Saturday, July 16

Meet YA Rising Stars @novaren @cindypon @suzanne_young @hgoldbergsloan

Great news! On Sunday, August 7 at 1:30 pm, authors Nova Ren Suma, Cindy Pon, Suzanne Young and Holly Goldberg Sloan will be signing their books at Once Upon a Time Bookstore in Montrose, CA. Click on the book covers below for more information on the books. Read to the end for signing details!

Photo credit: Erik Ryerson

Nova Ren Suma is the author of the YA novel Imaginary Girls (Dutton Juvenile) and the middle-grade novel Dani Noir (Aladdin). She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and a BA in writing & photography from Antioch College, and has been awarded fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She lives in New York City.

Visit her at
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Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow Books) which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, released in March. A children’s picture book with her Chinese brush art is also in the works.

For more about Cindy, visit her website:
Follow Cindy @cindypon on Twitter

Suzanne Young currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she uses the rainy weather as an excuse to stay inside and write obsessively. After earning her degree in creative writing, Suzanne spent several years teaching middle school language arts. Now she can be found at home chasing after her two children and writing novels for teens. She is the author of A Need So Beautiful (Balzer+Bray).

Learn more about Suzanne at
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Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent a peripatetic childhood (following her Professor father and architect mother) living in California, The Netherlands, Istanbul, Turkey (where she went to high school), Washington D.C. and Oregon.

Holly considers her book I’ll Be There (Little, Brown) to be the most rewarding thing she’s ever done in her work life. She believes a perfect day to be one where she writes in the morning, takes a long walk by the Pacific Ocean in the afternoon, and she spends the evening with her family and friends around her large dining room table.

She likes to fall asleep reading a good book.

Visit her website at
Follow Holly @hgoldbergsloan on Twitter

Book signing rules:

Attendance of the author panel discussion is free, and will be followed by a book signing.

Purchase a $20 gift card to Once Upon a Time to receive a numbered ticket for the signing line. The gift card can be used to purchase the authors' books at the event; or if you already have their books, you may purchase any items sold at Once Upon a Time.

Once Upon a Time is located at 2207 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose CA 91020. Questions? Please call 818 248 9668 or email

Click here to download the event flyer.

Graphic Guise - Meet @boylebob @dsantat @jamesburksart @boltcity

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Now for a drumroll please... Here are the fabulous author/illustrators that we will be featuring at Graphic Guise on August 20th.

Bob Boyle is the Emmy Award winning creator of the Nick Jr. series, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and is author/illustrator of the children's book, Hugo and the Really, Really, Really Long String. He also created the Disney series, Yin! Yang! Yo! and was a Producer and the Art Director of The Fairly OddParents.

Visit his website at:
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James Burks has worked for the past fifteen years as an artist in the animation industry for companies like Disney, Warner Brothers, and Nickelodeon. Projects he has worked on include The Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis, Treasure Planet, Home on the Range, Space Jam, The Iron Giant, and the television shows Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, Ni-hao Kai-lan, Dinosaur Train, and most recently on Fan Boy and Chum Chum.

Currently he is writing and illustrating his own books. His first graphic novel for kids, Gabby & Gator (Yen Press) was a Junior Library Guild selection. He has an upcoming graphic novel with Scholastic/Graphix.

Visit him at
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Kazu Kibuishi is the author and illustrator of the popular Amulet graphic novel series for young readers, including Amulet (Book 1): The Stonekeeper, which was honored with the Rhode Island Children's Book Award in 2010 and the Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award in 2011. The Amulet series includes The Stonekeeper's Curse, The Cloud Searchers, and The Last Council.

He published Copper, his popular web comic, in January 2010. Kazu is also founder and editor of the Flight anthologies, a critically acclaimed comics series. He is the creator of Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, a winner of the YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award in 2006.

Visit him at
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One day a year he is Santa Claus, but the other 364 days Dan Santat works as a children's book writer and commercial illustrator. He is also the creator of Disney's animated hit, The Replacements. Dan graduated with honors from The Art Center College of Design. He lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, a rabbit, a bird, and one cat. His first graphic novel, Sidekicks, was just released by Arthur A. Levine.

Visit him at
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For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Monday, July 4

Graphic Guise: Books Undercover - August 20, 2011

Click here to read about our super-cool special guests!
Registration has been extended ... Click here to register online or visit
First come, first served!

Over here at Bridge to Books, we don't just sit back and rest on the success of one event.  We are already off and planning for our next event.  This time we are targeting Middle Grade readers as well as parents, teachers, and librarians.

Theme: Graphic Novels
We know children love graphic novels and respond well to this form of visual storytelling.  This afternoon workshop will have a two-fold purpose.  Children will have an opportunity to meet and interact with several local graphic novelists and create some of their own illustrations and stories in the Studio.  Adults will participate in a Workshop to learn about how to use Graphic Novels in the classroom, at home or in other places to promote and support children's reading.

Guest Author/Illustrators:
Click here to read more about Bob Boyle, James Burks, Dan Santat, and Kazu Kibuishi--our special guests!

Children ages 7 to 12 (please contact us at if you have a child younger than 7 or older than 12 and you would like to inquire about their participation in the event)
Teachers, Librarians, or Parents (or any adult interested in using Graphic Novels to promote reading)

Saturday, August 20, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

      The Armory Center for the Arts
      145 North Raymond Avenue
      Pasadena, CA 91106

We are thrilled to be able to partner with The Armory Center for the Arts to host this event.  The Armory has worked to establish a strong partnership with schools and the community to bring the visual arts to life.  It is a great way to introduce children and adults to the work of the Armory while promoting literacy.

Updates will be posted right here... soon!

Update #1 | Meet our guest illustrators

Is there more? Of course!
Keep an eye on this page for lots more information. We will be revealing who our special guests will be and as well as all of the registration information for the event. If you're ready to register, you can click on the Wepay widget below to get tickets!

Pay with WePay

Publishers or Middle Grade Authors or Graphic Novelists:
If you are a publisher or a middle grade author or graphic novelist and you would like to help sponsor this event or find out more about how you can be involved, please contact either Alyson or Alethea at

Friday, July 1

YA in Bloom Album!

Update: July 3, 2011 -

What do you do after a successful event?

Sleep!  Yes, Alethea went to sleep for quite a few hours to try and make up for all of the hours that she devoted to preparing for YA in Bloom.  She certainly earned time with her pillow.

And I (Alyson) went off to what felt like an Educator's Boot Camp (really - one of those professional & intense conferences) and lived in a dorm for a week and ate in a dining hall with pre-teens and teens. 

Now that we are recovering we wanted to do a quick wrap-up!

A thousand thank you's and lots of hugs to those who came!
First, I just want to say thank you to everyone - authors, bloggers, booksellers, librarians, teachers, publisher reps, and YA book readers who came out to the event and brought their smiles, enthusiasm, and energy with you.  Even the best plans would have failed if no one showed up but we had nearly 100 of you there for our first event - so this was no failure.  Your patience as we registered everyone, and revised the schedule was truly appreciated.  New friendships and connections were forged over the course of the day and we hope everyone continues to stay in-touch.

Congratulations to the winners of our Library Booster Boxes!
If you have been following our postings about YA in Bloom, then you know that we collected over $1,000 in books (Book people are very generous) which we divided into two boxes and donated to one public library and one high school library.

The winners are:
Theresa K. whose ticket won received a $25 gift card to Vromans while her public library of choice - Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Public Library in Seal Beach will receive a huge box of new or current YA books.
Randee B. had her ticket called and she also received a $25 gift card to Vromans and her High School of choice - Upland High school in Upland will be receiving the second huge box.

We also had lots of winners for our various raffles - next time I will make it a point to write down everyone's names.  On second thought - I will delegate someone to write down all those names.

Thank you to all of our great sponsors and authors for so many wonderful books and swag.  A quick thank you to Flux, Penguin, Random House, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster for really helping by making such amazing donations.  Check out the post here to see a complete list of all the authors and publishers who donated.  You will be receiving special thank you's shortly.

Yes, there was indeed food...
Thank you's are definitely in order for the food people. Jane and her team were impressive.  I hear that the sandwiches and cake were amazing.  Yes, I heard all about it, but somehow in all the running around I missed the amazing chicken salad sandwiches & cake - and we even had vegan sandwiches that were supposedly fantastic.  If you go through the pictures (link below), you'll see the sandwich boxes and the out of this world, gorgeous cakes.

Thank you to - 
Lizette, Amore dal Forno--Yes, her cake was all the rave.
Senator Sipes ( @tipsyreader ) is Homemade Selections - and she is a wonderful hostess too. 
Amy Tam-- vegan chocolate chip cookies -
Jane, Amber, Susan & Janelle contributed sandwiches & salad & more cookies.

In addition to our Bridge to Books Team...
Of course, Alethea and I along with the other fantastic Bridge to Book Members who were present (Amber, Cathy, Heather, Jane, Janelle, Kris, Nicole, Sue, Susan)  had a little - no, we had a lot of help from our friends.  The members of the Young Adult Book Council came out in force to help with set up and clean up.  My school's office manager, Lorraine, came out to decorate with flowers.  And we certainly recruited family and close friends to help. 

Also, thank you to Kris and Nicole for a fabulous chat about book discussions.  I have heard great feedback about how much people enjoyed the talk.

Our amazing authors rock!
We didn't just have one or two authors - we had six talented, funny, energetic, and amazing authors.  Thank you to Katie Alender, Jessica Brody, Nancy Holder, Cindy Pon, Andrew Smith, and Lisa Yee for taking time out of their busy schedules and showing up and chatting with people and signing books and just being all around fantastic people.

And to our up & coming authors (Kristen Kittscher, Suzanne Lazear, Marie Lu, Kathy McCullough, Gretchen McNeil, and Jenn Reese), you were pretty amazing too...we look forward to seeing you at future events.

Finally, a huge thank you to Vromans...
Thank you to Vromans and their fantastic staff (including the Kids' Department staff who checked in on us and were there to answer questions) who allowed us to take over the upstairs and supported us as we threw one epic YA celebration.  In addition to the space, they ordered books, and provided goodies for the gift bags, and even gave everyone a one-day 20% off coupon.  By the looks of the piles of books people were purchasing, there was some serious shopping going on.

If you want to reminisce about the event, check out all the great photos from Zenia and Shazia. 

YA in Bloom, a set on Flickr.
We'll be adding more soon! Thanks to Zenia Pollard & Shazia Wilson for photography that day.

Via Flickr:
June 25 at Vroman's Bookstore Pasadena