Thursday, April 12, 2012

Unique Book Readings

by Brittany Geragotelis

Hey all!

I've been a bad, bad blogger.

I know, I know...I haven't gotten a blog out in a while...but I promise there's a good reason. For the past six weeks, I've been busy writing the prequel/spin-off to Life's a Witch, called What the Spell? Yep, you read that right. I only had six weeks to write the book! To pull off this incredible feat of creativity, I had to write about 10 pages a day, no days off. That meant no weekends, no breaks...just work. As you can probably imagine, it left no time for me to blog (thus the reason I had a guest blogger during this time).

And once I turned in my manuscript (yes, it's already done and in my editor's hot little fact, I should be getting notes and changes tomorrow! Squeal!), I crashed. Hard. So, for the last week and a half, I've been relaxing and taking a break from it all, before I have to get back to editing. Needless to say, I've been putting off writing of any kind. Except for Twitter. Because I'm now officially a Twitterphile.

Bottom line...sorry I haven't gotten you anything new in a while. Hopefully this will make up for it.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to go to a teen author reading at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square (NYC). I met one of the editors at Simon & Schuster's Books for Young Readers there (Shout-out to Amy Rosenbaum) and we geeked out over the authors in attendance. Now I've been to a few book readings, but this was something special. First of all, there were six really cool authors there (including Siobhan Vivian of "The List", Stephanie Perkins of "Lola & the Boy Next Door" and Corey Whaley of "Where Things Come Back").

Second, these entertaining authors took the readings to the next level by acting out scenes from their books. Everyone was such good sports while doing this and it really brought the stories alive in a totally different way than I've ever seen before. The whole thing was moderated by David Levithan, author of hits like "Boy Meets Boy" and "Will Grayson, Will Grayson", who was hilarious in his own right. Because of all these unique elements, fans were treated to a really cool, interactive and creative experience.

Luckily, I was able to snag a seat in the front and took some photos and video to relay back to all of you! Take a look, and then go and purchase your copies of their newest books!

The audience was mostly adults, despite the fact that it was YA panel. Goes to show you YA is expanding to all age groups!

David Levithan (left) and Corey Whaley (right)

Author Emily Danforth talked about her book, "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" (a story about a lesbian who is sent to a camp meant to cure her of her homosexuality).

From Left to Right: Andrea Cremer, Emily Danforth, Lucas Klauss (author of "Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse") & Stephanie Perkins

The crew acting out a scene by Siobhan Vivian's book, "The List"

David Levithan and Siobhan Vivian

Though you can't tell, this is David Levithan and Andrea Cremer doing the tango during a reading of her book "Nightshade"

 one can rock a red do quite like Stephanie Perkins. Right?

So, there are the photos....tomorrow, I'll post the videos!