Young Adult Book Event

Cory Doctorow - HOMELAND

Event date: 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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"A wonderful, important book . . . I'd recommend Little Brother over pretty much any book I've read this year"
-Neil Gaiman on Little Brother

Please join us for a special evening with Cory Doctorow featuring his new book, HOMELAND, the sequel to the New York Times bestselling LITTLE BROTHER.

In Cory Doctorow’s wildly successful Little Brother, young Marcus Yallow was arbitrarily detained and brutalized by the government in the wake of a terrorist attack on San Francisco—an experience that led him to become a leader of the whole movement of technologically clued-in teenagers, fighting back against the tyrannical security state.

A few years later, California's economy collapses, but Marcus’s hacktivist past lands him a job as webmaster for a crusading politician who promises reform. Soon his former nemesis Masha emerges from the political underground to gift him with a thumbdrive containing a Wikileaks-style cable-dump of hard evidence of corporate and governmental perfidy. It’s incendiary stuff—and if Masha goes missing, Marcus is supposed to release it to the world. Then Marcus sees Masha being kidnapped by the same government agents who detained and tortured Marcus years earlier.

Marcus can leak the archive Masha gave him—but he can’t admit to being the leaker, because that will cost his employer the election. He’s surrounded by friends who remember what he did a few years ago and regard him as a hacker hero. He can’t even attend a demonstration without being dragged onstage and handed a mike. He’s not at all sure that just dumping the archive onto the Internet, before he’s gone through its millions of words, is the right thing to do.

Meanwhile, people are beginning to shadow him, people who look like they’re used to inflicting pain until they get the answers they want.

Fast-moving, passionate, and as current as next week, Homeland is every bit the equal of Little Brother—a paean to activism, to courage, to the drive to make the world a better place.

Cory Doctorow is a co editor of Boing Boing and a columnist for multiple publications includingThe Guardian, Locus, and Publishers Weekly. He was named one of the Web’s twenty-five ‘influencers’ by Forbes magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. His award-winning YA novel, Little Brother, was a New York Times bestseller. Born and raised in Canada, he currently lives in London.

 

 

 

Aimee Agresti - INFATUATE

Event date: 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 5:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for a reading and booksigning with Aimee Agresti featuring her gripping new novel, INFATUATE in which angels in training face evil in New Orleans. From Bourbon Street to St. Louis Number One to the LaLaurie Mansion—our city really serves as an additional character in the book. This sequel to ILLUMINATE has all the hallmarks of a great YA read: romance, action, paranormal elements, and mystery. The final blow-out scene—where angels battle demons—takes place during the excitement of Mardi Gras.

Aimee AgrestiAimee Agresti was voted “Quietest” of her high school class–probably because she spent too much time with her nose buried in books. Clearly, becoming a writer was the only possible choice. She now happily toggles between the realms of fact and fiction. She’s a former Us Weekly staff writer and entertainment journalist whose work has appeared in People, Premiere, DC Magazine, Capitol File, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, The Washington City Paper, Boston magazine, Women’s Health and the New York Observer to name a few. Aimee has made countless TV and radio appearances dishing about celebrities on the likes of Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, E!, The Insider, Extra, VH1, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, Headline News, A&E, and ABC News Now. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and lives with her husband and son in Washington, DC, where she can often be found skulking around the Smithsonian museums on slow writing days waiting for inspiration to strike.

Robin Bridges - THE KATERINA TRILOGY

Event date: 

Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 5:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for a reading & signing with author Robin Bridges celebrating THE UNFAILING LIGHT, the new installment in her young adult trilogy, THE KATERINA TRILOGY, set in St. Petersburg, Russia, during the reign of Tsar Alexander III.


The Katerina Trilogy, Vol. I: The Gathering Storm

As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. No one knows. Not her family. Not the girls at her finishing school. Not the tsar or anyone in her aristocratic circle. Katerina considers her talent a curse, not a gift. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue--and pulled between two young men who belong to very different and warring royal bloodlines. The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power as a necromancer, but which side will she choose--and to whom will she give her heart? 

The Katerina Trilogy, Vol. II: The Unfailing Light

Having had no choice but to use her power has a necromancer to save Russia from dark forces, Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, now wants to forget that she ever used her special powers. She's about to set off to pursue her lifelong dream of attending medical school when she discovers that Russia's arch nemesis--who she thought she'd destroyed--is still alive. So on imperial orders, Katerina remains at her old finishing school. She'll be safe there, because the empress has cast a potent spell to protect it against the vampires and revenants who are bent on toppling the tsar and using Katerina for their own gains. But to Katerina's horror, the spell unleashes a vengeful ghost within the school, a ghost more dangerous than any creature trying to get in. 

Myra McEntire - TIMEPIECE

Event date: 

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for a late afternoon reading and signing with young adult book author Myra McEntire featuring TIMEPIECE: An Hourglass Novel

A threat from the past could destroy the future.

Kaleb Ballard was never supposed to be able to see ripples—cracks in time. Are Kaleb’s powers expanding, or is something very wrong? Before Kaleb can find out, Jonathan Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, reappears. Why is he back, and what, or whom, does he want?

In the wake of Landers’s return, the Hourglass organization is offered an ultimatum by a mysterious man. Either they find Landers and the research he has stolen on people who might carry the time gene, or time will be altered—with devastating results for the people Kaleb loves most.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their extraordinary powers to find Landers. But where do they even start? And when? Even if they succeed, just finding him may not be enough. . . .

The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science-fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts.

 

Myra McEntire knows the words to every R&B hit of the last decade, but since she lives in Nashville, the country music capital of America, her lyrical talents go sadly unappreciated. She’s chosen, instead, to channel her “mad word skills” into creating stories. She’s an avid Doctor Who fan and will argue passionately about which incarnation is the best

 

Tara Hudson - ARISE

Event date: 

Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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New Orleans
Saint Louis Cemetery Number One
A night there can change a life . . . or a death

Please join us for a reading and booksigning with young adult book author Tara Hudson featuring her new novel, ARISE

Increasingly worried that dark spirits will carry out their threats and hurt the people she cares for most, Amelia is ready to try anything to protect them. And for his own very different reasons, Joshua has come to this cemetery at midnight to join her in a powerful ritual.

Both know that once Amelia steps inside the Voodoo circle and the beautiful girl from the Conjure Café begins the cere­mony, everything will change.

Tara Hudson's enthralling sequel to her debut novel, HEREAFTER, escalates the danger and excitement, bringing a new dimension to her already mesmerizing story of a haunted love.

"THE FAULT IN OUR STARS" - Octavia Books Presents an Evening with John Green & Hank Green

Event date: 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Temple Sinai
6227 St. Charles Ave. (corner of Calhoun)
70118 New Orleans
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Doors open at 6:00PM. Program will start promptly at 7:00PM.
Please arrive early.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John GreenPlease join us for an exciting evening with bestselling author John Green presenting his new novel, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. John will be accompanied by his well-known brother, Hank Green, and together they will give an interactive presentation including words and music followed by a booksigning.

Octavia Books is holding the event at Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Avenue (at Calhoun), New Orleans, LA. You may enjoy arriving via the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar

Tickets:

Online sales dealine was 4PM CDT on the day of the event.

Tickets are required. Each ticket admits one person and may be exchanged at the event for one signed edition of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green.  Tickets are the price of one book.

We strongly recommend that you pre purchase now by coming to Octavia Books or by calling us during store hours at 504-899-READ (7323). Tickets may also be purchased online by clicking here. You must pay for your tickets at the time you reserve them. Tickets are non-refundable.

If you wish to purchase a signed edition without attending the event, or if you are purchasing tickets and also want to purchase additional signed books, you may order these at octaviabooks.com/book/9780525478812 and write " signed copy - not attending" or "extra signed copy - attending" in the order comment area when checking out. Only copies purchased through Octavia Books will be signed.  

 

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

 

John Green is a New York Times-bestselling author whose many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers (youtube.com/vlogbrothers), one of the most popular online video projects in the world. You can join John’s 1.1 million followers on Twitter (@realjohngreen), or visit him online at johngreenbooks.com. John lives with his wife and son in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"A novel of life and death and the people caught in between, The Fault in Our Stars is John Green at his best. You laugh, you cry, and then you come back for more."
- Markus Zusak, bestselling and Printz Honor-winning author of The Book Thief

"An electric portrait of young people who learn to live life with one foot in the grave. Filled with staccato bursts of humor and tragedy, The Fault in Our Stars takes a spin on universal themes-Will I be loved? Will I be remembered? Will I leave a mark on this world?-by dramatically raising the stakes for the characters who are asking."
- Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and Sing You Home

"John Green writes incredible, honest truths about the secret, weird hearts of human beings. He makes me laugh and gasp at the beauty of a sentence or the twist of a tale. He is one of the best writers alive and I am seething with envy of his talent."
- E. Lockhart, National Book Award Finalist and Printz Honor-winning author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks and The Boyfriend List

 

Andrea Cremer - BLOODROSE

Event date: 

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 4:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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BLOODROSEPlease join us for an author reading and signing as to celebrate Andrea Cremer's, BLOODROSE, the new and final book in her international bestselling Nightshade Trilogy.

Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there's more at stake than fighting. There's saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay's wrath. There's keeping Ansel safe, even if he's been branded a traitor. There's proving herself as the pack's alpha, facing unnameable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers' magic once and for all. And then there's deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is. In this remarkable final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, Andrea Cremer crafts a dynamic novel with twists and turns that will keep you breathless until its final pages.

 

Andrea Cremer, photo by Gina MonroeAndrea Cremer spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Minnesota, but she thinks of her homeland as the “Canadian Shield” rather than the Midwest.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. When she’s not writing, Andrea teaches history at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota..

Visit Andrea online at www.andreacremer.com.

Heather Brewer - THE CHRONICLES OF VLADIMIR TOD and THE SLAYER CHRONICLES

Event date: 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 4:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for a special book signing and reading with Heather Brewer, author of THE CHRONICLES OF VLADIMIR TOD, who is coming to Octavia Books unveil the first in her new series, THE SLAYER CHRONICLES.

 

Are you a fan of Joss? Curious about the Slayer Society and their secretive ways? Want to know what transpired during the summers between Vlad's school years? Get ready for a spin-off series of epic preportions, all about Joss and featuring some of your favorite vampires from The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. (Don't forget your stake!) 

 

With over a million copies already in print, The Chronicles of Vladamir Todd is still sinking its fangs into new readers every day. Now bestselling author Heather Brewer brings us the other side of the story, from the perspective of Vlad's former friend turned mortal enemy: vampire slayer Joss Macmillan. In five books that can be read alongside Vlad Tod or entirely on their own, Joss discovers his powers as the youngest, strongest slayer in history. And just in time, too: with all the vampires running rampant, he's going to need all the help he can get. This action-packed series will quench the thirst of even the hungriest veteran minions. 

 

Heather Brewer was not your typical teen growing up. She wore black, danced under full moons, and devoured every book in sight. She hasn't changed much. Today, Heather can be found writing in her funky, black Happy Bunny jammie pants, dancing under a full moon, devouring every book in sight, and attending renaissance faire in full costume (and in character).

When Heather's not writing, dressing up, dancing and reading, she's answering email, which she loves to get over at her website.

 

Sarah Dessen - WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE

Event date: 

Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us at Octavia Books as we launch ALA weekend (The American Library Association is convening in New Orleans) with one of our favorite authors of YA literature.

New York Times bestselling young adult novelist Sarah Dessen joins us for a booksigning and presentation featuring her 10th novel, What Happened to Goodbye, a beautifully written, irresistible story of self-discovery. Since her parents’ bitter divorce, McLean and her dad have been on the move — four towns in two years. Each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is.

Sarah Dessen is the highly acclaimed author of nine previous novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, Just Listen, and This Lullaby. Her first two books, That Summer and Someone Like You, were the basis of the movie How to Deal, starring Mandy Moore. Sarah graduated with highest honors in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Jay, and her daughter, Sasha.

 

 

 

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Lauren Myracle - SHINE

Event date: 

Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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From one of today’s most controversial writers, a daring new novel about the aftermath of a hate crime...

Lauren Myracle - New York Times bestselling author of Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen and The Fashion Disaster That Changed My Life, as well as the Internet Girls series ttyl and Bliss - joins us for a reading & signing of her new young adult novel, SHINE.

Set against a backdrop of poverty, bigotry, clannishness, and intolerance, SHINE is a harrowing, coming-of-age mystery that mines the secrets of a small southern town, while examining the strength of will it takes for a teenage girl to go against everyone she knows in the name of justice. But in a community that accepts rather than criticizes what happened, it’s not going to be easy to find the perpetrator. 

When Cat’s childhood best friend, Patrick, is found brutally attacked, bound to a gas pump, with homophobic words of hate scrawled across his chest, it’s up to the teenage girl to figure out who’s behind this unforgivable act. The local sheriff is ready to place the blame on outsiders, but Cat is sure someone in town is guilty. As the pieces slowly begin to fall into place, shedding light on what lead up to that terrible night at the gas station, not only does Cat begin to realize that people are not really who they say they are, but that she too is changing and ready to break through the dark cloud of the past, and shine.

Richly atmospheric in tone and profoundly thoughtful in its coverage of important topics such as the consequences of bullying, the dangers of homophobia, the importance of compassion towards others, and the value in coping with and learning to overcome prejudice, SHINE is not only a stunning literary achievement, but is also a call to action.

Lauren Myracle is a bestselling author and currently #1 on the American Library Association’s most challenged books list. She’s written the acclaimed books for teenagers, ttyl, Bliss, and Rhymes with Witches, often noted for their realistic scenarios and frank, honest depictions of the concerns young people.

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