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Christie’s TLA in a Nutshell

So I had an awesome time at the Texas Library Association last week. I got to meet Justin the Librarian and we talked and mutually fancrushed, and I got some wonderful ideas from his makerspace presentation that I’m implementing. He also reinforced what I’ve been thinking and saying (mumbling) all along:
 Karen and I got in tons and tons of author lines,
and I got hugs, HUGS I TELL YOU from Alex London!!!
We had dinner with Little, Brown Publishing and got to chat with Holly Brown, Kami Garcia, Paolo Bacigalupi and Libba Bray….
Did I mention Libba Bray?
Karen had a moment…  I had mine later with Rae Carson, Alex London,
and Laini Taylor, to name a few….

 I then crashed the Maverick’s 5th anniversary party on the advice of WONDER WOMAN ( @librariansti) who was at my panel in the morning, and while no one told me it was a fancy dress party, I actually found my people!
If you don’t know, the Maverick Graphic Novel List is an annual list done by librarians across Texas to recommend graphic novels to librarians of ll areas of interest. Tuan (the Joker above) was one of the founders, and I am going to haunt him for an interview for our Comic Week coming up.
And I got to meet some of the wonderful teens on Thursday who got to take advantange of the Teen Day- it’s an awesome program and if you can get your administration to do it, go for it. They get discounts, and a room just for them, and special speakers- and wonderful energy. (Otterbox rules!)
The exhibits wonderful, and I really enjoy how Texas does it’s author signings- with the majority of them in numbered booths to the side in a specific area. I really wish those at ALA would take note- it makes things a lot easier in the aisles.
I took That Guy along with me as roadie and geek, and unfortunately he had a huge work deadline so he didn’t get to meet as many authors as he would have liked, but we scrimped and saved and splurged on one big thing: the Dinner with an Author dinner, which was Zombie night. It was a wonderful event, and we got to hear passages read by Paolo Bacigalupi, John Campbell, Jonathan Maberry, Diana Rowland, and David Wellington. We got to hear about Maberry’s adult works, and got introduced to Bacigalupi’s zombie book that he wrote for his wife’s class (makes me adore him even more), and I got to geek out on other authors.
 And That Guy got his picture taken with Jonathan Maberry afterwards.
I’m still trying to figure out how to turn my google doc of my presentation notes into something that will play nice with blogger- if I can’t figure it out by Friday, then I’ll just cut and paste. My presentation with Peter Coyl and David Levithan went well- the best takeaway was to be the best to your library, and don’t cater to the censors.

And I took home two suitcases full of books and ARCs which I’ve yet to unpack, and I got to meet people I only talk to on twitter, and I met some wonderful new friends, so it was all good.


Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Let’s talk about YA books that have scared the absolute &%*# out of me.  …………

Okay there are none until Libba Bray destroyed my peaceful dreams with this amazing book, The Diviners.  First in a 4 book series, Libba introduces Evie O’Neill, small-town girl who is bored out of her mind with small-town life and looking for excitement around every corner.  Evie has her own parlor tricks though to build up that excitement as she can ‘read’ memories, personality traits, and emotions from different objects.  After revealing a bit of a town scandal, Evie is sent to New York to stay with her uncle.

Is she sad about this?  Absolutely not!  She is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled to head to New York with the speakeasies and shopping and tons of movie theaters!  Evie just knows she is destined for fame and fortune and this is the way to get there.

Her uncle is the curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, known to locals as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies”, and when a string of occult type murders begin occurring in New York, Evie is drawn into the mystery along with her Uncle Will and a cast of seemingly odd characters.

There are several different plot lines that I am assuming are leading up to be fulfilled in the future books but by and large, this book really freaked me out!  Libba Bray left nothing to the imagination and at the same time left everything to the imagination and mine ran so wild that I had to put the book away one night because I was actually scared.  Yes.  Of a book. 

I was immediately drawn to this book because I am a huge fan of all early 1900s type books, such as Anna Godbersen’s Bright Young Things series and What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell.  This book stepped it up a notch though because it added the mystery/horror element and made the readability appeal to guys and girls.

Also, don’t miss this super creepy book trailer.  I’ll just embed that bad boy right here:
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The creep factor is high and you won’t regret this read.  5 out of 5 for me and a series that I am pos-i-toot-ly dying to read the next book!

Oh yeah…and I happen to have an extra copy of this awesome book.  I’ll give you until 9/6 to enter using the Rafflecopter form below!!!!  Good luck!

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