NYC Teen Author Festival


In exciting news for those of you in the New York City area, the first-ever NYC Teen Author Festival (March 16-22, 2009) has just announced its schedule. And this schedule is VAST! So vast, in fact, that I must pause before pasting it into this post to tell you what I’m doing.

(See the full schedule below for times and places.)

To kick off the festival on Monday, March 16, Justine and I have put together a Juvenilia Smackdown panel. It consists of us two, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Alaya Johnson, David Levithan, and Diana Peterfreund reading from our childhood and teenage writings. (Spoiler Alert: WE SUCKED.) The incomparable and immoderate Libba Bray will be moderating us.

I’m also participating in a tribute to Joe Monti on Wedneday, March 18, where I’ll be reading from Leviathan. First time in public for that book. Ever!

And I’ll be at the giant Books of Wonder mass signing on Sunday, March 22.

Plus, I’ll be hanging out all week at other Festival stuff. (So. Much. Stuff.)

Note that the Festival has a Facebook group, so join away!

Okay, so here’s the full schedule. (Note that everything is free!)

Juvenilia Smackdown
Monday, 3/16, 4-6pm, Tompkins Square Park branch of the NYPL, 331 E. 10th Street

Join Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Alaya Johnson, Justine Larbalestier, David Levithan, Diana Peterfreund, Scott Westerfeld as they read some of their (ahem) less accomplished work from their middle school and high school years. Hosted by Libba Bray.

I Have Seen the Future…and It Sounds Like This
Wednesday, 3/18, 6pm, Mulberry Street Branch of the NYPL, 10 Jersey Street (Between Lafayette & Mulberry Streets)

Teen authors are notoriously stingy about reading from their works-in-progress. But for Guest of Honor Joe Monti, authors Libba Bray, Rachel Cohn, Eireann Corrigan, Justine Larbalestier, Barry Lyga, and Scott Westerfeld are willing to share a little bit from their future books. Hosted by David Levithan.

The Five-Borough Read
Thursday, 3/19

BROOKLYN: Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

Gayle Forman
Jenny Han
Leslie Margolis
Abby Sher
Matthue Roth
Robin Wasserman

BRONX: Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Road, Bronx

Coe Booth
Madeleine George
Paul Griffin
Brian Sloan
Melissa Walker

MANHATTAN: Countee Cullen Branch, 104 W 136th St

Matt de la Pena
Daphne Grab
Mary Hogan
Barry Lyga
Carolyn McCormick

MANHATTAN: Jefferson Market Branch, 425 Avenue of the Americas

David Levithan
Bennett Madison
Laura McLaughlin
Billy Merrell
Marie Rutkoski

MANHATTAN: Webster Branch, 1465 York Avenue

Lisa Ann Sandell
Courtney Sheinmel
Rachel Vail
Cecily Von Ziegesar
Martin Wilson

QUEENS: Far Rockaway Branch, 2002 Cornaga Ave, Queens

Tara Altebrando
Laura Dower
Heather Duffy-Stone
Aimee Friedman
Eliot Schrefer
Siobhan Vivian
Rita Williams-Garcia

STATEN ISLAND: St. George Library Center, 5 Central Avenue

Kate Brian
Judy Goldschmidt
Michael Northrop
Micol Ostow
Lynn Weingarten

Rock Out with TIGER BEAT!
Thursday, 3/19, 6pm at Books of Wonder

By day, Libba Bray, Daniel Ehrenhaft, Barney Miller, and Natalie Standiford are upstanding authors. But by night, they turn into … TIGER BEAT, the first ever YA author rock band. Tonight is their debut public performance … and it’s sure to go down in legend.

With opening act The Infinite Playlists (Rachel Cohn and David Levithan reading a litany of musical references, but mercifully not singing).

I Love You, New York: Teen Lit in the City
Friday, 3/20, 6pm, NYPL, 42nd Street, Court Room

Join authors Coe Booth, Paul Griffin, Maureen Johnson, David Levithan, Cecily von Ziegesar, and Rita Williams-Garcia in a spirited reading and discussion about teen novels set in New York City – from the glamour of the gossip girls to the grit of the Bronx projects, from the everyday battles of the high school halls to the extraordinary events of 9/11.

Stuff for the Teen Age Ceremony
Saturday, 3/21, 1pm, NYPL, 42nd Street, Celeste Bartos Forum

This new list only has the best of the best, and includes books, music, movies, and video games. Featuring a keynote by Walter Dean Myers

Teen Authors Celebrate Teen Readers
Sunday, 3/22, NYPL, 42nd Street, Trustees Room, 1pm

Over a dozen authors salute teen readers and teen advisory board members from around the city, including Blake Nelson, reading from his upcoming novel Destroy All Cars.

The Biggest Teen Author Signing EVER
Sunday, 3/22, 4pm, Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street

Join over 40 authors for a signing extravaganza as they take over Books of Wonder, sign books, and converse with fans new and old. An incredible event that is sure to go down in book-signing history.

Authors include:
Nora Baskin
Jessica Blank
Judy Blundell
Coe Booth
Elise Broach
Susanne Colasanti
Sarah Darer-Littman
Matt de la Pena
Heather Duffy-Stone
Gayle Forman
Aimee Friedman
Madeleine George
Maureen Johnson
Kristen Kemp
Justine Larbalestier
David Levithan
E. Lockhart
Barry Lyga
Carolyn Mackler
Sarah MacLean
Megan McCafferty
Lauren McLaughlin
Neesha Meminger
Billy Merrell
Blake Nelson
Micol Ostow
Matthue Roth
Marie Rutkoski
Lisa Ann Sandell
Courtney Sheinmel
Abby Sher
Brian Sloan
Rachel Vail
David Van Etten
Ned Vizzini
Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Cecily von Ziegesar
Melissa Walker
Robin Wasserman
Scott Westerfeld
Suzanne Weyn
Maryrose Wood
Lizabeth Zindel

157 thoughts on “NYC Teen Author Festival

  1. Okay so his name is officially Zane! But Zanie or Z for short. He’s such a sweetie! My Mom’s dog won’t go near him though! If he’s in the room she leaves. He goes outside, she runs inside. She’s so stubborn. She prolly thinks my Mom’s gonna like him better, but she won’t. Maddie(her basset hound) is like her kid. I think she loves her more than me even sometime! Not really, but she’s crazy bout her, she’s so spoiled. I named Maddie too, from The Uglies series, but I didn’t even realize I did till after, I just wanted to name her Maddie and my Mom liked the name. So yeah. But I had to wake up at like 3 am to let him out, and again at like 6:30. But I’m a light sleeper, so it’s not too bad. 🙂

  2. Ugh. I wish Savanna didn’t have to go see a movie. Don’t worry though, folks. It’s still pretty early, onlh 1:30, so we still have time when she comes back. I’m just annoyed… And I need to talk to the person I want to play Dr. Cable! I’ve yet to catch her to ask her…

  3. Robert-la: That was harsh. (I’ll hitch-hike to your house any way!)

    The obvious fix for this situation would be…HOVERBOARDS!!!



  5. Whoa. I got a visitor from FRANCE!!! Now I don’t know who that person could be, but still, COOL! And I have 100 visitors!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, it did count me a couple times. So not exactly 100. Like, 93, around that, more or less. This is just soooo cool!

  6. two words: not fair.

    hey guys!! it’s been soo soo long since i’ve come to say hey! how has it been going here? there’s just not enough time in the day for me to visit as often as i’d like. work and photography is to blam for that one.

    on Friday i had to read this short story in my english book about the government controlling society by handicapping people… i.e. if someone was really intelligent every time they had a smart or insightful thought a shattering noise would go off in their head to make them forget what they were thinking about. and beautiful people had to wear masks so ugly people wouldn’t feel bad, athletes had to wear weights to make it so everyones skill levels were the same; no one had special talents. it was really interesting and completely reminded me of the Uglies series.. in the aspect that government was trying to control society and that everyone was exactly the same.

    currently reading: Looking for Alaska by John Green

    what’s new with me: found this effing amazing internet radio… it’s sweet! you just type in an artist name you like and it comes up with music by that artist and music that is like that artists. Serafina Zane you should definitely check this site out if you haven’t already! …i remember all the music fights we all use to get into on here. haha.

    so what else is new: umm.. i’ve gone crazy wanting new photography gear. i don’t think i’ll ever be satisfied, really. i just find new stuff every day and i’m always like woooooow that would change everything. my newest obsession: COLORSPACE UDMA its a memory card back up. i always run out of space on my cards when i’m out shooting and so i could just download to this and delete. Amazing is what it is. and it does a lot of other sweet stuff too.

    so i can’t decide and i need your help… i’ve began selling my photos and i can’t decide how much i should charge per cd. cuz it is kind of a long process… taking the pics, editing the pics, and then putting them on a cd. so how much would you buy a cd of pictures of you playing sports for?

    sorry for the really long comment.

  7. Hey guys haven’t been here in three days or something like that. I didn’t even think about asking my mum if I could go to NY. Scott-la, come here, please. It’s *only* a sixteen hour flight. Or six, if you happen to be in Sydney. XD. No, you don’t have to.

    Maggie-la: Happy (belated) birthday. Your grandma sounds so awesome, giving you a html guide.

    Speaking of which, I need birthday gift ideas for a close friend whose birthday is in a week or two. I was thinking about compiling a disc of within temptation tour clips for her cause I just introduced the band to her and she liked it. But then I’ll probably require a heck load of CDs. Any other ideas? She fangirls Jpop (guys from JE) and Nana.

  8. Hey Scott, I agree with all the other people here. Stop just going to New York and go to all the other little cities in the US/Canada. *cough*and DC/metropolitan area*cough*.
    Just tell your agent or whomever, “The fans don’t want New York! They want DC/ other places!”


  9. lol I just asked my mom again and this is how it went.

    “Hey mom. Don’t you look great. So….any chance we’re going to take a 4 hour road trip to New York on the 16th?”
    “Are you sure?”
    “ARe you sure you’re sure?”
    “Are you s-”
    “Okay shush up!!!”
    “*sulks off*”

    I think that I’ll take that as a definite no..NOOOOO!

  10. Wow seems like fore ever since i’ve been on here. miss it a lot. just can’t find time ever to get on. Well i just wanted to stop by and say

    YAY! YAY!


  11. I am SO jealous of people around the new york area right now…
    I’m on the exact opposite of the US from there… 😛
    all you in new york are SO lucky…

  12. This is so annoying, how come you never do cool stuff like this in Australia???
    I met a NY author, I forgot her name but I’v read some of her books; Nick and Norahs infinite playlisyt, and Naomi and Eli’s no-kiss-list (both great books). I ran after her after a show, lol not to ask about her books but to ask if she knew you. LoL. I think she might have been offended…

    All sounds like lots of fun!

  13. Denmark!!!!! I got a visitor from DENMARK!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now how cool is that? Really cool! Dang, we might get famous, who knows? I think I’m doing good with the publicity. 123 visitors. Well, again, subtract say 8 from that number, or maybe even 10, I don’t know how many times I visited it and it counted me… but still, this is real cool!

  14. Okay, I gotta get ready for school or I’m going to miss the bus, so see ya! Maybe in Computer App I can talk… my name isn’t linked when I post from school because my website is blocked there, so it wouldn’t work, you know?

  15. Okay guys, I’m in Computer App! I had a REALLY REALLY REALLY BAD morning. I missed the bus (not because I commented, trust me, that was definatly not why), and so I got really mad and ran outside to the treehouse with Maximum Ride to read, and then I discovered that Anthony had messed with my cell phone when I got it back, and it was REALLY cold when I was on the treehouse this morning… Just I had a really bad start today. But things are getting better. So yeah. *sigh*. I can’t wait for this week to be over allready. I just don’t really like school. Well, I guess it’s not that bad. School would be perfectly fine with these two exceptions: that it starts later, at like 10, and lasts till 3, And second that we get NO HOMEWORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If those two things happened, I would love school. I wouldn’t even care if the school year had to last a little longer, because hey, we get up at 8 instead of 6 and have nothing to do when we get home but just hang!!! But anyways…

  16. THE UGLIES MOVIE TRAILER HAS COME OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, folks!!!

  17. Hehe. I dominate in the catagory of most comments posted at home and school. Haha. No one comments as much as me.

    But really, I didn’t mean those last two comments! The internet just… IDK. And I went back and the stuff I typed was posted! I didn’t mean that! It was supposed to be ONE comment! That’s allright, though! I guess I’d better quit commenting so much! LOL! See ya folks when I get back home in 4 hours!

  18. Alex-wa: I’m glad your movie is going good, and so many different people are coming! Sorry about your morning, but hey, Maximum Ride rocks!

    Kay-wa: That story sounds really good! If you could remember the name, I’d like to google it!
    Is Looking For Alaska good? I heard it was (I mean, it won an award…) I just finished An Abundance of Katherines, and it was hilarious and completely eye-opening.

    On a book note–if any one is looking for a good (freaking amazing) read, Sweethearts by Sara Zarr is totally emiphany making. Swear it to god. (and if that proves anything, I’m it’s just that good.)

    Everyone have a good day!

  19. ok hey if u guys are like still lookin for a book after u read that Sweetheart book then read Audrey Wait!
    totally awesome

    i never really finished abundance of Kathrines…. hjad it i just never picked it up

  20. Have any of you guys read Little Brother by Cory Doctorow? Scott posted about it a while back and he’s got his review on it. So yeah…I pretty much LOVED it. The only thing I wasn’t particularily fond of was…erm…*cough*moreintimatethingsthatgojustabitbeyondmakingoutumIwaslikeewwwww*cough* Yep. But wasn’t it amazing?

  21. I tried reading “Audrey, Wait!” but they used the F word too much. I’m fine with minor swearing, it makes characters seem more real, but I’m not a fan of heavy swearing.

    I’ve never read Little Brother. But then, I don’t recall it ever really appealing to me.

    Has anyone else read Vladimir Tod or Bras and Broomsticks??? I just got the second VT book yesterday, but I’m going to try to finish HTDYF before I get (farther) into it.

  22. i tryed VT…its was ok
    but if u wan a good vamp book try vampire acdemy
    so good!!!

    the F word thing was eh, pretty much everyone at school(xcept me and my closest buds) cusses so im like w.e
    but some times i swear i would wince when she was like effin this effin that

    i picked up little borther cause i knew it was recommended on this blog but i never got it…i will someday tho

  23. The House of Night series has lots of cussing in it, but it’s amazing! Really! I think it’s better than Twilight and maybe even Harry Potter! Which means that it’s the BEST SERIES IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LOL that was fun! Again,

    (with a www. in the beginning if you want, too)

  24. tah;D

    HON is ok….and everyone says its so bad like alota um.. yeah and cussing in it but i hrdly notice anything
    thats pretty horrible huh?

    whatched the vid
    its pretty cool
    nice camera

  25. The House of Night series is indeed pretty fawesome,and is way better than Twilight but it is NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT better than Harry Potter and any of Scott’s books. Bleh.

  26. im so happy…i live like 30 min away from ny so im going to the author festival…yay its so bubbly-making…not to rub it in anyones faces but its just so bubbly…scott is my fav author and writes my fav books so yay….also why do we even have to put our email adresses? its like stalkerish so i just put my email from like 3years ago lol…. anyone who is also going to the festival comment back

  27. thats so not fair =[ im all the way in the middle of no where and scott-la desides to go everywhere else but here!! if i was still in hawaii would you come visit me scott-la????????? it’s always warm there like australia?? maybe not as big or as cool… lol. but still!!!

  28. you should totally like beg your parents to go…. i would if i were you… anyway maybe he will visit somewhere close to you…definitely email him about it…. who knows maybe i will get you an autograph well actually nevermind idk what i was thinking how would i give it to you…well inbd

    dahlia-wa: i agree, im also fine with minor swearing and stuff but when it comes to the f bomb its so annoying…also when there is a lot of really gross like “kissing” stuff…lol

  29. i wish… I live in the middle of a desert no where near new york… Plus i went there last year when i was totaly brain-missing without know about scott-la’s books :[ but thaks anyways. At least i’m nt in the middle of the ocean anymore :0

    Now i feel SUPER brain-missing bc i’ve been looking for a good read and i never thought to ask anyone here. I just finished city of bones and i liked it?? But i need a new series, thanks for all those other posts!!!

  30. thats too bad…but i have an idea for a series…its pretty amazing… the percy jackson and the olympians series…ever heard of it? also if you like scary stuff the last apprentice series…extremely good one of my favs actually but if you dont like scary/creepy books i dont reccomend it…percy jackson is about like greek mythology stuff but definitely NOT boring

  31. lol i like anything BUT creepy/scary… My imaginations a little wild. And your spellings ok. Mines always messed up because i dont have a keyboard.

  32. well you should try percy jackson…they arent creepy scary…i love them…idk if you will but you might…also what kind of computer do you have that doesnt have a keyboard…im just wondering because i have the tablet and i can flip it and write and scan fingerprints to log in so i dont have to type and write instead of a keyboard…but there is also a touch screen keyboard too and a regular keyboard when its opened…is that what computer you have…just interested because i have it and i love it

  33. OMG I Whiiisssshhhh I could go, so badly. But I don’t live anywhere near New York…. Actually let me rephrase that I live almost as far away as you can get from New York…. *Sighs and walks off*

  34. Jay-wa on comment 98: it wasn’t chipmunks singing that, we just sped it up on windows movie maker. thats y we were dancing so fast and the music was going so fast.=D

  35. Hi Mr.Westerfield, okay I dont’ know if its the lack of repect of anything but I would like to call you Scott instead of sounding so formal! Anyway before I blab about unnecessary things, I would like to say that Hi, My name is Isabella (of course you can see it!) and like many kids in this country, I love your books! Especially Uglies and Peeps! I just found out you had a blog and a website so I’m kinda late but I wanted to ask who does your cover art work?! I really like the eye in the Extras’ Cover!

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