Thursday, March 17, 2011

NYC Teen Author Festival - YA Reader's Theatre.

Union Square was filled with chanting people carrying signs and even a few who were wearing cheese-hats as I walked into the Barnes & Noble. I'm not sure what they were protesting or demonstrating or if the few just happened to be wearing cheese-hats for the heck of it (this is NYC after all), but my mind was elsewhere anyway. Namely, on the authors that I came to see. Holly Black (Tithe, Valiant, Ironside, White Cat), Judy Blundell (Strings Attached) , Gayle Forman (If I Stay, Where She Went), Eliot Schrefer (aka E. Archer) (The School for Dangerous Girls, Geek) and David Levithan (The Lover's Dictionary, Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist - with Rachel Cohn)

Before the event began I met Rachel from The Book Muncher and Mitali from Alley of Books. Check out their awesome blogs!
David Levithan

The moderator was David Levithan who was very comfortable in front of a crowd and extremely funny. He announced they were going to try a "Reader's Theatre," where all the authors read a different character from a scene in each author's book. I have to say that Eliot and David really got into their parts and everyone was very enthusiastic while reading from Geek. Maybe it was the exploding bunnies.

(l-r) Judy Blundell & Gayle Forman
After the enactments (or re-enactments) each author read a passage from one of their books. After Eliot read a passage from Deadly Sister I bought it and the same thing happened after Judy Blundell read from What I Saw And How I Lied. (I already had a few of the other author's books). Holly read some "smut" from Red Glove as she put it, but I don't think it was smutty, hot definitely, but not smutty. When Judy went after her she announced she was going from "smut to romance" (to which David replied, "Boooo....") and read a lovely scene of the main character's first encounter with her love interest. It was a very fun and lively evening.

Eliot Schrefer

Holly Black


I'm giving away one copy of the following signed books:
  • Dash and Lily's Book of Dares.
  • White Cat.
  • If I Stay.
I will pick three winners who will each get one (1) book.  The 1st winner gets their choice of one of the books. The 2nd winner gets their choice of the remaining two.  The 3rd winner gets the remaining book.

I love boots, and sitting in the first row allowed me to examine the boots the ladies were wearing closely. I really coveted Judy's...but then noticed that Holly's were really cool. And Gayle's were also nice - simple, chic. So, to enter let me know which pair of boots you would like to own in the comments.

Holly Black's boots
Judy Blundell's boots

Gayle Forman's boots

  • See my contest policy HERE.
  • US Residents only. (If you live outside the US and are willing to pay for your own shipping you may enter-I will accept Paypal only.)
  • Contest ends Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at midnight (EST).
  • Please leave your e-mail address in your comment or make sure your name leads to an e-mail address.  If I can't find an e-mail unfortunately, you will be disqualified.
  • Winners will be chosen by
  • If I cannot contact the winner within 72 hours the next winner will be chosen.
  • No need to follow, tweet or link with this contest, but if you want to that would be awesome and appreciated!

Me and Holly Black (yay!)


Angela Carlie said...

No need to enter me in the contest because I already own the books. I want to comment, though. :)

How awesome you got to meet all these authors at one event. Double awesome that the authors were comfortable enough on state to act out/read a character section.

Onto the boots. I'd probably have to pick Holly's. 1. I try not to buy products made out of animal skins and her boots looked less skin-like. 2. I'm short. Tall boots make me look shorter. and 3. They're super cute. :)

Maria (Serpentine Library) said...

Very awesome that you got to go and meet all of those authors! It must have been so fun to hear them read from their own books.

I would pick Judy Blundell's boots - I love the buckles and it looks like they could be worn with a lot of different outfits (dressed up or down).

Thanks for holding this contest, especially for those of us who couldn't make it!


bibliophile brouhaha said...

Oh, I am SO JEALOUS that you got to go to this, but thanks for spreading around the love!

I adore the boots on Judy Blundell! I have think for buckles on boots, so those work for me!

Thanks so much for the great giveaway!


Katie said...

How fun!! Sounds like you had an awesome time! I've got to say I like Gayle's boots. Very cool. :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Alyssa said...

Sounds like a fun event!!! I was going to go, but I had too much school stuff going on =/

I think I like Judy's boots the best because of the buckles; they look awesome!

Thanks for the giveaway =)

Mary Ellen said...

I love Holly Black's boots! I'd love to own a pair of those!
Thank you for the chance to win.

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

hahahaha Pam! You always run the best contests. I'm dying to meet Gayle Forman. Looks like you had so much fun. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Not entering but I love Holly's boots! She is awesome!

Ashley said...

I am so incredibly jealous! Like wow! I so wish I lived somewhere that had a lot of author events. But alas...

I really like Gayle's books, but Judy's are my favorite. My favorite type of boot are the ones with heels. :) So, if I'm going to be wearing flat boots, I need some detailing, and I love the buckles on Judy's!

So excited for this contest, and I'm definitely crossing my fingers!!

basicallyamazingbooks [at]

La Toya said...

PICK ME!!!!!!!!!!

And I would love to wear Gayle Forman's boots :) Thanks for this awesome giveaway.


Jaime Anderson said...

Haha, very cool:)

Judy's boots for sure!

Orchid said...

I really wish there was some kind of big YA book festival near me. I might live where interesting things happen, but at least I can see the pics from all the awesome events you get to go to.

So hard to choose they all have such interesting boots, but I think I'll go with Judy's.

Thanks for another awesome giveaway. ^_^

The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

Anonymous said...

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