Keynote speaker Mary McCoy (author of Dead to Me) with Katie Alender, Victoria Aveyard, Alexis Bass, Julie Berry, Livia Blackburne, Virginia Boecker, Jessica Brody, Stephen Chbosky, Brandy Colbert, Ava Dellaira, Kody Keplinger, Liz Maccie, Morgan Matson, Lauren Miller, Alexandra Monir, Jennifer Niven, Romina Russell, Sarah Tomp, & Kiersten White
Where & When?
May 23rd 2015 from 12pm to 4 pm
Pasadena Public Library
285 East Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
ITS A FREE EVENT GUYS!!
With Giveaways and Refreshments & shit like that.
Also… Free TOTE BAGs to first 150 Guests!
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All books will be provided by Vroman’s Bookstore, starting at 11 am!
The event is also co-sponsored by Bridge to Books.
About the Author
Julie Berry grew up in western New York. She holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and an MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. She now lives in southern California with her husband and four sons. All the Truth That’s in Me (September 2013, Viking) is Julie’s first young adult novel. It has earned starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, BCCB, and the Horn Book. It’s been named a Junior Library Guild selection and Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults title by YALSA, and a Top Ten TAYSHAS title by the Texas Library Association. It won the Whitney Award for Young Adult Fiction, was nominated for the Edgar Award for Young Adult Mystery, and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal (UK). It won the Silver Inky Award in Australia for the best work of young adult fiction by a non-Australian. It is also a Horn Book Fanfare title, a Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2013, a Boston Globe top YA for 2013, and a School Library Journal best of 2013 selection. It has been published in 14 international countries and territories. Julie’s most recent title, The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, is a farcical murder mystery set in late Victorian England. It’s been named a Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2014, and was the recipient of a 2014 American Library Association Odyssey Honor for most distinguished audiobook, was named to the Amelia Bloomer Project list for distinguished titles to empower girls, and has been shortlisted for both the Whitney Award and the Association for Mormon Letters awards for middle-grade fiction. Julie is also the author of The Amaranth Enchantment and Secondhand Charm (Bloomsbury) and the Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys series (Penguin Books for Young Readers). Julie’s works appear in audio and international versions worldwide.
Find her online at www.julieberrybooks.com, or on Twitter at @julieberrybooks.
Now available: All the Truth That’s In Me, a YA novel from Viking (Penguin Books). A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten title, nominated for the MWA Edgar award for YA. ««««« Five starred reviews. A best teen book of 2013 (Kirkus) and a best book of 2013 (SLJ). Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. « “Stunning … Every now and then, a novel comes along with such an original voice that readers slow down to savor the poetic prose. This is such a story. A tale of uncommon elegance, power and originality.” Kirkus, starred review.
Coming September 2014: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, a middle grade murder mystery from Roaring Brook. See the animated trailer here. Winner of a 2015 ALA Odyssey honor. A 2014 Wall Street Journal Best Book for Children. “Stunning. Hilarious. And wholly original. If David Sedaris and Agatha Christie had a child, it would be Julie Berry.” Holly Goldberg Sloan, bestselling author of Counting by 7s. “An immensely entertaining, smart, and frothy diversion.” The Horn Book « “Romance blooms in unexpected places, and danger lurks around every corner in this delightfully farcical tale, full of twists and turns.” Publisher’s Weekly, starred review.
When you come up with a new idea, how do you begin to craft it into a story? Do you outline, or just jump in?
All methods are up for grabs for me, but I generally like to ride the wave of a new idea and just write a few chapters while the ideas are bubbling and the inspiration feels closest to the surface. I like to see what the magic of the creative brain has to offer before I step back and attempt to impose any structure or planning on it. I can always change things, but this is where some of the best raw material can appear, I find. However, if I want to work up an idea for a series, I’ll generally do a bit more planning first. I’m reading a fascinating book right now that strongly advocates more deep and rigorous advance planning before diving into the writing process. It’s got me wondering, for sure.
I love the friendship between Judith & Maria. It took me by surprise to be honest. Was this a friendship you intended to have or did she just pop out of nowhere and surprise you?
Maria surprised me, too. She’s one of my favorite characters. I think when I first hired her for the role of romantic rival, I expected her to be that haughty, smug beauty that we see so often in stories, but she quickly showed herself to be clever and curious, and unexpectedly kind. She had so much confidence, perhaps by virtue of how people had treated her all her life, in part because of her beauty, that she felt perfectly free to defy social expectations, and take an interest in anyone she chose to. Her unique position gave her the ability to see things others didn’t see. It can be lonely at the top, too. And it’s a bit of a cliché how we often assume that those who enjoy privilege, popularity, or power must, perforce, abuse those privileges. People always have the potential to be surprising.
What is the one thing you hope the reader takes away after reading All the Truth That’s in Me?
I hope that Judith’s story captivates them completely, and transports them outside of their own lives into the life of the story for a time. That cathartic release is the best gift any story can give us. I don’t write with a specific moral in mind, nor a takeaway message, but I guess I can say that I hope Judith’s story can offer readers a model for how to reclaim their own voices, and tell their own stories. It’s our birthright, and we too often take it for granted. I hope it also makes a strong case for self-love and self-respect being a guiding force in the choices we make for love’s sake.
Who is your current Fictional crush?
I just finished a rewrite of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë for a UK publisher that does short illustrated versions of classic novels and plays for school-age children. So I’m in a big Mr. Rochester swoon right now. And I’m rereading North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, so Mr. Thornton is climbing my Top Forty chart again. Sigh.
Which book do you wish you had read when you were a teen?
It didn’t exist when I was a teen, but I wish I’d read Peace Like a River by Leif Enger when I was young. It was a life-changing read for me. Other titles have become best-beloveds, but I’m not sure if they’d have meant as much to me as a teen as they did later on. It would have been so much fun to be a teen during the Harry Potter years, when new titles were fizzing all over the place, with international fandoms giving us a whole new language for book-love. I’m so very glad I did get to read the early works of Robin McKinley as a teen. I owe her enormously.
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The giveaway ends May 20th and is US only.