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NYC Teen Author Festival

12 May

Last month, one of my favorite NYC bookish events returned for it’s annual appearance! The NYC Teen Author Festival.

It was a busy work week for me, with back to back photo shoots mixed in with author panels. But I managed to catch a group of authors at a NYPL panel, and the “finale” Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder!

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Elizabeth Eulberg, Tara Altebrando, Jenny Han, and Stephanie Perkins at the NYPL.

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Stephanie Perkins.

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Sarah Mlynowski.

At Sunday’s mega-signing, there were almost too many authors to count! I hauled a giant grocery tote full of books half-way across NYC to have signed by those appearing.

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The always amazing Gayle Forman.

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Jocelyn Davies and Anna Carey.

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Kim Harrington.

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Stephanie Perkins! Who I took a million photos of, because 1. She is adorable and SO BRIGHT. And 2. She’s awesome.

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LOLA

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“Fixing” a book for a fan who purchased a book from Barnes and Noble, already signed to some random dude!

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Another great redhead: Andrea Cremer!

The funky lighting in Books of Wonder made a few of the authors rather “glowy”.

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Barry Lyga.

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David Levithan.

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Jenny Han.

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Corey Whaley and Jennifer E. Smith, with Mitali in the middle!

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Jon Skovron with his awesome book, Misfit! (One of my 2011 faves.)

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Jeri Smith-Ready

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Melissa de la Cruz, who signed every.single. Blue Bloods book for me! –Ok, except the 2 I’d already had signed. 😉

We snagged Stephanie again after the signing for some fun portraits:

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Michelle, Stephanie, and Bethany.

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Me and Stephanie

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Getting goofy!

See the full photo set here.

And my 2011 TAF post here.

BEA Recap: Day One

2 Jun

BEA feels like one hundred years ago after the madness of the last week! After returning to the US Monday, and editing all of my Jamaica trip *and* BEA photos, I’m finally ready to share my experience.

My unofficial first day of BEA was on Monday May 22. I started my morning at the Simon and Schuster Blogger Lunch. I was really excited to hear all about S&S upcoming Fall 2011 releases from the awesome ladies on the marketing publicity teams, and finally meet some of my blogger friends I chat with regularly on Twitter. I also got to see some old friends, the ladies of Good Choice Reading.

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Jamie and Anna.

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Maria, Damaris, and Wanda from GCR.

Author Elizabeth Miles told us all about her new book Fury, which sounds totally awesome, and was already on my goodreads TBR list. Then we saw a short slide show featuring all of the upcoming Fall YA releases. Let me just say, there are some AMAZING books on that list. People in the audience were especially were gasping over The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, and The Pledge.

During the presentation, a mini contest was held giving out some of the current and upcoming books. I won a copy of Wither by Lauren DeStefano. Damaris was even luckier, and won the entire re-designed Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld:

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Love the new covers!

After lunch, Ellen Hopkins arrived, and read us snippets of her new novel Perfect. Like all of Ellen’s books, it was a bit graphic compared to most YA. But still sounds completely engrossing, and totally original. After more book chatter, the lovely Simon team had a surprise for us: we were going to the Top of The Rock! I’ve lived in NYC for 5 years, and still haven’t made it up there.

Unfortunately, the weather didn’t really cooperate and it was incredibly foggy. But it actually made it even cooler, because it felt like we were on a movie set or something. I joked that with all the fog, it would make for a great cover shoot for a YA book about angels. Too bad you can’t plan in advance for weather like that!

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Jenna and her sister Lillie in front of the creepy fog background!

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The ladies of Simon and Schuster.

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April, who is the proud owner of one of the first book blogs I started reading regularly.

After Top of the Rock, Jenna, Lillie and I made a mad dash to SoHo for the Teen Author Carnival. We arrived just as the library started to get packed. I was the evening’s official photographer, so I got settled in, and started documenting the event. Sadly, I broke my best lens on the way to Sunday’s Books Of Wonder signing with Megan McCafferty and Elizabeth Scott (my bag just barely bumped the floor, and the lens now refuses to focus), but I still managed to get some great shots of the huge group of authors in attendance.

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A handful of the authors who participated, before the panels began.

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The schedule.

Some of the books for sale at the event:
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Carrie Jones and Hannah Moskowitz.

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Yara and Damaris with the always wonderful Andrea Cremer.

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The crowd. Or rather, half of it!

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Authors chatting before the panels.

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Mitali and Devyn, introducing all of the authors.

Panel # 1 was called: “Kick Ass Females in YA: And Why It’s A Big Deal To Have Them”.
Featuring:
1. Malinda Lo
2. Andrea Cremer
3. Michelle Zink
4. Courtney Allison Moulton
5. Carole Estby Dagg
6. Elizabeth Scott
7. Michelle Hodkin
8. Kirsten Hubbard

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Carole Estby Dagg

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Courtney Allison Moulton and Andrea Cremer.

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Michelle Hodkin and Kirsten Hubbard.

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Moderator Lisa DesRochers

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Michelle Zink speaking.

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Malinda Lo.

In an additional space, the “Otherworldy Adventures: With a Bit of the Real World Thrown In” was about to begin. I bounced back and forth between each of the panels, but before #2 started, I ran into these two characters:
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Scott Tracey and Leah Clifford. Authors, and roommates. I felt like I already knew them, after participating in a few of Leah’s hilarious late night live shows on BlogTV.

Panel # 2 was introduced, giggling commenced, and I quickly realized this was the goofy author panel:
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The entire panel: Nova Ren Suma, Carrie Jones, Michael Northrop, Leah Clifford, Scott Tracey, E. Archer, and moderator Chelsea Swiggett.

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Karsten Knight was co-moderator.

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The packed in audience!

Back in panel #1, Elizabeth Scott really did not want to be the first author to answer a question:
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I ran into Ellen Hopkins, Mitali’s Mom, Devyn, and Korianne in the hallway.

After a few trips back and forth between each panel, it was time for the second hour of programming to begin:
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Before the authors began speaking, I chatted with Lindsi. Who did not want her photo taken candidly.

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Mitali and Devyn introduce the authors.

Panel #3 was called “Teenage Angst: Getting It Right – The Emotions, The Voice, The Drama” and featured:
1. David Levithan
2. Susane Colasanti
3. Melissa Walker
4. Kody Keplinger
5. Hannah Moskowitz
6. Gayle Forman
7. Torrey Maldonado
8. Caridad Ferrer

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Kody Keplinger, Torrey Maldonado, Caridad Ferrer, and moderator Ellen Hopkins.

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David Levithan and Hannah Moskowitz.

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Susane Colasanti and Gayle Forman.

Back in the tiny room again, the “Debut Author Showcase: The Journey to Publication” panel was introduced:
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The panel was moderated by 2012 debut author and book blogger Lenore Applehans, and featured the following authors:
1. Carole Estby Dagg
2. Amy Fellner Dominy
3. Kirsten Hubbard
4. Bettina Restrepo
5. Michelle Hodkin
6. Nick James
7. Scott Tracey

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Each author began by talking about, or reading from their debut novels.

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Nick James, Amy Fellner Dominy, Kirsten Hubbard, Michelle Hodkin, Bettina Restrepo, and Scott Tracey.

Bouncing between panels, I managed to photograph and chat with a few additional authors:

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Andrea Cremer.

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Gretchen McNeil. We had a great chat about “authors behaving badly”.

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Goodie bags, just waiting to be torn into!

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Scenes from the librarian’s desk.

Back in panel #3:
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David Levithan being thoughtful.

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Torrey Maldonado talked about challenging the stereotype that reading books is “girly”.

Panel #4 again:
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Once all of the panels were completed, the authors divided amongst the two rooms, and held a massive book signing:
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I love Elizabeth Scott, she came so prepared!

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Courtney and David were all smiles!

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Gayle and Kody.

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By the time I made it to the second, smaller and more crowded signing space, I was so weighed down with books and camera gear that I didn’t take any photos! But I did manage to grab Jeri Smith Ready (who was in the audience) to pose for a photo, and force her to listen to me gush uncontrollably about how I devoured Shift and Shade in less than 24 hours:

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Before long, the event was over, and it was time for the massive group photo:
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Trying to get in position.

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Almost there!

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Ready!

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Authors + event co-organizer Mitali

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Mitali and Ellen.

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Me and Andrea, who is beyond nice, and one of my absolute faves.

Overall, Day One was completely and utterly exhausting, but also even more amazing than I could have hoped for. I met some very sweet and kind fellow bloggers, authors, and publishing folk. I practically waddled home with all of my new books (including a highly coveted copy of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer!), and couldn’t feel my feet by the time I arrived. But it was totally worth it! Come back soon for reports from days #2 and #3 of BEA.

Special thanks to Simon and Schuster, and Mitali, Devyn, and Korianne!
See the full event photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2011 Rachel Scroggins/Bookshelf Lust.

Double Signing Day: Patrick Rothfuss and the NYC Teen Author Festival

16 Mar

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Last night, I succeeded in doing the impossible: I made it to two book signings, in two different nyc boroughs at the exact same time. Obviously I don’t have a clone, so it wasn’t literally at the same time. But thanks to one event starting early, I ended my night with six books signed by some of my favorite authors.

My evening started with Patrick Rothfuss at Barnes and Noble in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Fans were allowed to line up at 4pm for the 7pm signing. So by the time I arrived at 5, there were already about 70 people in line! The store was way too small for a signing of this size. I ended up having to wait outside in the cold for about an hour because there wasn’t any standing room left in the store.

A signing table for Patrick was set up in the magazine section. Space was so limited, and the crowd so large, that Pat’s reading and Q&A was cancelled. Someone failed event planning 101, but I didn’t let that ruin my night. Which was good, because despite the weather outside, I ended up meeting some awesome fellow book lovers in line!

Around 6pm, the guy behind me pointed across the street. “Look” he said, “there’s Patrick!”. I looked up, and there he was, getting out of a cab. He’s pretty hard to miss. I couldn’t resist snapping a “spy photo” with my iPhone:
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After chatting with a friend, Pat noticed us, and started waving and taking photos of the crowd. He stopped to grab some dinner, but came back over around 6:30 to chat with some fans, and tell us he was going to start signing early. I waited for what seemed like forever, chatting with my new friends as the line slowly snaked into the store, and around the magazine section. We joked about cliches in fiction, and our favorite nerdy movies.

Finally, it was my turn. I panicked, and ran to Pat’s assistant with my camera. When I approached Pat, my mind went blank and I forgot everything I’d wanted to say. Which is hilarious, because as a photographer, I come into contact with celebrities all the time. And I can chat with them like they’re my best friend. In front of authors I like–I’m speechless. Pat signed my books, and I finally mumbled something about being so glad he finally made it to NYC after waiting for four years. And then we took this photo together:

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At the time, I didn’t even realize what he’d done. Looking at it now, I think it pretty much sums up Pat’s goofy personality.

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I said good bye to my new friends, and hauled ass to Manhattan for the Teen Author Panel at another Barnes and Noble, in Union Square. I made it just in time to hear the last few minutes of a reading, before the signing began.
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Everyone was SO NICE. Seriously, it was like David Levithan pulled the nicest authors in YA aside and said he wanted to have a panel celebrating friendliness.
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The panel of authors. My iPhone decided to partially blur their identities. ; )

David signed my books first, and I told him how I’d rushed there from another signing, and was crazy excited for Sunday’s mega-signing event. I got to chat with Gayle Forman about If I Stay (I bought it when it first came out, but haven’t read it yet! Yet my mother has. Go figure.) and whether or not Where She Went spoiled me. She was sad to hear the description did, but I told her it was ok.

Hands down the best conversation I had was with Holly Black. I remove all my book covers when I carry them around, so that they aren’t damaged. So when I approached her, she saw the book in my hands, and asked what it was because she didn’t recognize it. I told her it was Red Glove, and she freaked out! (She hadn’t seen it without a cover on yet.) I told her how I found it at Strand last week, thanks to someone selling back a review copy. I was so excited I forgot to tell her how much I loved it, and that the Curse Worker books have become one of my new favorite series. She seemed really happy to see it, and said I had the very first copy she’s signed! She even drew me a cute little cat “speaking” what she’d said:

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Red Glove is now officially the coolest signed book I own.

I’m so glad I made it in time to attend the first event of the 2011 Teen Author Festival! I never thought I’d be able to make it to two events in one night, and see so many authors I love. Thanks to all the authors for being so awesome!

If you have a chance to check out any of the other Teen Author Fest events, go! You can find the full list here.

My other signed books:
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I got my copy of The Name of the Wind signed too, but it pretty much looks exactly like this one.