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Where we bring you YA news from around the globe and highlights from the
BookPeople Teen Press Corps blog! Don’t forget to check out the blog for new reviews,
event reports, and other teen news!
Our intrepid Teen Press Corps had the opportunity to sit down with author David Arnold (Mosquitoland), Aisha Saeed (Written in the Stars), and May Buzz Book author Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes).
Read the interviews to find out what books they loved as kids, what their writing influences are, how they write, what else they would like to do in their careers, and more!
David Arnold & Aisha Saeed
TPC: What has been your experience breaking into the YA market?
David Arnold: We’re all Penguin, so I feel pretty confident in saying that we have the best publisher. So as far as marketing goes, we’re in really good hands and I don’t really worry about it. As a writer your job is to write a book, and if you start worrying about the landscape of marketing you’re not going to write. So Penguin makes it really easy for you to just write a book and not worry about that landscaping, because it’s a pretty terrifying landscape.
Aisha Saeed: I definitely agree with you. I met Jacqueline Woodson last year, and I’ve been reading her books since forever. I met her and I couldn’t speak, and she just gave me a hug. So, I was worried, you know – okay I have a book deal, now what? But there’s so much support, like David was saying. Other authors will give advice and tips on what to do, and everyone’s just so friendly.
DA: The community, that’s what’s been the most exciting, surprising . . . it’s something I didn’t even know existed and then I got into it.
TPC: Which part of writing your novel was the most emotionally draining? The most fun?
Sabaa Tahir: I consider my characters part of my family, like I live with them while I’m writing. I really struggled with having to not pull my punches in regards to what my characters had to do. I had to ask myself, what would this character do, would she whip the 10-year-old to death or not? And when the truth was “Yes, she would,” it was very difficult to acknowledge. Because that also means acknowledging that stuff like that happens in the world and did happen in different time periods which was very emotionally draining. That’s also why I love writing and every day was such a joy for me. I wrote for two years while working a night job with 40-hour weeks, then I wrote with a newborn. To be able to get daycare for my son, even just for a few hours and just be able to write was incredible because I really got to live in that world entirely which was really fun.
TPC: Which of your characters do you identify most with?
ST: I identify equally with both of my main characters which I think I had to do because it’s a two protagonist book. I identify with Laia because she’s not brave and at that age I was also not brave, but she is really determined and I like to think that I’m determined. I identify with Elias because he really struggles with his choices and who he is or expected to be. He’s a brooder, which is totally me. I actually identify with all my characters because they’re all little pieces of me.
Upcoming YA Events!
Fun upcoming events of YA interest this summer. Mark your calendar and join us and these authors!
Tavi Gevinson, Rookie Yearbook Three
Come to the store on Friday, May 22 at 7PM to meet the creator and editor of the popular online magazine Rookie, Tavi Gevinson! Rookiemag.com is a website created by and for young women to make the best of the beauty, pain and awkwardness of being a teenager. In Rookie Yearbook Three, topics include cures for love, girl-on-girl crime, open relationships, standing for something, embracing our inner posers, and so much more. Featuring interviews with Rookie role models like Sofia Coppola, Amandla Stenberg, Greta Gerwig, and Kim Gordon. Also included is a bonus section chock-full of exclusive content including a pizza pennant, sticker sheet, valentines, plus advice and contributions from Lorde, Shailene Woodley, Dakota and Elle Fanning, Grimes, Kelis, Sia, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of Broad City, Haim, and more!
Mark your calendar for these June & July YA events
Saturday, June 13 at 4PM
Grand Dame of YA and chapter books, Judy Blume is coming to BookPeople! BUT – please note, she is NOT here to promote a new children’s or YA book. She’s going to be speaking about and signing her new ADULT novel, In the Unlikely Event. Find out more about this event here.
Monday, July 13 at 7PM
Chris Colfer of Glee fame is a middle-grade author. Even though his books are a little younger than YA, some of you might be interested in meeting him and getting his new book, The Land of Stories, Book 4: Beyond the Kingdoms. He won’t be signing any Glee or other memorabilia. Check out the event details and rules here.
Friday, July 17 at 7PM
Mary E. Pearson, author of The Heart of Betrayal, the second book in The Remnants Chronicles. Princess Lia is a captive in the hostile kingdom of Venda, where she, Rafe, and Kaden, have a complicated and uneasy relationship with the Komizar, the unpredictable and sly ruler of Venda.
Tuesday, July 28 at 7PM
Ernest Kline, author of Ready Player One and his new book Armada. While both these books are published for adults, but we know you – our teen customers – love Ready Player One, too!
New YA Releases!
Dangerous Deception by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
Illusionarium by Heather Dixon
A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith
Maximum Ride Forever by James Patterson
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katches
Paper Towns by John Green (Movie tie-in paperback)
YA Movie News!
The first official trailer for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is out!! It looks so good!!!!! Movie comes out September 18.
Promotion portrait of Katniss and Prim from Mockingjay.
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