A Peek at the Creative Space of Sonia Gensler

Sonia Gensler is the award-winning author of Ghostlight, a contemporary middle grade novel, as well as The Dark Between and The Revenant, both young adult historical novels. She is obsessed with Gothic horror and loves to write ghostly mysteries. Sonia grew up in a small Tennessee town and ran with a dangerous pack of band and drama geeks. As an adult she experimented with a variety of impractical professions—museum interpreter, historic home director, bookseller, and perpetual graduate student—before finally deciding to share her passion for stories through teaching. She taught literature and writing to young adults for ten years and still thinks fondly of her days in the classroom.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Mike Grosso

Joining us today for Creative Spaces is author Mike Grosso. Mike Grosso is a musician and a fourth-grade teacher who always keeps a guitar in his classroom. I Am Drums is his first novel. From the promotional copy: Sam knows she wants to be a drummer. But she doesn’t know how to afford a drum kit, or why budget cuts end her school’s music program, or why her parents argue so much, or even how to explain her dream to other people.       But drums sound all the time in Sam’s head, and she’d do just about anything to play them out loud—even lie to her family if she has to.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Melody Maysonet

Joining us for Creative Spaces is YA novelist Melody Maysonet. Her debut novel, A Work of Art, was named a best book of 2015 by YA Books Central. Kirkus gave it a starred review saying, “An important book about endings, beginnings and the choice to move on.” Here’s a brief summary about the book: Tera is seventeen, shy, and artistically gifted. Her hero and mentor is her father, a famous graphic artist who also protects her from her depressed, overly critical mother. Tera is looking forward to going to a prestigious art school in France, but her world is turned upside down the day the police arrest her father for an unspeakable crime.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Melanie Conklin

Joining us today for Creative Spaces is author Melanie Conklin, author of Counting Thyme (Penguin, April 2016). Melanie lives in New Jersey with her family and previously worked as a product designer. Counting Thyme is her debut novel and has been described as Rules meets Counting by 7s. It tells the story of a girl named Thyme whose younger brother is accepted in to a new cancer drug trial, which means her family will have to relocate thousands of miles away from everything she knows. To learn more about Melanie and Counting Thyme, visit her website, or follow her on Twitter or Tumblr.… Read the rest

Youth One Book, One Denver Activities in June

Local to Denver? Looking for fun activities for kids to do this month? Here are the rest of the June Book Scavenger Youth One Book, One Denver programs. (If you’d like to plan ahead for July and August, CLICK HERE to view the full schedule of events.) ART COMIC BOOK WORKSHOP June 29, 2 – 4 p.m. at Tattered Cover Colfax (2526 East Colfax Ave.), Ages: 9-14, FREE TO REGISTER: store.popcultureclassroom.org/collections/classes-workshops-and-camps/products/comic-book-workshop-with-pop-culture-classroom-in-conjunction-with-2016-youth-one-book-one-denver COSPLAY WORKSHOP June 30, 2 – 4 p.m. at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove (7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton), Ages: 9-12, FREE TO REGISTER: store.popcultureclassroom.org/collections/classes-workshops-and-camps/products/cosplay-workshop-with-pop-culture-classroom-in-conjunction-with-2016-youth-one-book-one-denver DRAW THE SAN FRANCISCO SKYLINE June 21, 2 – 3 p.m.… Read the rest