After attending the inaugural event last year I was excited to head back to my hometown of Northern Virginia for the NoVa Teen Book Festival !
It’s always fun to attend author events and I was so excited to see both Maggie Stiefvater and Gayle Foreman were coming to my neck of the woods. I listened to If I Stay last year and it blew me away with how amazing it was. It was the perfect mix of magic realism and contemporary YA that is my genre kryptonite….
While I was on my cruise this summer, I saw quite a few people stretched out on the deck reading The Golem and The Jinni. And All I could think was “oh, pretty cover.” So, on in the airport, I grabbed The Golem and The Jinni from the Overdrive and was blown away within the first twenty pages.It’s the story of the year in the life of two immigrant to America at the turn of the century, one is an ancient Jinni and the other is a woman made of clay abandoned after her creation….
Last weekend Kat and I made the trip to attend the inaugural BookCon . The one day event offered panels, autographing and chances for fans to connect. We had to see it for ourselves so here is our account of BookCon 2014
For the uninitiated, #WeNeedDiverseBook is a movement that refuses to be a trend. In response to the disparity of minorities in children’s and YA literature, Ellen Oh and 21 other authors worked together to create the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign that ran for 3 days in May.
We participated here on Books and Sensibility and the fact that there was going to be a panel at BookCon was one of the reasons we wanted to attend BookCon.
|So many phones went up !|
We arrived 30 minutes early and the room was already packed. It was great to see so many people excited about diversity and books. For me it was so cool to see a panel full of authors of color. Seeing so many different people really shows how problematic representation is in YA and children’s fiction.
As the authors talked about how they dealt with identity in their reading lives, I found myself nodding along to some of their experiences.
Ellen Oh announced the future of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign and she is in it for the long haul. Here are some of the highlights :
Can I say how excited I am about the book festival ? D.C is in my backyard so I hope I can attend/volunteer.
Last weekend Kat and I attend the first ever BookCon in NYC. The one day event offered panels, autographing and chances for fans to connect with publishers. We had to see it for ourselves, so here is our account of BookCon 2014. Based on my experiences here is who I think shined at BookCon.
This event was in January, so this post is super late, but better late than never! …