Listening to: Faded Paper Figures, "North by North." Very Postal Service, very fantastic song. I fell in love as soon as I heard it. It feels like a good traveling song.
Hello Bay Area, or people with private planes and a free Saturday afternoon. I've told you about this before but it bears reminding because it's right around the corner. In less than a week I'll be at the San Francisco Public Library with Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, and Gene Luen Yang for the first stop of the Diversity in YA Fiction tour. We'll be sitting in front of you lovely people, looking pensive, and answering questions. There will be some reading and book signing too, I believe.
"Meet four Asian American authors making breakthroughs in young-adult fiction with their popular books and graphic novels. Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo, two friendly writers, founded DIYA to find other writers and readers from all walks of life who want to see more diversity in young adult fiction. This event kicks off DIYA’s nationwide tour. For further information, visit diversityinya.com."The tour continues through to Austin, Chicago, Cambridge, and New York. Malinda and Cindy organized the entire thing and will be at every stop so go see them at a city near you. They are going to be traveling a heck of a lot that week! Malinda also made a video listing out the top five reasons you should attend the tour. And look at the other authors who will be at various stops on the tour. It's quite the lineup and I kind of want to meet everyone. I've also got a guest post going up over at the DIYA blog later today, so just sit by that browser and hit refresh refresh. Or I guess you could attend to your Monday morning work stuff, whatever you want.
-Kearny Street Workshop event link-
And check out the amazing cover for Gene's new book, Level Up. If you don't know what the cover references, we're probably not destined to be good friends. But you should still come see me at the library, because that's where all the cool people are gonna be.
One more thing: another fellow 2009 Deb, Jessica Verday, has put together an e-anthology featuring twenty five Debs, and I'm lucky enough to be one of them! The theme for the eBook will be "Firsts." Read Jessica's press release here and look for it to come out around October. That'll give you a few months to save up for a Kindle or Nook or something. Or I guess maybe you could just print it all out from a computer and bind it, but that could get messy.