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Live Tweeting Austin Teen Book Festival 2013

Here is a recap of the festival in Tweets, which appear in reverse order.  I used TwimeMachine to easily collect, copy and paste them.

RT @seanbeaudoin: Two people in Texas you definitely shouldn’t mess with. #ATBF13 http://t.co/XdGgKuBzVy @AustinTBF @seecatwrite Sat Sep 28 22:42:16 +0000 2013

RT @flamingo1325: .@seanbeaudoin says 8 of the 10 main things he remembers from school is romance related in some way. #atbf13 Sat Sep 28 22:42:01 +0000 2013

@AmianneB and I would so not survive The Hunger Games if the quest to find the car in the parking garage is any proof. Sat Sep 28 22:10:51 +0000 2013

We are standing in line to get books signed by @seanbeaudoin!!! http://t.co/IRUTWqN2Ih Sat Sep 28 21:33:32 +0000 2013


Lauren Myracle: THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US is about souls colliding and bodies colliding Sat Sep 28 20:21:55 +0000 2013

@TrishDoller is talking about WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE, which is so good #abtf13 http://t.co/cyqUZEsz1N Sat Sep 28 20:20:41 +0000 2013

Now I have even more reason to stalk @ek_anderson! Hanson fans unite. LOL Sat Sep 28 19:52:31 +0000 2013

@ek_anderson started DEAR TEEN ME when she wrote a letter to herself after finally going to her first Hanson concert at 27. I love Hanson. Sat Sep 28 19:48:24 +0000 2013

@JoKnowles: we all live in the same world but we have different rules/ways for surviving it. There is world building in realistic fiction Sat Sep 28 19:46:14 +0000 2013

@seanbeaudoin says please ban his book WISE YOUNG FOOL because those are the books teens want to read Sat Sep 28 19:43:29 +0000 2013

@seanbeaudoin my best friend died our junior year of high school in car accident Sept. I won’t say how many years ago. But it stays w/you. Sat Sep 28 19:31:49 +0000 2013

I am not in any way excited to hear @seanbeaudoin talk about WISE YOUNG FOOL. Nope. Not all. #abtf13 http://t.co/x0Yuw6gHB0 Sat Sep 28 19:29:58 +0000 2013

For @robinreads – it’s @JoKnowles!!!!!! #atbf13 http://t.co/j5Hsf0i1Pl Sat Sep 28 19:27:33 +0000 2013

I just said hi to @marissa_meyer in the hallway. (@mz_christie !!!!) #fangirlmoment #atbf13 Sat Sep 28 19:21:08 +0000 2013

Look guys @MindyMcGinnis has fans!!! They are smart teens. http://t.co/YdmPpNLuda Sat Sep 28 19:19:42 +0000 2013

I am going to miss @leillasalesbooks panel but THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is so good everyone. So goo!! #atbf13 Sat Sep 28 19:13:36 +0000 2013

Look it’s @epicreads!!! http://t.co/whKD3mN3dW Sat Sep 28 19:10:04 +0000 2013

Rae Carson’s next trilogy is historical, set during California gold rush Sat Sep 28 19:06:41 +0000 2013

@MindyMcGinnis: going all geek, studies show you use more of your brain when you read a physical book because there is a tactile process Sat Sep 28 18:54:07 +0000 2013

Rae Carson: intelligence is so sexy Sat Sep 28 18:49:09 +0000 2013

@MindyMcGinnis Based her book on a documentary called New Gold about water Sat Sep 28 18:38:34 +0000 2013

RT @AustinTBF: Author @LaurenMyracle with two of her biggest fans at #ATBF13 http://t.co/AbR7AccB0d Sat Sep 28 18:37:02 +0000 2013

RT @this_is_teen: Duh! @jennyhan @mstiefvater @siobhanvivian hang out @AustinTBF #atbf13 http://t.co/sDsshBOkpp Sat Sep 28 18:36:55 +0000 2013

RT @AmianneB: Discipline is the difference between someone who wants to write & someone who actually does.You just gotta grind it out. @Rob… Sat Sep 28 18:36:35 +0000 2013

@bookishbritney waves from the corner!!! @raecarson Sat Sep 28 18:36:22 +0000 2013

RT @VictoriaScottYA: Me and @nightowlauthor creeping on reader @BloggerFangirl at #ATBF13. @AustinTBF http://t.co/v4UrgaTBg3 Sat Sep 28 18:35:24 +0000 2013

@VictoriaScottYA @nightowlauthor @BloggerFangirl @AustinTBF Love it! Sat Sep 28 18:35:22 +0000 2013

RT @this_is_teen: Awesome group assembles at #ATBF13 panel ‘Powers Strange and Perilous’ @mstiefvater @AustinTBF http://t.co/TOpVRvhZwa Sat Sep 28 18:34:35 +0000 2013

Rae Carson: surprised by how much of her job does not involve writing Sat Sep 28 18:31:55 +0000 2013

RT @Michelle_Gagnon: We got a little punchy on our #PitchDarkDays tour and made this. Enjoy. RESERVOIR DARK DAYS (courtesy of @Authoroux) … Sat Sep 28 18:30:30 +0000 2013

@MarcyKate @MindyMcGinnis The @EpicReads team might be Sat Sep 28 18:24:19 +0000 2013

@MindyMcGinnis is leading a Weird Al singalong #atbf13 Sat Sep 28 18:20:26 +0000 2013

I apparently am very shy. ** walks up to another group of teens to see who they like to read** #notshy Sat Sep 28 18:16:46 +0000 2013

Rob Thomas wanted to be writing shows like Freaks and Geeks, which he loves Sat Sep 28 17:40:37 +0000 2013

Dessen: you can walk into the sunset by yourself and that can be a happy ending Sat Sep 28 17:31:20 +0000 2013

Dessen: she knows no perfect people and they are boring on the page. Sat Sep 28 17:30:34 +0000 2013

Rob Thomas wrote Veronica Mars as a porcupine. That sums it up really well. Happy VM is boring. Sat Sep 28 17:29:35 +0000 2013

Rob Thomas says fans are very pro Logan and Veronica. He says he can’t write anyone else for VM. Sat Sep 28 17:26:50 +0000 2013

Right now I am listening to Rob Thomas the creator of Veronica Mars talk about the VM movie. Today does not suck. #atbf13 Sat Sep 28 17:23:17 +0000 2013

Lauren Myracle, Rob Thomas and Sara Dessen at #atbf13 http://t.co/xg99uxyOpo Sat Sep 28 17:15:43 +0000 2013

@mz_christie @SaraFarizan And now I want cake . . . Sat Sep 28 16:59:39 +0000 2013

RT @AustinTBF: The Truth and Consequences “Silliest Face” Photo… #ATBF13 http://t.co/JenI4TIe8V Sat Sep 28 16:57:16 +0000 2013

RT @J_Emanual: Loudest cheers so far during the game show were for the #TARDIS. #ATBF13 http://t.co/bObpEOqrz1 Sat Sep 28 16:56:35 +0000 2013

RT @flamingo1325: .@sarahdessen thinks you cannot emphasize enough how much books can help. Books shouldn’t be taken away from all for one.… Sat Sep 28 16:56:23 +0000 2013

Look @mz_christie, I met @sarafarizan, author of IF YOU COULD BE MINE http://t.co/WXw1KXpnD2 Sat Sep 28 16:54:14 +0000 2013

@jennann516 @JessicaCapelle I’m doing mixtape last too!! Sat Sep 28 16:31:50 +0000 2013

Here we are DARK DAYS vs FIERCE READS #atbf13 Sat Sep 28 16:20:07 +0000 2013

Day made: I said hi to @MindyMcGinnis!! Sat Sep 28 16:17:24 +0000 2013

@robinwasserman has just told us all how to win when wrestling an alligator #atbf13 Sat Sep 28 15:45:58 +0000 2013

@jonnyskov being booed because he doesn’t like ice cream. Anything sweet actually. Sat Sep 28 15:45:06 +0000 2013

@jonnnnyskov “The stories are all around you, you just have to stop, put down your phone, and pay attention.” #atbf13 Sat Sep 28 15:36:39 +0000 2013
MAN MADE BOY by @jonnyskov is a Frankenstein tale w/a twist. Frankie is a hacker. Great for Teen Tech Week. Sat Sep 28 15:22:07 +0000 2013

@ek_anderson Be forewarned I am here. Totally not stalking you. Sat Sep 28 15:20:50 +0000 2013

RT @NightOwlPost: I Made You a Mixtape Panel @AustinTBF http://t.co/f9g18qFwOW Sat Sep 28 15:19:54 +0000 2013

RT @jennann516: “We are all Dream Thieves; it’s up to you whether you manifest the positive or the negative.” – @mstiefvater @AustinTBF Sat Sep 28 15:19:30 +0000 2013

RT @seanbeaudoin: Signing books in an Iggy Pop t-shirt with attendant flame. #ATBF13 http://t.co/vrPtX4ZP0a Sat Sep 28 15:18:54 +0000 2013

Look teens reading books at the #atbf13 !! http://t.co/8pprUc3vaQ Sat Sep 28 15:06:03 +0000 2013

@HeidiRKling Thanks for letting me know!! Sat Sep 28 15:00:09 +0000 2013

@HeidiRKling @jonnyskov Oh now they are changing his sign!! Sat Sep 28 14:57:21 +0000 2013

@HeidiRKling @jonnyskov I copied it off the sign sitting in front if him. I think. Sat Sep 28 14:56:49 +0000 2013

@andimJULIE This teen just asked “what is a scavenger hunt?” Sat Sep 28 14:56:16 +0000 2013

@RobinReads Tadas @hollyblack http://t.co/XrTYwBwNWx Sat Sep 28 14:54:12 +0000 2013

One of my teens thinks THE MISFIT by @jonnyscov is the best book ever. Sat Sep 28 14:53:02 +0000 2013

First panel: @VictoriaScottYA @marimancusi @nightowlauthor @jonnyscov @robinwasserman @hollyblack. Starts in 10. Sat Sep 28 14:50:55 +0000 2013

@RobinReads @JoKnowles I am sitting here waiting for the @hollyblack panel just for you. ‘Cause I lurve you. Sat Sep 28 14:47:51 +0000 2013

RT @wendylibrarian: @mstiefvater I have fears, they just aren’t important. #atbf13 Sat Sep 28 14:20:56 +0000 2013

RT @andimJULIE: If you’re at #atbf13, check out this Side Effects May Vary Scavneger hunt! Flyers on the swag table! @AustinTBF http://t.co… Sat Sep 28 14:20:17 +0000 2013

@TrishDoller I am waving hi at you from the audience!! #atbf13 Sat Sep 28 14:05:28 +0000 2013

Wait – you guys!!! – is @seanbeaudoin at @atbf13??!! Go see him!!!!! Sat Sep 28 14:01:46 +0000 2013

Are you at #atbf13? Come find @flamingo1325 for scavenger hunt info for ARC of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY! http://t.co/NqARe4VSSj Sat Sep 28 13:56:45 +0000 2013

I am searching today for @MindyMcGinnis at the #atbf13. You should too!! NOT A DROP TO DRINK. So good. Sat Sep 28 13:49:59 +0000 2013

Seen in the wild: SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY by @andimJULIE at #atbf13 http://t.co/grJQYpPbd8 Sat Sep 28 13:48:29 +0000 2013

Just passed a billboard that said that 22% of high school students drop out. Sat Sep 28 13:16:36 +0000 2013

Almost at the #ATBF13 – woot! Sat Sep 28 12:57:11 +0000 2013

Yawning but excited! “@AmianneB: Leaving Dallas at 4:52 am & headed your way, @AustinTBF!!” Sat Sep 28 10:07:05 +0000 2013

What Happens in Austin Stays in Austin (Austin Teen Book Festival 2013)

Saturday I made the yearly trek down to Austin for the Austin Teen Book Festival.  I was chauffeured by my good friend and the amazing High School Librarian Amianne Bailey.  I woke up at 4:30 am to make this trip for you people.  Feel the love.

Side note: If you have never gone, you should definitely go. It is full of information, good times, and my kind of people.

We met up with our former teen reviewer who is no longer a teen so now he is just our reviewer (and friend) Cuyler.  Cuyler shared some pictures on Twitter under his pen name and handle Gale Ryan (@).

Panel #1: Into the Heart of Darkness
Victoria Scott (Moderator), Mari Mancusi, April G. Tucholke, Jon Skovron, Robin Wasserman, and Holly Black

This honestly was the most fun panel that I have ever been to.  That’s right: EVER. Not an exaggeration.  Everyone was just very funny and spot on.  It’s interesting when you think about the fact that these authors are talking about writing dark things, like murder.  Interesting.

Holly Black talked about reality television, which influenced some of the ideas in The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.  Namely she was interested in how we can see things and not really respond to them.

I do have to say that Skovoran talked about his new book, Man Made Boy and it just sounds so interesting.  It is about a boy Frankenstein who is also a hacker.  So, sounds like a good read for Teen Tech Week.

Lunch: Lauren Myracle interviews Rob Thomas and Sarah Dessen

A few highlights . . .

I love this idea of her and how he describes her. Definitely a porcupine. But a lovable porcupine.

On writing flawed, complex characters . . .

On happy endings . . . (and my absolute favorite quote of the day)

Panel: Dark Days
Amy Tintera (moderator), Madeleine Roux, Sherry Thomas, Mindy McGinnis, Michelle Gagnon, Rae Carson

Rae Carson is surprised by how much of her job does not actually involve writing.

Sherry Thomas described The Burning Sky as a cross dressing Harry Potter.

The Persophone trilogy by Michelle Gagnon is about technology, so more great titles for Teen Tech Week.

I actually had just finished reading Asylum by Madeleine Roux, who is new to me, so it was interesting to meet her.  There were a couple of teens who were there waiting to get books signed by her.

Panel: Truth and Consequences
E. Kristin Anderson (moderator), Bill Konigsberg, Jo Knowles, Sean Beaudoin, Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian

Bill Konigsburg is the first person to make me tear up today sharing his personal story that inspired Openly Straight.  Basically, he was at a gym and when another man in the locker room saw his wedding ring that man asked the name of his wife.  Rather than explain that he was gay and share the name of his husband, Konigsburg just answered “Rachel” because he didn’t want to get into it, he just wanted to play racquetball.  The whole discussion was a very interesting discussion about how we define homosexuals almost solely based on their sexuality, which is really only a part of who they are.

Coblogger Robin wants you to know that Jo Knowles is awesome and one of her favorites.  I loved hearing Jo talk about her desire to tell honest stories because of the things that had happened to her in her life.

Sean Beaudoin is awesome and one of my favorites, if you don’t know that you have been reading the blog wrong.  He said that of the 10 big things that happened to him in life, 8 out of them are romance related.  Romance is a big part of the teenage experience which is why it is so prominent in ya lit. He also played us a clip of a song he recorded when he was in a band.

Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian are best friends and I am not going to lie, they are very adorkable together.  I do love the idea of a good revenge story, which is what the Burn trilogy is about.  Who hasn’t wanted to get revenge on someone?  The second book in the trilogy, Fire with Fire, has just come out.

Panel: I Made You a Mixtape

Julie Murphy (moderator), Leila Howland, Sara Farizan, Trish Doller, Sarah Dessen, Lauren Myracle

Sarah Farizan shared a bit of her personal story and made me tear up (second and last person of the day).  She is funny and yet she made me cry.  Amianne was just enamored with her.  Her book, If You Could Be Mine, is such an important title because it brings in more diversity (which we desperately need), and gives us a glimpse into life in Iran that is different than what we hear on the news.

If you have not read Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller you should.  It is a very authentic look at healing after devastating life events.  Trish found the picture that became the beautiful cover herself.

Sarah Dessen once met a fan who wanted Rogerson and the MC from Dreamland to end up together.  This is disturbing.

There was a lot of talk about censorship and how do you write scenes that you think may cause problems.  All the authors agreed that you have to write the story as it needs to be told and just hope that others are receptive to it.

Other Highlights

That Time Debut Author Mindy McGinnis Saved Sarah Dessen’s Life

So I hopped on the elevator and stood right. next. to Sarah Dessen. I wanted to cry, but I held it in.  Yes, I really did. I did, to be honest, ask if we could take a picture.  I’m so sorry Sarah.  Yes, I had to be THAT girl.  As we stepped off the elevator doors started to close, almost crushing Sarah Dessen to death.  To death I tell you.  But then Mindy McGinnis threw her arms through the door and used her super Hulk strength to open them.  So if we get a new Sarah Dessen book, which will be book 12, we all have Mindy McGinnis to thank.  And Sarah of course.

That Time Karen Stalked E. Kristin Anderson. And Sean Beaoudoin

Yes, it’s true, I am apparently a stalker.  In all seriousness, I keep running into Kristin at these things.  Which is kind of funny because I am a HUGE fan of the Dear Teen Me project, which may be one of the greatest ideas ever conceived.  I ran into her a lot on Saturday.  Which is even cooler now that I know that we share a mutual love of Hanson.  Seriously folks, their newer music is very good.  And grown up.  Not mmmBopish at all.

She also hosted a panel with Sean Beaudoin, who I do stalk.  Mostly because I like his writing style.  I keep trying to find a way to describe it to others and since he is a music fan, I think I am going to go with this: Sean Beaudoin is to teen novels as alternative music is to the pop music scene.  He is the Smashing Pumpkins of teen authors.  Or maybe the Foo Fighters. I do love me some Foo.

That Time Cuyler Sat Next to Rosemary Clement-Moore

When we sat down for the lunch session, Cuyler ended up sitting next to Rosemary Clement-Moore.  She was very kind and gracious and I am pretty sure she talked to him a little bit about writing.

That Time We Talked to Sara Farazin

Honestly, Sara was just a generous spirit.  Amianne and I talked to her several times, mainly because Amianne was stalking her (we all stalk someone apparently).  I started reading If You Could Be Mine on the drive home and it really captures the aching of love so completely.