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It's been a whirlwind of a week, and yet, somehow, I kept thinking that every day was Friday. Including today! Maybe it's because I am looking forward to the long weekend. Or maybe it's because BEA (Book Expo America) is going on this week, and I always look forward to that. Well, I stopped by the Javitz convention center yesterday and took a stroll through the booths. I have to admit, I was a bit let down. It felt small, and many publishers had downsized their booths. Many skipped it all together this year. There were hardly any galleys to take, hardly, even, any books on display. It'll be interesting to see what happens next year, I guess.

Meanwhile, the lovely Cynthia Leitich Smith was kind enough to feature an interview with me on her Cynsational blog. You can check it out here: http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2010/05/author-feature-lisa-ann-sandell.html
I was so excited to meet Cynthia earlier this year, when I went down to Houston for an SCBWI conference. She is a tremendous writer and a wonderful person, through and through. Thanks, Cynthia!

Hope y'all have a great weekend!

Residing here

Hi guys,
It's finally Friday, and I am so excited to have ahead of me a weekend with weather that is supposed to be sunny and warm and glorious. I was going to ride my bike to work today, but was super bummed out to find that both of my tires are flat. Boo! I have to take it to the shop tomorrow. Strangely, though, my back tire was flat a few months ago and I'd gotten it fixed and the whole thing tuned up. There must be some evil air-sucking spirit hanging around my bike.

Meanwhile, I've had a bit of excitement this week with some fun publicity stuff:

First, you should check out the readergirlz website--I mean, you should check it out anyway, because it's awesome, and the readergirlz divas are awesome, and they've created an awesome YA community. But as I mentioned in my last post, they were kind enough to invite me to be their author-in-residence for the summer, and I just posted my first vlog. it's not just my first vlog for the readergirlz. I mean, it's my first vlog ever. You can see it here: http://www.readergirlz.com/residence.html and I will take you on a short tour of my neighborhood parks and gardens!

And then, my mom just called me to say that she happened upon a magazine that we Delawareans favor called Delaware Today and saw that I was one of their featured summer reading authors. Very cool! The link to that article is here: http://www.delawaretoday.com/Delaware-Today/June-2010/Write-in-Time/index.php?cparticle=5&siarticle=4#artanc

I hope y'all have a great weekend!
L.

Gray day

It is gray and soggy and cold outside today. And it was hard to wake up, but I did it and was greeted by a very happy surprise: Teensreadtoo.com posted an interview I did with their Book Club a while ago. I think it's pretty fun. You can check it out at http://trtbookclub.blogspot.com/2010/04/visit-with-lisa-ann-sandell.html.

Also, I'm getting excited because tomorrow I have a gallery opening for a sculpture I've been working on since January. I will be posting pictures later on. Meanwhile, tonight, I'll take pictures of the new piece I'm working on--a girl basketball player. Full figures are HARD!! I'll let y'all in on the process.

I'm going to be the Writer-in-Residence starting in May for the lovely readergirlz. Those women rock--they are just the best. Incredibly talented, absolutely the nicest people, and so supportive of the YA writing community. I was blown away when they invited me, and so I'm super psyched to start guest blogging--and I may even try shedding my technophobia and experiment with vlogging!!--for them next month. Meanwhile, you can check out the awesome Elizabeth Scott, their current Writer-in-residence: http://readergirlz.com/residence.html

Hope everybody is doing well and enjoying better spring weather than we are in NYC!

Operation Teen Book Drop!



This year, in honor of Support Teen Literature Day (April 15), readergirlz, GuysLitWire, YALSA, and various authors and publishers are working together to donate thousands of YA books to teens living on Native American reservations. If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything is this year’s coordinating recipient.

You can check out these web sites: http://www.readergirlz.com/tbd.html and http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/~ifi to learn more about this really wonderful initiative. I'll be dropping books for sure!

NYC Teen Author Festival Madness!

I know...it's been a while. A few months is all, right? Well, I'm sorry. I've been busy though. Busy trying to start a new book. Busy with work and apartment renovations and...well, mostly work.

But I'm still here, and I'm very excited because next week is the New York City Teen Author Festival!


You can view the complete and fabulous schedule on Facebook to see where all of your favorite authors will be: http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=56488781586&ref=ts

I'll be making a few appearances. First, on Friday 3/19, I'll be signing at the Scholastic Store (557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012) around 1 o'clock. And on Friday afternoon, I'll be at the NYCTAF Symposium, which is being held at the South Court of the main branch of the New York Public Library (42nd Street and Fifth Avenue) at 3:30. I'll be on a panel with some amazing authors, including one of my heroes Alice Hoffman, talking about grief, loss, and the YA novel.

Then on Sunday, 3/21, I'll be signing at Books of Wonder (18 W. 18th Street) at 4:15pm. This is a mega-signing; there will be a ton of YA authors signing between 2 and 6pm. So, please come to any or all of these events, say hi, and bring lots of friends! I can't wait to see you!

Someone loves MAP!

I just discovered this amazing trailer a teen librarian named Adriana created. I love it, and I can hardly believe she made it.



Meanwhile, it's been a busy few months. I was in Tel Aviv, Israel, for about ten days and enjoyed the sunshine and warm weather. I spent lots of time at the beach, swimming and sailing. Visited some dear friends and spent time in the desert and in Jerusalem.

Then, as soon as I came home, I was on my way again, to Naperville, Illinois, for the Anderson's Bookshops YA conference. It was so much fun, and I got to visit two schools (Jefferson and Kennedy Jr. High Schools) while I was there. Hanging out with the students, talking about books and art, and making up a story was so much fun.

Autumn came on so quickly, I can hardly catch my breath. But for some reason, the changing of the leaves, the fresh, brisk air make me want to change my own leaf. Back to work!

So excited...

I'm so excited, because I get to go down to my home state, Delaware, this weekend. I'm going to see my parents and let my dog run around in the grass, unfettered by leashes or all the bodies constantly moving around in NYC. She's going to be so excited! But, what I'm most excited about is going down to Rehoboth, Delaware. The beach! I haven't been to the beach all summer. And, not only do I get to make a trip to the beach, but I get to visit Browseabout Books, a very cool independent bookstore, and do a signing. Then, I'm going to take a sailing lesson. Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait!

If you're in Rehoboth Beach this weekend, please stop by Browseabout Books, 133 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, on Saturday, August 15 at 10am!

Art Saves!

Hi, friends! Summer is truly here, and I'm finally able to go outside and ENJOY it! And what better way to celebrate than with the marvelous campaign the Readergirlz are running: Art Saves!

It does, it does, and I've left a collage-y contribution on the Readergirlz blog: http://readergirlz.blogspot.com/2009/07/art-saves-lisa-ann-sandell.html

You can also visit the magnificent Little Willow's blog to check it out: http://slayground.livejournal.com/517906.html

Art does save and there is so much going on out-of-doors to inspire. I spent the better part of yesterday paddling a canoe down the Brandywine River in my hometown. It was gorgeous and hard and wonderful and exhausting and so much fun. I wanted to photograph and draw everything I saw.

So, get out and make art!
L.

Love the readergirlz!

Well, this is the first week I've been up and about. I went to work, went to my friend Aimee Friedman's book release party for her awesome new novel, SEA CHANGE, and got some more fun news: The fabulous divas at readergirlz chose A MAP OF THE KNOWN WORLD as one of their recommended reads! Check it out: http://www.readergirlz.com/issue200907.html.

Considering the fact that it's rained every single, stinkin' day, and I've been trapped at home for nearly all of June, it's turned out to be a pretty sweet month.

I hope everybody has a wonderful weekend. Happy 4th of July!
xo
lisa

Love the readergirlz!

Well, ths is the first week I've been up and about. Went to work, went to my friend Aimee Friedman's book release party for her awesome new novel, SEA CHANGE, and got some more fun news: the fabulous divas at readergirlz chose A MAP OF THE KNOWN WORLD as one of their recommended reads! Check it out: http://www.readergirlz.com/issue200907.html.

Considering the fact that it's rained every single, stinkin' day, and I've been trapped at home for most of the month of June, it's turned out to be a pretty sweet month.

I hope everybody has a wonderful weekend. Happy 4th of July!
xo
lisa