LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage

Take a break from a day of meetings and programs and stop by the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage. Enjoy readings from new and favorite authors and find new recommendations for your patrons.

  Saturday, June 23 Sunday, June 24 Monday, June 25
10 a.m.     Daniel Handler & Maira Kalman
10:30 a.m.     Malinda Lo
11 a.m. Juan Felipe Herrera Libba Bray Scott Hutchins
11:30 a.m. Timothy Hallinan Laura Harrington Michael Warr
noon Lisa Brackmann Neal Shusterman  
12:30 p.m. Tewodros Fekadu Kenneth Oppel  
1 p.m. Gail Tsukiyama Sapphire  
1:30 p.m. Margaret Dilloway Paolo Bacigalupi  
2 p.m. Javier O. Huerta A.S. King  
2:30 p.m. Deb Harkness Mick Carlon  

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Paola Bacigalupi

Paolo Bacigalupi

Winner of the 2011 Michael L. Printz Award and National Book Award Finalist for Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi is quickly becoming one of the most influential voices in young adult literature as well as the science fiction genre. His latest title, The Drowned Cities, is one of the most anticipated books of 2012.

Lisa Brackmann

Lisa Brackmann

Lisa Brackmann’s debut novel, Rock Paper Tiger, set in the Chinese art world, made several “Best of 2010” lists, including Amazon’s Top 100 Novels and Top 10 Mystery/Thrillers, and was nominated for a Strand Magazine Critics Award. Her upcoming second novel, Getaway, is a literary thriller set in Mexico. She is a California native who worked in the film/TV industry and has lived and traveled extensively in China.

Libba Bray

Libba Bray

Winner of the 2010 Michael L. Printz Award for Going Bovine, Libba Bray is a singular voice in young adult literature, moving from paranormal to satire to contemporary fiction with ease. Her next book, which will be released on September 2012, is The Diviners, set in Jazz Age New York, where the bright lights of the city hide a frightening crime.

Mick Carlon

Mick Carlon

Mick Carlon is a twenty-nine-year veteran English teacher and columnist for Jazz Times who believes that jazz music is America’s greatest contribution to world culture. Once a week in his classroom, Carlon incorporates jazz by using his favorite tunes to explore American culture of the twentieth century. His first novel, Riding on Duke’s Train, won the 2012 Leapfrog Fiction Contest, children’s division.

Margaret Dilloway

Margaret Dilloway

Margaret Dilloway grew up in San Diego, California. A writer since she could wield a pencil and make coherent words, Margaret dabbled in other art forms, including a major in studio art at Scripps College. After college, she worked as contributing editor for two weekly newspapers; wrote and sold Bluetooth for Dummies and did a lot of random online writing and mystery shopping to bring in income while she watched over her three kids and improved her fiction writing. The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns is her second novel.

Tewodros ’Teddy’ Fekadu

Tewodros “Teddy” Fekadu

Born in Eritrea, Tewodros “Teddy” Fekadu has lived in five countries on three continents, and is fluent in four languages. He currently lives in Australia, where he founded the African Communities Association Gold Coast Inc., whose aim is to share African traditions and heritage through performance and education. His company, Moonface Entertainment, produces films and documentaries about East Africa. He is the author of a memoir, No One’s Son.

Timothy Hallinan

Timothy Hallinan

Timothy Hallinan is the Edgar- and Macavity-nominated author of thirteen widely praised books—twelve novels and a work of nonfiction—including the Poke Rafferty Bangkok thrillers A Nail Through the Heart, The Fourth Watcher, Breathing Water, and The Queen of Patpong. In 2010, Hallinan conceived and edited an ebook of original short stories by twenty mystery writers, Shaken: Stories for Japan, with 100% of the proceeds going to Japanese disaster relief.

Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler has written for grown-ups under his own name, including the critically acclaimed novels The Basic Eight and Adverbs. He writes for younger readers under the name Lemony Snicket, with titles including the internationally bestselling Series of Unfortunate Events books and the picture book 13 Words (illustrated by Maira Kalman). Why We Broke Up, written with Maira Kalman, is his first novel for young adults and a 2012 Printz Honor winner.

Laura Harrington

Laura Harrington

Laura Harrington is an award-winning playwright, lyricist, and librettist. She teaches playwriting at MIT and lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Alice Bliss, her first novel, grew out of Harrington’s one-woman musical Alice Unwrapped, which ran off-Broadway in New York and in the Minneapolis Fringe Festival in 2009.

Deborah Harkness

Deborah Harkness

Deborah Harkness is a scholar and writer specializing in the history of science and medicine. Her first novel A Discover of Witches, the first in the All Souls Trilogy, debuted last year at number two on the New York Times bestseller list and became an international phenomenon. Shadow of Night, the sequel to A Discovery of Witches, will be released from Viking on July 10.

Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera

Recently Appointed by California Governor Brown as the California Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera has published twenty-nine books, including poetry, spoken work, novels for young adults, and collections for children. Juan Felipe’s recent awards for his writing include the Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Latino International Award, the PEN USA Award, and the Josephine Miles Pen/Oakland Award. He is a member of the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poetry and a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.

Javier O. Huerta

Javier O. Huerta

Javier O. Huerta is the author of Some Clarifications y otros poemas, which received the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize, and American Copia: An Immigrant Epic. His poems have been included in numerous anthologies, including American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011. A native of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, he currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he is working on his doctorate in English at the University of California, Berkeley.

Scott Hutchins

Scott Hutchins

Scott Hutchins, a Truman Capote fellow in the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University, received his MFA from the University of Michigan. His work as appeared in StoryQuarterly, The Rumpus, The New York Times, and Esquire. He currently teaches at Stanford. His novel, A Working Theory of Love, is forthcoming from the Penguin Press.

Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman is an award-winning artist, illustrator, and designer. She has written and illustrated adult books, including The Principles of Uncertainty, and more than a dozen children’s books, including Fireboat!. She is a New Yorker magazine cover artist and has created designs for the Museum of Modern Art, Kate Spade, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Her first book for young adults, Why We Broke Up, written with Daniel Handler, is a 2012 Printz Honor book.

A.S. King

A.S. King

A Printz Honor winner for her book Please Ignore Vera Dietz, A.S. King’s unique voice has quickly become a favorite among young adult readers. Her most recent book, Everybody Sees the Ants, received five starred reviews and raves from teens across the country. Her next book, Ask the Passengers, will be published in October 2012.

Malinda Lo

Malinda Lo

Malinda Lo’s debut novel, Ash, was a finalist for the Lambda, Norton, and Morris Awards. Through her novels, blog, and tour appearances, she has become an important advocate for diversity in young adult literature. Her next book, Adaptation, is a sci-fi thriller that portrays teens dealing with first love, sexuality, odd parents, secret government agencies, societal breakdown, and a possible alien invasion. It will be appear in September 2012.

Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel has published more than fifteen books for children. In 1995, he won the Air Canada Award for the best Canadian writer under the age of thirty. Formerly Books for Young People editor at Quill & Quire magazine, he now writes full time. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and children.

Sapphire

Sapphire

Sapphire is the author of two collections of poetry and the best-selling novel Push. The film adaption of her novel, Precious (2009), received the Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress, in addition to the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Awards in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance. In 2009 she was a recipient of a United States Artist Fellowship. She lives in New York City.

Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman is the author of many novels for young adults, including The Skinjacker Trilogy; Unwind, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers; and Downsiders, which was nominated for twelve state reading awards. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows such as Animorphs and Goosebumps. The father of four children, Neal lives in southern California.

Gail Tsukiyama

Gail Tsukiyama

Gail Tsukiyama is the bestselling author of six previous novels, including The Street of a Thousand Blossoms, Women of the Silk, and The Samurai’s Garden, as well as the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award. She lives in El Cerrito, California.

Michael Warr

Michael Warr

Poet Michael Warr was honored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association for his new book of poetry The Armageddon of Funk. He is also author of We Are All The Black Boy, and an editor of Power Lines: A Decade of Poetry From Chicago’s Guild Complex, all published by Tia Chucha Press. A frequent collaborator with musicians and visual and performing artists, Michael’s poems have been dramatized on stage, depicted on canvas, and set to original music compositions.