Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July Events Recap

Melina Marchetta at the Books of Wonder event (Image source)

During the past month Melina Marchetta has been busy with author events in Australia and the United States. Some bloggers who were able to attend these events have posted awesome recap posts on their blogs. There are some very interesting info about Melina's novels, and her views on certain book-related subjects. Be sure to check out these great posts!

Balmain Library in Sydney on July 12:

Comic-Con in San Deigo on July 15 at the What's Hot in YA panel with 8 other authors:

Books of Wonder in New York City on July 17 with authors Kristin Cashore & Gayle Forman:

Melina Marchetta also had an event at the LA Public Library in Los Angeles, California on July 26 with authors Rachel Cohn, Josephine Angelini, and Jessica Brody. So yes, she was all over the place in July! More tidbits and pictures from each event can be found retweeted on the @MMarchettaFans Twitter feed. If I happened to miss your event recap post, let me know and I'll add it to the list asap.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Melina Marchetta a finalist in NPR's Best-Ever Teen Novels

NPR is creating a list of the top 100 young adult novels and allowing readers to nominate and vote for their favorite titles. NPR states:
"[...] we considered both a book's popularity — as represented by the number of nominations it received — and the question of how well it fits the YA category. [...] The judges looked at qualities such as a book's themes, the age of its main characters, its reading level. But in the end, the most important test was often whether a given book is one that teens themselves have claimed — whether they do, in fact, voluntarily read it. The resulting list is an interesting mix of classics and new titles."
Melina Marchetta is included FOUR times in the finalist list! With Jellicoe Road, the Lumatere Chronicles, The Piper's Son, and Saving Francesca. Not sure when voting will end; however, if you can, please vote for Melina Marchetta and her wonderful novels! You can vote for up to 10 titles. To vote, check out NPR's article Best-Ever Teen Novels? Vote For Your Favorites.