Jesse Andrews, Ginger Zee, & More In The City This Week (YA Book Events 4/16-4/22)

There aren’t too many events happening this week but they’re all great. Check out the full schedule below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to keep up to date with all the events happening around the city.

Tuesday, April 17

Launch Party for Kir Fox & M. Shelley Coats at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Meet authors Kirsten Hubbard (Kir Fox) and Michelle Schusterman (M. Shelley Coats) in conversation with Sarah Enni, host of the “First Draft” podcast, as they discuss their new book, A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always by the Ocean! Free event.

Wednesday, April 18

Launch for Munmun by Jesse Andrews at McNally Jackson Books (7 p.m.)

Join Jesse Andrews as he celebrates the release of his newest novel, Munmun. Free event.

Thursday, April 19

Writing and Publishing Young: A Conversation with Jenny Davis and Amy Zhang at Books of Wonder Uptown (6-8 p.m.)

Meet authors Amy Zhang (This Is Where the World Ends) and Jenny Fran Davis (Everything Must Go). Free event.

Saturday, April 21

Meet Aaron Blabey at Books of Wonder (1-3 p.m.)

Join Aaron Blabey as he shares the latest book in his The Bad Guys series. Free event.

Sunday, April 22

Launch Event for Chasing Helicity by Ginger Zee at Books of Wonder (2-4 p.m.)

Join Ginger Zee for the launch of her debut middle grade novel, Chasing Helicity. Free event.

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Rachel Cohn, David Levithan, & More In Town This Week (YA Book Events 4/9-4/15)

Happy Monday book friends! This week is filled with a number of great bookish events so check out the full schedule below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to get regular updates on events happening around the city.

Tuesday, April 10

Launch Event for Sam and Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join NYT bestselling author duo Rachel Cohn and David Levithan as they celebrate the release of their latest novel. Free event.

Space Opera Event at Barnes & Noble Tribeca (6:30 p.m.)

Join bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente for a talk and signing about her new novel. Free event; priority seating with purchase of the book at the store.

Wednesday, April 11

Fantastic Teen Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reads Event at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Meet authors Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles), Alexandra Monir (The Final Six), and Rebecca Ross (The Queens Rising) for a lively discussion on writing YA sci-fi and fantasy, with a book signing to follow. Light refreshments will be served. Free event.

Thursday, April 12

America Scores NY: Kids’ Poetry Reading at The Strand (4-5 p.m.)

America Scores NY will launch the organization’s first ever poetry book and some of the young “poet-athletes” who feature in this new book will gather for a recital of their work and a celebration of National Poetry Month. Free event.

Saturday, April 14

Meet YA Authors Nonieqa Ramos and Fred Aceves at Books of Wonder Uptown (3-5 p.m.)

Meet debut authors Nonieqa Ramos (The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary) and Fred Aceves (The Closest I’ve Come). Free event.

Sunday, April 15

Great Chapter Book Reads Event at Books of Wonder Uptown (3-5 p.m.)

Come celebrate the release of three wonderful chapter books: Big Foot and Little Foot by Ellen Potter, Two Peas in a Pod by Sarah Mlynowski, and Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl by Debbi Michiko. Free event.

Celebrate National Unicorn Day With Your Fave Authors! (YA Book Events 4/2-4/8)

There a number of great events happening this week, including some events to celebrate National Unicorn Day. Check out the full schedule of events below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to keep up to date with all the events happening around the city.

Tuesday, April 3

Meet Alisa Kwitney for Cadaver and Queen at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join Alisa Kwitney for the launch of her new novel, Cadaver and Queen, a Frankenstein retelling. Free event.

Wednesday, April 4

April Teen Author Reading Night at Jefferson Market Library (6-7:30 p.m.)

Join Lindsay Champion (Someday, Somewhere), Andy Marino (Autonomous), Gae Polisner (In Sight of Stars) and more for the monthly teen author reading night at Jefferson Market library. Hosted by NY Times bestselling author David Levithan. Free event.

Launch Event for The Confidence Code for Girls at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join NY Times bestselling authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman as they celebrate the release of their book, The Confidence Code for Girls. Free event.

Saturday, April 7

Launch Party for The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz at Books of Wonder Uptown (3-5 p.m.)

Meet author Jessie Janowitz as she celebrates the launch of her debut novel, The Doughnut Fix. Free event.

Book Launch for The Unicorn Rescue Society at Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch (4-5 p.m.)

Join Newbery Honor winning author Adam Gidwitz for the launch of his new series, The Unicorn Rescue Society. Free event.

Sunday, April 8

National Unicorn Day w/ Kamilla Benko and Jessie Sima at Books Are Magic (1-2 p.m.)

Celebrate National Unicorn Day with authors Kamilla Benko (The Unicorn Quest) and Jessie Sima (Not Quite Narwhal). Free event.

Meet Doreen Spicer-Dannelly at Books of Wonder (1-3 p.m.)

Doreen Spicer-Dannelly, the creator of the popular Disney Channel original movie, Jump In!, celebrates the release of her new novel, Love Double Dutch! Free event.

Gayle Foreman, Mary H.K. Choi, & More Celebrate Their New Releases This Week (YA Book Events 3/26-4/1)

The NYC Teen Author Festival may be over but there are still plenty of author events happening around the city. See the full schedule below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to keep up to date with all the bookish events happening around the city.

Monday, March 26

Teen Panel Event with Farrah Penn and Emily X.R. Pan at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Meet author Farrah Penn for her wonderful novel Twelve Steps To Normal. Penn will be joined by fellow author Emily X.R. Pan (The Astonishing Color of After). Free event.

Launch Event for Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen at Books of Wonder Uptown (6-8 p.m.)

Join author Matt Killeen for the launch party for Orphan Monster Spy. Light refreshments will be provided. Free event.

Launching Jessica Verdi’s And She Was at McNally Jackson Books (7 p.m.)

Join Jessica Verdi as she celebrates the release of her latest novel, And She Was. Free event.

Tuesday, March 27

I Have Lost My Way Launch Event at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (7-8:30 p.m.)

Join Gayle Foreman as she celebrates the release of her first YA novel in over three years. There will be a special reading from the book and then Foreman will be joined by authors E. Lockhart (Genuine Fraud) and Libba Bray (The Diviners) to discuss the novel. Free event.

Launching Mary H.K. Choi’s Emergency Contact at McNally Jackson Books (7 p.m.)

Join Mary H.K. Choi as she celebrates the release of her debut novel, Emergency Contact. She’ll be in conversation with Jenna Wortham, award-winning journalist for The New York Times Magazine. Free event.

Wednesday, March 28

Launch Event for Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join Kheryn Callender as they celebrate the release of their debut middle grade novel, Hurricane Child. Free event.

Thursday, March 29

Launch Party for The Pros of Cons at Books of Wonder (6:30-8 p.m.)

Meet authors Lindsay Ribar, Alison Cherry, and Michelle Schusterman for the launch party of their new novel, The Pros of Cons. Free event.

From Page to Screen: Love, Simon

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I loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli for a number of reasons, but what it really boils down to is I loved it because it made me laugh and cry and was so heartfelt and moving. I could read that book again and again and never get sick of it. So when I heard the book was being turned into a movie I was naturally nervous and hesitant, because let’s face it, book to movie adaptations almost never do the book justice.

But everyone told me they loved it and it was amazing and all these incredible things so I was more than excited to see the movie. I’ll be honest, when I first walked out of the theater I was disappointed. They took out so many of my favorite things, they changed things, my favorite line from the book wasn’t in it, blah blah blah. But then I thought about it; a lot. And I realized two things:

First, yes changes were made but that was to be expected and some of the things that were put in the movie were so good the changes were worth it. For example, Simon’s mom, played by Jennifer Garner, gave Simon this incredible speech after he came out about how he was still him and just reading the quote on Tumblr made me tear up again because it was that moving. And the fact that just reading it made me so emotional all over again shows how powerful that one scene was and that was just one scene. There were so many scenes in this movie that were powerful, necessary, and so incredibly important and I loved that they were in the movie.

The second and most important thing I realized was this movie isn’t for me. Sure, it’s an adaptation of one of my favorite books of all time but I have never and never will need to come out (something that is also pointed out in the movie). I don’t know what that feels like and I can never understand that feeling. This movie is for the LGBTQ community. It’s for people who have never felt they could be or should be their true authentic selves. It’s for all the people that came out after seeing this movie or who saw it with their loved ones who were still struggling to accept them for who they are.

And so when I see all the incredible and moving stories that have come from this movie and when I see how many people in the cast and in their families came out because of this movie I literally can’t say this wasn’t a good adaptation because this movie did exactly what the book did. It helped people and I think that is worth more than having everything from the book being translated to screen word for word.

So, if you haven’t seen Love, Simon yet I highly recommend. I plan on seeing it again and this time I’ll be bringing tissues. I know I’ll need them.

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NYC Teen Author Festival Is Back! (YA Book Events 3/19-3/25)

Over 100 authors are in town this week for the annual New York City Teen Author Festival. Check out the full schedule events below so you don’t miss out on any of the fun and follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to get regular updates on the bookish events happening around the city.

Monday, March 19

Areas of Expertise: YA Writers on YA Writing at Mulberry Street NYPL (6-8 p.m.)

Join authors Jen Calonita, E. Lockhart, Ibi Zoboi, & more as they discuss YA writing. Free event.

Tuesday, March 20

Launching Emily X.R. Pan’s The Astonishing Color of After at McNally Jackson Books (7 p.m.)

Celebrate the launch of debut author Emily X.R. Pan’s novel, The Astonishing Color of After, with Nova Ren Suma. Free event.

The Complexity of Characters at Little City Books (7 p.m.)

Join authors Michelle Hodkin, Billy Merrell, Ismee Williams, & more as they discuss complex characters. Please note that although this is part of NYCTAF this event does take place in Hoboken, NJ. Free event.

Wednesday, March 21

The Past Ten Years, The Next Ten Years at 42nd St NYPL, Berger Forum (6-8 p.m.)

Join authors Zoraida Cordova, Gayle Forman, Adam Silvera, & more as they discuss the past 10 years of YA literature and what’s in store in the future. Free event.

Thursday, March 22

Launch Party for Lunav by Jenn Polish at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join author Jenn Polish for the launch event of their debut novel, Lunav. They will be in conversation with Marco S. Gonsalez. Free event.

Friday, March 23

Symposium at 42nd Street NYPL, South Court (2-6 p.m.)

Join a number of authors for a day filled with different panels such as “Queer Voices in YA — The 2018 Edition” and “Evolution of a Writer.” Free event.

Barnes & Noble Reader’s Theater/Signing at B&N 82nd & Broadway (7-8:30 p.m.)

Join authors Emily X. R. Pan, Maggie Stiefvater, and more for reader’s theater and a book signing. Free event.

Saturday, March 24

Symposium at 42nd Street NYPL, Bartos Forum (1-5 p.m.)

If you missed the symposium on Friday, you’re in luck. Saturday brings another day filled with panels with your favorite YA authors, including Sara Holland, Jeff Zentner, Brendan Kiely, Heidi Heilig, & more! Free event.

Launch Party for The Last Grand Adventure by Rebecca Behrens (3-5 p.m.)

Celebrate the launch of The Last Grand Adventure with author Rebecca Behrens. She’ll be in conversation with Claire Legrand (Some Kind of Happiness). Free event.

Into the Wilds at McNally Jackson (7 p.m.)

Moderated by Kass Morgan, authors Rhoda Belleza, Sarah Nicole Smetana, & more come together to discuss “Into the Wilds.” Free event.

Sunday, March 25

Our No-Foolin’ Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder (1-4 p.m.)

Are there books you’ve been dying to get signed by your favorite authors? Now’s the time. Taking place in half hour shifts, authors like Arvin Ahmadi, Susane Colasanti, Michelle Hodkin, Sara Holland, Kody Keplinger, & so many more will be at BoW to sign your books. Free event.

Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, Sarah Smetana, & More Are In Town This Week (YA Book Events 3/12-3/18)

There are SO many incredible events happening this week. From the release of Obsidio to the start of the NYC Teen Author Festival, there are plenty opportunities to meet your favorite authors this week. Check out the full list of events below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to stay up to date with all the bookish events happening around the city.

Monday, March 12

Meet Brendan Reichs in Conversation with Danielle Paige at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Celebrate the release of Genesis with author Brendan Reichs who will be in conversation with Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die). Free event.

Tuesday, March 13

Launch Event for Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Celebrate the release of the final book in the Illuminae trilogy with co-authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Free event.

Wednesday, March 14

NYC Launch of Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton at Books of Wonder Uptown (6-8 p.m.)

Celebrate the launch of Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton. Hamilton will be joined by Heidi Heilig (The Ship Beyond Time), Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles), and Zoraida Cordova (Labyrinth Lost). Free event.

Meet Sarah Nicole Smetana at Books Are Magic (7:30-8:30 p.m.)

Celebrate the launch of Sarah Nicole Smetana’s debut novel, The Midnights. Smetana will be in conversation with Amy Kurzweil (Flying Couch). Free event.

Sunday, March 18

Launch Event for What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper at Books of Wonder Uptown (3-5 p.m.)

Meet author/illustrator for her new book, What the Night Sings. Free event.

NYC Teen Author Festival Kickoff at The Strand (7-8 p.m.)

This year’s NYC Teen Author Festival kicks off with a panel of amazing YA authors, including Arvin Ahmadi (Down and Across), Sara Holland (Everless), Ashley Woodfolk (The Beauty That Remains), and more! The panel will be moderated by David Levithan (Every Day). Free event; RSVP here.