Young Adult Book Event

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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Cassandra Clare & Ellen Hopkins

Event date: 

Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 5:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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note: The start time was originally posted at 5Pm, but has moved to 5:30pm.

 

Cassandra Clare made her fiction debut with The Moral Instruments series, which then made a number of bestseller lists. Clare is now back with City of Fallen Angels. As mysterious murders threaten the new peace between Shadowhunters and Downworlders, only Simon, the Daylighter vampire, can help bring both groups together.

Ellen Hopkins, The New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, and Fallout, joins us to discuss her writing and the issues she addresses in her novels.

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Ingrid Law, Jay Asher & Maureen Johnson

Event date: 

Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Ingrid Law joins us with Scumble, a coming of age story rich with imagery and filled with delightful characters for ages 8 to 12.

Jay Asher signs copies of Th1rteen R3asons Why, a gripping, addictive international bestseller that has changed lives the world over and which has just been released in paperback.

Maureen Johnson joins us to sign copies of her breakout hit 13 Little Blue Envelopes and the irresistible sequel, The Last Little Blue Envelope, another fun, romantic, and hilarious European adventure.

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Julie Smith - CURSEBUSTERS! + Greg Herren - SLEEPING ANGEL

Event date: 

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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(note: the start time for this event has been changed from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm)

 

Please join us for a special double reading and booksigning with two New Orleans mystery writers, Julie Smith and Greg Herren, each celebrating the release of new Young Adult novels. 

 
   
CURSEBUSTERS! is Julie Smith first YA novel.

Budding-psychic Reeno is the most accomplished teenage burglar in California, but one tiny screw-up and poof!—she's sentenced to Bad Girl School. And that isn’t even her worst problem. Her sister Haley’s dying of  an illness no one can diagnose, and now she can’t even help. But wait, maybe she can! The school psychics have found each other and formed their own club. With the help of  her gay friend Carlos and the other Ozone Rangers, Reeno finds out Haley’s disease is the result of an ancient Mayan curse. And A.B., the group's sinister non-faculty adviser, claims he knows how to break it. All Reeno has to do is time-travel to an ancient Mayan city and steal a little item A.B. needs to save the world. Since she’s an ace thief, he has complete confidence she can execute the task before the outraged Mayans can execute her. But can she trust A.B.?  Despite his cuddly appearance, she knows he’s a merciless predator and ruthless assassin. . . . And, he's not even human.

 

Greg Herren, Julie Smith's editor, will feature his new YA novel, SLEEPING ANGEL

Eric Matthews wakes up in the hospital with no memory of how he wound up there—and soon learns that it’s vital that he remember. Apparently, he was in a car accident, and the body of classmate Sean Brody was found in his car, shot to death. But nothing makes sense to Eric. He and Sean weren’t friends. In fact, they disliked each other. Sean was gay, and Eric is...well, he's not sure of much right now! Except he is certain he didn’t shoot Sean, even though he can’t remember anything about the day of the accident. To make matters worse, he starts having psychic flashes about the people around him: his doctor, a nurse, his mother, and other visitors. As Eric’s memories slowly start to come back to him, he becomes more and more certain that not only is he innocent, but that the real murderer is out there…and wants to shut him up permanently.

 

 

 

Julie Smith  is a former journalist who began her career at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and then moved on to the San Francisco Chronicle, where she remained for fifteen years, absorbing gritty realism and (hopefully) street smarts, as careful preparation for a life of crime. Crime-writing, that is.

 

Greg Herren is a New Orleans-based author and editor. Former editor of Lambda Book Report, he is also a co-founder of the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, which takes place in New Orleans every May. He is the author of ten novels, including the Lambda Literary Award winning Murder in the Rue Chartres, called by the New Orleans Times-Picayune “the most honest depiction of life in post-Katrina New Orleans published thus far.”

 

Katie Crouch - THE MAGNOLIA LEAGUE and MEN AND DOGS

Event date: 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 5:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for a double book signing with Katie Crouch, author of New York Times bestselling GIRLS IN TRUCKS.  She will read from her new YA novel, THE MAGNOLIA LEAGUE, as well as a new paperback edition of her sophomore novel, MEN AND DOGS.

 

 

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil meets Gossip Girl in THE MAGNOLIA LEAGUE. After the death of her free-spirited mother, the 16-year-old unlikely Southern debutante Alexandra Lee is forced to move from Northern California to Savannah, Georgia, to live with her wealthy and matriarchal grandmother, Ms. Lee.

By birth, Alex is a rightful— if unwilling—member of the Magnolia League, Savannah's longstanding debutante society. As Alex is thrust into the inner circle of the illustrious league (and adheres to a full-body makeover, etiquette lessons, and a bizarre and slightly hazy initiation ceremony) she discovers that the Magnolias made a pact with a legendary Voodoo family, the Buzzards. In exchange for everlasting youth, beauty and power, the women of the Magnolia League must remain in Savannah...forever.

Shocked with this discovery, Alex digs deeper into the pact and begins to fear that her mother's death may not have been an accident. Does the Magnolia's power come with a deadly price?

Set within a sultry Savannah backdrop, the seductively atmospheric yet plot-driven The Magnolia League immediately entices readers with its winning combination of paranormal mystery and teenage social drama.

 

 

Now in paperback, Katie Crouch’s MEN AND DOGS, the moving novel about loyalty, family and a prodigal daughter’s return home that firmly, cemented Katie Crouch on the literary map.

MEN AND DOGS followed on the heels of Katie’s wildly successful debut Girls in Trucks, which was #1 Booksense Pick and a New York Times bestseller in 2008. Critics and readers agreed that Katie was a compelling new voice, calling Girls in Trucks “a very amusing debut” (Vanity Fair). With MEN AND DOGS, Katie proves herself as versatile as she is accessible, with writing that is tender, hilarious and immensely readable.

The novel follows Hannah Legare, a woman transformed by loss. When she was eleven, her father went on a fishing trip in Charleston Harbor and never came back. And while most of the town and her family accepted Buzz Legare’s disappearance, Hannah remained convinced of his imminent return. More than twenty years later, Hannah’s new life and marriage in San Francisco are unraveling and she’s shipped back to her mother’s home to recuperate and get off her self-destructive path.  Once back in Charleston, she is again drawn into the mystery of her missing father, setting off on an uproarious, dangerous quest that will test the whole family’s concepts of loyalty and faith.

 

 

Katie Crouch was raised in Charleston, South Carolina, where she attended Cotillion training but never was a debutante. She studied writing at Brown and Columbia Universities and now lives in San Francisco. Katie's previous novels for adults; Girls in Trucks and Men and Dogs were published by Little, Brown Books.

 

 

 

 

As a special offer from Katie's publisher, Hachette Book Group, there will be a drawing at the event for a number of advance reader copies of exciting new titles coming out this summer.

 

 

Mark Kurlansky - WORLD WITHOUT FISH

Event date: 

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join Octavia Books and the Gulf Restoration Network for an evening with master storyteller Mark Kurlansky who will present and sign WORLD WITHOUT FISH, his riveting new book for kids about the threat to fish, the oceans, and our environment -- and what, armed with knowledge, kids can do about it.

In this amazing book, Mark Kurlansky tells how the fish we most commonly eat could become extinct in fifty years, and the domino effect that this would have, from the oceans turning pink to seabirds, then reptiles, then mammals disappearing.  It explains the complicated effects of overfishing, global warming, and pollution and the dangers of fish farming.

But there's hope.  By becoming advocates for sustainable fishing, kids can begin to put the planet back on the right track, one fish at a time.

Interwoven with the book is a 12-page full-color graphic novel. Each beautifully illustrated chapter opener links to form a larger fictional story that complements the text. Hand in hand, they create a Silent Spring for a new generation.

Children are welcome at this event.

 

Mark Kurlansky - photo by Sylvia PlachyMark Kurlansky is a former commercial fisherman and New York Times bestselling author of Cod, Salt, The Big Oyster, and other books. He’s won numerous awards, including the James A. Beard Award, ALA Notable Book Award, and New York Public Library Best Books of the Year Award. He lives with his wife and daughter in New York City and Gloucester, Massachusetts.

 

 

 

Pages of Time: A Mother/Daughter Adventure - Nov.

Event date: 

Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books
513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Little Women by Louisa May AlcottPlease join us at Octavia Books as we host the Hermann-Grima/Gallier Historic Houses "Pages of Time" Mother/Daughter Book Club.  Travel back in time through historical fiction and delight in the splendors of the past in order to learn more about the world we live in today.

The November selection: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly

Explore the wonders of the natural world alongside the precocious Calpurnia, a young girl who finds more joy in collecting specimens with her grandfather than she does in needlepointing or cooking.

For each mother/daughter pair there is a small fee, payable to the Hermann-Grimma/Gallier Historic Houses: $20.00 per session or $30.00 for the season - October & November. There will be refreshments served and participants will get a free pass to Hermann-Grimma House.

Participants will receive a 10% discount at Octavia Books on the book club selections.

To register, please click here or call (504) 274-0746.

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