Fast and furious edition: (So fast, so furious, I am just copying the event descriptions off the festival website.) (All events take place in the Children's Bookstore Tent unless otherwise noted.)
DON'T MISS Tiger Beat, 5:30 PM on Friday Sept 27!
"YA rock sensation Tiger Beat features Libba Bray's charged lyrics, Dan Ehrenhaft's arena-ready power chords, Natalie Standiford's face-melting bass riffs, and barnabas miller's searing drumming. They will open an evening celebration of YA literature."
Nat Standiford! Local hero! Her dad was my pediatrician! Also, obviously, LIBBA BRAY OMG.
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DON'T MISS Jon Scieszka, 12 noon on Saturday Sept 28!
"Bestselling author Jon Scieszka launches an afternoon celebrating some of the wild and crazy guys of children's literature. Scieszka is the author of numerous award-winning books as well as being the founder of Guys Read."
Jon tells me he'll talk about "a couple of things that are published already" possibly including the Guys Read books and/or Knucklehead (cross your fingers, boys!), and then do a reading from his brand-new collaboration with Mac Barnett and Matthew Myers, Battle Bunny. He maaaaay have a surprise guest helping him out with that. (It maaaaay be me.) (I am so bad at keeping secrets.)
DO NOOOT MISS Nathan Hale, 2pm on Saturday
"Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales are graphic novels that tell the thrilling, shocking, gruesome, and TRUE stories of American history. This third volume takes on Westward Expansion with The Donner Dinner Party."
Nathan has a habit of wearing costumes and/or hats to his appearances, and he'll be bringing his portable drawing rig, so get there early or stay late so that you can wheedle a sketch out of this talented, friendly man.
THAT WAY YOU'LL ALREADY BE THERE FOR Adam Rex, 2:30 pm on Saturday
Creator of the NYT Bestselling Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, illustrator of Neil Gaiman's Chu's Day, as well as author of the soon-to-be-a-movie novel, The True Meaning of Smekday and the middle grade trilogy The Cold Cereal Saga presents his newest picture book, Moonday."
Have I pimped this man enough? Are you not convinced? I cannot keep Cold Cereal and its sequel Unlucky Charms on the shelf at my library. Kids are slowly coming to discover and enjoy the weird, sweet wit that underlies these great books that bridge the gap between humdrum daily life - and all its glory - and the magical world of fae - and what a pain in the neck it can be.
AND THEN THERE WILL BE JACK. Jack Gantos, 3:30pm on Saturday
"Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include the Printz honor winning memoir Hole in My Life, National Book Award Finalist Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, Newbery Honor Joey Pigza Loses Control. He joins us to introduce his new novel From Norvelt to Nowhere, sequel to the Newbery Award-winning Dead End in Norvelt."
Jack is routinely the funniest speaker at events where people speak. Including, I assume, like, the DMV. Get your own dose of Jack at the Children's Bookstore Tent this Saturday - it is a can't-miss.
IF YOU CAN TAKE IT... Tomie dePaola, the man the legend, 6pm on Saturday
"Children's book icon Tomie dePaola joins us to present his new Strega Nona picture book, Strega Nona Does It Again."
Beloved, and apparently for good reason. There are like a million YouTube videos of Mr. dePaola getting kissed on the head, pretend karate-chopped, etc. This particular, rather ancient, video of an appearance on Barney is a bit infamous because of a frequently mis-heard line.
Get some rest, readers, because Sunday's a big day too!
BUT YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS Jacky Davis & David Soman at 1pm
"Creators of the NYT bestselling Ladybug Girl series present their new book Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow in which Lulu and Bingo find the snow not quite what they expected until Lulu remembers that she is Ladybug Girl."
Do I need to talk about the sweetness that is Ladybug Girl? Oh no I do not.
I MYSELF AM LOOKING FORWARD TO Divya Srinivasan at 1:30pm
"Author-illustrator of Little Owl's Night presents her new picture book about a shy octopus living on a lively reef who finds peace in a new place where she can be wonderfully alone."
I took a real shine to Little Owl's Night, and I am curious about this artist's process and imagination.
TAKE A BREAK AND COME BACK FOR Mechanisms, Mystery, and Magic at 3pm
"A Discussion with Maile Meloy, Eden Unger Bowditch, Jonathan Auxier, Kit Grindstaff, and Morgan Keyes"
Now that is a scant description right there. BUT what you need to know is - the organizer of the Children's Bookstore Tent is an absolute authority on fantasy, so when she picks someone who is not super well-known, like Morgan Keyes or Kit Grindstaff, you better believe that person is interesting and phenomenal.
ALSO GOOD TO KNOW: Maile Meloy = The Apothecary (+ some downright intriguing writing for grownups); Jonathan Auxier = Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes (+ Hollywood writing!); "Kit Grindstaff" - pseudonym? and if so, 'grindstaff'? interesting choice!
AND WHO IS CLOSING OUT THE FESTIVAL? Why it's the Savvy Girls panel at 4pm
"5 Authors of Middle Grade Novels and Their 5 Savvy Heroines"
...moderated by ME! We have a fun guess-the-author game planned, plus giveaways, embarrassing questions, and more!
Listen, I'll be hanging around the Children's Bookstore Tent more or less ALLLL WEEKEND, so come by, stop in, let me show you the coolest stuff!