Teen Author Carnival
I had SUCH a great time at last night’s Teen Author Carnival at the Jefferson Market Branch Library in NYC. And I thought about waiting to post these, but since I know some of you are D-Y-I-N-G for news and pics from BEA, I thought I’d post these asap to tide you over.
The event was organized by Devyn, Mitali, Genevieve(and Co Dot. Heh), and Korianne, four amazing book reviewers and bloggers. They did a tremendous amount of work to pull off the event, and I want to say a huge THANK YOU for all their time and effort.
Accompanied by my entourage (aka The Kids), I arrived too early (because I’m a freak about being late), interrupted the organizers while they were eating, and then coerced Marie aka Cupcake Witch into giving us a little tour of the building which used to be a women’s detention center and courthouse. Fittingly, the building is Victorian Gothic and just gorgeous.
Frighteningly sharp wrought iron!
I was in heaven. Sigh.
Other authors started trickling soon after and we all took turns doing Q&A, signing books, and playing games while eating mass quantities of junk food (including the multi-hued cotton candy that Frank, Jefferson Library’s Resident Guru of Awesomeness, dubbed Fairy Poop. Yum.). It was a blast, and I left feeling like I’d met up with a bunch of old friends.
Highlights included FINALLY meeting Steph, Sharon (*cough*unicornsweatshirt*cough*), Alea, Steph Su, Lenore, Marie, Frank, and 2009 fellow Debs Jenny Moss, Sarah Maclean, Sarah Cross, and Pam Bachorz.
But before I lose you to pics, I want to tell you real quick about the NY Public Library’s Anti-Prom or Vam-Prom.
The Anti-Prom, organized by Young Adult Programs, provides an alternative safe space for all teens who may not feel welcome at official school proms or dances because of their sexual orientation, the way they dress, or any other reason. The event has won several awards and designations from the ALA.
What could be better or more important for teens? We were going to go because I’ve heard it’s an amazing time, but alas, we have out all-night Relay for Life (American Cancer Society) the next day…
Next year, though, I am *so*dressing up (though you don’t have to) and going with my teens!
Oh! And guess who’s going to be there this year? Project Runway’s Tim Gunn and Austin Scarlett. If you go, take pics for meeeee!
And now, for more fun stuff… Keep in mind that my photographer is, er, short.
Because she’s 10.
So some of these are a little… off.