Every now and again, St. Louis becomes the center of the world. It happened in 1904 when the Lou hosted the World’s Fair and perhaps the most bizarre Olympics ever. It happened again in . . . in . . .
2012! Yes, YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association) is having its annual symposium next to the Arch — in a hotel, because it’s a wee bit nippy outdoors these days — and lots of Big Names are coming into town for the event. And that’s not all. We have a whole week’s worth of crazy events to celebrate. So if you’re in St. Louis (or think you could make it to town), I’d like to draw attention to the following awesome events:
Wednesday, October 31 – Halloween party at Spencer Road Library as Heather Brewer, Fiona Paul, and I talk about our newest books that feature vampires, death, fierce powers, treachery, mystery, romance and murder. Dress in costume (prizes awarded), make masks, and enjoy Halloween treats. Main Street Books will be selling books. (427 Spencer Road, St. Peters, MO)
Thursday, November 1 – David Levithan and Rachel Cohn have a joint event at St. Louis County Library at 7PM. I really admire both authors, and they each have new books, so I plan to be there. (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, MO)
Friday, November 2 – Brian Katcher and Deborah Heiligman have a joint event at Left Bank Books in the Central West End at 7PM. Again, awesome authors tackling some big issues – this is a must-see event for YA book fans. I’ll be there for sure. (399 North Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO)
Saturday and Sunday, November 3-4 – YALSA! You can click on the link to see the program, but I really hope anyone who’s there will pop along on Sunday morning at 10:30AM, where I’ll be joining authors Andrew Smith, Greg Neri, and Torrey Maldonado for a panel entitled, “Guys Talkin’ to Guys: What Will Guys Read Next?”
Hope to see some friendly faces there. After all, by my calculations it’ll be 2120 the next time something this big happens in St. Louis!