Thursday, April 8, 2010

Friday Roundup—Texas Sweethearts Style

We're looking forward to TLA next week! All three Texas Sweethearts will be in attendance, so look for us, and if you happen to see one of us, please say "Hi!" And ask us for candy. After all, anything sweet makes life better :)

In case you missed it this week, our Featured Sweetheart was Pat McCarthy! Pat is a high school English and Creative Writing teacher, and we loved getting some insight into the high school mind!


For your chance to win a copy of BORDER CROSSING by Sweetheart Jessica Lee Anderson, visit PJ Hoover's interview with Jessica and comment on the post. The contest will be open until Sunday, April 18th, 2010.


Please email us your nominations for featured sweethearts!


Press release from Bethany Hegedus, Co-Editor of Hunger Mountain

The 2010 Katherine Paterson Prize Deadlines and Judge Announced.

Bestselling author Holly Black will be the 2010 judge of the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing at Hunger Mountain: the VCFA Journal of the Arts.

The Katherine Paterson prize was launched last year to honor writers of young adult and children’s literature. Writers may enter young adult and middle grade writing and writing for young children. Entries may be short stories or novel excerpts.
There is a $20 entry fee, and the postmark deadline is June 30, 2010. There is a $1000 prize for the winning entry, and three runners-up receive $100. The winner and the runners-up are all published on Hunger Mountain online.
Complete guidelines may be found here.


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.


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?


Here are all the places we'll be for April:

April 9-11, 2010 - Jessica Lee Anderson at the Texas Mountain Trail Writers Annual Retreat

April 14-17, 2010 - Jo Whittemore, Jessica Lee Anderson, and PJ Hoover at Texas Library Association Conference (TLA) in San Antonio, TX

Jessica and PJ will both be signing, and there will be a Texas Sweethearts reception at 3:00 on Thursday, April 15th, at the Milkweed Editions booth.


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!