Conventions, Readings, Giveaways, and More

The last month has been a whirlwind, but at least it was a fun one. I just got back from ConnectiCon, a wonderful nerd convention up in Hartford where I saw not one but three Carmen Sandiegos! I also got to speak on two panels: "Last Dance With Mary Sue" with super-moderator Brandon Sanderson, my Tu Books buddy Bryce Moore, and the lovely Leona Wisoker; and "Fantasy & Sci-Fi Writing 101" with Bryce Moore and awesome steampunker Margaret Killjoy. Check out their work; you won't be disappointed.

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On Wednesday I had the honor of reading from Hammer of Witches  at Teen Author Reading Night at the Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library. The reading was moderated by David Levithan, who is hilarious IRL. We all got to hear wonderfully witty passages from Alyssa Gross's thriller Shallow Pond ; Corey Ann Haydu's OCD Love Story ; Elizabeth Kiem's  Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy; Emmy Laybourne's Sky On Fire  (the second book in her post-apocalyptic Monument 14  series); Alex London's dystopia Proxy ; Jennifer E. Smith's celebrity love story This Is What Happy Looks Like ; and Sara Zarr's musical The Lucy Variations.  All the passages they read were fab, and they were all amazingly kind and welcoming. Did I ever mention the YA world is the best? 'Cause it totally is.

Speaking of YA, I was recently part of a roundtable for the Los Angeles Review of Books, where we talked about YA retellings of "The Little Mermaid." In the coming months, we'll look at reimaginings of "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" and "Rapunzel." Fun!

In other news, you can win a free signed copy of Hammer of Witches  from OverthinkingIt.com. Be quick, though! The deadline is this Friday. If you're still on the fence about reading the book, check out this interview I did about the book, and check out this wonderful review from School Library Journal :  

"Mlawski is creative and daring in her YA debut, blending genres to craft an informative and literary historical fantasy. Raised in 15th-century Spain by his aunt and uncle, Baltasar has no knowledge of his parents’ legend. His favorite tales glorify his hero, Amir al-Katib, the renowned Moorish sorcerer and soldier who fought for the freedom of Christian Europe. To Baltasar Infante, stories are both enchanting and extremely useful; they educate, captivate, and enable him to escape from almost any situation. [REDACTED: SPOILERS] Baltasar is a combination of classic, bumbling coming-of-age protagonist and hero motif, making his character relatable and likable. The novel’s storyteller concept is fresh and innovative, making this a lively read for fantasy buffs."

Librarians. Gotta love 'em.