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Do you have any idea when your next WTNV listening party might be? My friend and I wanted to go to the March one, but it ended up being too close to Anime Boston... we'll definitely show up to the next one though!
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We’re aiming to have the meet ups every couple of months, so look for an announcement for a date in late May!  We’ll announce it here on the tumblr, as well as via the library calendar.  Glad to hear you’ll be joining us!

It’s still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding.

Neil Gaiman (via ala-con)

chocolate is always good …

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TFiOS tour visit in MA, don’t mind if I do…

One note = one vote. Like or reblog to vote for your state! Go Massachusetts! 

We’ve got a meeting room all ready and waiting.  I’m just saying.


TFiOS tour visit in MA, don’t mind if I do…


One note = one vote. Like or reblog to vote for your state! Go Massachusetts! 

We’ve got a meeting room all ready and waiting.  I’m just saying.



Granada ♦ Warner Bros ♦ BBC

This is great!

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Who’s going to be at our Saturday Night Tee Off @ the Library?

The delightful and charming M. T. Anderson!

Just a few things to help you get to know M. T. Anderson:

I first heard Mr. Anderson speak way back in 2007 (I’ve been a librarian for a time, folks!) and I remember being bowled over by his humor, wit, and cheered by his message: everyone should embrace whatever kind of geek you are and to remember that everyone is a geek about something. Agreed!

Over the years I’ve seen him at various events and conferences, and not only is he just as intelligent and curious as his books make you expect he’ll be, but he’s also charming, hilarious, and just the kind of person who’ll enjoy mini-golf.  Just look at that twister photo (from the wonderful Dudes of YA photo spread).

You can hear more from him about his life and work in this 2012 interview.

Here’s his official biography, in case all this isn’t enough to entice you to come and meet him (and buy his books to get signed!) at the Tee Off.

M. T. Anderson has written stories for adults, picture books for children, adventure novels for young readers, and several books for older readers (both teens and adults). His satirical book Feed was a Finalist for the National Book Award and was the winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize. The first volume of his Octavian Nothing saga won the National Book Award and the Boston Globe / Horn Book Prize. Both the first and second volumes of that two-part series were Printz Honor Books. He has published stories for adults in literary journals like The Northwest Review, The Colorado Review, and Conjunctions


 Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson’s groundbreaking 1999 contemporary YA novel, turns fifteen this year. Check out this Entertainment Weekly interview, in which Anderson discusses Speak's legacy and how the 'YA landscape' has changed since the book's original publication. —PLL Intern Lizzy

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Just a little over two weeks away!

Prepare to don your own mask and return to Laini Taylor’s complex, richly imagined world in the final installment: Dreams of Gods and Monsters.

We are delighted to be hosting Laini Taylor here at the Public Library of Brookline!

  • Who: Laini Taylor!  In all her glory.
  • When: Wednesday, April 23, 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • Where: Public Library of Brookline, 361 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445. Upstairs in Hunneman Hall.
  • What: Join us for an evening of a Q&A session with Laini Taylor, masked visitors, a themed costume photo booth, trivia (with prizes!), decadent snacks, and the opportunity to buy books and get them signed (the truly important bit).

Books will be available through our partnership with the Children’s Bookshop, and Laini Taylor is appearing courtesy of her publisher, Little Brown Books for Young Readers

There is no charge for this event, but be aware that we will be opening the doors at 6:30pm, and the seating will be first come, first serve. Photos the author will be allowed (within reason).

Any questions? Contact Teen Librarian Robin Brenner at or send her an ask here.


I got a great question in my Reddit Iama and it’s worth sharing here, as Tumblr has been the forum for much of the conversation about John Green, the NYTimes bestseller list, and the state of YA World right now.

Question: Hi Laurie! Loved TIKOM (and everything else) and I’m super stoked to meet you at LeakyCon this year!

Anyways, I was wondering if you had anything to add to the ongoing discussion on the “John Greenification” of current YA Lit (and don’t get me wrong, I love me some John Green, I’m a huge Nerdfighter and have been reading his books for years). There has been a lot of discussion lately on how the (admittedly flawed) bestseller lists are so male dominated. I’m curious to hear what you think about all this?

Thanks for everything! Speak gave me so much courage in my formative years, your work is much appreciated <3

My response: 

I am so excited about LeakyCon! (A bit nervous, too - please introduce yourself if you see me there so I’ll feel like I know someone!)

John is friend of mine. In addition to being his friend, I’m a huge fan of his work; the books, Nerdfighters, Crash Courses, all of it. I love the guy. He is making the world a better place.

Because of his visibility, he is also catching the flak for what I see as a larger cultural issue. America is still very male-dominated; white, middle/upper class, straight, male-dominated.

Some of us have been writing YA for many years and have done quite well in terms of our books being published enjoyed by readers. But the media (it’s always The Damn Media, isn’t it?) noticed John’s body of work and his vibrant and large Internet community and his celebrity, then started talking about this new-fangled “YA thing.” Then The Damn Media started looking for other dudes writing YA.

Welcome to the patriarchy, my friends.

John is a kick-ass feminist and a superb ally to everyone fighting against oppression and marginalization. He is also a human being who deserves time with his family and time to be quiet and to write, in addition to whatever else he wants to do. He is not responsible for the sudden dudification of the NYT Bestseller list, nor is it his responsibility to somehow magically fix it. The social problems and pressures that have created this mess are much older and deeper than any one person can repair.

HOWEVER - we are having the conversation. Occasionally we’re getting angry and yelling. We have MILES to go before we sleep, but we’re moving in the right direction. I’d like to see everyone who is pissed off about the uneven coverage of YA books (and authors) to call The Damn Media on the carpet and tell them what they are doing wrong. Gather the contact information of the reporters, editors, editorial boards, and corporate owners of media outlets that are writing skewed or under-informed pieces about YA literature and share them publicly. Share what you write to them. Contact Hollywood peeps and tell them about other great books that could be movies.

(Shameless self-promotion - I wrote a couple books that would be great movies, IMHO!)

Then seek out and talk and blog and vlog and shout about the books and authors that The Damn Media is not talking about yet. Let me get you started with some suggestions: Kekla Magoon! Coe Booth! Alex Sánchez! Jason Reynolds! Mitali Perkins! Nikki Grimes! Malinda Lo! Cynthia Leitich Smith! Jaime Adoff! Octavia Butler! Eric Gansworth! Jacqueline Woodson! Sumbul Ali-Karamali! Rita Williams Garcia! Meg Medina!

Want more? Follow Diversity in YA’s tumblr

We are still in the early days of the growth of YA fandom. It is a beautiful thing to watch, kindred spirits coming together over a common passion. We all want great books that represent every kind of story from all kinds of authors. We have the opportunity and responsibility to find and promote those books and authors. We have to be the change we want to see.

There is more food for thought on this subject here in an earlier post from Catagator.

Thanks for the chance to talk about this, and most of all, thank you so much for appreciating my work!

Catagator’s response

Because Laurie Halse Anderson knows what’s up.  As does catagator.


Eleanor & Park is going to be a movie and Rainbow Rowell is writing the screenplay!

Will we have a castle on our mini-golf course this year? You’ll have to putt to find out!

Sunday morning, the golf course winding through the library stacks is open for kids, families & teens!

Enjoy mini-golf, breakfast treats, face painting, special guest authors (to be announced very soon!), and a photo booth to capture your memories.

Doors open at 8:30am. Last tee off at 10:30am.

TICKETS: $10 for families up to four; Open to kids ages 5 on up through to teens.

FOR SUNDAY MORNING register at or call 617-730-2069.