Wednesday, May 4, 2016

TBF Radio Interview

Hello everyone!

Are you guys excited for TBF?! Three Mercy High School students will be interviewed about TBF on "Fresh Perspectives” on 104.3 WAYO this Thursday at 4 p.m. They are just as excited about TBF as you are! For any first timers, this would be a wonderful opportunity to get a better idea about what TBF is all about. Here is the link to listen to the radio interview live!

That is all today! Talk to you guys very soon!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

TBF Author Bio: Ellen Hopkins

Happy Tuesday!

Ellen Hopkins’ claim to fame in teen literature is twofold: firstly, the fact that her books are written in entirely poetry and secondly, that she is unafraid to touch on tough subjects in teenage life. Without fear of censorship, in her books Burned, Crank, Glass, and many more, she confronts the issues of drug abuse, sexual abuse and teenage prostitution in ways that make her writing identifiable to most teens and a source of hope for a great many who are in the positions described by her books.

Here are 10 facts about this amazingly influential author:
  1. A few of her favorite teen authors are fellow TBF attendee Laurie Halse Anderson, John Greene, Laura Weiss, Neal Shusterman, and Meg Cabot.
  2. Her first job in writing was as a freelance journalist. Afterward she moved into children’s nonfiction and then eventually the fiction that she writes today.
  3. Poets that influenced her are Billy Collins, Sharon Olds, Langston Hughes and T.S. Eliot.
  4. She prefers print books to online.
  5. If she wasn’t an author, she says she would probably be a pilot. As a kid she wanted to be(if not a writer) then a lawyer or work with horses.
  6. For that matter, when she was nine, she published her first poem.
  7. Her advice for young writers is to read and write often, especially in genres that you don’t frequently experience.
  8. Crank was the 4th most censor-challenged book in 2010.
  9. Impulse was the most emotional book for her to write as well as her favorite.
  10. Her research often involves talking to those affected by the issues she writes about and is often very extensive.
Enjoy and remember TBF is in less than a month!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Alan Lawrence Sitomer

Happy Friday, readers!

I have some news. Unfortunately, Alan Lawrence Sitomer will not be attending TBF this year due to unexpected scheduling complications. But wait! Did you notice that we have 31 wonderful authors coming to Rochester in 15 DAYS?!

Yes! It's that close! Grab a calendar and start crossing out those days!

TBF Author Bio: Laurie Halse Anderson

Hello TBF readers!

It is a known fact that authors are some of the awesomest people on the planet. After all, what’s cooler than devoting your life to developing entire worlds inside your head, writing about them and then having them actually be read by hundreds of teenagers. But even among the best of the best, some writers still stand out.

One of these is Laurie Halse Anderson. Author of several famous YA books such as Speak, The Impossible Knife of Memory, and Wintergirls, Laurie isn’t afraid to take a tough stance on issues most people are afraid to speak about.

Here are a couple of facts about one of the most amazing authors to grace TBF.
  1. She started writing in second grade.
  2. Her first job as an author was being a freelance reporter.
  3. She also has written several picture books, several of them about women in American history.
  4. If she could have one book to read on a desert island, it would be Ulysses by James Joyce.
  5. She lives in a town called Mexico in northern New York...
  6. ...where she has her own writing cottage built by her husband.
  7. A couple of her hobbies include: knitting, running and gardening.
  8. A tip for meeting her at TBF: “Halse” is pronounced like “waltz.”
  9. She has worked on a pig farm.
  10. And to top it off, she’s been given the Margaret A. Edwards award for lifetime achievement.
Enjoy and hope to see you at TBF!


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

TBF Blogger Katie's Experience at TBF

Hello TBF readers!

As you all know, TBF is literally right around the corner! TBF blogger, Katie shares her experience at TBF last year! Take a look:

TBF was definitely an amazing experience (how could it not be- it was a day devoted to books). I’ve been an attendee for the past two years and have enjoyed it so much both times. Obviously, the best part was meeting the authors. Last year, I managed to get in to see Ally Condie, author of Matched. Together, several other teens and I, got to hear all about what actually inspired her to write the series and what her thought process was. Then we got to ask any questions we had about her series or her as an author. It was like being inside an author’s brain- but in a non-creepy way. Later, there was book signing where you actually got to talk to the author yourself and deliver a short 30-second speech about why their books are the best things known to man actually that was probably only me. Before the signing, of course, is book buying. If you are so inspired by one of the author’s talks (or, like me forgot to bring your own books), then Barnes and Noble has a whole table set up for you to buy their work. Bring money. As much money as you can. Believe me, you will not regret it.

Verdict: TBF gets a thumbs-up from Dumbledore and the odds may always be in its favor.

Thank you so much Katie!

Talk to you guys again!

Monday, April 25, 2016

TBF 2016 Map and Schedule


So in case you missed it, TBF 2016 will be May 14 at Nazareth College. The festivities kick off at 8:45am with our fantastic author parade near the Schults Center. Mark your calendars and set your alarms! This year 32 wonderful YA authors will be attending! You do not want to miss it!

You're probably thinking, where will my authors be? I need to plan my day! Well we have a map of the Nazareth College to show you where the authors will be and the authors' schedules.

Here is the TBF Map! Our authors will be spread out in six buildings at Nazareth: Arts Center, Golisano Academic Center (GAC), Wilmot Library, Peckham Hall, Shults Center and Smyth Hall.

Be sure to have your best walking shoes on! Our wonderful TBF volunteers will be stationed in each building to help you get to each building. You will have approximately 15 minutes to travel between each author session.

And here is the TBF Schedule! Pick your favorite authors and attend their author sessions!

Please Note: Some of our authors will be NOT be in the Shults Gym during the Autographing Session. Instead they will be in the same building where they held their author sessions. The reason for this is to avoid overcrowding in the gym. These authors include:
  • Mercedes Lackey:  Arts Center A-13
  • Tamora Pierce: Arts Center  A-14
  • K.L. Going and Carolyn Mackler: GAC Basement
  • Laurie Halse Anderson: GAC Chapel
  • Kekla Magoon: GAC-151
  • Anna Breslaw, Harriet Reuter Hapgood and Janet B. Taylor: Wilmort Library Study Area
  • Ellen Hopkins: Peckham-012/014
  • Justine Larbalestier and Scott Westerfeld: Shults Forum 
All the other authors will be in the Shults Gym during the Autographing Session.

Are you guys excited?! The TBF bloggers are!

Talk to you guys soon!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Book Review: Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier


I'm back in action with a new book review of Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier. Before I start gushing about this wonderful book, check out the summary:

Reason Cansino has lived fifteen years in the Australian outback with her mother, Sarafina. They're on the run from Reason's grandmother Esmeralda, who believes in magic and practices horrifying dark rituals. But when Sarafina suffers a mental breakdown, Reason is sent to the one place she fears most-Esmeralda's home in Sydney.

Nothing about the house or Esmeralda is what Reason expected. Then, when she walks through Esmeralda's back door in Sydney and finds herself on a New York City street, Reason is forced to face the shocking truth. Magic is real. And Reason is magic. 

Doesn't that sound amazing? I'm here to tell you it is.

I am a huge lover of urban fantasy, and Larbalestier provides a new take on magic as we know and love it. It is realistically built with rules that are followed throughout the book, no plot holes to be found here. This is not Harry Potter with wands and spells, but personalized magic from within that can come at a cost. Without giving too much spoilers (since it's kind of in the title) the women of Reason's family as well as other magic users can either use magic or go mad. This puts our main character in a bit of trouble, since her mother had raised her to fear magic and her grandmother who believes in it. It's a new interesting view on magic.

This story hops between New York and Australia, which is super cool. The book comes with a dictionary for some of the Australian terms which was helpful, so that I didn't have to take time away from the story to go search what it means. The story is told primarily by Reason in first-person but also by her two friends Tom and Jay-Tee. This provides the story in two cultural perspectives, making for an even more interesting read. At first, I thought that this might detract from the story, but it actually worked really well. Out of the three narrators, Reason is my favorite though.

This novel is fast paced and will keep you hooked until you turn that last page and beyond. It is constantly raising questions and giving answers as both Reason (and us) discover this entire world of magic hidden in plain sight. The ending left me satisfied, but with enough questions that I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the trilogy.

I would love to go on and on, but I don't want to accidentally spoil the book. I would recommend this to people who don't like fantasy as a good book to try because I think that the magic is realistic, has repercussions, and is fused quite wonderfully to the natural world.

Hope your day is magical!