Thursday, March 29, 2012

Wigs, Ponchos, & Dystopia at the New York Public Library

Last night I went to one of the Teen Author Festival events going on this week in NYC. This particular reading and discussion was on world building and destroying, and it was held at the main branch of the NY Public Library.

Chris Shoemaker hosted the event in a Capitolesque blue wig (right on), and eight authors read from their works. On the roster were: Anna Carey, Sarah Beth Durst, Anne Heltzel, Jeff Hirsch, Andy Marino, Lauren McLaughlin, Lissa Price, and Jon Skovron.

 I've been to a few Teen Author readings, but this one was the most hilarious. In between books, we played dystopian themed Wheel of Misfortune and Family Feud. And somewhere out there is an embarrassing clip of me winning a poncho to survive a future dystopian world by guessing the most survey answers on how to survive a zombie bite.

If you are in the New York area this weekend, I definitely recommend checking out the rest of the Teen Author Festival! The schedule is packed with great discussions and great authors and book signings. I'm going to be in Toronto, so I'll miss it. But if you go, let me know how it was!


  1. That sounds like so much fun. I wish i lived anywhere near New York!

  2. Sounds like a great time! I love author events; I learn so much.

  3. Too bad I'm out here on the West Coast. The library event sounded like a lot of fun. I would be curious to know what some of the stuff on the dystopian-themed Wheel of Misfortune were.

  4. This looks like so much fun! Too bad I live in Utah....although to be fair, Utah has tons of teen writing activities of its own :).

    And I'm sure we'll all sleep easier at night knowing that you're going to survive the apocalypse with a poncho.