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Who’s going to be at our Saturday Night Tee Off @ the Library AND the Sunday morning for kids & families & teens too?

The amazing artists Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline!

Just a few things to help you get to know these two:

  • Both Shelli and Braden draw the artwork for the amazingly popular Adventure Time Comics, based on the smash Cartoon Network show, along with Ryan North, who writes the comics, and a variety of guest artists.  These two do the main internal artwork.
  • They have won great acclaim for their Adventure Time comics, including winning an Eisner Award (the Oscars of comics) as well as a Harvey Award in 2013.
  • What’s it like to work together as a married couple on comics day in and day out? As Shelli says, “…we never argue. We just have IDEA BATTLES.” (interview over here)

I’ve met both of these artists over the years at comics conventions like the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (also know as MICE) and even down the street at New England Comics, and they’re just as awesome as you’d hope.

Here’s their official biographies.  Be sure to come and meet them (and buy books and comics to get signed! And possibly sketched in!) at the Tee Off.

Shelli Paroline escaped early on into the world of comics, cartoons, and science fiction. She has now returned to the Boston area, where she works as an unassuming illustrator and designer. She and her husband Braden Lamb currently illustrate the Adventure Time comics for Kaboom! Studios.

Shelli is a founding member of the Boston Comics Roundtable a local comic creators collective and helps organize the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE).

Braden Lamb grew up in Seattle, studied film in upstate New York, learned about vikings in Iceland and Norway, and established an art career in Boston. Now he draws and colors comics, and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Braden and his wife and art partner Shelli Paroline are the series artists for the Eisner- and Harvey-award-winning Adventure Time comic book published by kaboom! studios, written by Ryan North.


You know when you read something and you have to stop every other page because you want to read it out loud to the person sitting next to you?

This is like that. Only you’re the person sitting next to us and we can’t read it out loud because this book doesn’t come out until January!

Grrr. C’est la vie.

Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest marks her triumphant return to her faerie roots, and will be out January 13, 2015. Until then here’s a taste:

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

And this cover! Beautiful, right? 

And check out the UK cover here.

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!
brkteenlib brkteenlib Said:

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.