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i don’t know how he does it

February 28th, 2009

Let us take a moment to admire the wonder that is David Levithan.

If you read YA, David somehow touches your life. Maybe you’ve read the books he’s written all by himself, like Boy Meets Boy or ones he has co-authored , perhaps one of then ones he’s written with Rachel Cohn, like  an obscure little novel you might’ve heard of, something about a Nick and a Norah and an Infinite Playlist. Or if you haven’t read that one, you’ve seen the movie. Or if you haven’t read those books, perhaps you’ve read one of the books that David, who’s some ginormo bigwig editor at Scholastic Books, has worked on, like Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games.

In his spare time, when David is not single-handedly altering the YA publishing universe, he is organizing tons of young-adult readings and get-togethers and various events that I never go to because they’re at night and I’m always too tired. Or he’s compiling year-end best-album lists that I spend way too much time thinking about. I have come to the conclusion that this man—who I should probably admit that I don’t even know, who I’ve met twice and who I’m actually a little intimidated by, for reasons that should now be obvious—lives in some alternate world in which the days have 36 hours. How else do you explain how he does it? How on top of all of that, in his spare spare time, he has now organized the first ever New York City Teen Author Festival.

But he does do it. And I’m glad. Because this festival looks like it’s gonna rock. Literally. So if you live in the 5 boros or their surroundings, come check it out. Lots of stuff to do. Here are the dets. More to come… image002

Juvenalia Smackdown

Monday, 3/16, 4-6pm, Tompkins Square Park branch of the NYPL, 331 E. 10th Street

Join Holly Black, Alaya Johnson, Justine Larbalestier, David Levithan, Diana Peterfruend, Scott Westerfeld as they read some of their (ahem) less accomplished work from their middle school and high school years. Hosted by Libba Bray.

I Have Seen the Future…and It Sounds Like This

Wednesday, 3/18, Mulberry Street Branch of the NYPL (address)

Teen authors are notoriously stingy about reading from their works-in-progress. But for Guest of Honor Joe Monti, authors Libba Bray, Rachel Cohn, Eireann Corrigan, Justine Larbalestier, and Scott Westerfeld are willing to share a little bit from their future books. Hosted by David Levithan.

The Five-Borough Read

Thursday, 3/19

BROOKLYN: Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

10-11am

Gayle Forman

Jenny Han

Leslie Margolis

Abby Sher

Matthue Roth

Robin Wasserman

BRONX: Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Road, Bronx

4-5pm

Coe Booth

Madeleine George

Paul Griffin

Brian Sloan

Melissa Walker

MANHATTAN: Countee Cullen Branch, 104 W 136th St

4-5pm

Matt de la Pena

Daphne Grab

Mary Hogan

Barry Lyga

Carolyn McCormick

MANHATTAN: Jefferson Market Branch, 425 Avenue of the Americas

4-5pm

David Levithan

Bennett Madison

Laura McLaughlin

Billy Merrell

Marie Rutkoski

MANHATTAN: Webster Branch, 1465 York Avenue

4-5pm

Lisa Ann Sandell

Courtney Sheinmel

Rachel Vail

Cecily Von Ziegesar

Martin Wilson

QUEENS: Far Rockaway Branch, 2002 Cornaga Ave, Queens

4-5pm

Tara Altabrando

Laura Dower

Heather Duffy-Stone

Aimee Friedman

Eliot Schrefer

Siobhan Vivian

Rita Williams-Garcia

STATEN ISLAND: St. George Library Center, 5 Central Avenue

4-5pm

Kate Brian

Judy Goldschmidt

Michael Northrop

Micol Ostow

Lynn Weingarten

Rock Out with TIGER BEAT!

Thursday, 3/19, 6pm at Books of Wonder

By day, Libba Bray, Daniel Ehrenhaft, Barney Miller, and Natalie Standiford are upstanding authors. But by night, they turn into … TIGER BEAT, the first ever YA author rock band. Tonight is their debut public performance … and it’s sure to go down in legend.

With opening act The Infinite Playlists (Rachel Cohn and David Levithan reading a litany of musical references, but mercifully not singing).

I Love You, New York: Teen Lit in the City

Friday, 3/20, 6pm, NYPL, 42nd Street, Court Room

Join authors Coe Booth, Paul Griffin, Maureen Johnson, David Levithan, Cecily von Ziegesar, and Rita Williams-Garcia in a spirited reading and discussion about teen novels set in New York City – from the glamour of the gossip girls to the grit of the Bronx projects, from the everyday battles of the high school halls to the extraordinary events of 9/11.

Stuff for the Teen Age Ceremony

Saturday, 3/21, 1pm, NYPL, 42nd Street, Celeste Bartos Forum

This new list only has the best of the best, and includes books, music, movies, and video games. Featuring a keynote by Walter Dean Myers

Teen Authors Celebrate Teen Readers

Sunday, 3/22, NYPL, 42nd Street, Trustees Room, 1pm

Over a dozen authors salute teen readers and teen advisory board members from around the city, including Blake Nelson, reading from his upcoming novel Destroy All Cars.

The Biggest Teen Author Signing EVER

Sunday, 3/22, Books of Wonder, 4pm

Join over 40 authors for a signing extravaganza as they take over Books of Wonder, sign books, and converse with fans new and old. An incredible event that is sure to go down in book-signing history.

Authors include:

Nora Baskin
Jessica Blank
Judy Blundell
Coe Booth
Elise Broach
Susanne Colasanti
Sarah Darer-Littman
Matt de la Pena
Heather Duffy-Stone
Gayle Forman
Aimee Friedman
Madeleine George
Maureen Johnson
Kristen Kemp
Justine Larbalestier
David Levithan
E. Lockhart
Barry Lyga
Carolyn Mackler
Sarah MacLean
Megan McCafferty
Laura McLaughlin
Neesha Meminger
Billy Merrell
Blake Nelson
Micol Ostow
Matthue Roth
Marie Rutkoski
Lisa Ann Sandell
Courtney Sheinmel
Abby Sher
Brian Sloan
Rachel Vail
David Van Etten
Ned Vizzini
Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Cecily von Ziegesar
Melissa Walker
Robin Wasserman
Scott Westerfeld
Suzanne Weyn
Maryrose Wood
Lizabeth Zindel