You've read all about Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, but have you checked out the awesome series Suzanne Collins wrote BEFORE The Hunger Games?
You've read about Liesel Meminger's adventures with Death, but do you know what Marcus Zusak wrote before The Book Thief?
Or what Maggie Stiefvater wrote before Shiver and the Scorpio Races?
Check out this fun article about "B-Sides" of YA literature, for some suggestions of great reads that are a little less mainstream.
Copperfield's Books always has great author events! Check out this event coming to a Copperfield's near you!
Monday, October 3rd @ 7:00
Copperfield's Books Petaluma
Maureen Johnson & Stephanie Perkins
Man, it's been a bad year for authors, and it's still only March! We lost another of the greats on Saturday, as British fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones passed away after a two-year battle with cancer.
Wynne Jones published books that were equally loved by children, teens, and adults, and writers as varied as J.K. Rowling to Neil Gaiman claim her as one of their greatest influences.
For more information about her rich life, read this obituary from School Library Journal, or this reminiscence from the blog of Neil Gaiman, who traveled to Britain to visit with her last week. And for folks who haven't discovered her funny, wise, and witty fantasy books for all ages, check out some of these titles:
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci:
The lives of Christopher Chant
The magicians of Caprona
The Derkholm series:
Dark Lord of Derkholm
Year of the Griffin
The Dalemark Quartet
Cart and Cwidder
Crown of Dalemark
The Howl's Moving Castle series
Howl's Moving Castle
Castle in the Air
House of Many Ways
And so many other wonderful stand-alone titles– Hexwood! Enchanted Glass! The upcoming "Earwig and the Witch!"
Diana, you will be missed.
This just in!
In a press release today from Random House Children's Books, it was announced that the final book of the wildly-popular Christopher Paolini "Inheritance" series will be released in November 2011! Wahoo!!
This exciting news comes more than three years after the release of the previous book. Author Christopher Paolini (only 17 years old when he wrote the first book) is quoted as saying: "The burning questions asked by fans around the world will finally be answered in this last installment. All will be revealed!"
Click here for a link to the Random House publisher's description of the new book.
I'm looking forward to it! Are you?
It is a sad day for fans of Mossflower Woods!
Master storyteller and author Brian Jacques, prolific author of the anthropomorphic adventure series Redwall, died of a sudden heart attack on Saturday, February 5.
Read here for an obituary of this wonderful author.
If you have not read books by Brian Jacques, what better way to honor his memory than to get hooked into a fantastic world of animals and adventure! See below for a list of all books in the series (in publication date order) … and wait with the rest of us for the latest (and now likely final) book in the series, "Roque Crew," which will be published in May.
I just read this article from New York Books about author James Frey (known for getting busted for falsely claiming his bestselling book was a true story). It appears that he is recruiting struggling young writers to participate in a sweatshop-style writing project to try to churn out the next Twilight-style commercial success in teen literature. I must admit that I am a little shocked. I actually read the "I Am Number Four" book — it was ok, not great, but clearly written with the goal of becoming a movie.
I wonder what will happen with this company and the stuff they will turn out? Will any of them actually become popular? What do you think?
Read the article here: http://nymag.com/arts/books/features/69474/
Am I dreaming? BOTH these events in the same place on the same day?! YES WAY, TED! These two awesome events are both taking place at this year's Sonoma County Book Festival!
First: Meet the Authors at a special Teen Author Panel
This is your chance to get up close and personal with three exciting authors of teen fiction! The Teen Author Panel will be at Cafe Azul in Santa Rosa, from 2:00-3:00pm on Saturday, September 25. A panel discussion is fun because it's usually a pretty informal presentation, not a canned speech; the authors can relax and joke with the audience. They might talk about things like how they got started writing, or how they come up with their stories — things you want to know if you are an aspiring writer yourself!
Sounds good, right? Well, if that wasn't enough reason to mosey your way to downtown Santa Rosa, then THIS will be! Immediately after the Author Panel will be a TEEN POETRY SLAM with cash prizes for the winners!!
The Teen Poetry Slam starts at 3:00pm, but participants must check in by 2:30pm. Participation is open to teens ages 13-19. Blah, blah, blah, there are a few rules to follow, but that's only to be expected for a serious competition. Not a poet, and you know it? That's ok — come anyway to cheer them on! Judges are selected from the audience, and plus it'll be fun to see how creative your fellow Sonoma County teens can be. See below for links to the Registration Form and Rules.
Hope to see you there!
Ellen Hopkins, author of several young adult books will be at Copperfield's Books in Petaluma tomorrow, Wednesday, September 15th at 5 pm.
Hopkins is known for her writing her stories in verse form.
She will be at Copperfield's promoting her new title Fallout.
You don't want to miss it!
Norma Fox Mazer, popular teen author passed away on October 17th of brain cancer at the age of 78. Mazer wrote several young adult books including a Newbery Honor Book, After the Rain. The library owns several of her titles if you want to honor her and her work and read one of her books.