Austin Teen Book Festival

Now I am still pretty new to this book review business, but I have enjoyed it immensely. Okay, maybe not so much when I have to give a low rating to someone’s baby, but that’s part of it, ain’t it? So I am totally stoked that today I received an email today from one of my new blogging pals about this cool festival they put together in Austin. Its main goal is to bring teens and authors together so that kids will be excited to read. I call it a family road trip.

The best part is that I get to go and blog about it! But where to start? I haven’t ever interviewed an author, though I have two on the hook for September. I am working so hard not to ask the same old questions that authors always get asked; however, my kazillion fans (*sarcasm*) may want to know those very FAQs. What to do? I sure could use any input from those of you who are up to your eyeballs in interview experience, so comment away below.

Now, here’s my rah-rah-ness (or the “nutsy crazy” as my SO calls it) shining through: I have printed out the list of the authors who are attending. (No, that’s not the cray-cray part.) Next to each author’s name is their latest published work (wait for it). So I haven’t read ANY of the books on the list, though I have read other titles by a few of these authors (why oh why couldn’t any of the 117 books I have read this year be any of these?). Because I have about six weeks until the Festival, I have plenty of time to read 34 books, right? (That’s the nutty part, right there. See it?) Out of that 34, there are only FOUR books that won’t be published by the end of September, so instead, I will read the author’s previous book. It’s do-able, right?

I am a huge proponent of the library. Here where I live, we have a most excellent library that has 90% of whatever I am trying to find.  So, out of these 30 books, I think there are only 4 books that are not in their database.Though, another problem is that some of these books have a few people on the waiting list in front of me. Hopefully I will not have to drive to anyone’s house and ask them to read aloud just so I can check all books off my list. Especially since I like to lounge in my pjs. I did have to *ahem* skirt the system and reserve some books on my kid’s library card. Seems 20 is the limit for requests. Who knew.

So here’s what I need from you:

  1. Check out the webpage for the Austin Teen Book Festival.
  2. Look and see if any of your fav authors will be there.
  3. Let me know if you have any specific questions for the authors. (I won’t be able to speak with all of them, natch. Yes, some of them WILL be disappointed.)
  4. Let me know if you have any GENERAL questions for the authors I do get to talk to.
  5. Leave a comment or tweet me if you plan on being there yourself!

Peeeench me! I am really excited. I hope I don’t get crushed beneath an avalanche of books before September 29th. That would be a bummer.

The Austin Teen Book Festival takes place on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 9:30 – 5:00 at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas. It is FREE. Follow ATBF on Facebook and Twitter. Now.

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