Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Friday Roundup—Texas Sweethearts Style

Happy Friday from The Texas Sweethearts!

This past week, Austin authors donated signed books, treats, toys, and other gifts to lift the spirits of Shane Hill, his lovely wife, and their two young children. Shane Hill, who has several connections to Austin authors, was severely burned after the disgruntled pilot flew his plane into an office building here in Austin. Fortunately, Shane is on the mend, and we’ll continue to think about him and his family. Our thoughts also go out to victim Vernon Hunter and his family.


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The Texas Sweethearts were thrilled to be featured on Shrinking Violet Promotions earlier this week. Thank you so much, Robin and Mary, for having us!


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In the review front, THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD by PJ Hoover received a five star review from Teens Read Too and the Gold Star Award of Excellence! Thank you, Tasha at Teens Read Too!

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In the Featured Sweetheart Nomination category, we have:
Please email us your nominations for featured sweethearts!

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Don't forget to help Young Adults Book Central! Their auction is ongoing. And the Texas Sweethearts are proud to be offering up a three-sets-of-eyes critique.

You can see the details here and see all the auction items here.

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The Texas Sweethearts will be participating in the Library-Loving Blog Challenge organized by Jennifer Hubbard, author of THE SECRET YEAR. The skinny is we post on March 23rd, and for each comment we receive by March 27th, we donate 25 cents up to a max of $100. All money goes to your local library, bookmobile, or other literacy-based charity—you choose.
Visit Jennifer's blog post for more information or if you want to join!

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TAKE A CHANCE ON ART: 2010 Disaster Relief Raffle

Big white mouse and little brown mouse are tending a garden of flowers on the May pages in Susan L. Roth’s charming board book for preschoolers, My Love for You All Year Round (Dial, 2004). The original artwork for this spread, donated by the artist for the 2010 Texas Library Disaster Relief Raffle, is a multi-layered collage of colored and textured papers rich in color, shading, and detail.

The raffle will be held on Friday, April 16, during the second general session of the TLA Annual Conference in San Antonio. Tickets are available online (mail by Monday, April 9)and will be sold onsite at the spring conference: $5 each or 5 for $20.

Take a chance on art and improve the chances that your library association can help Texas libraries recover from natural disasters.

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The Texas Sweethearts are looking forward to participating in Operation Teen Book Drop. It's coming up April 15, 2010, and you can read all about it here. Why not think about participating yourself?


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The Fire Petal Auction is now open! Fire Petal Books is a new bookstore with vision that needs some help to get started. Head over to bid on some fantastic items including signed books and manuscript critiques from agents, editors, and authors. And you'll be helping children's literature and educational programs in Utah at the same time.
The auction ends Saturday, March 20th, 2010. Don't miss out on your chance for something awesome!

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March is a busy month! Here's all the places we'll be:

March 14, 2010 - Release Party for Jo Whittemore's FRONT PAGE FACE-OFF - 1:00, BookPeople, Austin, TX

March 16, 2010 - PJ Hoover at Woodstock High School Creative Writing Club, Woodstock, VA

March 20, 2010 - PJ Hoover on author panel at Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, VA

March 23, 2010 - Jessica Lee Anderson Insight Schools Virtual Visit

March 25, 2010 - Jessica Lee Anderson and PJ Hoover at the Williamson County Juvenile Academy, Georgetown, TX

March 27, 2010 - PJ Hoover Teen Book Club Author Visit at the Cedar Park Public Library

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From our lunch last week, here we are chilling at The Cheesecake Factory!

Jo and PJ

Jessica and Jo

Have a great weekend!

*Note: If there is something you'd like us to include in our Friday roundup, please email us. We're happy to include news and information about the awesomeness of the kidlit world!

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