Category Archives: Author Events

Author Event and Reading Without Walls Challenge Update

On Friday, December 2nd at 4 pm, local author Matt Phelan will read from his new graphic novel, Snow White, at Main Point Books in Wayne. Set in New York City during the Great Depression, this fairy tale retelling imagines Snow White as a dispossessed yet independent young woman, and the seven dwarves as a ragtag band of street urchins. Fans of film noir will appreciate the dark, moody, atmospheric style of the watercolor illustrations. Watch the official film trailer here.

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Also, this week is your last chance to sign up for the “Reading Without Walls” Challenge! See Ms. Murphey in the Library to sign up by Friday, and mark your calendar for Thursday, 12/15. We’ll have a party and book discussion in the Library during mentor period and lunch, with prizes and donuts for everyone who successfully completes the challenge. PS: Please bring your book so I can take your picture for our Reading Without Walls “All-Stars” wall of fame!

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Author Laurie Halse Anderson at Children’s Book World

Last week, Ms. Gargiulo, Ms. Gillespie and I attended a special author event at Children’s Book World. Laurie Halse Anderson, beloved author of Speak, just released her latest book, Ashes, the much-anticipated third installment in the Seeds of America trilogy. (Hill Top’s 8th graders read the second book in the series, Forge, this summer.) Laurie was a treat to see in person. She spoke passionately about her subject – the American Revolution – and the responsibilities authors have to be accountable to their characters, particularly when dealing with race, religious, or other differences. Ashes is a heart-thumping page turner that reveals the fates of Isabel, Ruth, and Curzon while exploring the meaning of freedom. Check out our signed copy in the Hill Top library.

Destined-to-Be-a-Classic-Book Friday–Authors, uthors everywhere, but not a drop of ink…

With apologies to Willy Wonka, who owes apologies to Samuel Coleridge…

Today’s featured book is Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman. This is the sequel to Seraphina, a fantastic high fantasy book about the conflict between dragons and humans. In Hartman’s fantastically constructed world, dragons can take on human form, sometimes making it difficult to know who is who. And Seraphina throws everything off by being half-human and half-dragon, though very few people know it.

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I haven’t read Shrh1adow Scale yet, but it will likely be on my spring break list. And I had the pleasure of meeting Rachel Hartman on Monday when she was at Children’s Book World in Haverford. She was funny and interesting and insightful and has been a Terry Pratchett fan since she was a kid.

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If you’d like a chance to hang with an author, this coming Thursday, March 26th, at Children’s Book World will be AWESOME!! Gayle Forman, who wrote If I Stay, will be there with my very favorite author A.S. King. As if that wasn’t awesome enough, on Tuesday they announced that Libba Bray, who wrote last summer’s summer read Going Bovine, is going to join them! It’s possible that Mrs. Selinsky and I both squealed like teeny-bopper Justin Beiber fans when we found this out. The event is at Children’s Book World in Haverford (right across from the Haverford School) and begins at 7. I may be a little late, but I will definitely be fangirling that night.

Bookish Events – Wimpy Edition

For all you Wimpy Kid fans out there (and I know who you are…even you high school students), Jeff Kinney is coming to the area to promote his latest book. He will be appearing on November 4th, courtesy of Children’s Book World in Haverford (my favorite book store). But because they are expecting a lot of Wimpy fans, 1) you must buy a ticket in advance for the event and 2) the event is going to be held at The Horticultural Center, located at 100 N Horticultural Drive Philadelphia, PA 19131.

Tickets will be available starting at 9.30 tomorrow (Saturday, 10/18) morning. They are $16 each and include a copy of The Long Haul.

All the information is on the bookstore’s website.

Author Event

Welcome back, everyone! I need to post an update on my summer reading soon. I read some really good stuff.
But in the meantime, there’s an author event TONIGHT at my favorite bookstore in Delaware County (I have to qualify it a bit because there’s a great bookstore in Williamsport that also has a special place in my geeky librarian’s heart). Anyway, tonight at 7PM, Children’s Book World in Haverford will be hosting Tiffany Schmidt, Sarah J Maas, Elizabeth Norris, and Susan Dennard. These are great events where you really have a chance to talk the authors (and get a signed book and get a picture with the author). If you’re in the neighborhood, I highly recommend it.