Monday 21 May 2012

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Weekly Gossip

Here is your news from the past week!

First up, the trailers.

Velvet by Mary Hooper:

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Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers:



There is a great post over on the UKYA blog where author of A Witch in Winter, Ruth Warburton talks about Instalove. It's really fascinating! Well worth a read.


I received an email about what sounds like a fascinating article in the journal Mass Communication and Society, which discusses, based on a study, whether the lower end of YA novels should have a rating like movies do because of the profanity and violence they contain. Unfortunately, due to being from the UK, I'm unable read the article, but those in the US can buy the article, A Helluva Read: Profanity in Adolescent Literature (scroll down to about half way). For the rest of us, we can read the press release, which is fascinating in itself, as it cover some points the article covers. Simply reading the press release, what do we think?


spark by brigid kemmererYou remember how I keep raving about this book that I've yet to read, Storm, simply because an awesome Aussie blogger (read: Brodie) keeps raving about the series? WELL! More news for you on that front! K-Teen Books have released a chapter excerpt from Spark, the sequel to Storm, the one featuring Gabriel! I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK! Even if I haven't yet read Storm. Sooo tempted to go read. But I'll be good, I will wait. Adn as I have Storm now, not too long until the awesomeness starts!


There are two interesting interviews with author Richelle Mead about her adult urban  fantasy Dark Swan series being made into comic books and graphic novels! You can read one on USA Today and listen to one on Comic Booked!


News from Midas PR about new teen programme!
Have you heard about the hf2 festival? It is the teen programme at the Hay Festival ( The festivals runs from the 2nd – 10th June.

For 25 years Hay Festival has brought together writers from around the world to debate and share stories at its festival in the Welsh Borders. Hay celebrates great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, and this year has an incredible teen line up too.

As well as comedians like Russell Kane and Bill Baily, authors such as Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments), Maggie Stiefvater (Shiver) and Julianna Baggott (Pure) are over all the way from America to talk about their work. International bestselling historical novelist Philippa Gregory will also be introducing her new young adult series The Order.
And check out for the music!
Laughs, music, books and some great workshops on things like photography, film-making and writing… What’s not to love!

To find out more you can go to The festival site is free to enter and select events are also free. Other events are individually ticketed and need to be pre-booked.


Up-coming Foyle Events!

World of Tomorrow, with Moira Young, Steve Cole and Kim Lakin-Smith – Literary Event
Tuesday 22 May 2012, 7pm - 8pm

In conjunction with the Society of Authors and the Kitschies Awards, the panel will celebrate progressive, intelligent and entertaining science fiction for readers of all ages. Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre, Costa Children’s Book Award-winning author Moira Young, Steve Cole and Kim Lakin-Smith will discuss the rise of science fiction in Children’s and Young Adult fiction. Tickets: Free, but need to be reserved by emailing

Venue: The Gallery at Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EB CHARING

Rachel Caine in conversation – Literary Event
Wednesday 23 May 2012, 6.30pm - 7.30pm

*Exclusive London Event*New York Times-bestselling author Rachel Caine will be returning to The Gallery at Foyles to discuss her life, work and inspiration. She will introduce her highly anticipated new book Black Dawn, the twelfth novel in the Morganville Vampire series. Rachel will also be signing copies of her new book. Tickets: Free, but need to be reserved by emailing

Venue: The Gallery at Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EB

Cassandra Clare with special guest Maureen Johnson: City of Lost Souls – Literary Event
Saturday 26 May 2012, 2pm - 3pm

*Exclusive London Event*Cassandra Clare, international bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments will be discussing the recent release of City of Lost Souls. She will be joined by New York Times bestselling author of the Little Blue Envelopes series, Maureen Johnson. Both authors will sign copies of their books for ticket holders only immediately after their talk. Tickets: £8 or £13 including a signed copy of City of Lost Souls, available to buy from:*

Venue: Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN


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