Category: Book Events

That’s a Wrap! (My Wrap-Up of the SCBWI 2019 LA Summer Conference)

That’s a Wrap! (My Wrap-Up of the SCBWI 2019 LA Summer Conference)

Hey, everybody, I’m back! I’ll confess that my brain feels a bit like pudding after all the amazing things I learned at the summer SCBWI conference—I think I need to give it all a little time to set. But so much wisdom was shared, and I’m feeling reinvigorated when it comes to my writing, which is always a good thing. I thought I’d share some highlights from the conference. This is just a tiny taste […]

Posted August 15, 2019 in Book Events, Let's Discuss, SCBWI, Writing Tips / 30 Comments
In Memory of Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

In Memory of Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

I struggled with what to post here, but I couldn’t let Grace go without some acknowledgment, and a “mention” in my Sunday Post amidst giveaway announcements and silly news about my landscaping didn’t feel right. In case you don’t already know, we lost a vibrant member of our community on Wednesday. Grace from Rebel Mommy Book Blog lost her fight with cancer. What makes this even sadder is that, as her blog title declares, she […]

Posted July 27, 2019 in Book Events / 67 Comments
Recap of the YA Lit Conference at Anderson’s Bookshop. Plus a Giveaway!

Recap of the YA Lit Conference at Anderson’s Bookshop. Plus a Giveaway!

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the annual YA Lit Conference at Anderson’s Bookshop with my mom. We look forward to this event every year! It’s technically geared toward teachers and librarians but book enthusiasts are welcome as well.  🙂 I thought I’d give you a little rundown of the featured speakers. Enjoy! Mark Oshiro He gave his speech in numbers: At 8, he read IT by Stephen King(!!) and fell in […]

Posted October 24, 2018 in Book Events, Giveaways (Ended) / 40 Comments
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel – Tour Recap

Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel – Tour Recap

On Friday, my mom and I went to the Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel tour stop at Anderson’s Bookstore. This was way more than a book signing, it was a musical event! It was the perfect way for us to get a little taste of the musical since I got my mom tickets for us to see the show together in February for her 70th birthday! I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this tour. The […]

Posted October 17, 2018 in Book Events / 22 Comments
Epic Reads Meet-up Recap

Epic Reads Meet-up Recap

Last night my mom and I got a chance to go to a stop at the Epic Reads tour at Boswell Book Company up in Milwaukee. The featured authors were Kendare Blake, Mackenzi Lee, Elana K. Arnold, Claire Legrand, and Anna Godbersen. (I somehow missed getting a picture with Anna, so she’s not in my little collage above—sorry!) As I’m sure you can guess, I was super excited to meet these authors. (Can anyone guess who I […]

Posted October 4, 2018 in Book Events / 47 Comments
A Break in Our Regularly Scheduled Programming (& Reasons I’m Excited About WIFYR)

A Break in Our Regularly Scheduled Programming (& Reasons I’m Excited About WIFYR)

I’m heading off to Utah very early tomorrow morning for the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers writing workshop! I’m not planning on updating the blog while I’m there (unless I’m feeling especially inspired) because I want to focus on the conference as much as I can. Things about WIFYR I’m looking forward to: Meeting Trent Reedy. Have you read Words in the Dust? If you haven’t you need to. Absolutely fabulous! I know I’m […]

Posted June 9, 2018 in Book Events, Let's Discuss, WIFYR / 22 Comments
Anderson’s Children’s Literature Breakfast Recap & Giveaway

Anderson’s Children’s Literature Breakfast Recap & Giveaway

This past Sunday, my mom and I got to attend the Children’s Literature Breakfast hosted by Anderson’s Bookshop. This is the first time I’ve gone to this event, and I was excited to see what it was all about! KEYNOTES: Peter H. Reynolds – Peter introduced us to his newest children’s book The Word Collector, which is all sorts of adorable and inspired by the fact that he’s been keeping lists of words that he […]

Posted March 2, 2018 in Book Events, Giveaways (Ended) / 22 Comments
Quick Recap of the Adam Silvera/Lauren Oliver Author Event (& a Giveaway!)

Quick Recap of the Adam Silvera/Lauren Oliver Author Event (& a Giveaway!)

I had a chance to go to an author event at Anderson’s Bookshop last night with my mom (in celebration of her birthday), so I thought I’d share a quick recap. I’m doing it in bullet-point format to make it easier! Adam Silvera just plain makes me happy. I don’t think I’ve ever gone to an event that featured him and not fallen a little more in love with the guy. You know, in an […]

Posted October 6, 2017 in Book Events, Giveaways (Ended) / 40 Comments
ALA Annual Event Recap (& Giveaway!)

ALA Annual Event Recap (& Giveaway!)

Last weekend was ALA Annual, and what a whirlwind it was! This was my first experience with ALA, so I had no idea what to expect. My blogger friends who have been to BEA, ALA Midwinter and ALA Annual told me that ALA Annual is somewhere in between the other two: unlike Midwinter, there are lots of author signings, which makes for lines and a bit of craziness—but it’s still not nearly as hectic or crowded as […]

Posted June 29, 2017 in Book Events, Giveaways (Ended) / 44 Comments
Laini Taylor’s Strange The Dreamer Event Recap

Laini Taylor’s Strange The Dreamer Event Recap

I had the privilege of attending an author event for Laini Taylor’s newest book Strange the Dreamer (which you’ve all said is fantabulous, so I can’t wait to read it) with my mom, and I thought I’d share some of the fun facts that I learned! The event was really interesting because she was interviewed by Laura Ruby, author of The Bone Gap, so they had some great conversations about writing style, etc. Fun facts […]

Posted April 14, 2017 in Book Events / 30 Comments