Wednesday, September 28

The Why Chromosome - Meet Our Special Guests

What: The Why Chromosome: Why Boys Do Love Books (main post) [BUY TICKETS]

When: Sunday, October 30 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm | Add this to your

Where: Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop, 1030 Bonita Avenue, La Verne, CA 91750

Why: A special gathering of authors and readers to talk about books, boys, and sharing a love of reading

Who: Who, indeed!

Andrew Smith - @marburyjack
Andrew Smith is the author of Ghost Medicine (2008), In the Path of Falling Objects (2009), and The Marbury Lens (2010).

Each of these novels has been awarded “Best Fiction for Young Adults” by the American Library Association.

His most recent release, Stick, is also nominated for the award in 2012.

Andrew Smith lives in the mountains of Southern California, where he raises horses.

His website is

Greg van Eekhout - @gregvaneekhout
Greg van Eekhout has held a number of day jobs, from telemarketer to English teacher to educational media developer, none of which he ever enjoyed as much as writing.

He writes novels both for adult and middle-grade audiences.

He lives in San Diego near the beach, where he once found a human leg that turned out to be merely a rather large squid.

Find him online at
G. Neri - @g_neri
G. Neri is the 2011 Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author of Yummy, and a two-time American Library Association Notable Book honoree.

In 2010, he was the recipient of the International Reading Association’s Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award for Chess Rumble. His novels for teens include Surf Mules and his latest book, Ghetto Cowboy.

He has been a filmmaker, animator and new media producer and was one of the founding members of the Truth anti-smoking campaign for teens. 
He lives on the Gulf coast of Florida with his wife and daughter and likes to troll for alligators. Check out his

Jonathan Auxier - @jonathanauxier
Jonathan Auxier is the author of Peter Nimble & His Fantastic Eyes, which was recently named an ABA 2011 New Voices pick!

He lives outside Los Angeles with his wife and their adorable pet umbrella (which doesn't get nearly enough exercise).

Find him online at
John Stephens
John Stephens is the author of The Emerald Atlas, the first installment in the middle-grade fantasy trilogy The Books of Beginning.

With a background in television writing and credits to such popular TV shows as Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls, and The OC, John Stephens has successfully turned his talents to novel writing.

In The Emerald Atlas, he seamlessly weaves action, wonder, laugh-out-loud humor, suspense, and pathos, telling the gripping story of three young siblings.

The Emerald Atlas debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller list in its first week on sale. 
Find out more about John and his book at

Allen Zadoff
Allen Zadoff is the author of My Life, the Theater and Other Tragedies.

His debut young adult novel, Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have, was the recipient of the Sid Fleischman Humor Award from the SCBWI.

 A former stage director, he is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theater Training.

He is currently at work on a third novel for Egmont which will be published in 2012. 
Visit him on the web at

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