Posts Tagged ‘ Gennifer Albin ’

Why BEA Rocks

  I had the best, best time at BEA this year. For those of you who have gone you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say it’s like a kid in a candy store. Plentiful exhibitors with their shiny ARCs just waiting to be plucked by the likes of bibliophiles like moi. It’s glorious. If you’ve never been you need to make plans to attend when you can.

To entice you a little more, here are my favorite things from the expo this year:

1. Listening to debut YA authors including the highly buzzed about Gennifer Albin and her novel Crewel. Which brings me to…

2. Getting a signed copy of Crewel! Woohoo! (It’s being released this October)

3. Talking to people from all over the U.S. You meet the most interesting people and it’s a great place to network too.

4. Having a Libba Bray moment. I stood in line that stretched across the floor of the Javits Center of people eager to get a signed copy of Bray’s newest book Diviners. Fortunately, I got there way early so I was towards the front of the line and there was a great group of women around me that I chatted with the whole time. When I got to Libba I said, “Thanks for deciding to become a writer.” She stopped signing and took my hand and said, “Thank you.” She probably won’t remember in her whirlwind of fandom, but it was a perfect moment for me. 🙂

5. Feeling refreshed and rejuvenated by the great energy of being surrounded by books and writers and publishers and others who are passionate about all things books.

Only thing I was really disappointed about: In chatting with another attendee she mentioned she really loves the books that Bloomsbury puts out. Excited I hurried over to their exhibit and inquired about the getting one of the ARCs they had. The woman at the booth looked at me and said, “Sorry, we only have a few copies of those books left.” Period. No, how about a different book or explanation or anything. In other words, you, our readers, aren’t worthy of these books in my eyes. I am saving them for someone I deem more important. No matter what her reasons for refusing to pass out her remaining ARCs, I didn’t enjoy my interaction with Bloomsbury. Disappointing.

Overall, I had a fabulous time with the good far outweighing that one experience. Hope to see you there next year! 😀

Dystopian Novels

  I’m a huge fan of dystopian novels, especially dystopian YA novels. There’s something about man reaching the brink of everything – sanity, food, fuel, and other resources – where everything he knew has been stripped away and left him forced to fight or die that appeals to me. I want to think that I’d kick some butt if ever faced with such a grim scenario,  but I’m pretty sure if there were ever a zombie apocalypse, I’d be toast. I’ve seen what people are like when faced with a snow forecast and I’m sure I can compete with milk-crazed loonies let alone flesh-eating ones!

During my research regarding past Pitchapalooza winners I stumbled upon Gennifer Albin which led me through a delightful online maze of resources and new (and old) dystopian novels and authors. Albin’s series begins with her debut novel Crewel, release date October 2012, and features a 16-year old girl who is chosen to become a Spinster, but weaving the fates of others isn’t what Adelice wants. I’m already looking forward to this one, but in the meantime check out Gennifer’s website HERE.

Then I stumbled upon a dystopian goldmine in the form of The League of Extraordinary Writers which features debut YA dystopian authors. Awe-some! 🙂 Not only are there many great books and authors on the site, Julie Karr, Beth Revis, Elana Johnson, and Jeff Hirsch to name a few, but I’m discovering authors I’d never heard of before! Susanne Winnacker is a British author whose debut novel The Other Life is being released in the US in May 2012. It’s already been released in the UK and after seeing her website and her incredible book trailer, I may just have to order it before it’s scheduled US release date. It gave me the shivers just watching the trailer. My only gripe is that the UK cover is a thousand times better than the US cover. Why is it that we keep getting waifish, girl, stock photo covers? The UK cover is intriguing and the colors are perfect in their sparseness. Yet another reason to order the UK version! I’m not even going to tell you the premise of the book, so you have to go check it out for yourself! 🙂