North Texas Teen Book Festival

nttbfThe NORTH TEXAS TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL strives to connect our reading community, adding dimension to the reading experience through diverse author panels and dynamic discussions in a safe and fun environment.

March 3, 2017| Irving Convention Center

Featured authors include:

Jason Reynolds       Renée Watson

Soman Chainani      Nicola Yoon

Dhonielle Clayton    Angie Thomas

View the full 2017 author list here.

 

 

 

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2017 Greater Houston Texas Teen BookCon

tbc17poster-page-001 The 2017 Greater Houston Teen BookCon is coming!

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Alief Taylor High School in Houston, Texas is a spectacular event cultivated by teens for teens.

The event is open to adults, but teens are given top priority when it comes to information sessions.

Find more information here and register here.

Midwest Writers Workshop 2017

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The Midwest Writers Workshop offers informal contact with those key faculty members who can provide insight into the world of publishing as it exists today. These networking experiences, the manuscript evaluation scheme, the agent pitch sessions, the query letter critiques, the hands-on tutoring with social media, AND the class sessions will make the 2017 Midwest Writers Workshop, our 44th! – July 20-22, 2017 – a must for all writers.

We have continued the successful format of the past few years, with the workshop divided into two parts. Part I offers genre-specific Intensive Sessions. You may enroll in both parts, or choose just one.

Part II is filled to the brim with information on marketing and writing techniques that is valuable to writers of any genre. Participants in Part II also have the opportunity to send a 5-page manuscript to our Manuscript Evaluation Team, a 1-page query to the Query Letter Critique Team, or (free) consultations for social media or taxation for writers. And we’re also offering Professional Head Shots!

The 2017 MWW includes quality instruction by a faculty of authors, agents, editors, and specialists, plus the opportunity to meet other writers with similar interests.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

hateugive_10-10snapIn The Hate U Give, sixteen-year-old Starr Carter navigates between the poverty-stricken neighborhood she has grown up in and the upper-crust suburban prep school she attends. Her life is up-ended when she is the sole witness to a police officer shooting her best friend, Khalil, who turns out to have been unarmed during the confrontation – but may or may not have been a drug dealer.

As Starr finds herself even more torn between the two vastly different worlds she inhabits, she also has to contend with speaking her truth and, in the process, trying to stay alive herself.

Learn more about author Angie Thomas here.

 

 

 

Appearances

 January 27-30, 2017| ABA Winter Institute| Minneapolis, MN

February 28, 2017| 5:00 p.m.| Lemuria Books| Jackson, MS

March 3-4, 2017| North Texas Teen Book Festival| Irving, TX
March 10-11, 2017| JambaLAya Kidlit Festival| New Orleans, LA

March 13, 2017| Busboys &  Poets| Washington, D.C.

March 18, 2017| Maplewood Ideas Festival| Maplewood, NJ

March 19, 2017| Charis Books and More| Atlanta, GA

April 1, 2017| Teen Bookcon| Houston, TX

July 20-22, 2017| Midwest Writers Workshop| Muncie, IN

2017 Savannah Book Festival February 16-19

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The Savannah Book Festival is an annual event, free and open to the public, in celebration of the written word and its role in improving the human experience. Our mission is to promote reading, writing and civil conversation.

 

Featured authors at this year’s festival include:

Colson Whitehead presents his a magnificent tour de force following a young slave’s journey to freedom in the antebellum South in, The Underground Railroad.

Alejandro Danois tells an encouraging true story of a high-school basketball team that gave a city hope, overcoming desperate circumstances in 1980s Baltimore, and producing four NBA players in The Boys of Dunbar.

Homegoing follows two half-sisters: one becomes a slave and the other becomes a wife to a British slaver. As they part ways, their paths unfold as Yaa Gyasi shows how captivity etches into the heart of both a family and a nation.

Imbolo Mbue‘s debut novel, Behold the Dreamers, tells an unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a fresh start in New York just as the Great Recession begins to shake the economy and the American dream for many crumbles around them.

Pachinko, a novel by Min Jin Lee, follows a Korean family from the 1900s when a beautiful daughter has an unplanned pregnancy that shames the family, forcing them to move and make sacrifices to keep from social ruin.

Kwame Alexander Signing Copies of “The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life”

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You gotta know the rules to play the game. Ball is life. Take it to the hoop. Soar. What can we imagine for our lives? What if we were the star players, moving and grooving through the game of life? What if we had our own rules of the game to help us get what we want, what we aspire to, what will enrich our lives?

Illustrated with photographs by Thai Neave, The Playbook is intended to provide inspiration on the court of life. Each rule contains wisdom from inspiring athletes and role models such as Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Carli Lloyd, Steph Curry and Michelle Obama. Kwame Alexander also provides his own poetic and uplifting words, as he shares stories of overcoming obstacles and winning games in this motivational and inspirational book just right for graduates of any age and anyone needing a little encouragement.

 

Appearances

February 15, 2017 |6:30 PM 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Dr| Fairfax, VA

In the Midnight Hour: the Life and Soul of Wilson Pickett

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He was the Wicked Wilson Pickett, the legendary soul man whose forty-plus hits included “In the Midnight Hour,” “634-5789,” “Land of 1000 Dances,” “Mustang Sally,” and “Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You.” Remarkably handsome and with the charisma to match, Wilson Pickett was considered by many to be the greatest, the most visceral and sensual of the classic 1960s soul singers, and as a man who turned screaming into an art form, the most forceful of them all. He was the living embodiment of soul.

More than that, Wilson Pickett’s journey reads like a guide to popular black American music in the late 20th century. From the gospel-rich cotton fields of Alabama to the pre-Motown metropolis of Detroit, and throughout his career at Atlantic Records–he was the first artist on that label to record at Stax in Memphis, Fame in Muscle Shoals, and Sigma in Philadelphia, and rehabilitated an exiled Bobby Womack and introduced Duane Allman along the way–Wilson Pickett led the shifts in Rhythm and Blues and soul music.

Pickett’s downfall, precipitated by the move towards softer soul and then disco in the 1970s, proved equally dramatic, leading to a heavy alcohol and drug addiction, a reputation for violence and gun use, a no-show for his induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, and two jail terms later in the decade. Nonetheless, the “Wicked” Pickett climbed out of these depths to end his career with a Grammy-nominated album before his death in 2006.

For this first-ever accounting of Wilson Pickett’s life, biographer Tony Fletcher interviewed members of the singer’s family, friends and partners, along with dozens of his studio and touring musicians. Offering equal attention to Pickett’s personal and professional life, with detailed insight into his legendary studio sessions and his combative road style, In the Midnight Hour: The Life and Soul of Wilson Pickett is the essential telling of an epic life.

 

Appearances

Wednesday January 18, 7pm, the STAX MUSEUM OF AMERICAN SOUL, 926 E. McLemore, Memphis, TN

Tuesday January 31, 7pmBOOK SOUP, 8818 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA