Book Festivals and Audiobook!

This Saturday: Warwick. Next Saturday: Chappaqua. I love meeting readers -- and I love meeting listeners. I'm so pleased that Speed of Life is now an audiobook. Kristin Condon reads it aloud and did a great job with Sofia's Castilian accent. She also got *me* tearing up at the sad parts. Here's to Hispanic Heritage Month! And here's to you!

Please vote! It's for libraries!

If you read this before 8/10, please vote (takes two seconds) so that SPEED OF LIFE can be free to libraries all over the world. Thank you! If 8/10 is long ago, please know that I'm still always grateful to you if you can talk up my books, give 'em five star reviews, mention 'em in real life and social media, etc.  It's funny (?) how it takes forever to write a book and find a publisher, but then you have to work to get the word out too. Words, words, words! Please do vote....

Speed of Life launches in April

Woohoo!! Speed of Life has some pre-pub buzz going! Insert bumble bee emojis here! It received starred reviews in Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal, and yes, I'm absolutely thrilled.

If you live near the Corner Bookstore at 93rd and Madison in NYC, please join me on April 3 at 6 pm for a reading and Q&A. All welcome.

If you live elsewhere and are a teacher in an elementary or middle school, invite me to Skype your class. I just might say, "Sure!" And please preorder the book from Amazon or your favorite indie. Thank you!

Happy Spring!
Carol

YAY! WOW! AVA!

Hello! 

Ava just won the Young Reader Award in Nevada, and I'm proud too that the New York Times called AVA AND PIP "a love letter to language," and said "Weston perfectly captures the complexities of sisterhood." 


Subjects I cover, as you may know, include: Shyness, Sibling Rivalry, Cats, Best Friends, First Crush, Body Awareness... but always with a light touch. (Books should be fun!)


If you're a teacher or librarian, 1) I love you.  2) I like visiting schools in person or by Skype.

Please look for SPEED OF LIFE on April 4, 2017.
xo
Carol  

Ava XOX comes out tomorrow!!

I'm getting ready for this big week. If you are in NYC, come to Barnes & Noble this Wednesday at seven. I'd love to meet you! Tomorrow, I'll look over my power point, practice reading a few  pages aloud, and I might get my nails done. Today I figured out which dress to wear. All part of Being a Writer. Oh. Wait. Is this TMI? And do male writers think like this? And is anyone reading these words?

Wow! Holidays!

Okay, so clearly I'm no good at regular blogging. Please know that I wish you a wonderful holiday and hope you find time to read for pleasure. Remember too that sharing presence (note spelling!) is the best gift of all. This week, I enjoyed speaking at a school in Harlem, and last month, I went to the Twin Cities to meet teachers at the National Council of Teachers of English. (I'm still pinching myself that AVA AND PIP is a Notable of the Children's Literature Assembly.) Oh, and guess what Book Riot's Karina Glaser said yesterday about AVA AND PIP? "This book will make you say W-O-W!" and "This delightful series is filled with wordplay." (Y-A-Y!) 

 

Old Mill Road School...

Tomorrow I'm taking a train to Merrick and I'm looking forward to speaking to lots of kids, grades three to six. Supposed to be another beautiful day! Today I worked hard on the very very last tweaks of AVA XOX. It comes out on Feb 2, so it's my lasssst chance to do revisions. Psssst, here's a secret: I can keep revising until the cows come home!

KidLitCom, Here I Come!

Writers spend a lot of time all by their lonesomes, so I'm really looking forward to going to Baltimore this weekend to meet people who blog about children's and young adult literature. I love hanging out with readers, writers, and book people. I'll be getting on the train Friday morning, a manuscript of SPEED OF LIFE in hand… and on Friday afternoon, from three to five, please come say hi at the lobby of the Hyatt Place Hotel. Lots of other authors too!!

 

Chappaqua! Somerset! Rain or Shine… and it's Rain...

Tomorrow, Saturday, Oct 3 from ten until four, I'll be at the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival. There will be 85 authors! How fun will that be? I tend to sign piles of books -- and buy piles of books. It all kind of works out.

On Sunday, Oct 4, I'm giving a talk first thing in the morning about my new novel AVA XOX which comes out in February. I'll be talking to New Atlantic Independent Booksellers in Somerset, New Jersey. Which is cool because I love book people! I just hope there's lots of coffee...

If you're at either venue, by all means, come say hi!

OCT 3 Book Festival

I'd love to meet you! If you live in Westchester or even New York City, come to the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival. It's from 10 until 4 on Saturday October 3 and it's free and fun. There will be piles of authors, from Peter Sis to Gail Carson Levine, Ed Young, Mark Teague, Vicki Cobb, Sally Cook, Peter Lerangis -- and li'l ol' me. Signed books make great gifts. (Did I tell you that I collect signed books? I have personally signed books from Dr. Spock, Shel Silverstein, Raffi, E.L. Doctorow, Kate Atkinson, Sue Grafton, and so many others…)