Angels, Monsters, and Austin Area Events

Let the angels and monsters rejoice as I sent my YA novel revision via Fedex to my Candlewick editor yesterday. I dropped it off at the box at BookPeople, which is Austin’s super indie.

I figure all that good-book vibe wears off on the package. While I was there, I ran into bookseller/buyer Jill, of the lovely long red hair, who was stacking books for an upcoming signing with Laurie Halse Anderson and Sarah Dessen.

So cool, except that it’s scheduled at 6 p.m. on April 7, which is during the publisher party at the Omni Hotel in conjunction with the Texas Library Association conference, so I’ll be there instead.

I went ahead and bought a copy of Sarah‘s The Truth About Forever (Viking, 2005) and Laurie‘s Prom (Viking, 2005), the latter of which I’ve already read via the ARC (read my related blog entry). That way, the books will be waiting, so I can still get autographed copies, support the authors, and support the store.

Read Sarah’s journal and Laurie‘s, too (note that Baker & Taylor/Penguin Young Readers Group are sponsoring a fan fic contest in conjunction with the release of Prom).

In other news, San Antonio author Diane Gonzales Bertrand will read from her works and discuss Texas Latino literature at noon April 9 at the St. John Branch of the Austin Public Library. However, I’ll have to miss that, too, because I’m already gong to the Anne Bustard and Kurt Cyrus signing of Buddy: The Story Of Buddy Holly (Simon & Schuster, 2005) that same day from 1 to 3 p.m.

It greatly vexes* me that I cannot be in two places at once.

Status: reading Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles (Harcourt, 2005).

*I’m trying to bring back the word “vex;” please try to use it today in a sentence.

Cynsational Links

Author Anastasia Suen debuts Create/Relate, her new blog, and kindly links to mine. Thank you, Anastasia!

Speaking of blogs, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers has launched a page listing member blogs, including mine and Joy Harjo’s (poet, musician, and the author of a wonderful contemporary Native American picture book, The Good Luck Cat, illustrated by Paul Lee (Harcourt, 2000)).

And Greg Leitich Smith blogs about Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park (Clarion, 2005).