LeakyCon 2013 (a report)

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I am writing from my hotel room at LeakyCon, an inclusive fan conference (based on Harry Potter but also including Buffy, Sherlock, Doctor Who, YA literature generally, Maureen Johnson, Vlog Brothers, Disney musicals, Rent and quite a lot more). There are wizard rockers,  Star Kids, and also a lit track, which is the thing I was part of. Lots of authors, doing lots of panels -- exceptionally amusing ones. Reader's theater, kissing books, author game shows. And lots of signings. 

Novelists Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman organize and MASTERMIND the lit track. They even have a bookshop on the selling floor alongaside various wizarding emporiums. It is called Johnson Wasserman books. So cool.
 
Anyway, a full summary of my LeakyCon adventures would probably be too much for anyone to bear. A LOT HAPPENED. But are some highlights.
Anthony Rapp (he of Rent! and Charlie Brown!) did an opening musical number that involved him being Doctor Who and then stripping down to his Rent costume and singing a version of La Vie Boheme from Rent re-done as a celebration of Leaky Con, in which he was backed up by characters of a million different fandoms, including Maureen playing Edward Cullen and Buffy's Amber Benson as Bella. Note how SPARKLY.  Here's the clip of Rapp in the opening number.

So, really, once you've seen that live, you might think it would all be downhill. BUT NO.
The next day I:
purchased a phoenix feather and some dragon heartstrings
purchased a bumper sticker that says I SOLEMNLY SWEAR I AM UP TO NO GOOD
was on Team Ravenclaw for the Author's House Cup which involved
  • seeing Lev Grossman and Rainbow Rowell conquer a ball pit
  • losing a metaphorical procrastination game to Coe Booth (I came in first, but with procrastination, the last person to finish wins, apparently. sigh.)
  • watching Matt delaPena, Andrea Cremer and Amber Benson stuff numerous balls down their respective clothing in a metaphorical act of retaining editorial suggestions to a manuscript
AND
acted out Flowers in the Attic and Ender's Game (among others) with Benson, Rowell, Rapp and David Levithan (I completely lost it and began laughing hysterically)
signed copies of The Fault in Our Stars (the John Green love here knows no limits) 
signed one copy of John Klassen's I Want My Hat Back and several Harry Potters
and even signed loads of my own books.

 
I played a Lying Game on a team with Stephanie Perkins, Barry Lyga and Maggie Steifvater. We won by guessing correctly that Grossman was not nicknamed Sharkie at Harvard because of his dog-paddle style of swimming. 
I watched a fun panel on publishing lead by Heather Brewer.
I also heard Lyga explain how to cover up what kind of gun you used to commit murder
cover your eyes if you don't want to know
(pull the bullet out and then stab the bullet hole)
and listened to Steifvater play the bagpipes. YES. 
I met Hank Green
I heard juvenilia written by Lyga, Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor and Steifvater. I would tell you all about it but it is TOO DIRTY FOR THIS BLOG.
I went to a Disney singalong. 
I saw the cover of the relaunching Prisoner of Azkaban revealed.  
I was interviewed for editor Cheryl Klein's podcast for writers, The Narrative Breakdown (though when it will air, I don't know).

 
Also: I met so many ardent readers, great people, smart writers and actors, passionate organizers, snappy dressers, and so on. Oh! And the people from ShelterBox. That is a great charity supported by many of the fandom real-world do-gooder organizations like Nerdfighters and The Harry Potter Alliance. They have lots of my charity dollars and I recommend you check them out. Thank you to everyone I met for being so very, very excellent and for making my first Leaky experience so great.


Oh my god, there's more, but I can't imagine you want to hear any of it, because that has already been A LOT. So to end, here's a photo of me, Andrea Cremer and Stephanie Perkins, taken while we were shopping for Snape tattoos, Marauder's Map buttons, and the like.  xoxoxE
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Monday May 20th, Books of Wonder.

Come join me and a great crowd of YA writers on Monday, May 20th at:

YA Icons
Books of Wonder is thrilled to welcome 5 NY Times bestselling authors of exciting teen novels.

6pm Monday May 20th!

NY Times bestselling author MARGARET STOHL delivers Icons, the first book in a heart pounding series set in a haunting new world (and the inspiration for this event's name!)
NY Times bestselling author GAYLE FOREMAN unveils Just One Day, the first book in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels
NY Times bestselling author TONYA HURLEY gives us chills with The Blessed, the start to a haunting and captivating new trilogy
National Book Award finalist E. LOCKHART shares Real Live Boyfriends, the fourth hilarious episode of Ruby Oliver's high school career;
NY Times bestselling author BARRY LYGA presents Game, the sequel to his hit thriller I Hunt Killersand National Book Award finalist ELIOT SCHERFER shares Endanged, his harrowing tale of one girl's struggle to save a group of bonobos.

The authors will present their novels, answer questions and sign copies of all their titles.There will be light refreshments served.  

In other news, there is a cover for We Were Liars and I adore it hugely. They tell me they are blinging it up, which I think means the lettering will be puffy or embossed, so I don't have the image to share yet. But Squee. I love getting a cover and I will show it to you guys as soon as I can. 

I've just been in Portland for school visits and my new book for little kids, Water in the Park, came out this week. It's a Brooklyn book. A water book. A times of the day book. An inclusive, friendly, neighborhoody book with really cute babies and dogs drawn by Stephanie Graegin.  Details of our appearances this month are here, if you're local and have a little one.

Water in the Park: A Book About Water and the Times of the Day


Monday May 20th, Books of Wonder.

Come join me and a great crowd of YA writers on Monday, May 20th at:

YA Icons
Books of Wonder is thrilled to welcome 5 NY Times bestselling authors of exciting teen novels.

6pm Monday May 20th!

NY Times bestselling author MARGARET STOHL delivers Icons, the first book in a heart pounding series set in a haunting new world (and the inspiration for this event's name!)
NY Times bestselling author GAYLE FOREMAN unveils Just One Day, the first book in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels
NY Times bestselling author TONYA HURLEY gives us chills with The Blessed, the start to a haunting and captivating new trilogy
National Book Award finalist E. LOCKHART shares Real Live Boyfriends, the fourth hilarious episode of Ruby Oliver's high school career;
NY Times bestselling author BARRY LYGA presents Game, the sequel to his hit thriller I Hunt Killersand National Book Award finalist ELIOT SCHERFER shares Endanged, his harrowing tale of one girl's struggle to save a group of bonobos.

The authors will present their novels, answer questions and sign copies of all their titles.There will be light refreshments served.  

In other news, there is a cover for We Were Liars and I adore it hugely. They tell me they are blinging it up, which I think means the lettering will be puffy or embossed, so I don't have the image to share yet. But Squee. I love getting a cover and I will show it to you guys as soon as I can. 

I've just been in Portland for school visits and my new book for little kids, Water in the Park, came out this week. It's a Brooklyn book. A water book. A times of the day book. An inclusive, friendly, neighborhoody book with really cute babies and dogs drawn by Stephanie Graegin.  Details of our appearances this month are here, if you're local and have a little one.

Water in the Park: A Book About Water and the Times of the Day


Water in the Park events, Children's Book Week & More!

WATER IN THE PARK! 

water in the park Five questions for Emily Jenkins

May 14 my new picture book (written as Emily Jenkins) comes out. It's called Water in the Park and here are the deets. It's illustrated by the awesome Stephanie Graegin, who added so much to the story. 
A couple upcoming events for this book, where Stephanie will DRAW and I will chat and read!

 
MAY 19 -- for Children's Book Week, come see me, Stephanie, Cecil Castelluci  & Sara Varon (Odd Duck) and Brett Helquist (Grumpy Goat) -- a really cool lineup. We all appear twice and the fun goes 3-5pm at the Old First Reformed Church in Park Slope. Details here.

JUNE 9: Storytime at Powerhouse on 8th, 11:30 AM. Details here.

JUNE 16: Storytime and Drawing (by Stephanie) in Brooklyn Bridge Park, by the carousel. 10:30 AM. Details here. 

More soon. I have stuff planned for the blog YA-wise.
xox
E

NYC Teen Author Festival. Come see me! And everyone else.

The annual NYC Teen Author Festival 2013 is nearly here!  Come see me March 22 2pm at the He Said She Said panel (and believe me, we have FUN HIJINKS planned). But come to the whole dang thing, people. It is an amazing festival for anyone who loves to read or think about literature for adolescents, teen lit, YA books, whatever you like to call it. 

I recommend the Reader's Theater event. I got to participate in it one year and it was amazing fun. The line-up this year is awesome.

Details below. Here's the festival's FB page.

xo E

Monday, March 18  (Mulberry Street Branch of the NYPL, 10 Jersey Street b/w Mulberry and Lafayette, 6-8):   

 

I’ll Take You There:  A Change of Scenery, A Change of Self

Description:  In their recent books, each of these authors have plunged their teen characters into new places as a way of revealing their true selves.  We’ll talk about this YA journey narrative – where it comes from, and what it can lead to.

 

Gayle Forman

Kristen-Paige Madonia

Bennett Madison

Jennifer E. Smith

Melissa Walker

 

moderator: David Levithan

 

 

Tuesday, March 19  (WORD Bookstore,  7-8:30, 126 Franklin St, Greenpoint):

 

The Only Way Out is Through:  Engaging Truth through YA

 

Description:  Pain. Confusion. Loss. Mistakes. Revelation. More mistakes. Recovery.  One of the things that makes YA work is its desire to engage the messy truths of both adolescence and life in general.  Here we talk about what it’s like to engage this messy truth, and how to craft it into a story with some kind of form. 

 

Crissa Chappell

Tim Decker

Ellen Hopkins

Amy McNamara

Jessica Verdi

 

moderator: David Levithan

 

 

Wednesday. March 20 (42nd St NYPL, South Court room, 6-8): 

 

Imagination: A Conversation

 

Description:  It’s a given that authors’ minds are very strange, wonderful, twisted, illogical, inventive places.  Here we talk to five rather imaginative authors about how they conjure the worlds in their books and the stories that they tell, along with glimpses of the strange and wonderful worlds they are creating at the present.

 

Holly Black

Lev Grossman

Michelle Hodkin

Alaya Johnson

Robin Wasserman

 

moderators:  David Levithan and Chris Shoemaker

 

 

Thursday, March 21:

SOHO Teen night, 6-9pm (Books of Wonder, 18 W18th St)

 

Celebrate the launch of SOHO Teen, featuring readings by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Joy Preble, Margaux Froley, Elizabeth Kiem, Heather Terrell & Ricardo Cortés, and Lisa & Laura Roecker.

 

 

Friday March 22, Symposium (42nd Street NYPL, Berger Forum, 2nd floor, 2-6)

 

2:00 – Introduction

 

2:10-3:00: He Said, She Said

  

He:

Ted Goeglein

Gordon Korman

Lucas Klauss

Michael Northrop

 

She:

Susane Colasanti

E. Lockhart

Carolyn Mackler

Sarah Mlynowski

Leila Sales

 

moderator:  David Levithan

 

 

3:00-4:00:  Taking a Turn: YA Characters Dealing with Bad and Unexpected Choices

 

Description:  In each of these authors’ novels, the main character’s life takes an unexpected twist.  Sometimes this is because of a bad choice.  Sometimes this is because of a secret revealed.  And sometimes it doesn’t feel like a choice at all, but rather a reaction.  We’ll talk about following these characters as they make these choices – both good and bad. Will include brief readings illuminating these choices.

 

Caela Carter

Eireann Corrigan

Alissa Grosso

Terra Elan McVoy

Jacquelyn Mitchard

Elizabeth Scott

K. M. Walton

 

moderator:  Aaron Hartzler

 

 

4:00-4:10:  Break

 

4:10-4:40:  That’s So Nineteenth Century

 

Description:  A Conversation About Playing with 19th Century Archetypes in the 21st Century

 

Sharon Cameron

Leanna Renee Hieber

Stephanie Strohm

Suzanne Weyn

 

Moderator:  Sarah Beth Durst

 

 

4:40-5:30:  Alternate World vs. Imaginary World

 

Description:  Of these authors, some have written stories involving alternate or parallel versions of our world, some have made up imaginary worlds for their characters, and still others have written books that do each.  We’ll discuss the decision to either connect the world of a book to our world, or to take it out of the historical context of our world.  How do each strategies help in telling story and developing character?  Is one easier than the other? Is the stepping off point always reality, or can it sometimes be another fictional world?

 

Sarah Beth Durst

Jeff Hirsch

Emmy Laybourne

Lauren Miller

E. C. Myers

Diana Peterfreund

Mary Thompson

 

Moderator:  Chris Shoemaker

 

 

Friday March 22, Barnes & Noble Reader’s Theater/Signing (Union Square B&N, 33 E 17th St, 7-8:30)

 

Eireann Corrigan

Elizabeth Eulberg

Jeff Hirsch

David Levithan

Rainbow Rowell

Nova Ren Suma

 

Saturday March 23, Symposium (42nd Street NYPL,  Bergen Forum, 2nd Floor, 1-5)

 

1:00 – Introduction

 

1:10-2:10 – Defying Description:  Tackling the Many Facets of Identity in YA

 

Description:  As YA literature evolves, there is more of an acknowledgment of the many facets that go into a teenager’s identity, and even categories that once seemed absolute now have more nuance.  Focusing particularly, but not exclusively, on LGBTQ characters and their depiction, we’ll discuss the complexities about writing about such a complex experience.

 

Marissa Calin

Emily Danforth

Aaron Hartzler

A.S. King

Jacqueline Woodson

 

moderator:  David Levithan

 

 

2:10-2:40 -- New Voices Spotlight

 

Description:  Each debut author will share a five-minute reading from her or his work

 

J. J. Howard

Kimberly Sabatini

Tiffany Schmidt

Greg Takoudes

 

 

2:40-3:30 – Under Many Influences: Shaping Identity When You’re a Teen Girl

 

Description: Being a teen girl is to be under many influences – friends, parents, siblings, teachers, favorite bands, favorite boys, favorite web sites.  These authors will talk about the influences that each of their main characters tap into – and then talk about what influences them as writers when they shape these characters.

 

Jen Calonita

Deborah Heiligman

Hilary Weisman Graham

Kody Keplinger

Amy Spalding

Katie Sise

Kathryn Williams

 

moderator:  Terra Elan McVoy

 

3:30-3:40 – Break

 

3:40-4:20 – Born This Way: Nature, Nurture, and Paranormalcy

 

Description:  Paranormal and supernatural fiction for teens constantly wrestles with issues of identity and the origin of identity.  Whether their characters are born “different” or come into their powers over time, each of these authors uses the supernatural as a way to explore the nature of self.  

 

Jessica Brody

Gina Damico

Maya Gold

Alexandra Monir

Lindsay Ribar

Jeri Smith-Ready

Jessica Spotswood

 

moderator:  Adrienne Maria Vrettos

 

 

4:20-5:00 – The Next Big Thing 

Leanna Renee Hieber

Barry Lyga

Emil Ostrovski

Maryrose Wood

 

 

Saturday March 23:  Mutual Admiration Society reading at McNally Jackson (McNally Jackson, Prince Street, 7-8:30): 

 

Sharon Cameron

A.S. King

Michael Northrop

Diana Peterfreund

Victoria Schwab

Nova Ren Suma

 

hosted by David Levithan

 

 

Sunday March 24:  Our No-Foolin’ Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder (Books of Wonder, 1-4): 

 

1-1:45:

Jessica Brody  (Unremembered, Macmillan)                                       

Marisa Calin  (Between You and Me, Bloomsbury)                           

Jen Calonita  (The Grass is Always Greener, LB)                 

Sharon Cameron  (The Dark Unwinding, Scholastic)                         

Caela Carter  (Me, Him, Them, and It, Bloomsbury)                         

Crissa Chappell  (Narc, Flux)                       

Susane Colasanti  (Keep Holding On, Penguin)                                   

Zoraida Cordova  (The Vicious Deep, Sourcebooks)                                         

Gina Damico       (Scorch, HMH)                                                  

Sarah Beth Durst  (Vessel, S&S)                                

 

 

1:45-2:30                             

T. M. Goeglein (Cold Fury, Penguin)                                                       

Hilary Weisman Graham (Reunited, S&S)                                                                                                             

Alissa Grosso  (Ferocity Summer, Flux)                                  

Aaron Hartzler  (Rapture Practice, LB)    

Deborah Heiligman  (Intentions, RH)                      

Leanna Renee Hieber    (The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart, Sourcebooks)     

Jeff Hirsch  (Magisterium, Scholastic)                     

J. J. Howard  (That Time I Joined the Circus, Scholastic)                  

Alaya Johnson     (The Summer Prince, Scholastic)            

Beth Kephart (Small Damages, Penguin)                                              

Kody Keplinger  (A Midsummer’s Nightmare, LB)

 

2:30-3:15                             

A.S. King  (Ask the Passengers, LB)                                                          

Emmy Laybourne  (Monument 14, Macmillan)                                  

David Levithan  (Every Day, RH)

Barry Lyga  (Yesterday Again, Scholastic)                                              

Brian Meehl  (Suck it Up and Die, RH)                                     

Alexandra Monir (Timekeeper, RH)        

Michael Northrop  (Rotten, Scholastic)                  

Diana Peterfreund  (For Darkness Shows the Stars, HC)                

Lindsay Ribar      (The Art of Wishing, Penguin)                   

Rainbow Rowell  (Eleanor & Park, St. Martin’s)                  

Kimberly Sabatini  (Touching the Surface, S&S)                  

Tiffany Schmidt  (Send Me a Sign, Bloomsbury)

 

3:15-4:00                             

Victoria Schwab  (The Archived, Hyperion)          

Jeri Smith-Ready  (Shine, S&S)

Amy Spalding     (The Reece Malcolm List, Entangled)                     

Stephanie Strohm  (Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink, HMH)                       

Nova Ren Suma  (17 & Gone, Penguin)                 

Greg Takoudes  (When We Wuz Famous, Macmillan)     

Mary Thompson  (Wuftoom, HMH)        

Jess Verdi  (My Life After Now, Sourcebooks)                                                   

K.M. Walton  (Empty, S&S)         

Suzanne Weyn  (Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters, Scholastic)                                          

Kathryn Williams  (Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous, Macmillan)   


NCTE schedule. And new book title!

My next YA novel has a title. I am happy, because I tried about 48 titles on it for size. 

WE WERE LIARS. 

It should come out Spring 2014 if I don't mess anything up too badly. 

 

Also: Here is my NCTE12 schedule (that's the National Convention for Teachers of English and one of my favorite conferences).

Please note that I have both E. Lockhart and Emily Jenkins hats on at the conference, because my Toys Go Out and Invisible Inkling books are often used in elementary schools as One School or All School Reads. And for YA, I am on a fab panel with some academics, David Levithan and Frank Portman about Catcher in the Rye and its influence on the young adult novel -- plus stuff about teaching it and its descendents. 

Friday, Nov 16:  I get there middle of the day. I will be cavorting around the floor and maybe going to some cool panels (did you see the one with Blake Nelson and Cecil Castelluci on music? Did you see the one with Aprilynne Pike and a lot of other fantasy authors? Both at 2:30 and competing for my attention). If you see me and want to meet me, please come up and say hello. Don't be shy!

Saturday, Nov 17: 9:30 AM Grand Ballroom 119 Level One
Holden Caulfield and His Heirs Meet the AP Exams and the Common Core Standards. 
Me, David Levithan, Frank Portman and scholars who will speak intelligently while me, DL and FP call each other phoneys.

2:30-3:00. Random House autographing, booth 620 Marquee ballroom
I am signing Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party and Toys Come Home, written under Emily Jenkins. These are middle-grade. I'll have the info about my elementary school visits, too. 
I am ALSO signing E. Lockhart books pubb'd by Random: including The Boyfriend List and its sequels, and maybe Fly on the Wall.  

3:00 -4pm HarperCollins autographing, booth 522
I am signing Invisible Inkling and its sequel, Invisible Inkling: Dangerous Pumpkins, written under Emily Jenkins. These are boy books, buddy comedies with a little magic, good for grades 2-5.  School visit info available here, too. 

4:00 - 5 pm  Hyperion autographing, booth 415
I am signing The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and maybe Dramarama if they have copies. DHFLB is the book of mine most used in schools. 

Then I'll be at the Random House author and educator dinner -- and that's it. 

Come by and see me! 

xoE


Battles! And other stuff.

If you really want to know what I'm up to on a regular basis, come follow me on Twitter. I like it over there. 

That said, here's a blog post! I was a judge lately in two book battles. One was The Morning News, a fancy dancy grown-up literary type battle. You can read my judgement here -- of The Sisters Brothers vs. Lightening Rods. But be warned, you teenagers. These are EXTREMELY ADULT BOOKS about extremely adult stuff that might kinda turn your stomachs, plus I use so-called bad words. So, ya know. Proceed with caution. 

Then over at School Library Journal I judged a battle between Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Chime. This one is clean-cut and appropriate for all ages! Also, there was some fun back-and-forth in the comments. 

What else? 

I am reading or have just read: 
The Unseen Guest by Maryrose Wood
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler 
Black Heart by Holly Black
The Book of Blood & Shadow by Robin Wasserman
The Secret History by Donna Tartt (re-reading)

I am a bit obsessed with Black's Curseworkers series. It is really super awesome.

Last thing: for booksellers. I am going to be at BEA in the autographing area on Wed. June 9th at 1:30.  For Invisible Inkling, my middle grade series of fun. Please come say hello and get a book!

 


Monday night, 8pm EST CHAT!

Monday at 8pm EST,
Shannon Hale (Newbery winner and author of the adult novels Austenland and the new Midnight in Austenland),
Elizabeth Eulberg (Prom & Prejudice and the new Take a Bow, which is a complete SQUEE book for all you Dramarama type readers out there)
and E. Lockhart (that's me!) 
are doing a live panel/Q&A thing on Figment.It is all about Jane Austen: why people still read her, why everyone keeps rewriting her, what is the MEANING OF JANE? 

You should TOTALLY JOIN US.

Also. I wrote this really kind of mean-spirited article about people writing Austen novels for Salon in 2000 under my legal name. Go read it so you are super-prepared for our panel!

I don't know you if you know this, but I have a Ph.D in 19th century British novel and sometimes I really get my OPINION on. So I love Shannon and Elizabeth's work, and you know I ran right out and bought both Austenland and Prom & Prejudice as soon as they came out!  True. But I also think there's some validity to what I said (though goodness knows I didn't need to keep calling books failures, that is pretty snarky expecially given that I had only written half a novel myself at that stage of the game) --
--so maybe we will have a good old-fashioned literary BRAWL?
Or will we cuddle? 

Will you ask questions? Pretty please?

(And what will Jennifer Weiner think?)

In any case, I think it should be a really fun an interesting discussion and I hope you'll join.Here is the chat window!  You can just click on it (I think) and be there.  xoE