Oct 8, 2011

The Week in Review & A Look Ahead

Week in Review:

     The amazing illustrator Sam Weber came to BYU campus both Wednesday and Thursday to visit the art classes and give presentations. Wednesday night I was able to attend his official lecture (thanks for babysitting, Melanie!). He has done work for National Geographic, business magazines, the New York Times, and Tor Books, just to name a few. He has done covers for several young adult books including an edition of Ender's Game, the e-book of the Mistborn trilogy (can this be considered YA?), Lightbringer, Enchanted Ivy, and Fever Crumb (shown left along with Prospero Lost which is not a YA book). He even illustrated a new edition of Lord of the Flies. I did take notes of his presentation so I'll be posting about it later, but in the mean time take a look at his website. His. Artwork. Is. Uhmazing. Go here to see for yourself ---->

     Thursday, all-day, was the Book Academy hosted by Utah Valley University's Continuing Education Program (LDS author Michael Young first told me about it). LDS, teen horror author Dan Wells (the John Cleaver trilogy) was the key note speaker. He gave a great presentation about how to get in the habit and mindset of not being able to miss the ideas for stories that are constantly around you. You should never feel at a loss for ideas. He gave great tips for getting in the idea-groove. The audience had a lot of fun shouting out ideas to him at one point. I'll type his presentation up for one of the "Writerly Saturday" posts sometime soon as well as some of the other notes from the workshops for subsequent Saturday posts.

     LDS author Tess Hilmo celebrated the debut of With A Name Like Love on Saturday at the American Fork Library with choir singing, candy, crafts, and a prize wheel! She gave a short presentation in the beginning of the event about her journey to being published, then signed books and met with those who attended. It was a lot of fun! (and yes, I realize the book is upside down in this picture.)

Books acquired:
With A Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo (LDS)
Silence (Hush, Hush saga, Book 3) by Becca Fitzpatrick (LDS, will be @ the Provo Library, Oct. 11 @ 7 PM, see below)
Variant by Robison Wells (LDS, will be @ the Provo Library for Teen Book Fest, Nov. 12, 12 - 5 PM)
Prospero Lost (Prospero's Daughter, Book 1 [not a youth book]) by L. Jagi Lightbringer
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
Naamah and the Ark at Night by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Will be on BYU campus Oct. 13 & 14, see below)
The Bookstore Mouse by Peggy Christian
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomei de Paola
Witches, Pumpkins, & Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween Symbols by Edna Barth

Some releases:
Variant by Robison Wells (LDS, will be @ the Provo Library for Teen Book Fest, Nov. 12, 12-5PM)
Silence (Hush, Hush saga, Book 3) by Becca Fitzpatrick (LDS, will be @ the Provo Library, Oct. 11 @ 7 PM, see below)
Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus, Book 2) by Rick Riordan
Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure (Book 1) by B. K. Bostic (LDS)
Seers (Book 1) by Heather Frost (LDS)

A Look Ahead:
(a very busy week! Tuesday through Saturday!)

     On Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 PM, Simon & Schuster authors Becca Fitzpatrick (LDS), Moira Young, Michelle Hodkin, and Elana Johnson (LDS) will be speaking on a panel in the Provo library ballroom. The audience will be able to text questions to the panel moderator during the event. Tickets are free but required for this event. Go ASAP to the library circulation desk to get them. Doors to the ballroom will probably open around 6:30 PM. There will be books on site to purchase. Here's the PCL page about the event.
(Elana Johnson will also be at the upcoming PCL Teen Book Fest, Nov. 12, 12-5PM)

     The next day, Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 3 PM in the Harold B. Lee Auditorium on BYU campus, author Barry Lopez will be giving a presentation. He will also be at the Orem Library in the Storytelling Wing from 7 - 8 PM. Mr. Lopez is known for his non-fiction and nature books, but I know him from his Native American (American Indian? What is politically correct these days??) inspired folk tale Crow and Weasel. To my knowledge this is his only youth book.  Click here for event details.

     The Hundred Dresses Play, based on the 1944 Newbery Award-winning children’s book by Eleanor Estes starts Oct. 12 and runs through Oct. 22 at the Nelke Theater in the Harris Fine Art Center on BYU campus. Go to the BYU Arts page for showtimes and tickets.
     Award winning author Susan Campbell Bartoletti will be on BYU campus Oct. 13 and 14. She is the author of picture books, novels, and non-fiction, her newest being a picture book about Noah's wife singing the animals to sleep on the ark. At 11 AM, Thursday, Oct. 13, she will be lecturing in room B192 of the Joseph F. Smith bldg. On Friday at 12 PM, Mrs. Bartoletti will be doing a reading in the Harold B. Lee auditorium (sorry, I have no links for you to go to. I only know about these Susan Bartoletti appearances because I got an email from the BYU English Dept.).

     The Children's Literature Association of Utah Fall Book Festival will be held this upcoming Friday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 PM. LDS author and BYU professor Michael O. Tunnell along with retired US Air Force Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen will be presenting. The featured book will be Candy Bomber by Mr. Tunnell which is about Colonel Halvorsen during the Berlin Airlift in just after WWII. Colonel Halvorsen is THE original Candy Bomber, or more affectionately known as Uncle Wiggly Wings to the then children in West Berlin who received the candy he dropped from his plane using tiny parachutes.

     And last, but certainly not least, there will be a National Novel Writing Month meet n' greet/Q&A at Dragon's Keep on University Ave., Provo this upcoming Saturday, Oct. 15, from 2 - 5 PM.

Some upcoming releases:
The Death Cure (Maze Runner trilogy, Book 3) by James Dashner (LDS), Oct. 11
Girls Don't Fly by Kristen Chandler (LDS), Oct. 13 (will be @ Authorpalooza!, Oct. 22, 1-4PM @ the Orem Barnes & Noble)
Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison (LDS), Oct. 11


  1. This is my daughter's dream...to make a living doing cover art. How fun would that be?

    and, it was great meeting you at my launch for With a Name Like Love - thanks for coming!!!

  2. Thank you! It was great to meet you.


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