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Reports From The Suzanne Collins Mockingjay Party

BY admin, MAY 28, 2010 | PERMALINK

RT Senior Editor Elissa Petruzzi and RT Senior Editor & Reviews Coordinator Stephanie Klose report back from the buzz party for author Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series finale, Mockingjay.

Suzanne Collins is kind of a tease.

There! We said it. We feel a little better now.

The diabolical (and diabolically talented) author read the first few pages from her upcoming Hunger Games trilogy ender, Mockingjay, Wednesday night at a Scholastic party in her honor.

That's right.

The first few pages of Mockingjay. And they are good. We can't reveal much more, mostly because we promised not to, but also because we were so entranced all we really recall for sure was looking at each other and mouthing the word "AWESOME" as she finished reading.

The rest of the BEA crowd, who'd traveled downtown to the Scholastic rooftop in Soho, seemed to feel the same way, as excited whispers broke out through the crowd when Collins slyly pulled a few manuscript pages out from her copy of Catching Fire.

"Why, what's this?" she teased before delving into the Mockingjay opener.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Author Interviews Across The Genres AT BEA - With Giveaway!

BY admin, MAY 27, 2010 | PERMALINK

Today RT Web Editor Morgan Doremus and RT Assistant Web Editor Whitney Sullivan caught up with four fan-favorite authors at the Book Expo of America: Debbie Macomber, Carla Neggers, Rochelle Alers and Beth Kephart.  Be sure to check out the GIVEAWAY at the end of the blog post!

Author Debbie Macomber was signing copies of her latest release Hannah's List. Even after Macomber ran out of books, fans were still lining up to meet her. The widespread appeal of Macomber's fiction is undeniable. One fan even exclaimed, "You can't personalize it - I have to share your books!"


After the signing was over, Macomber had a few minutes to answer questions with Whitney.

WS: What was something that was new, or different, while you wrote Hannah's List?

DM: There are portions of the story which are written in male first person point of view, which I've never done before.


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Tags: Romantic Suspense, RT Daily Blog, Romance
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The Apocalypse Is Coming (To Fiction That Is)

BY admin, MAY 27, 2010 | PERMALINK

In a world overwhelmed by environmental disasters, terrorism, and corrupt government regimes, it is interesting that readers would turn to dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction for their escape. However, more and more readers are doing just this. On Wednesday morning at BEA, four authors took on the topic of dystopian fiction and how they write about the breakdown of society. 

Authors Allyson Condie, Sigrid Nunez, Lesley Hauge, and Adam Dunn


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Science Fiction
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Early Morning Thrills: The Thriller Panel At The BEA

BY admin, MAY 27, 2010 | PERMALINK

This morning at BEA, authors Lee Child, Karen Slaughter and Justin Cronin chatted with blogger Sarah Weinman, of Confessions of an Idosyncratic Mind, about the evolution of their thrillers.

They spoke about the influence of their audience on their writing:

Slaughter said that she satisfies herself first, "I write what I want to be writing, not what I think fans want."

Cronin thought of himself as a reader while he was writing The Passage. "I was feeling nostalgic for the great big fat stories ... plot driven stories" that he loves reading, so he took that mindset to his writing.

In order to control the quality of his work, Child writes every story "as if it is my first book and my last book."

They also discussed the nature of expanding a series:

Child cautioned, "with a series the huge danger is getting lazy ... or falling in love with a character" as these two sins ineviably kill a series.

Cronin knew he needed three books to tell this story, but it was "just an idea - this wonderful toy I could play with and see what happened."


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
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YA Authors Signing At BEA - With Giveaway!

BY admin, MAY 26, 2010 | PERMALINK

At this afternoon's author signing at the BEA, fans were in for a real treat. Authors were signing books, answering questions and enjoying the chance to meet readers. RT Assistant Web Editor Whitney Sullivan caught up with Richelle Mead, Anna GodbersenJustine Larbalestier and Cecily von Ziegesar to talk with them about their new projects and the convention so far. Be sure to check out the GIVEAWAY at the end of the post!

While Richelle Mead was signing, she took time to bond with fans over their shared Michigan roots, commiserate about the weight of everyone's bags, and share that she'll be at the RT BOOK LOVERS CONVENTION in L.A. in 2011. Meade was excited to learn that fans are already buzzing about the cover of her next title, The Last Sacrifice.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Crossing Over: A Look At The Adult/YA Crossover Reads Panel At BEA

BY admin, MAY 26, 2010 | PERMALINK

At the "You're Reading That?!?" Adult/YA crossover panel this morning at BEA, Barbara A.Genco of Library Journal hosted a collection of authors and industry personalities. Genco kicked off the panel by talking about the enduring power of crossover reading material saying, "YA authors continue to strike a chord with adult audiences." Each panelist went on to discuss a different aspect of the idea of Adult/YA crossover reads.

Lizzie Skurnick, columnist and author, among other titles, Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading, said, "we can learn about the future of YA from what books for childred used to be." She spoke at length about how the way that teens used to read adult books (noting Jaws and Clan Of The Cave Bear as two such titles) and now adults read teen books.


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RT BOOK REVIEWS Is At The 2010 BEA

BY admin, MAY 26, 2010 | PERMALINK

This week we are attending the annual conference run by BookExpo America (BEA). Each year industry professionals from publishing houses, bookstores, libraries, and of course, authors, gather together to discuss the latest in publishing. Follow the RT Staff as we spend the next two days at BEA 2010!

There are discussions and panels on all things publishing. This year the focus is on book format innovations, sales trends and genre news. And of course, there are lots of authors to meet and books to learn about.

 Gena Showalter signing her summer titles Into The Dark, Darkest Passion andThe Darkest Lie.


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Hot Book Club Titles For Fall From BEA

BY admin, MAY 26, 2010 | PERMALINK

This morning at BEA a group of industry professionals met to discuss the hot book club titles for fall.

Even before the presentation began, the room was abuzz with energy. It was barely 10 am and already conference attendees were weighed down with bags of books and pamphlets. However, they were thrilled to see that already laid out on their chairs was a convenient carrying bag and yet more books. Among the titless waiting for attendees were Brooklyn by Colm Toibin and Little Bee by Chris Cleave - both books surrounded by incredible buzz. Any booklover knows that when it comes to books, you can never have too many.

The panel was moderated by Carol Fitzgerald of ReadingGroupGuides.com and President of BookReportNetwork.com. Representatives from Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins and Avon, Penguin Group USA Random House Macmillan and Hachette Book Group all brought their favorite picks for fall to the table. Although each only had nine minutes to speak, they were well prepared and also distributed a handout of their powerpoint presentation.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Mainstream
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Author David Black Launches The Extinction Event

BY admin, MAY 26, 2010 | PERMALINK

Last night author David Black launched his tenth book The Extinction Event. This is the author's first book since his 1998 release An Impossible Life. Black, a well known television writer, has been keeping busy in recent years with creating episodes for the hit TV shows Law & Order and CSI: Miami.  

The Extinction Event party was at Elaine's on Manhattan's upper west side and included such notable guests as actors Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Riegert and broadway star Patti Lupone.

David greets his guests

 

Elaine's was absolutely packed with family, friends, fans and celebrities.

 

Richard Dreyfuss

 


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Charlaine Harris On The Two Sookie Stackhouses

BY admin, MAY 25, 2010 | PERMALINK

RT Senior Editor Elissa Petruzzi caught up with author Charlaine Harris to discuss all things Sookie Stackhouse. The pair chat about the pronunciation of Sookie, the future of Sookie and Bill on screen versus in the pages, and just how dreamy Stephen Moyer really is!


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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