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…
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
BROOKLYN: Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
BRONX: Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Road, Bronx
MANHATTAN: Countee Cullen Branch, 104 W 136th St
Matt de la Pena
MANHATTAN: Jefferson Market Branch, 425 Avenue of the Americas
MANHATTAN: Webster Branch, 1465 York Avenue
Lisa Ann Sandell
Cecily Von Ziegesar
QUEENS: Far Rockaway Branch, 2002 Cornaga Ave, Queens
STATEN ISLAND: St. George Library Center, 5 Central Avenue
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.
Matt de la Pena
Lisa Ann Sandell
David Van Etten
Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Cecily von Ziegesar