona Author Appearances (formerly Indie Exchange)

I used to call this Indie Exchange because I was like, "Dude, everyone can comment with who's coming to a place near them."  Yeah.  Didn't happen.  So here you go.  YA-relevant author appearances and events happening in Arizona for November!

November 2: 7pm at Changing Hands in Tempe Authors & Illustrators Panel: Explore the writing, marketing, and publishing processes involved in creating first-rate children's literature with author Tom Leveen (Party), author-illustrators Adam Rex (Fat Vampire) and Molly Idle (Circus Fantastico), ASU professor and author James Blasingame (Books That Don't Bore 'Em), and editor-publisher Christianne Meneses (Iguana Magazine).

November 8: 7pm at Changing Hands in Tempe Nancy Drew Turns 80: Celebrate Nancy Drew's 80th Anniversary with author Jennifer Fisher and the Nancy Drew Sleuths.

November 10: 7pm at Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale Jonathan Stroud: Bartimaeus, everyone’s favorite (wise-cracking) djinni, is back in book four of this best-selling series. As alluded to in the footnotes throughout the series, Bartimaeus has served hundreds of magicians during his 5,010 year career. Now, for the first time, fans will go back in time with the djinni, to Jerusalem and the court of King Solomon in 950s BC. Only in this adventure, it seems the great Bartimaeus has finally met his match. He’ll have to contend with an unpleasant master and his sinister servant, and runs into just a “spot” of trouble with King Solomon’s magic ring….

November 11: 4pm at Changing Hands in Tempe Jonathan Stroud:  Jonathan Stroud, author of the legendary New York Times bestselling Bartimaeus Trilogy, presents his latest, Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon, set a millennium before the events in the trilogy. Bartimaeus, the wise-cracking djinni, has served hundreds of magicians throughout his 5,010-year career. Now, for the first time, fans go back in time with the djinni, to Jerusalem and the court of King Solomon in 950 BC. Only in this adventure, it seems the great Bartimaeus has finally met his match in an unpleasant master, a “spot” of trouble with King Solomon’s magic ring.

November 12: 7pm at Changing Hands in Tempe Jillian Cantor: Jillian Cantor, author of the teen novels The Life of Glass and The September Sisters, presents her debut adult novel The Transformation of Things. Jennifer Levenworth’s husband, a judge, is indicted on bribery charges, leaving her unsure about everything in her marriage. The friends Jennifer thought she knew and trusted have turned their backs on her, and while Jennifer sleeps, she swears she can see—and hear—her friends’ and family’s most private moments. But when the dreams start to reveal a starling reality, can Jennifer find the strength to transform her life?

November 12: 7pm at Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale Kathy Reichs: Kathy and her son Brendan (who co wrote the book) will be doing the event with her! Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.  As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot--if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer's scent.  Fortunately, they are now more than friends--they're a pack. They are Virals.

November 16: 7pm at Changing Hands in Tempe Mike Lupica:  ESPN host Mike Lupica, a New York Times bestselling author and sports columnist for the New York Daily News, visits with Hero, his new novel for middle readers. Fourteen-year-old Zach Harriman can feel the changes. The sharpening of his senses, the incredible strength, the speed, the confidence and the strange need to patrol Central Park at night. What Zach never knew was that his father was no ordinary man—he was a superhero, battling the world’s evil. This is a battle that has been waged for generations and knows no boundaries. Now it’s Zach’s turn to take on the fight. It’s Zach’s turn to become a hero!

November 18: 3:30pm at Changing Hands in Tempe Kaleb Nation: The creator of returns to Changing Hands with the much-anticipated sequel to Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse. Bran Hambric believes that the Farfield Curse is over with. But when he discovers a safe-deposit box in his dead mother’s name—in the very bank vault where he was discovered as a boy—Bran’s past comes rushing back. Now he’s on a frightening path that puts everyone he cares about in danger.

November 27: 3pm at Changing Hands in Tempe Stephen Messer: Stephen Messer presents his debut novel, Windblowne, which was our previ ous Club Read pick for September. Every kite Oliver touches flies straight into the ground, making him the laughingstock of Windblowne. With the kite-flying festival only days away, Oliver tracks down his reclusive great-uncle Gilbert, a former champion. When Gilbert vanishes during a battle with mysterious attack kites—kites that seem to fly themselves!—all that remains is his prized possession: a simple crimson kite. But when Oliver tries to fly it, he’s lifted high above the trees, and suddenly the festival is the last thing on Oliver’s mind.

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