Monday, August 22

The Why Chromosome: Why Boys Do Love Books*

The Why Chromosome is an author event and book signing for readers, writers, bloggers, and educators interested in middle grade and young adult literature. Our special focus will be on boys and encouraging their love of reading.

When: Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Toy & Book Shop, 1030 Bonita Avenue, La Verne, CA 91750 | MAP
TEL (909) 599-4558 // email for info:

What: $12.50 will provide one person food/drink and a swag bag. Excess funds will be donated to Book by Book. 

How: Purchase your ticket here for $12.50.
You can also make a reservation at Mrs. Nelson's Toy & Book Shop--visit them in person or call 909-599-4558.

Buy Tickets for The Why Chromosome

Who will be there? 
Author guests include:

Andrew Smith

Greg Van Eekhout

Allen Zadoff
Author of Stick and
The Marbury Lens
Author of The Boy at the End
of the World
Author of My Life, The Theater,
and Other Tragedies

Jonathan Auxier
Photo by Elena Seibert 2010

John Stephens
G. Neri
Author of Peter Nimble 
and His Fantastic Eyes
Author of The Emerald Atlas
Author of Ghetto Cowboy

Unfortunately, Mark Jeffrey has a family emergency and may not be able to join us :(

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Links to updates will be posted here.

#1 | Meet our special guests (author bios)
#2 | Download the event flyer here (PDF)
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Are authors who are not official guests welcome?
Of course, you are welcome to come as a regular attendee--you’ll get a special mention in the program if you let us know the details (your book(s), website, contact info, etc)... Just email us at!

I’m an author/publisher/publicist and I think your audience would love to hear about [insert book title here]. What can you do for me?
Get in touch with Alyson and Alethea by emailing and we can discuss it. We welcome swag (bookmarks, bookplates, etc.), raffle prizes, ARCs, and finished copies for the Library Booster Box and are also looking for titles to highlight at the event.

What food are you providing?
Guy food... think hot dogs, brownies, popcorn... if you are attending and have a dietary restriction (vegetarian, vegan, etc.) make sure you fill out the form (the link will be in your receipt email) to let us know so we can plan accordingly. A variety of beverages will be available.

I’m not sure I want to attend yet. Can I just get updates on what’s happening?
Sure! Just sign up for our events newsletter--you’ll get a weekly update.

What is Book by Book?
Founded by Amber Lessa, Book by Book provides new and interesting books for schools in the Los Angeles area that have had their budgets slashed :( Visit for more info! 

At the luncheon, each ticket holder will be able to enter to win a Library Booster Box for a local middle or high school of their choice, filled with recent hardcover books! Ballots will be provided at the event. So far we will be giving away one Young Adult and one Middle Grade box... we might give away more, depending on how many books we collect!

I want to volunteer. How can I help?
We need both in-person and online volunteers. If you can help us online, help us spread the word! Link to using the hashtag #yboysread and mention @bridgetobooks.

Are you on Pinterest? You can help us fill up our Pinterest board with boy/book articles and links.

If you would like to volunteer in person, get in touch with Alyson and Alethea by emailing In the email subject please write TWC2011-volunteer.

Interested in sponsoring our event?
Email Alyson [] if you are a publisher, publicist, or author with ARCs, swag, raffle items or othe giveaways for the event. In the email subject please write TWC2011-sponsor.

Email Alethea [] if you would like to advertise your book/education-related item in the event program. The event program will have a run of 250 copies and reach a variety of readers (kids, parents, educators, librarians, administrators, authors, publishers, bookstore customers). It will also be published online. In the email subject please write TWC2011-ads.

You can also donate cash on Wepay or donate a book for the Library Booster Box.

*Thanks to Andrew Smith for the event name and to Andrea at Mrs. Nelson's for proposing the event theme.

**More Questions? Email Alethea - frootjoos [at] gmail [dot] com. And watch this spot for more info!

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