Young Adult Book Event

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.

Scott Westerfeld - BEHEMOTH

Event date: 

Monday, October 18, 2010 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books
513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Behemoth by Scott WesterfeldJoin us for an afternoon signing with Scott Westerfeld who is visiting Octavia Books to read from and sign BEHEMOTH , this is the sequel to the wildly popular LEVIATHAN (and the 2 second book in what will ultimately be a triology).

 

At the end of book 1, heroes Alek and Deryn were on the air ship Leviathan, heading towards Constantinople to deliver a secret package. Of course, there’s much much more to remember. Alek is the would be-heir to the Austrian throne, only World War I has thrown him in hiding from everyone, including Deryn. Deryn is hiding a secret of her own. She’s a girl passing as a guy in the British air service.

As their assignment heats up, so does the growing tension in their friendship….or is it romance…..? A secret mission lands Deryn in some serious danger…and leads both of them to reevaluate their precarious situations in the world.

 

When a book pursues you into your dreams, you can’t ignore it.
Sunday Telegraph

 

 

 

Event photos at http://on.fb.me/cFDX1a

 

Scott WesterfeldScott Westerfeld most recent novels are Leviathan and Behemoth, the first two books in a new trilogy. His other novels include the Uglies series, the Midnighters trilogy, The Last Days, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and the sequel to Peeps. Scott was born in Texas, and alternates summers between Sydney, Australia, and New York City.

Eric Delabarre - SALTWATER TAFFY

Event date: 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us when award-winning filmmaker Eric Delabarre reads and signs SALTWATER TAFFY.

Endorsed by "Teachers of the Year" around the country, "Eric DelaBarre's Saltwater Taffy" follows the lives of five friends as they uncover a treasure map that once belonged to the ruthless New Orleans pirate, Jean Lafitte. The discovery thrusts them from one treasure hunting adventure to the next as they try to out-wit, out-think and out-maneuver everyone from the one-legged junk-yard man and an overbearing town bully, to the creepy old man living at the top of the hill. "Saltwater Taffy" is a raceto-the-finish adventure that will capture your heart, again and again!

 

 

As a writer from the TV show, THE BIG EASY, Eric DelaBarre said he will always love New Orleans and he is looking forward to hearing some great music in the Treme and catching up with old friends. He is an award winning filmmaker, speaker, and most recently, a ghostwriter for Random House/Harmony Books. Eric began his career with Dick Wolf on NBC’s mega-hit drama Law & Order, and has worked with 20th Century Fox, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Universal Studios and Lions Gate Films. His work has been sold around the world and showcased on HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz/Encore, USA Network, and NBC. Eric is also the past-president of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica Council.

 

Jennifer Donnelly - REVOLUTION

Event date: 

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books
513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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WE HAVE JUST RECEIVED WORD FROM THE PUBLISHER THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED OR POSTPONED DUE TO ILLNESS WHILE THE AUTHOR WAS ON-TOUR. IF POSSIBLE, WE WILL RESCHEDULE THE EVENT.

 

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Revolution by Jennifer DonnellyContemporary Brooklyn and the brutality of Revolutionary Paris converge seamlessly in Jennifer Donnelly’s REVOLUTION — a breathtaking novel that weaves two girls’ stories into one remarkable account of life, loss and enduring love.

In 2002, a New York Times article about the DNA identification of the heart of Louis Charles—the young son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette—caught the eye, and emotions, of Jennifer Donnelly. The back story of his death touched her so deeply she was inspired to write REVOLUTION, her first young adult novel since her Printz honor-winning A Northern Light (2004). In the story, Donnelly turns the reigns over to two very distinct voices—Andi Alpers who lives in modern day Brooklyn, and Alexandrine Paradis who lived over two centuries ago in Paris. Andi is on the edge, destroyed by rage and grief and about to be expelled from Brooklyn Height’s most prestigious private school. She’s angry at her parents, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Alexandrine always dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape. Their stories come together when Andi travels to Paris and discovers Alexandrine’s diary in an old guitar case. She is moved by her words to the point of obsession, and what unfolds is an exhilarating journey where the past becomes suddenly — and terrifyingly present. 

Donnelly’s passion for history and hands on research shines brightly on the pages of REVOLUTION. Through Andi and Alexandrine, Donnelly explores the importance and power of art and music, takes on families in crisis, mental illness, and racial and class inequality. Readers young and old will relate to these issues, and find themselves immersed—grappling with the same questions that inspired Donnelly to write. 


Jennifer DonnellyJENNIFER DONNELLY is the author of two adult novels, The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose, as well as the widely acclaimed, award-winning young adult novel A Northern Light, winner of Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal, the L.A. Times Book Prize for Young Adult literature, and a Michael L. Printz Honor Award. She lives and writes full time in upstate New York Hudson’s Valley.

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