Monday, September 15, 2014

About a thousand book events you'll want to attend

Sept. 15: Mac Barnett discusses and signs Telephone. 6 p.m., University Book Store, Bellevue. Yep, tonight! Go get him.

Sept. 17: Karen Finneyfrock and Elissa Washuta. WordsWest Literary Series hosts Finneyfrock, author of Starbird Murphy and the World Outside, and Washuta, author of My Body Is a Book of Rules. 7 p.m., C & P Coffee Company.

Sept. 19: Aaron Becker discusses and signs Quest. 7 p.m., Secret Garden Bookshop.

Sept. 22: Obert Skye signs Katfish. 6:30 p.m., Third Place Books. Signing line ticket with book purchase required.

Sept. 23: Obert Skye discusses and signs Creature From My Closet and Katfish. 6:30 p.m., Secret Garden Bookshop.

Sept. 24: Frank Portman discusses and signs King Dork. 6 p.m., University Book Store, Bellevue.

Sept. 25: Kazu Kibuishi and Raina Telgemeier discuss and sign their graphic novels. 7 p.m., University Book Store. Or don't miss them at SPL and KLDN the next day.

Sept. 28: Gayle Forman and Jandy Nelson discuss and sign Forman’s If I Stay and Where She Went and Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun, respectively. 3:30 p.m., University Book Store.

Sept. 30: Diane Muldrow discusses and signs Everything I Need to Know About Christmas, I Learned from a Little Golden Book. 7 p.m., Secret Garden Bookshop.

Sept. 30: Our own Lish McBride discusses Firebug. 7 p.m., Third Place Books.

Kazu, Kartoons, and KLDN

Itching to meet and tip a bev with famous graphic novelists? Here's your chance. New York Times bestselling graphic novelists Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet: Escape from Lucien) and Raina Telgemeier (Sisters) will read from their new books at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 26, at the Northeast Branch of the Seattle Public Library.

Flush with all of your public acclaim, they'll join our Kid Lit Drink Night at 8:00 p.m. at the Pub at Third Place. Come chat and chill!

You can read more about both graphic novelists at the links above or through Kazu's video and Raina's website.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Lois Harris writing class

Writing for Children: Polishing for a Successful Submission 

Do you have a rough draft of a children's article or story? Improve and revise your manuscript for submission by learning self-editing tips, the correct format, structural elements, and important first-page essentials. Learn how to research and choose the right magazine or book publisher for your particular work, create an effective cover, proposal or query letter and what to include, and how to keep track of your submissions. Taught by Lois Harris, author of Maxfield Parrish: Painter of Magical Make-Believe.
Location: Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon Campus. 
Dates: October 9, 2014 and October 16, 2014 (Thursdays) 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Cost: $49 
Register for 6089 CENGL 056.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Attention, Great Critique-ers!

Since there are quite a few of you heading south to Olympia on Saturday, PLEASE BE AWARE OF TRAFFIC CONDITIONS on I-5 this weekend and plan your trip accordingly!

Excerpted from this article:

Drivers who cannot avoid I-5 in Olympia at these times are advised to:
  • Consider traveling through the area before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
  • Stay informed by checking WSDOT traffic alerts webpage, following WSDOT’s regional Twitter account and calling 5-1-1.
  • Expect considerable delays with miles of stop-and-go traffic.
  • Be prepared: Have a full tank of gas, have diversionary games for children traveling in the car, and pack patience.
  • Allow plenty of extra time to reach travel destinations.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

And then comes Tom

Local author Tom Brenner will read his newest picture book, And Then Comes Christmas, which is a must have holiday book and a beautiful follow-up picture book to And Then Comes Halloween. Please come celebrate Tom Brenner’s second book at Mockingbird Books in Green Lake.

WHEN: Saturday, September 13 at 11am

Illustrator wanted

A local author is looking for an illustrator for his book. SCBWI cannot endorse this endeavor, but certainly encourages it! We also encourage interested illustrators to see what the SCBWI Guide to Publishing for Children has to say about hiring (or working as) an illustrator.

For more details, contact Rudy Willingham. And best of luck!

Jennifer Longo's debut--cupcakes included!

Please join Jennifer Longo for books and cupcakes and signing of books and more cupcakes and champagne and general merriment as we celebrate the publication of Jen's debut novel, Six Feel Over It! All-ages, some reading and prizes, and did we mention...CUPCAKES! A bunch of 11-year-olds will be playing music,. You do NOT want to miss this! 

Hope to see you there!

Where: Island Books, Mercer Island
When: Sunday, September 14 at 3pm

YA novel class at Hugo House

Want to really invest in writing or completing that YA manuscript idea that has been knocking around in your brain? SCBWI member and YA novelist Stephanie Kuehnert is teaching a year-long YA novel writing class at the Hugo House in Seattle.

It starts next Wednesday, September 17 and runs until the end of May, providing an intensive path toward finishing a publishable draft of a manuscript. The first third will focus on generative, craft activities designed to get your novel moving. The rest of the class will be comprised of workshops and small group activities to help you meet your goals. It will conclude with a weekend intensive on publishing including a visit from a kidlit agent.

There are still a couple of seats remaining!

You can find out more about Stephanie and the class and register by clicking here.

Stephanie is the author of the novels I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone and Ballads of Suburbia.

Be an attendee!

Our very own Laurie Thompson's new book, Be a Changemaker, debuts this week, and she's celebrating with a launch party! Here are the deets:

Sunday, September 14th, at 2 p.m.
Seattle Creative Arts Center
2601 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(Click here for directions and parking information.
Eat, drink, mingle, hear more about the book from the author, and—best of all—meet some local teens who are already changing the world!

Caldecott Honor winner Aaron Becker visits

On Friday, September 19, Aaron Becker, the Caldecott Medal Honor winner for the wordless picture book Journey,  will appear at Ballard's Secret Garden Books at 7pm.

Aaron's follows his beautiful debut with Quest, the second picture book in a planned trilogy.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Picture Book or Graphic Novel? Back to School with Dana Sullivan

Writer/illustrator Dana Sullivan will be teaching intro to illustration classes this fall.

Intro to Graphic Novels at Bellevue College, Wednesday nights, 6-9 pm, Sept 17 – Nov 29. Using Manga, comics, graphic novels and picture books for examples, you will create your own visual masterpiece in six weeks. Check the details and register here

Inro to Picture Book Illustration at Kirkland Arts Center, Tuesday nights, 7-10 pm, Sept 23 – Nov 18. A great class for illustrators AND writers, you will turn that great idea into a real book dummy in eight weeks. We’ll march step-by-step through the process of character development, pacing, storyboarding, dummying up your book and submitting for publication. This is the kick in the back cover you have been waiting for. Details and registration here:

Dana is the author and illustrator of Ozzie and the Art Contest, Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari and the illustrator of the four book Digger and Daisy series, and two sets of Bob Books for Scholastic. Check out his work at

New Voices Award submissions due September 30

Lee & Low, publishers committed to diverse voices, is accepting submissions for their New Voices Award through September 30. The winner will be announced in December 2014.

For more information and submission guidelines, please click here.