Young Adult Book Event

Carl Hiaasen - SKINK--NO SURRENDER

Event date: 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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SKINK--NO SURRENDER

The wondrous and talented, bestselling author Carl Hiaasen will be with us on Wednesday, October 15, 6:00 P.M. to read and sign his new YA novel, SKINK--NO SURRENDER. Please join us.

Classic Malley—to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard—he knows his cousin’s in trouble before she does. Wild Skink—he’s a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down. With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets, and giant gators.

Carl Hiaasen first introduced readers to Skink more than twenty-five years ago in DOUBLE WHAMMY, and he quickly became Hiaasen’s most iconic and beloved character, appearing in six novels to date. Both teens and adults will be thrilled to catch sight of the elusive “captain” as he finds hilariously satisfying ways to stop internet predators, turtle-egg poachers, and lowlife litterbugs in their tracks. With Skink at the wheel, the search for a missing girl is both nail-bitingly tense and laugh-out-loud funny.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen serves up his unique brand of swamp-justice in Skink—No Surrender.

 

Carl Hiassen

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives with his family. The author is beloved among readers, young and old. "Hiaasen made his children's book debut with HOOT (2002), which was awarded a Newbery Honor and spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller lists. For young readers he went on to write FLUSH (2005) and SCAT (2009). CHOMP,  (2012).

 

 

 

 

Leigh Bardugo - RUIN and RISING

Event date: 

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 5:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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RUIN and RISING

Join us to celebrate the final book in Leigh Bardugo's "Grisha" trilogy, RUIN AND RISING. She'll be with us on Saturday, November 1, 2014, 5:00 P.M. If you purchase one of the books from her Grisha trilogy, you will receive custom dice and a game Bardugo designed (first come, first served)! Also, Miss Leigh will be reading from her forthcoming book, SIX of CROWS. Sneak peek, fans!

The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Hidden away, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina forges new alliances as she and Mal search for Morozova's last amplifier. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that alters her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the future she’s fighting for.

Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. (photo credit: Kevin Rolly)

Alexandra Duncan - SALVAGE

Event date: 

Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 5:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for a reading and signing with author Alexandra Duncan featuring her newly released YA novel, SALVAGE. The book focuses on a girl who has been explicitly raised on a space merchant ship until she is banished from their ranks, and forced to survive on her own on Earth that is now encompassed by an unstable climate.

“Epic in scope and intimate in execution, Salvage is an astonishing debut. Duncan expertly crafts a story of the journey to claim oneself across the infinite expanses of both space and the human heart.”
Kiersten White, author of the New York Times best-selling Paranormalcy trilogy

Sixteen-year-old Ava has spent her whole life aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, where polygamy, hard labor, and illiteracy are the norm. When Ava receives the news that she is to be married, she holds out hope that her childhood friend, Luck, will be her future husband. However, a passionate encounter causes Ava’s people to turn against her.

In SALVAGE, Ava is faced with betrayal, banishment, and her own death. With no other recourse, she runs for her life. With help from a surprising source, Ava buys her way onto a delivery ship and escapes to Earth, where climate change has ravaged the land. She soon finds herself in the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean, at a disadvantage and weakened by her life in deep space. She’s unable to read or write or even withstand the forces of gravity.

With nothing for certain in this strange and hard existence on Earth, can Ava find a way to survive? Will she ever see Luck or her childhood home again? How will she build a future when her own past may have been built on lies?

SALVAGE is a sweeping and harrowing literary science fiction novel. Surprising and thought-provoking, with a feminist twist, its exploration of choice and consequences, rebellion, family, and finding a place for oneself in the world will appeal to fans of Across the Universe, by Beth Revis, and The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood.

Alexandra Duncan is a science fiction and fantasy writer. Salvage is her first novel. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. She loves anything that gets her hands dirty – pie-baking, leatherworking, gardening, drawing, and rolling sushi. She lives with her husband and two monstrous, furry cats  in the mountains of Western North Carolina. You may visit her online at www.alexandra-duncan.com.

Ruta Sepetys - OUT OF THE EASY

Event date: 

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for an afternoon with bestselling and award-winning YA author RUTA SEPETYS featuring her novel, Out of the Easy

It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.

 

 

D.J. MacHale - STORM

Event date: 

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 1:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us when #1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHale (PENDRAGON), comes to present and sign STORM, Book 2 of his action-fueled, tantalizingly plotted SYLO CHRONICLES sci-fi conspiracy trilogy.

A thrilling trilogy that begins on a peaceful island community that is rocked by a series of mysterious deaths, and quickly becomes a massive conflict that will determine the future of mankind. A group of young people uncover clues they hope will lead to the truth behind the madness for nothing is what it first appears to be. The quest to defend their home is made all the more difficult because they can’t be sure of who to trust…and who to fear. Everyone is a suspect. Nowhere is safe.

Click here to watch D.J. MacHale talk about SYLO CHRONICLES

 

D.J. MacHale is the author of the bestselling book series Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure through Time and Space, the spooky Morpheus Road trilogy, and the whimsical picture book The Monster Princess. He has written, directed, and produced numerous award-winning television series and movies for young people including Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Flight 29 Down, and Tower of Terror. D.J. lives with his family in Southern California. You can visit him online at djmachalebooks.com.

Dark Days Authors - Veronica Rossi, Tahereh Mafi, Kiersten White, Sophie Jordan, and Claudia Gray

Event date: 

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Five amazing YA authors are about to descend on Octavia Books to talk about their books - some of the coolest books of the season. Come meet them over some sparkling cider and king cake for an exciting evening!

Here's who you'll meet:

Tahereh Mafi - IGNITE ME



Kiersten White - PERFECT LIES


Sophie Jordan - THE UNINVITED

 

Veronica Rossi - INTO THE STILL BLUE




Claudia Gray - SPELLCASTER & STEADFAST

 


In order to go through the signing line and meet the authors for book personalizations, please purchase the authors' featured books from Octavia Books.

 

Grandmaster Jesse Kraai - LISA: A Chess Novel - reading, signing & blindfold chess demonstration

Event date: 

Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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“Two thumbs up. This is the most realistic chess novel ever.”
-Dana Mackenzie, author of The Universe in Zero Words

Please join us for a special evening with chess Grandmaster Jesse Kraai when he comes to Octavia Books to read and sign his chess novel, LISA.

This debut novel by chess GM Jesse Kraai tells the story of a 13-year-old California girl who defies her mother and her school to study chess with Russian master Igor Ivanov. Lisa is an exploration of what it means to get an education in chess, and a meditation on what makes the game so compelling to those who play. As much about art and education as it is about pawns and kings, Lisa tells a story that will resonate with anyone who’s ever set foot in a tournament hall, or has ever pursued beauty and excellence in any arena.

Following his reading, Grandmaster Kraai will play  blindfolded chess with a top New Orleans chess junior.

Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian - FIRE WITH FIRE

Event date: 

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 5:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Enthusiast of the young adult novels won't want to miss Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian when they come to Octavia Books to discuss and sign their new joint novel, FIRE WITH FIRE.

When sweet revenge turns sour… Book two of a trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn’t exactly go the way they’d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.

Not even close.

For now, it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there ever was a pact. But it’s not easy, not when Reeve is still a total jerk and Rennie’s meaner than she ever was before.

And then there’s sweet little Mary…she knows there’s something seriously wrong with her. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure that someone will get hurt even worse than Reeve was. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, burn for a burn. A broken heart for a broken heart. The girls are up to the task. They’ll make Reeve fall in love with Lillia and then they will crush him. It’s the only way he’ll learn.

It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn...

 

Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series, Shug, and the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School.

Siobhan Vivian is the author of the young adult novel The List, as well as Not That Kind of Girl, Same Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice, and the Burn for Burn trilogy. A former editor for Alloy Entertainment, she received her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Lauren Myracle - THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US

Event date: 

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 5:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us when Lauren Myracle, the #1 most banned author in America, returns to Octavia Books to present and sign THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US. a warm examination of ordinary teens in a contemporary YA novel that celebrates friendship, romance, and the intensity of first love.

An Unforgettable Look at First Love From One Of Young Adult Fiction’s Greatest Writers by New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle

For as long as she can remember, eighteen-year-old Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, Wren comes to the uncomfortable realization that she needs to honor her own desires…but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?

Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.

Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US explores that period between high school and college when life seems to be beginning, and everything—including true love—is possible. Alternating chapters that move between Wren’s and Charlie’s perspectives invite readers to join them on their journey as they struggle to define themselves both as individuals and as their souls collide as a couple.

Lauren Myracle is the author of the New York Times bestselling Internet Girls series (ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r), Shine, Rhymes with Witches, Bliss, and the Flower Power series, among many other books for teens and young people. She lives with her family in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Claudia Gray - SPELLCASTER

Event date: 

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Young Adult novelist Claudia Gray joins us with her brand new story, SPELLCASTER. Descended from witches, high school senior Nadia can tell as soon as her family moves to Captive’s Sound that the town is under a dark and powerful spell. Then she meets Mateo, the teenage local whose cursed dreams predict the future, and they must work together to prevent an impending disaster that threatens the entire town.

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans-based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. Her grandparents' copy of Mysteries of the Unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable.

 

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