Thursday, September 1, 2011

Local Bookish Events in September - Arizona [Local]

Here are your local* YA-relevant bookish events for September!

 Join award-winning author Ilsa J. Bick for the launch of Ashes, her new dystopian zombie novel for teens. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say goodbye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse, Alex meets up with a young soldier and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted ... and who is no longer human. James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series, says: “Ashes gripped me from beginning to end—dark, creepy, suspenseful. I loved it.”
(James Dashner will be at Barnes & Noble in October... more dets to come!)

AND, To help celebrate the release of Ilsa J. Bick’s new teen zombie novel Ashes, makeup artists from the Cactus Canyon Jr. High Drama Department will help you express your inner zombie! Donation requested.

Monday, September 12:  Teen Writing Workshop, Changing Hands, Tempe, 5pm.  Join us for a four-week workshop for girls in grades 7-12 with author Plynn Gutman, former director for ASU’s summer young adult writing program. Participants will write fiction and non-fiction based on a variety of exercises, then discuss and edit each other’s work in a creative, supportive environment. Cost: $40 for 4 sessions. Registration and pre-payment required: 480.730.0205. Please note: This workshop meets four times on Mondays—September 12, 19, and 26, and October 3.

Shut OutMonday Septempber 12: Kody Keplinger, Changing Hands, Tempe, 7pm. Kody Keplinger, author of The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend, presents her new novel, Shut Out, a reimagining of the classic Greek play Lysistrata. Lissa’s quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend’s attention. Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all. She and the other players’ girlfriends go on a “hookup strike” until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don’t count on is an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave in to their libidos first.

PerfectThursday, September 22: Ellen Hopkins, B&N, Desert Ridge, Phoenix, 7pm: Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks and Fallout, follows the lives of four 12th graders in pursuit of perfection.  Note: Backlist books will be signed with purchase of the new book, Perfect. Books need to be purchased at any Barnes & Noble or BN.COM.

Wednesday, September 28:  Sherrilyn Kenyon, B&N Chandler Fashion Mall, Chandler, 7pm:  Bestselling authors Sherrily Kenyon and Dianna Love have teamed up to bring you the second book in the 'Belador' series. You are invited to join us and meet this talented duo in person. If you love romance, you don't want to miss this!

Since she's also done some YA,I thought you guys might be interested.


*Local events are defined as being within 100 miles of my home in Mesa, Arizona.  Occasionally, I'll sneak in something I'm willing to drive a little further for ;o)  If you hear of something I've missed, please let me know.