Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Spooky News & Links

Listen to a new podcast interview with me, zeroing in on Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007) from LibraryLoft (PLCMC Teen Page).

Austinites! Check out the new Galaxy Cafe at 1000 West Lynn in Clarksville. The wraps are yummy healthy delicious.

The Fabulous Geezersisters' Weblog: Two sisters in their 50s — one in Poland, the other in Texas — take on the world. Again. Note: sisters include Austin YA author RP.

Meredith's Journal at Faces in the Street. MD is the founder of Austin SCBWI. Note: whether you know the family or not, the slide show is highly recommended.

It was a great honor to offer a keynote talk last Saturday at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Children's Book Festival and the Twenty-First Annual Young Adult Conference hosted by The Department of Library Science at Sam Houston State University Nov. 3 in Huntsville. Featured speakers were: Joan Bauer, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, and Mo Willems. See Teri's report at The Goddess of YA Literature. It's incredibly hard work putting together a conference of this level and enthusiasm--much thanks! Note: I'm forgiving my normal full-blown event report due to deadline pressure.

I'd likewise like to thank Clay and everyone who planned and worked the Texas Book Festival Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 in Austin. I was among the YA authors featured at the Not-For-Required Reading Event from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Alamo Drafthouse. Authors also included: Sherman Alexie, Jacques Couvillon, Adrienne Kress, April Lurie (author interview), Perry Moore, Neal Shusterman, and Brian Yansky (author interview). I also participated with authors Adrienne Kress and April Lurie on the "Tough Girls" panel, moderated by author Julie Lake on Sunday. Thanks also to Julie for a wonderful job! Note: vote for the Texas Book Festival as your favorite Austin festival! Note: see note above.