Monday, March 22, 2010

Rocky Point, Teen Author Festival, and I-Con

Been a busy little Sarah here...

Rocky Point Middle School

I did a school visit on the 12th at Rocky Point Middle School (in Long Island), and here is the first sight that greeted me when I walked into the school:

Amazing Wall Mural of ICE Cover Art

Is there anything more awesome than that? And to th
ose of you who reply that an actual polar bear waiting to greet me would be more awesome, I say, "You are incorrect, sir." An actual polar bear would have eaten me.

This mural was surrounded by the three winners of the poster contest:

Sooooo cool.

The rest of the day was similarly awesome. I spoke w
ith the 8th grade first, then the 6th grade, then the 7th grade, and I had lunch in the library with the book club, the winners of the poster contest, and several faculty members.

Thank you to everyone at Rocky Point Middle School, especially their fantastic library media specialist Cathy O'Connell and wonderful principal Scott O'Brien!

NYC Teen Author Festival

The NYC Teen Author Festival rocked.

On Friday, I participated in the symposium at the New York Public Library. After saying hello to the lions...

... I was part of the panel on "Genre and Adolescence" with Judy Blundell, Lauren McLaughlin, Diana Peterfreund, Sara Shepard, Maggie Stiefvater, and Robin Wasserman. I had a tremendously fun time.

I also learned a valuable lesson: when participating in such events, choose socks with care. Sitting on stage, without a table to hide behind, my ankles were very visible to the audience. On Friday, I had managed to dress like a grown up in every respect except my socks. My socks had these ridiculous fat Garfield-esque cats on them.

I'm so not good at this looking-like-a-grown-up thing.

On Sunday (wearing polar bear socks), I signed books along with 60+ other authors at Books of Wonder for the final event of the NYC Teen Author Festival. It was like a whole afternoon-long cocktail party (minus the cocktails but plus a slice of Coe Booth's birthday cake) with tons of fantastic and fascinating people to talk to. Here's a photo from the event, courtesy of author Courtney Sheinmel:

Courtney Sheinmel, Natalie Standiford, Me, Elizabeth Scott

Huge thank you to Books of Wonder, NYPL, and David Levithan, who organized the entire festival!

Upcoming Event: I-Con

Next weekend I'll be a program participant at I-Con, a science fiction and fantasy convention at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY. My schedule is:

Friday 3/26, 8pm - Reception - "Meet the Pros(e)"
Sunday 3/28, 12pm - Reading
Sunday 3/28, 2pm - Panel - "Varieties of Writing"

Hope to see you there!

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At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ICon sounds cool! Who will be there, and are teens allowed? (i.e: appropriate for teens to attend?)

At 2:37 AM, Blogger Alice V.D. said...

Hey, I totally loved the character of Jamie in "ICE". I always fall for the minor characters. Anyway, I loved the book and that mural was awesome. P.S. Have you ever watched the movie "The Polar Bear King"? I think you'd like it.

At 8:34 PM, Blogger Phebe H.L. said...

I think those murals at the school are soo cool!

At 9:16 PM, Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

Anonymous: Yes, teens are allowed. There's a wide range of panels, readings, and so forth and a wide range of guests (from writers to artists to TV/film stars). The full schedule and list of participants are on their website:

Downworlder: Yay, I'm so happy you liked Jamie! I love minor characters too. In fact, ICE had many minor characters who were so minor that they didn't survive the various revisions, yet I'm still fond of them... :)

Phebe: Me too! Just seeing that mural and those posters completely made my day.

At 5:37 PM, Anonymous Amanda Johnson said...

I am a student at Rocky Point. I loved that you came to my school to talk about your books. At the end of your talk you signed my book. When i got home i was so exited to show my mom. After that she got me the other two books. I'm a slow reader so it took me some time but i just(like five minutes ago)finished "ice". I can't whait for your next book to come out. Thank you again.

At 6:52 PM, Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

Amanda: Thanks for your comment! I had a fantastic time at Rocky Point. Great to meet you! So happy you like my books!!


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