Cool Book Scavenger Happenings!

BOOK HUNT If you are in San Francisco or close enough to venture to the city, there are free Book Scavenger maps being given out at many independent bookstores. (Click here for a list of participating stores, but call first to make sure they still have some to give away. If you aren’t local to San Francisco, you can download the PDF version here, or check back here later because I might be giving some away.) These maps are so cool–designed by the talented Marty Braun–and they look like this: And even more exciting, 100 copies of Book Scavenger have been hidden around San Francisco at the places marked on this map.… Read the rest

Where Are They Now: Michelle Ray

Any House Hunters fans out there? You know how they have the “Where Are They Now” series? It’s been five years since I started doing Creative Spaces interviews, and I thought it might be fun to take a cue from HGTV and check in on some of the authors and illustrators interviewed in the past and see what’s new with them, and if anything has changed in their workspace or creative process.  First up is Michelle Ray. When I first featured Michelle, her YA novel Falling for Hamlet had recently been published. You can read her Creative Spaces interview here.  Falling for Hamlet was optioned to be a TV show–very exciting news for a writer–and that option turned into The Royals, which premiered on E!… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Erin Entrada Kelly

Erin Entrada Kelly is the author of the middle-grade novel Blackbird Fly, recently published by Greenwillow Books: Apple Yengko knows what it’s like to be different. She has a weird Filipino nickname, she’s the only Asian at her school, and she’s obsessed with the Beatles instead of boys. But her life doesn’t truly fall apart until she finds out she’s listed on the Dog Log—the list of the ugliest girls in school—and her friends abandon her. Suddenly she’s a social pariah. The boys bark at her in the halls and the girls turn the other way. Apple dreams of escape and resents everything about her culture, including her mother.… Read the rest