Friday, September 30


Alethea's been having some pretty productive bouts of insomnia.

Did you know you can print your own copies of some of our posters? Thanks to, our favorite poster-printing service, you can print posters quickly and inexpensively. The quality is great, and even their customer service emails are funny!

You can print our Graphic Guise poster here.

You can grab our YA in Bloom poster here.

Here's a sneak peek at the posters for our upcoming events:

Thanks a lot, Posterbrain!

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

What are you waiting for? Sign up for this event here.

Teachers and Librarians Schmooze with Us!

We are very excited to announce the next round of Schmoozes for 2012!

Teachers, librarians, and parents, come and chat with us about teaching, literacy, & many creative ways to connect kids with books.

Tickets are $5 each. Light snacks and drinks will be served. Attendees will get a shopping discount during the event, a goodie bag (while supplies last), and will also be entered into a raffle for book prizes.

Non-Fiction Picture Books
Wednesday, March 14, 6:30 pm
   Kidspace Museum |
   480 North Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91103
   Tel 626 449 9144
   Featuring special guest, Marianne D. Wallace
   Author of the America’s Ecosystems series

Spring into Summer Reading
Thursday, April 19, 6:30 pm
   Vroman’s Bookstore |
   695 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena CA 91101
   Tel 626 449 5320 (ask for Kids Dept.)
   Guest authors to be announced

Any ticket funds not used for the event will go to Book by Book (a nonprofit).

For more info, please email

Please help us spread the word! 
If you know anyone interested in literacy activities and ideas, please forward them to this link, or download and share this PDF flyer. Tweet it and share it on Facebook and Google+! Thanks :D

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Past Schmoozes:

How to Host a Literacy Café
Wednesday, February 22, 6:30 pm
   Once Upon a Time Bookstore |
   2207 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose CA 91020
   Tel 818 248 9668
   Featuring special guest, Katherine Applegate
   Author of The One and Only Ivan

Tuesday, September 27

More Upcoming Events

Our calendar is just packed!

Here are some of the book events happening in Southern California in the next couple of months. You can also check our Google Calendar to see where we'll be!

SUN - October 2, 2011 - Orange County Children's Book Festival
Starts at 9:30 am (ends at 4:00 pm)
Orange Coast College [MAP]
Event Schedule [GUIDE]
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SUN - October 2, 2011 - West Hollywood Book Fair
Starts 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
West Hollywood Library and Park [MAP]
Event Schedule [GUIDE] [KIDS] [TEEN]

SUN - October 2, 2011 - Author Wendy Mass at Once Upon a Time
Starts at 4:00 pm
Once Upon a Time Bookstore [MAP]
2207 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose CA 91020

THU - October 6, 2011 - Becca Fitzpatrick, Moira Young, & Elizabeth Miles
Starts at 7:00 pm (ends at 9:00 pm)
Once Upon a Time Bookstore [MAP]
2207 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose CA 91020

FRI - October 7, 2011 - Becca Fitzpatrick, Moira Young, & Elizabeth Miles
Starts at 5:00 pm (ends at 7:00 pm)
Mrs. Nelson's Toy & Book Shop [MAP]
1030 Bonita Avenue, La Verne, CA 91750

SUN - October 9, 2011 - Pen Fatale YA Group
Alyson Noel, Gabrielle Zevin, Jessica Brody, and Mary E. Pearson
Starts at 3:00 pm
Vroman's Bookstore [MAP]
695 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena CA 91101

MON - October 10, 2011 - Pen Fatale YA Group
Alyson Noel, Gabrielle Zevin, Jessica Brody, and Mary E. Pearson

Starts at 5:00 pm (ends at 7:00 pm)
Carnegie Cultural Center @ the Upland Public Library [MAP]
123 East D Street, Upland, CA 91786

FRI - October 14, 2011 - Pasadena Art Night - Stars at KidSpace Museum
Starts at 6:00 pm (ends at 10:00 pm)
KidSpace Museum [MAP]
480 N. Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena CA 91103

List is in progress! Check back in a bit for even more events :s

More events at
Mrs. Nelson's Toy & Book Shop    |    Once Upon a Time Bookstore     |     Vroman's Bookstore

Saturday, September 24

Banned Books Giveaway Hop - Contest

Thanks so much to Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not a Writer and Jen of I Read Banned Books for hosting this blog hop.


To celebrate Banned Books Week, we will order a banned book of the winner's choice (from for a lucky reader in the US or Canada!

The winner will also get one of our Live to Read, Read to Live posters.

Purchases of this poster help to support our literacy events
and our pals at

The winner of this contest gets one for free!
See the Rafflecopter widget below for the details. Please DO NOT leave personal info in the comments section--the Rafflecopter widget will collect your contact info so we can tell you if you have won.

The winner gets to choose their book prize (within the guidelines stated below) and will be notified by email through Rafflecopter.

Don't forget to visit the other blogs on this blog hop!