Rachel and Steve – Troubled Waters

Rachel and Steve – Troubled Waters

I asked my friends Rachel Hardin and Steve Fragale to record a rendition of the old folk song “Troubled Waters” for Misfit. At one point I had this whole grand idea of building a trailer/video around it for the launch. But my lack of time, experience and skill in creating video got in the way. So that’s disappointing.

But who needs a trailer? This track is awesome all by itself. Better than I could ever have hoped! Rach and Steve, will you two just start a band already?!

The YA Rocks! event for the NYC Teen Author Festival

The YA Rocks! event for the NYC Teen Author Festival was a blast. Here are some pix of Tiger Beat doing their thing.

Best song of the night: The last image is some poor library intern on his first day on the job that Libba coerced into holding up poster boards with the lyrics of the Tiger Beat original tune “YA Song”. Galley Cat has a video of that song from a previous performance. It’s a nonstop barrage of YA book references with the stirring chorus “Holden Caulfield is Not an Asshole”.

Best moment of the night: Libba sits down at the keyboard, leans into the mic and says, “You know what I like best about playing keyboards with two broken elbows?” [pause] “Not a damn thing.”

Moment I decided I will love Libba forever: When she gave me a shout-out during Midnight Radio. If you don’t know this song, go watch Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Now. Do it now.

L.K. Madigan Book Giveaway

I’ve always felt like Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan was like a brother book to Struts & Frets. They’re both YA novels that came out the same year, both contemporary, edgy, realistic stories with male protagonists. In fact, on library recommendation lists, we were often put together when answering the question: “Hey, anyone know any good boy books?” She and I are also part of the same writer’s group, the Debs, and we had a chance to meet face-to-face last summer at ALA in DC and we had a blast.Last week, she posted an incredibly brave announcement on her blog about her current battle with pancreatic cancer. It has left those of us who know and love her in awe at her bravery, her eloquence. Our writer group sent cards, notes, and small presents, as is our wont in times of both tragedy and triumph. But we want to do more.If you’ve not read Flash Burnout or her new book The Mermaid’s Mirror, well, you’ve got some reading to do, and I envy you the first time experience. But nearly as exciting, our writer group wants to help get those books in your hands. So we’re holding an L.K. Madigan Book giveaway!Check out Cindy Pon’s post on our group blog about how to enter.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson @ Politics & Prose

Last night I went to Politics & Prose, an awesome indie bookstore in DC. The lower level was utterly packed with teens there to hear John Green and David Levithan read from their new, collaboratively written novel, Will Grayson, Will Grayson. It was breathtaking to be among such a great group of teens who were just genuinely excited about these guys and their books. It was infectious. There was this one guy (featured in one of the pix) who was interviewing people for his YouTube channel and he would begin with “This person basically wins at life because…” and he would find one really cool thing about that person.

And this was typical for the kind of person who was there. A whole community of positive, weirdness-loving, nerds.

John and David have started something truly awesome. Congrats, guys!