Portuguese Uglies Trailer Rocks

Just got back from France last night, and have TONS of cool photos and videos to share. But I must get them organized first! Give me a day or two.

In the meantime, there are exactly TWO more events in the not-quite-endless Behemoth tour:

Miami Book Festival
w/Darren Shan and Ellen Hopkins
November 20 1:30PM
Prometeo Theatre
(Building 1, 1st Floor, Room 1101)

Vancouver, Canada
November 24 7:00 PM
West Point Grey United Church Sanctuary
4595 West 8th Ave
Come dressed in a Victorian/Steampunk costume to be eligible to win a signed framed print from Leviathan by illustrator Keith Thompson!
Tickets: $5.00 (goes towards the purchase of a book at the event)
Click here for tickets.

Alas, Justine won’t be at either of these events. But she says hi.

And check out this awesome trailer from the Portuguese publisher of Uglies, Vogais & Companhia:

Also, I like this photo from an interview in the French press. (Mmm . . . French press. Must get coffee now.)


This interview with Suvudu at New York Comic Con is also cool, in that I talk for 17 minutes without saying anything stupid:

NYCC Video Interview: Scott Westerfeld from Suvudu on Vimeo.

See You on the Internet

Justine and I are finally back home from touring, and want to say thanks to all the teachers, librarians, booksellers, students, and fans who made our trip so much fun, and for helping to make Behemoth a success. I’ll be posting some cool pictures from the trip here soon. But in the meantime, here’s something for those of you who didn’t get a chance to see me live.

Tomorrow at 6PM US Eastern time, I’ll be doing a live video chat for everyone and anyone who wants to come. Please click the banner below to RSVP, so that we can set up the bandwidth for the right number of participants.

Click here to RSVP for the Scott Westerfeld Live Chat!

Unlike a text-only chat, you’ll get to see and hear me. I’ll start by giving some of my usual appearance talk, and then will answer your questions. You can send them in via Facebook, AIM, and MySpace through Ustream’s social stream. On Twitter, I’ll also be monitoring the hashtag #ChatSS.

For details, click the banner above to go to Ustream’s site. Go down to “Upcoming Shows” and click the RSVP button next to my show. Then come back to that page at 6PM Tuesday, November 2 (tomorrow!). I hope you can make it.

And for all you guys doing NaNoWriMo, GOOD LUCK! Since I’m on tour, I won’t be doing writing tips this year, but here’s my advice from last year, and you can click here for the first of Justine’s, and then keep going.

Here’s the rest of the Behemoth tour:

New York City
Wednesday, November 3
Reading at NYPL, Jefferson Market Branch
425 Sixth Ave. at 10th St.
With Rachel Cohn & David Levithan, Sarah Beth Durst, Barry Lyga, Lena Roy, and Kieran Scott.

Nantes, France, Utopiales Festival
November 10-14
Many things. See the festival schedule.

Paris, France
November 16
Virgin Megastore
Centre commercial des Quatre Temps
92 La Défense
Métro: Grande Arche de la Défense

Miami, FL
Miami Book Festival
November 20
Prometeo Theatre
(Building 1, 1st Floor, Room 1101)

Vancouver, Canada
November 24
7:00 PM
West Point Grey United Church Sanctuary
4595 West 8th Ave
Vancouver BC
Those dressed in Victorian/Steampunk costumes are eligible to win a signed framed print from Leviathan by illustrator Keith Thompson!
Tickets: $5.00 (can be used towards the purchase of a book at the event)
Click here for tickets.

Still on Tour . . .

ALERT! Behemoth is out NOW in Australia. Enjoy!

I’m heading off to Texas, but I wanted to share some cool reviews, interviews, and images from the Behemoth tour so far. In no particular order:

You can now download Behemoth, read by the awesome Alan Cumming, as an audio book! Click to download from Audible or iTunes.

Check out this guest post I did for Figment, about the art of the Leviathan series.

And here’s another post I did for the Steamed blog, which is cool for all things steampunk.

Here’s an interview with me at Eve’s Fan Garden.

And here’s a slightly spoilery review of Behemoth at Boing Boing.


But I’m also on tour, so if you live in . . .
Austin, TX
New Orleans, LA
Alpharetta or Decatur, GA
Raleigh, NC
Cincinnati, OH
Ft. Thomas, KY
Naperville, IL
Novi or Ann Arbor, MI
Provo, UT
Nantes or Paris, France
Miami, FL
or Vancouver, Canada . . .
Then please check out my Appearances page for when I’ll be near you.

Right now, there are exactly a hundred comments on the Behemoth spoiler thread. Maybe we should keep going there for book discussion, and use this thread to talk about the interviews or whatever.

And now, because I missed Fan Art Friday, here are some fan art images from the tour!

First, a great life-size version of Alek, which greeted me at River Dell Middle School.


And here’s Deryn, me, and the artists! (Sorry I forgot your names!)


And the drawing on the left was given to me at a signing in Pennsylvania by Patrick. It’s modeled on a real WWI propaganda poster, but changed to show Clanker sensibilities!

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Behemoth Out! Thread of Spoilage!

Behemoth is out NOW in the US, Canada, and in the UK! (Sorry, Australia, you have to wait till October 12.) The audio book, read by the awesome Alan Cumming, is also out now.

For a bit more about the book, click here for an interview with me on Tor.com about researching Behemoth, writing process, and FOOD.

I’m on tour right now and will attempt to blog from the road, but it may be patchy.

Am I coming to your town? Well, do you live in . . .

New York
Houston, Allen (near Dallas), or Austin, TX
New Orleans, LA
Alpharetta or Decatur, GA
Raleigh, NC
Cincinnati, OH
Ft. Thomas, KY
Naperville, IL
Novi or Ann Arbor, MI
Provo, UT
Nantes or Paris, France
Miami, FL
or Vancouver, Canada?
Then please check out my Appearances page for when I’ll be near you.



What Happens on Tour

Look what I got today . . .


And as you can see, I ignored the label. Bwah-hah-hah! (But seriously, don’t try this at home, or especially at your bookstore. I’m what you call an expert, with years of training that keeps me safe.)

Now, some of you have been asking in the comments of my tour details post exactly what my appearances will be like. That is an excellent question!

Here’s roughly how they go:

1) The events are in a bookstore and somewhere between 30 and 100 people show up. These numbers seem to be completely random. (Sometimes at book festivals or other large venues, hundreds appear.) Those who come early sit closer, but no one is turned away! You can always buy my books at my appearances.

2) First I do a half-hour talk about how Leviathan came to be, and how Keith and I work together. This presentation has many slides of his boo-tiful art, which allow me to make hilarious visual jokes! Later in the tour, my schtick is smoother, but it is always stirring.

3) Next I answer all your burning questions about everything—the Leviathan series, the Uglies books, the Midnighters and New York trilogies, my adult books, writing advice, or whatever you want to know. Pro tip: Raise your hand early on when everyone else being a weenie, and your question will be answered.

4) I sign stuff. This can take a while, but your patience is rewarded by me signing pretty much anything put in front of me. I pose for pictures too. In case of very long lines, some stores have rules, like, two things signed for every book you buy there. And I would strongly encourage you to buy at least one book at the store hosting the event. I mean, it’s in your interest to keep them in business! (But please come up and say hi, even if you are penniless.) And please assume I don’t how to spell your name, even if it’s “Rick.”

5) Sometimes Justine is there. If you like her books and say so to her, she will not harm you. She may even sign things or amuse you in other ways. But there are no guarantees!

That’s it, really. So if you live in or near . . .
Exton, PA
West Chester, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Glen Rock, NJ
Houston, TX
Allen (near Dallas), TX
Austin, TX
New Orleans, LA
Alpharetta, GA
Decatur, GA
Raleigh, NC
Cincinnati, OH
Ft. Thomas, KY
Naperville, IL
Novi, MI
Ann Arbor, MI
Provo, UT
Paris or Nantes, France
Miami, FL
or Vancouver, Canada . . .
then please check out my Appearance page for when I’ll be there.

See you on tour!

Behemoth Tour Details

Here are the long-awaited details of the Behemoth tour!

NOTE: This only goes through the end of October. In November I’ll be going to Miami, FL; Vancouver, Canada; and Nantes and Paris, France.

ALSO: Behemoth comes out in ONE WEEK in the US. And in THREE DAYS in the UK. And on the 12th in Australia!

Barnes & Noble
301 Main Street
Exton, PA 19341

Chester County Books
975 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

In-store signing at Books, Bytes and Beyond
197 Rock Road
Glen Rock, NJ 07452

1:30 – 2:30PM
New York Comic Con
Javits Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

5:00 PM
Blue Willow Bookstore
14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079

October 13 in Jackson, MS is canceled.

Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, TX 75013

This is me presenting Behemoth, all alone.
The Sanctuary at First United Methodist Church
1201 Lavaca Street
Austin, TX 78701

This is me in a Zombies Vs. Unicorns debate.
Austin Bat Cave
AAMP Building, 411 West Monroe Street
Austin, TX 78701

Octavia Books
513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
Mansell Crossings Shopping Center
Alpharetta, GA 30022

The Little Shop of Stories
133A East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030

Quail Ridge Bookstore
3522 Wade Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27607

Joseph Beth Booksellers
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208

Blue Marble Bookstore
1356 South Fort Thomas Avenue
Ft. Thomas, KY 41075

Anderson’s Bookshop
123 West Jefferson
Naperville, IL 60540

43075 Crescent Blvd.
Novi, MI 48375

Ann Arbor District Library
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Provo County Library
550 North University Avenue
Provo, UT 84601

Zombies Versus Unicorns Trailer

Check it out:

In case you didn’t already know, Zombies Vs. Unicorns comes out September 21. It’s a collection of short stories—half zombie, half unicorn—by some YA authors you may have heard of, including me!

Team Zombie: Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Carrie Ryan, and me.

Team Unicorn: Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, Kathleen Duey, Diana Peterfreund, Naomi Novik, and Margo Lanagan.

There will also be a LIVE ZVU DEBATE here in NYC, at Symphony Space on September 23. Here are the details.

In Other News, Uglies fans might want to check out the free-this-week essay over at SmartPop. It’s called “Team Shay,” and is by Diana Peterfreund.

That’s it from me, except to say send in some fan art! Don’t let another Fan Art Friday go by in sadness!

Chicago and IRA

Back in the US for two measly weeks, and already I’m getting back on a plane. To Chicago!

On Monday night I have a public event at Anderson’s Bookshop in Napierville with D. J. MacHale, author of the Pendragon series.

Here are the details:

Monday, April 26
7:00PM – 8:30PM
Scott Westerfeld & D. J. MacHale Joint Event
Anderson’s Bookshop
123 W. Jefferson • Naperville, IL 60540

Anyone can come to this event!

On Tuesday, though, I’m headed to the International Reading Association’s annual do, where I’ll be speaking on a panel and signing. You must have an event pass to get in to these next events (which means you’re probably a librarian or English teacher or something cool like that).

Tuesday, April 27
9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Symposia: “The Illustrated Teen: An Intersection of Text and Image in Contemporary Young Adult Literature”
Featuring Scott Westerfeld, Holly Black, Henry Neff, Stephen Emond, and Elizabeth Patridge
Educators: Lisa Morris-Wilkey and Susannah Richards
Location: McCormick Place South Building • Room S403b

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Signing at the Simon & Schuster Booth (#1725)

Hope to see some of you Chicago folks there!


I’ll also be at Books of Wonder in NYC tomorrow, with Sarah Mylonowski, Justine Larbalestier, and D.J. MacHale!

Saturday, April 24
Books of Wonder
18 W. 18th St
New York, NY

BONUS Update:

Just got a sneak preview of the Italian cover for Leviathan. Non è molto


From Russia with Covers

A Russian fan recently directed me to this site, which gives a full accounting of books by my Russian alter-ego, Скотт Вестерфельд. (Technically, Скотт is not an alter-ego, given that he is, in fact, me. But I prefer to imagine him as an actual other person, reading this post and chuckling as he consumes champagne and caviar, surrounded by all the author’s copies that my Russian publishers never bother to send me.)

I’ve always enjoyed Скотт’s covers, which have a pulpish fabulosity that makes my own covers seem restrained, almost priggish, in comparison. So I thought a series of posts examining his work would be fun.

Let’s look first at Скотт’s Midnighters series. These books have had no fewer than three separate sets of covers. Whether this is because Скотт is astonishingly popular or simply because this series has never gained traction, I have no idea. (Someone would have to send me some royalty statements in order for me to take a guess. Hint, hint.)

Anyway, here are the first two Midnighters covers, published in 2006:

These covers are fairly true to the books in their details (13-pointed stars, small-town buildings, all sort of metal weaponry) but the central figures are somewhat bizarre. First note that Jonathan Martinez (um, Hispanic) and Jessica Day (textually a red head) are both blond and blue-eyed here. That’s whitewashing in its most aggressive form—Aryanization.

Also odd is the subway train looming up behind Dess in Book 2. Note to Russian artist: there are no subways in Bixby, Oklahoma. The stimulus bill wasn’t that big.

But it turns out that these covers have been replaced, so let’s move on. This is what they looked like in 2008:

Holy guacamole, that’s a different look. The whitewashing is pretty much over with Jonathan, and Jess has arguably reddish hair. Of course, everyone is suddenly in bondage leather, which might not be strictly canonical (or even purchasable in small-town Oklahoma). But the energy in these covers is lovely.

I also like that Dess is on Book 1, while Jessica and Jonathan have been moved to Book 2. Because everyone likes Dess better. Plus, this Dess is much more awesome than wimpy oop-I-fell-over Dess from the first set of covers.

But this take on the series didn’t last either. A little book called Сумерки came out, which was about some dude who sparkled, and there was a sudden call for everything to look a bit more . . . vampire-y.

So these are the books in their current form:


A little more urban fantasy, and apparently a bit more successful, given that we finally have a cover for Book 3 in this style:


So . . . Buffy. And yes, Jonathan has been white-washed again, but without blond hair at least.

It’s worth noting that these three covers have the least to do with the books. The 2006 and 2008 covers could be stared at after reading the books, and you’d find lots of little easter eggy details from the text. These are more generic.

Which brings me to a broader point: Everyone in marketing says that the most important thing a cover can do is sell the book to someone who knows nothing about the novel. In other words, a cover is merely advertising space, and doesn’t need to be true to the text, just eye-catching. But this notion misses what happens over the longer term.

If we readers can return to the cover after we’ve bought and consumed the novel and find new connections between word and image, it strengthens our bond with the book and the series as a whole. And the most important advertising for any novel is, after all, a satisfied reader. I wish publishers would get over the whole first-impression thing and think harder about long-term relationships. (Indeed, it would probably be nice if everyone would do this about almost everything. But that’s a bigger issue.)

In other words, I like the second set of covers best, pulp-tastic and yet mostly true to the story, and full of details from the text. Midnighters is, after all, more about kicking darkling ass than sparkly romance.

One day, my Russian publishers may send me royalty statements, and I can tell you whether or not this theory is full of bosh.

And for those of you who don’t know the Midnighters series, here are the current US covers:


I’ll be blogging the Russian Peeps, Uglies, and other covers soon. There are also a new set of UK covers for Midnighters in the works, and I’ll be touching on those as well.

Till then, enjoy.

The Moon Is Mine

I just got a new telescope. It’s happily snoozing in the guest room at the moment, and doesn’t wish to be photographed, but here’s a picture of the moon I took with it last night. This was with my iPhone camera held up to the eyepiece, so you’d think it would suck. But my telescope makes even this silly procedure AWESOME.


That’s a tiny bit of the moon, because from now on I am magnified. Must now learn the names of all the craters and snack bars on the moon.

Here are Four Other Things of possible interest:

Thing 1
The Uglies series is launching in Brazil this week, complete with a really cool website:


I love the look and feel of it, and hope it does well for my publisher there, Editora Record. If you speak any Portuguese, check it out here.

Thing 2
Just noticed that Behemoth has an Amazon page now, but no cover. (Amusing reviews for some other book are there at the moment.)

Thing 3
Justine are about to head back to NYC, where we have an event for Read This, a charity that collects books for people who need them, including schools, hospitals, homeless shelters, troops overseas, etc.

Justine Larbalestier, Bennett Madison,
Scott Westerfeld, & Cecily von Ziegesar
Reading and Q&A
12:30PM-1:15PM, Saturday, 10 April
Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th Street, Second floor
(between Madison & Fifth Ave.)

The price of admission? Your donation of two or more new or gently used board books through grade 12. Cool idea, huh?

Thing 4
The next New York Review of Science Fiction Readings features three awesome YA authors!

Barry Lyga, Marie Rutkoski, & Robin Wasserman
curated by Carol Cooper

Tuesday, 6 April, Doors open 6:30 PM, event begins at 7:00 PM
SoHo Gallery for Digital Art
138 Sullivan Street (between Houston & Prince St.)

Admission is by a $5 donation. (If circumstances make this a hardship, let them know and they will accommodate you.)