Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Voracious Reader

Are you a voracious reader? I am! I have always labeled myself that way, so I was intrigued when I found out there is a bookshop and owner in Westchester who feels the same way about that turn of phrase. The Voracious Reader in Larchmont specializes in books for kids, tweens, and teens!

I was in heaven when I first visited and met the owner, Francine, this past winter, and thrilled to be asked to join three other contemporary authors for an event called Get Real on April 29th.

Well, I certainly got real last night with my buddy Sarah Darer Littman, and fan gurled it up for Melissa Walker and Micol Ostow, three seasoned authors who share a blog called The Contemps, (where I was a guest blogger last January).

The bookstore is both roomy and warm and cozy, an environment custom-made for literary pleasures. Melissa read from Violet in Private - the third in her Violet series, written about the life of a runway model (based on her experience as a magazine editor interview. She has a new book to look for in August: Small Town Sinners. Micol read from her new book Family, written in verse about a girl who falls victim to a cult leader. Chilling. Sarah read from Life, After.  (Her new book, Want to Go Private, about a girl meeting up with an internet predator, will also be out this August.) I of course, read from Edges, sandwiched between Melissa and Micol. And then I had to buy their books!

We all had fun interacting with the teens and each other, amidst pizza (thanks Francine!) and signing.

Francine is also EXPANDING! She's going to have a tea room, and a WORKSHOP room! (You know where my wheels are turning to, don't you? Stay tuned . . .)

Now I am kicking myself for not taking pictures. Sarah wore an AMAZING flower pot hat in honor of The Royal Wedding, and I felt comfy and chic in my new pajants. Pajama jeans. They've become something of a YA author phenomenon and they live up to the hype! In fact, some YA Authors are participating in The Twitterhood of the Butt-Lifting Pajants and are wearing them, drawing something on them, and then passing them on. In fact, Melissa was running late because she had to stop by Tara McCarthy Altebrando's house to give the pajants to her!

And I'm guessing that Micol and Melissa always look fantastic!

(And you know what? Even though I think of myself as too plugged into this internet world, the whole Royal Wedding passed me by - it never even got on my radar until last night!)

Now I have to get ready for tonight's Writopia Open Mic event at the Borders in Mt. Kisco, NY! Writopians are gonna BRING IT!!!!!!!

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  1. Sounds like fun! I have to admit I got caught up in the Royal Wedding, but not until after it actually happened. I spent a lot of time yesterday watching my recorded footage.

  2. Hey there! I STILL haven't had time to check it out! And it's Sunday . . . I'll have to get the dish from my cousin Lucy who writes for the Telegraph over there . . .

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