Saturday, April 16, 2011

Saturday Link Salad

Because the week is too short to read all the weeks news, as its happening, I present to you the Saturday Link Salad for your pj and coffee catch up.

This week news started to pour in about the Book Expo of America and presenters.  The long awaited announcements of various presenters has started to trickle through the grapevine and I have to say some of the announcements had me squealing like a little kid on Christmas day!

-First up, the Editors and Titles were announced for the Editors Buzz forums.
Described in BEA’s Event Program as BEA’s “original and ultimate taste-making events,” the Buzz Forums are the most notable and significant venues at BEA for launching new books and creating awareness for titles which might not be included in other high profile BEA programming such as the Author Breakfasts.
There are some really exciting books listed, but I was jumping up and down when they mentioned Laini Taylors new book Daughter of Smoke and Bone, due out at the end of September.

-Next up in exciting BEA news was the ABA's announcement (via the bean, the official BEA blog), of their list of programming and, even more exciting, the authors attending it!  The Children's Book and Authors Breakfast, Speed Dating with Children's Authors, and Tea with Children's Authors have some especially exciting attendees.  Laini Taylor  (Daughter of Smoke and Bone), Christopher Paolini (The Inheritances Cycle),  Maggie Stiefvater, and Scott Westerfeld were some of the folks I was desperately excited to see listed.

-Next up, The Story Siren posted about the Teen Author Carnival happening BEA week in NYC.  She was part two on a small blog tour announcing the line up, and the final posting went up today.  The person I most want to meet (despite not reading her books yet?) Gayle Forman. 
 Check out VLC for the first announcement, The Story Siren for the the second panel announcement and Novel Thoughts for the third and final panel announcement.

-And while I'm chatting about New York, I recently got a fun link from Myron Wendall the content manager of 20 essential Blogs for the NYC bookworm.  There's NYC book bloggers, Q & A for people unfamiliar with the city, book store blogs and more.  A great site to check out while prepping for your NYC bookcation.

-If you can't make it to the BEA this year, and you're dying to meet Rick Riordan then check out his tour schedule, hopefully he'll be making a stop closer to you!  I met Rick last year at a signing and he was delightful, so if he's in your hood make sure to check him out.  Be warned though, he's insanely popular, so expect very long line ups!  

-Finally, INKpop has just put up their latest writing challenge, based on Amy Plum's debut Novel- Die for me.

Die for Me is unlike any other paranormal you have ever read. Instead of a cold and rainy atmosphere, imagine being shipped off to Paris after a tragic accident leaves you orphaned. While there you meet a dark and mysterious guy who, instead of living forever, dies repeatedly. That is just beginning of Die for Me 
So now that you know there are paranormals unlike any you have ever imagined lets reimagine what immortality might do to you. Write a short story, poem or essay that imagines a life that never ends. What does this world look like? Are you happy, sad or weirdly immune to the world around you? Did you give up the hope of death to save someone you love or to be with that person forever? Tell us about it in the Die for Me writing challenge.
I've seen this cover floating around on the web and I have to say I'm pretty intrigued by the concept.  I mean, Paris, come on people!  Check out Amy's blog for a chance to win an ARC of this pretty looking book.  INKpop's Die for me challenge runs until April 21st.

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