Monday, April 22, 2013

April Showers from The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels


April is one of our favorite times of the year! April Showers, bluebonnets popping up all over the place, and the annual Texas Library Association Conference. We have so much great news to share with you guys, but first, we want to offer a sincere thank you for reading! You all put the sweet into sweetheart!

The Texas Library Association Conference is one of our most favorite events all year. The Sweethearts and Scoundrels are looking forward to seeing you there! Please take a moment to check out schedule and see if you can come by and say hi. Oh, and we love hearing that you read our newsletter!

1:00-1:50 pm - PJ Hoover will be on the Other Worlds: Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens Panel with Ilsa Bick, Joelle Charbonneau, Marissa Meyer, Kristen Simmons

2:00-3:00 pm - Don Tate will sign Hope's Gift, written by Kelly Starlling Lyons (Penguin, 2012) in the Author Signing Area, Aisle #11 

3:00-4:00 pm - Jessica Lee Anderson and P. J. Hoover will be signing at Booth 1601    

10:00-12:00 pm - Don Tate will be signing at Booth 1601 

12:00-1:50 pm - P. J. Hoover
will be a participating author at the YART Texas Tea

3:00-4:00 pm - P. J. Hoover will be signing ARCs of SOLSTICE in the author area
3:30-4:00 pm - Don Tate will be signing at Booth 1601
4:00-5:00 pm - Jeanette Larson will be signing at Booth 1601  

5:00-8:00 pm - P. J. Hoover will be a participating author in the TT4L Event 

8:30-9:20 am - Jeanette Larson will be moderating a panel: Freedom and Libraries: The Fate of a Library, about Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books 

Watch out, Fort Worth, here we come!
The Sweethearts & Scoundrels had a wonderful time presenting at the recent Region 13 Hill Country Library and Literacy Summit. We shared photos that help us inspire the love of reading and writing to kids.

From L to R: Don Tate, Jessica Lee Anderson, P. J. Hoover, Jeanette Larson, Kari Holt, and Jo Whittemore

Coming up on May 11 is the first annual YAB Fest at Round Rock High School in Round Rock, Texas. Both Jessica and P. J. will be participating authors, and a keynote will be given by David Levithan and Andrea Cremer.  Check here for more information.

Jo Whittemore is thrilled to announce she has sold another book to Simon & Schuster! Here is the official announcement:
Jo Whittemore's HOW TO MAKE A MILLION, about a zany mother and her sensible daughter who have the opportunity to claim a relative's fortune, but find there are just a few pesky strings attached, again to Alyson Heller at Aladdin, for publication in Spring 2015, by Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (World English).
Yay, Jo!


P. J. Hoover recently took part in celebrating the release of POISON by Bridget Zinn at BookPeople. Bridget passed away before the release of her debut novel, so Austin author gathered together to show their support. In attendance were Bridget's husband, Barrett, along with members of her family. P. J. read a passage from the book along with Austin authors Nikki Loftin and Cory Putman Oakes. In support of Bridget, please consider ordering POISON for your library. The book is appropriate for elementary, middle school, and high school. 

From L to R: P. J. Hoover, Barrett Dowell (Bridget's husband), Nikki Loftin (author), Cory Putman Oakes (author), and Mary Zuniga Johnson (Bridget's cousin)

P. J. also enjoyed participating in a recent panel at BookPeople sponsored by the Writers' League of Texas. Along with P. J., the panel featured author Rhiannon Frater and publicist Stephanie Barko, and was moderated by author Jennifer Ziegler.
P. J. had a wonderful time presenting to 6th and 7th graders at the recent St. Stephen's Literary Festival.
P. J. looks forward to a busy month ahead with school visits including Lee Elementary, Andrews Elementary, and Kealing Middle School in Austin, and Live Oak Elementary and Sommer Elementary in Round Rock.
P. J. is also looking forward to presenting at DFWCon on May 4th in Hurst, TX.


Kari is excited to be visiting schools in Spring ISD and Austin ISD in the next few weeks, and was recently thrilled to find out that her book, MIKE STELLAR: NERVES OF STEEL, has gone into its second printing.


Jessica Lee Anderson can't wait for the Pflugerville ISD Write Stuff Event on April 27th, 2013!


April has been a busy month for 'the Scoundrel' of the bunch. Earlier this month, Don gave away nearly 600 books to children in the Rio Grande Valley as a part of the Texas Book Festivals Reading Rock Stars program. Since then he's visited several schools. One highlight was at Groveton Elementary School in Groveton, Texas, where the students collected spare change as a way to help cover the author honorarium. Students raised nearly half the full-day fee. Yay! Don loves the ingenuity of the Texas Librarian. Last week, Don was honored at the Ezra Jack Keats Awards during the Kay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Read more about it on his blog. From Mississippi, Don traveled back to Texas to participate in the Texas Book Festivals first San Antonio edition.

Don Tate with librarian Julie Lake at Web Primary. What a cool welcoming banner.
Groveton students raised money to bring an author to their school  

Don also had a busy weekend at IRA signing books and speaking on a panel: Making a Difference: Texas Authors, Texas Teachers and Texas Literacy Organizations Focus on Critical Reading and Thinking Around Nonfiction Texts
Many thanks to the talented Emma Virj√°n for her beautiful graphic designs!  Don't miss the opportunity to check out her newest illustrations:
Milly Crocodilly Finds True Love

You can read about our latest Featured Sweethearts who are making a different in their communities! This month we featured
Debbie Carroll VanZandt (read her interview here) 

Jessica Lee Anderson with Debbie
Danny & Julie Woodfill (read their interview here) 
Julie and Danny sporting their Book Spot t-shirts!
Lesa Boutin (read her interview here) 
A book, a snake, and a tortoise, oh my!
Please stop by the blog and read about the amazing things they have to say about the world of kidlit!

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