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Joshilyn Jackson, Kristin Chenoweth, Between Georgia

-- BetweengeorgiapbI ADORED Joshilyn Jackson's Gods in Alabama, and I love her blog, too! The woman is seriously funny.

And she's a big musical theater dork! I mean that in the nicest possible way.

Between Georgia, now in paperback with foxy new cover, was a #1 BookSense pick, and got starred reviews all over town. Here's the scoop on it:
Nonny Frett understands the meanings of "rock" and "hard place" better than any woman ever born. She's got two mothers, "one deaf-blind and the other four baby steps from flat crazy." She's got two men; Her husband is easing out the back door and her best friend is laying siege to her heart in her front yard. She has a job that holds her in the city, and she's addicted to a little girl who's stuck deep in the country. And she has two families; The Fretts, who stole her and raised her right, and the Crabtrees, who lost her and can't forget that they've been done wrong.

I'm thinking if you are ready for the grown-up type of fiction with adult content and all that jazz, you will love it.

Joshilyn wrote one of my favorite boyfriend lists of all time, an earlier time she visited this blog: The Gradeschool Impossible Crush List.
Below, watch her geek out on musical theater!

The Dramarama Musical Theater Interview
questions by me, answers by Joshilyn Jackson

1. You were in a play in high school, weren't you? Tell me all about it.

I was in ALL the plays in high school! I was the president of the Drama club my senior year. Yes, I AM a dork. Thank you. But it really was my niche, and the best way to survive teendom and school is to find your niche. My freshman year was Hell on earth, but by my sophomore year, I was in drama club, and the rest of high school was…fun.

2. Give me song lyric that makes you laugh. Preferably from a show, but I'll cut you some slack if whatever you quote is funny.

From Wicked, Popular

Don't be offended by my frank analysis
Think of it as personality dialysis
Now that I've chosen to be come a pal, a
Sister and adviser
There's nobody wiser
Not when it comes to popular -
I know about popular
And with an assist from me
To be who you'll be
Instead of dreary who-you-were…are
There's nothing that can stop you
From becoming popu-
Ler… Lar:

(note from E: Yay! that song features heavily in Dramarama. Click here to watch the song performed by Kristen Chenoweth, referenced below!)

3. If you've seen a show on Broadway, what was your first one? Whom did you go with, who was the star, what did you think of it?

OH LORD I heart Broadway! And the West End. I’ve been to London twice and go to New York at least once a year to check in at my publishing house, do a lunch with the agent, and totter around in crazy-hot four inch heeled shoes trying not to trip and crack my head open or pitch into traffic. I always get play tickets while there. Always. Last time I was there I saw Spamalot. The time before, it was Wicked. I am leaving for NYC tomorrow with NO tickets, but will hit the half price booth on Saturday and treat myself to a matinee – not sure what yet.

Probably not a musical this time, as I prefer straight up drama – Last time we saw a Tom Stoppard play and the Pulitzer prize winner I AM MY OWN WIFE as well as the one musical.

4. What's your showbiz fantasy?

Meeting and becoming BFF with Idina Menzel (Elphaba from Wicked) who will, for purposes of this fantasy, be playing Nonny in the Boadway adaptation of Between. Georgia.

5. Which Broadway diva are you, deep inside?

I hope I’m Kristin Chenoweth --- bubbly, funny, a little bit of a dork who is not afraid to take a pratfall and look ridiculous.

6. Write me a nice little song lyric for the book you're promoting right now. Please.

GARGLE! The pressure. You know, I get a grant from the state of Georgia to NOT write poetry, and lyrics might violate it. Wouldn’t you rather have my first born child or maybe some nice naked pictures of my cat? Or a bag of money? ANYTHING, just DO NOT force me to perpetrate verse and then thrust it upon your helpless readers!

Get your YA Groove On

I'm not reading, but the line-up can't be beat:

Wednesday, June 6th: Teen Author Reading Night (6-7:30, the Tompkins Square Branch of the NYPL, 331 E. 10th Street, off of Ave B)

Claudia Gabel (In or Out)
Maureen Johnson (Girl at Sea)
Nico Medina (The Straight Road to Kylie)
Sarah Mlynowski (Spells and Sleeping Bags)
Blake Nelson (They Came from Below)
Jenny Pollack (Klepto)
Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars)

Wednesday, July 11th: Teen Author Reading Night (6-7:30, the Tompkins Square Branch of the NYPL, 331 E. 10th Street, off of Ave B)

Lauren Barnholdt (Two Way Street)
Sarah Beth Durst (Into the Wild)
Robyn Schneider (The Social Climber’s Guide to High School)
Jessica Wollman (Switched)

BEA update

Lots of people are doing wonderful long blogs describing BEA, so I am just giving you a few random highlights from my bookseller adventures, trying to stick to YA type stuff and leaving out a lot serious picture book-type excitement (The walking tour! Peter Sis! Peter McCarty! Brian Selznick! Judy Schachner! Sharon Creech! Robin Preiss Glasser! Sophie Blackall! Mo Willems! I could go on and on):

• THe children's book breakfast was so early I could not figure out how to turn the top of the coffee thingummy so that coffee would come out of it. Dave Barry helped me!
•Libba Bray was a very funny MC for the breakfast and acted out her new book in MIME. We got a teaser chapter!
•I ran into Frank Portman like six times. I think I was beginning to frighten the poor guy.
• Coffee with Melissa de la Cruz, who is just as charming as I thought she'd be.
• Scooting around with Ally Carter and Maryrose Wood and descending on Carolyn Mackler en masse to get her new book, Guyaholic. With cute key chains to match!
• At the ABC dinner, I drank the wine of the bookseller next to me. She was like, um. Where's my wine gone to? And I was like, la la la la, I seem to be drinking some wine, I wonder where yours is? And it was hers! oh dear.
• My shoes hurt so much at the ABC dinner I had to resort to my backup shoes, which fortunately I had stashed in my bag.
• I met lots of people I only know on line! A chair and a tea cozy! (She has a name. It is Liz). Carrie Jones! Jo Knowles! Paula Hyman! So that was fun city.
• I scored: the new Megan Mccafferty. The new Gabrielle Zevin. The new David Levithan/Rachel Cohn. The new Ally Carter. The new Carolyn Mackler. I am a very happy reader right now.

So those are my highlights. I came home with a sore back and blisters and a good education in book publishing, plus some wonderful books.