Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Teen Author Drinks Night

Last night was soooooo cool. I went to my first ever Teen Author Drinks Night, a monthly gathering of YA/MG authors from the NYC area. We met at a bar in Manhattan, talked shop, enjoyed some liquid refreshment, and then went out for pizza. It was a blast.

I found out about this gathering from Scott Westerfeld (uber-author of THE LAST DAYS, PEEPS, MIDNIGHTERS, ...) and had been excited about going for the past week. I hopped the train to Manhattan yesterday afternoon and got to Penn Station right at rush hour. Soooo many people... I felt like quite the country mouse stumbling around in the big city. (Yeah, I don't get out much.) But after swimming upstream through the crowds of commuters heading home for the day, I found my way out of the station, got a cab, and made it to the bar. I didn't know anyone when I walked in the door, but everyone was super-nice. And they treated me like a fellow author, which, I guess, I am now! (This was my first shindig as an Author-with-a-capital-A. Such a nice feeling.) I met a whole bunch of fantastic authors who shared a lot of helpful advice, and I even got to hand out a few copies of my spiffy new business card. Plus I left with a great list of books-to-read:

Coe Booth - TYRELL
David Levithan - BOY MEETS BOY
Leslie Margolis - FIX
Delia Sherman - CHANGELING
Natalie Standiford - THE DATING GAME

There were also a couple other Sarahs whose last names I didn't catch, plus some whose first names probably weren't Sarah but whose last names I didn't catch either. :( Hopefully I'll get to chat more with them next time. I'll definitely be attending this on a regular basis from now on!

Oh, and I almost forgot... Some of these uber-cool people who I met last night will be doing a reading together -- Teen Author Reading Night -- at the Jefferson Market Library in Greenwich Village on November 1st at 6pm. So if you plan to be in NYC that night, be sure to check it out! I don't think I'll be able to go because I'll be en route to the World Fantasy Convention in Austin (my first ever conference as an Author-with-a-capital-A!), but it sounds like it'll be a great reading.


At 11:30 PM, Blogger coe booth said...

Hi Sarah,
Glad you made it to Teen Author Drinks Night yesterday. It was so nice meeting you. I checked out your website and it's great, and I also love the cover of your book!!!

Oh yeah, the "other" Sarah you met last night is Sarah Mlynowski, the author of BRAS AND BROOMSTICKS and lots of other books! (

I'm sorry you won't be able to make it to the second Teen Author Reading Night on November 1st, but conventions are a blast. I went to my first this summer (ALA), so I'm not exactly all that experienced at it, but I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time!!!

My friends and I have a blog called The Longstockings ( and my personal blog is called Just Another Bronx Girl (

Please keep in touch and let me know how the convention went! You have my e-mail address!!! And hopefully, you'll be able to make it to the next Teen Author Drinks Night!

At 4:41 PM, Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

Thanks, Coe. It was so nice meeting you yesterday and I'm so glad you like my website and cover. I'm quite fond of both. Your blogs and site and cover are all very cool too, and I'm really looking forward to reading TYRELL. See you at the next Teen Author Drinks Night!


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