Fantastic Fiction at KGB Reading August 21

Next week—Wednesday, August 21—I’ll be at the KGB Bar in New York City reading with one of my favorite authors. Who might that favorite author be? She wrote this book of terrifying brilliance:

The Diviners

And, so you know, Libba Bray is terrifyingly brilliant in person too. Oh yeah. I’ll be there reading from something I wrote, also.

So if you’re in New York, come to our reading!

There will be books for sale courtesy of WORD Bookstore if you’re so inclined, and we’ll surely sign them.

Here are the details:

Fantastic Fiction at KGB is a monthly reading series held on the third Wednesday of every month at the famous KGB Bar in Manhattan. The reading series features luminaries and up-and-comers in speculative fiction. Admission is always free.

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gemma Doyle trilogy (A Great and Terrible BeautyRebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing), the Michael L. Printz Award-winning Going Bovine, the Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist, Beauty Queens, and the recent 1920’s supernatural fantasy, The Diviners, as well as several short stories and plays. When Libba is not inventing excuses for missing various deadlines, she sings in the all-YA author rock band, Tiger Beat, and has considered selling Poetry Tampons(TM) on Etsy.

Nova Ren Suma is the author of the young adult novels Imaginary Girlsand 17 & Gone. Her next novel, a ghost story called The Walls Around Us, is forthcoming from Algonquin Young Readers. Her short stories have appeared inGulf Coast, Orchid, Small Spiral Notebook, New York Stories, and other literary journals.

Wednesday, August 21st, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)

Dallas–Fort Worth: I’m Coming Your Way

Beneath the Surface logo

This week I am visiting Texas for the first time, thanks to Irving Public Library, which invited me to be a part of the Beneath the Surface teen author panel on July 11!

2pm: Author Party—for teens only!

Beneath the Surface Author Party
with Special Guest Authors
Thursday, July 11, 2 p.m.
Central Library Auditorium
801 W. Irving Blvd
Unravel with transformed t-shirts and get fired up over shattered bookmarks & buttons. Meet special guests and authors—Nova Ren Suma, Tessa Gratton, Rae Carson, Tahereh Mafi, Aimée Carter, Ransom Riggs & Jenny Martin, who will be partying with us. Open to teens in grades 6-12.

BTS Panel Pic7pm: Teen Author Panel—open to the public!

Beneath the Surface: YA Author Panel
Thursday, July 11, 7 p.m.
Central Library Auditorium
801 W. Irving Blvd
Dive beneath the surface with authors Nova Ren Suma, Tessa Gratton, Rae Carson, Tahereh Mafi, Aimée Carter, and Ransom Riggs. Led by moderator and author Jenny Martin, they will explore the hidden depths of magic, mystery, fantasy and failed futures. Refreshments, book sales and author signing following the panel. Open to the public. *Books available for purchase thanks toHalf Price Books and the Friends of the Irving Library.

Hudson Valley YA Society Event Sunday!

HudsonValleyYASocietyIf you’re in the Hudson Valley, come see me tomorrow, Sunday, April 28, at 4pm for a Hudson Valley YA Society event at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck!

Here’s more about the event featuring me, Lauren Morrill, Lauren Oliver, and Jess Rothenberg! RSVP via Facebook or email to the store.

And if you can’t make the event, you can order signed copies of my books and I’ll personalize them to you when I’m there!

Order 17 & Gone signed from me to you.

Order Imaginary Girls signed from me to you.

Order Fade Out signed from me to you.

Or… better yet… come see me in person. :)

2013 NYC Teen Author Festival

NYC Teen Author FestivalFor I guess a few years now one of my author fantasies has been to be a part of the NYC Teen Author Festival organized by David Levithan that happens here in the city every spring. But either I didn’t have a book out in time, or I was away, and I kept looking longingly at the week, wishing I could join all the amazing other authors in one of the events. Next year, maybe, I told myself. Next year…

Well, I am so psyched to say, I’ll be a part of the NYC Teen Author Festival THIS YEAR. And—in a cool coincidence of good timing—the 2013 festival is running March 18–24, which just so happens to be my launch week for 17 & Gone!

First, go “like” this page for the NYC Teen Author Festival on Facebook—you’ll be able to see the whole schedule posted there, and it’s pretty incredible. And do you want to know the amazing bookstore events I’ll be a part of? Well, read on…

Here’s where you’ll find me during the festival:

Friday March 22: Barnes & Noble Reader’s Theater/Signing (Union Square B&N, 33 E 17th St, 7-8:30)

Eireann Corrigan
Elizabeth Eulberg
Jeff Hirsch
David Levithan
Rainbow Rowell
Nova Ren Suma

Saturday March 23: Mutual Admiration Society reading at McNally Jackson (McNally Jackson, Prince Street, 7-8:30): 

Sharon Cameron
A.S. King
Michael Northrop
Diana Peterfreund
Victoria Schwab
Nova Ren Suma

hosted by David Levithan

Sunday March 24: Our No-Foolin’ Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder (Books of Wonder, 1-4):

Jessica Brody (Unremembered, Macmillan)
Marisa Calin (Between You and Me, Bloomsbury)
Jen Calonita (The Grass is Always Greener, LB)
Sharon Cameron (The Dark Unwinding, Scholastic)
Caela Carter (Me, Him, Them, and It, Bloomsbury)
Crissa Chappell (Narc, Flux)
Susane Colasanti (Keep Holding On, Penguin)
Zoraida Cordova (The Vicious Deep, Sourcebooks)
Gina Damico (Scorch, HMH)
Jocelyn Davies (A Fractured Light, HC)
Sarah Beth Durst (Vessel, S&S)
Gayle Forman (Just One Day, Penguin)
Elizabeth Scott (Miracle, S&S)

T. M. Goeglein (Cold Fury, Penguin)
Hilary Weisman Graham (Reunited, S&S)
Alissa Grosso (Ferocity Summer, Flux)
Aaron Hartzler (Rapture Practice, LB)
Deborah Heiligman (Intentions, RH)
Leanna Renee Hieber (The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart, Sourcebooks)
Jeff Hirsch (Magisterium, Scholastic)
J. J. Howard (That Time I Joined the Circus, Scholastic)
Alaya Johnson (The Summer Prince, Scholastic)
Beth Kephart (Small Damages, Penguin)
Kody Keplinger (A Midsummer’s Nightmare, LB)

A.S. King (Ask the Passengers, LB)
Emmy Laybourne (Monument 14, Macmillan)
David Levithan (Every Day, RH)
Barry Lyga (Yesterday Again, Scholastic)
Brian Meehl (Suck it Up and Die, RH)
Alexandra Monir (Timekeeper, RH)
Michael Northrop (Rotten, Scholastic)
Diana Peterfreund (For Darkness Shows the Stars, HC)
Lindsay Ribar (The Art of Wishing, Penguin)
Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park, St. Martin’s)
Kimberly Sabatini (Touching the Surface, S&S)
Tiffany Schmidt (Send Me a Sign, Bloomsbury)

Victoria Schwab (The Archived, Hyperion)
Jeri Smith-Ready (Shine, S&S)
Amy Spalding (The Reece Malcolm List, Entangled)
Stephanie Strohm (Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink, HMH)
Nova Ren Suma (17 & Gone, Penguin)
Greg Takoudes (When We Wuz Famous, Macmillan)
Mary Thompson (Wuftoom, HMH)
Jess Verdi (My Life After Now, Sourcebooks)
K.M. Walton (Empty, S&S)
Suzanne Weyn (Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters, Scholastic)
Kathryn Williams (Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous, Macmillan)

…So that’s three chances to come get a copy of 17 & Gone the week it comes out, hear me read, and get the book signed.

Check out the NYC Teen Author Festival page for the full schedule running all week—and featuring more than 90 authors!

(I accosted the UPS man for this yesterday! It's an advance hardcover of the book... And it's beautiful. The "missing poster" text is laminated and catches the light... this picture doesn't capture how great this looks!)

(I accosted the UPS man for this yesterday! It’s an advance hardcover of the book… And it’s beautiful. The “missing poster” text is laminated and catches the light… this picture doesn’t capture how great this looks!)

And just a note: I won’t be having a launch event for 17 & Gone, so if you’re in New York City and want to hear me read and get a signed book, you should come to one of the Teen Author Festival events! That’s your only chance… unless you accost me in the street like I did to the poor UPS man yesterday.

Take a Workshop with me at the NESCBWI 2013 Conference


If you’re a YA or middle-grade writer planning to go to the New England SCBWI conference in Springfield, Massachusetts, May 3–5, I wanted to tell you two things:

Thing One: Registration opens today! You can register for the conference starting at 11am EST today (February 6).

Thing Two: And if you register, you’ll have a chance to sign up for a craft workshop with me. I’ll be teaching two workshops…

On Saturday afternoon, I’ll be teaching a two-hour workshop for novelists focusing on sculpting gripping, promising opening chapters:

F6 ~ Killer First Chapters with Nova Ren Suma (Pro-Track)

The first chapter of your novel can make or break you: The way you open your story will work to keep a reader (or agent, or editor!) feverishly turning your pages… or not. In this studio class, we will read all the first chapters ahead of time and discuss each student’s opening pages. We will ask questions such as: Did you start at the true start of your story? Is there a stronger way to hook your reader? What does this opening make you want and expect from the story? We will focus on the hook of a brilliant first paragraph, pacing and when to reveal information, and how to close out your first chapter leaving the reader gasping for more. We will also experiment with a writing exercise for first paragraphs, to see how shifting and re-imagining the opening lines can reveal new and exciting possibilities. For YA and middle-grade writers with novels in-progress.

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, YA, Audience: Int/Experienced (Pro-Track)

And on Sunday afternoon, I’ll be teaching another two-hour intensive focusing on setting and place in fiction:

L2 Place as Character with Nova Ren Suma

A strong sense of place in your YA or middle-grade novel can work to bring your novel to vivid life. This intensive will feature examples of memorable settings in published YA and middle-grade books as points of inspiration and reveal how the story for my own novel, IMAGINARY GIRLS, came from the real-life place where it was set. This workshop will also feature hands-on writing exercises and prompts to strengthen the place of your story and lead you to experiment with building setting description into scenes that can be seen and heard and felt with all the senses—setting that works in perfect balance against dialogue and action. Setting can be a strength even in contemporary realistic novels set in everyday places such as high schools and cities and towns we know. This intensive will inspire you to treat your setting with as much care and attention as your central characters.

Focus: Writing, Category: MG, YA, Audience: Intermediate

When you register, you choose which intensives you want—space is limited.

If you’re headed to NESCBWI this spring, I hope you’ll consider taking a workshop with me! I’ll be at the conference Friday through Sunday, and there will be two book signings, too.


p.s. And if you still want to take a class with me but can’t make it to Massachusetts in May, there are still spaces in my online YA Novel Writing: Master Class that begins in early April! More info here.

Commercial Interlude: November Events

I’m breaking into my carefully cultivated inspirational space where novel ideas soar through the air and whisper in our ears while we sleep to tell you that I will be out and about in the world two times this month—

…not including all the places in New York City where I write and where you might be able to find me if you were so inclined, though please don’t go looking, because sometimes I wear ridiculous writing outfits in public and stare into space and maybe talk to myself and wear a writing scarf on my head and/or spill tea on myself and it’s best you don’t witness that…

—and here are those two places:

Sunday, November 6, 3:30–5pm
Reading, Q&A, and Book Signing 
Inquiring Minds Bookstore

200 Main Street
Saugerties, New York 12477

With Susannah Appelbaum (author of the Poisons of Caux trilogy)

Tuesday, November 15, 7-8pm
Teen Author Event: A Series of One-Minute Themed Speed Readings!
The Huntington Public Library

338 Main Street
Huntington, New York 11743

With Matt Blackstone (author of Scary Scene in a Scary Movie), Selene Castrovilla (author of The Girl Next Door), Christopher Grant (author of Teenie), and Gae Polisner (author of The Pull of Gravity)

Come if you can!

A Different Kind of Reading Tomorrow: Dolphin Bookshop, Port Washington, NY

Hi! Fresh off my writing existential crisis, this is where I’ll be tomorrow:

This event is going to be something else. I’m there with six other (wildly talented!) teen authors, and instead of doing our reading at the beginning of the night—so if you can’t make it on time, you miss it—we’ll be doing short bursts of readings throughout the night.

They will be about one minute for each author.

Each one will be different.

They are themed.

And—if we read too long—we get dinged.

(No joke! There’s a bell! Gae promises she will use it!)

This event is all thanks to the incredible organizer Gae Polisner, and I’m just so thrilled she asked me to take part.

So come see Matt Blackstone (A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie), Christopher Grant (Teenie), Michael Northrop (Trapped), Gae Polisner (The Pull of Gravity), Léna Roy (Edges), Arlaina Tibensky (And Then Things Fall Apart) and me (Imaginary Girls, but uh you know that), tomorrow at the Dolphin Bookshop in Port Washington, New York. We’ll be there from 5:30 to 9, and you can stay as long as you like.

And seriously, if you get there any time between 5:30pm and 9pm you’ll hear a reading. There will be no repeats! I have also heard rumor of cupcakes?

I’ve chosen the bits I’m reading… selected from throughout Imaginary Girls, not just the first chapter (which is what I normally read at events). So you’ll get to hear me read pieces I’ve never ever read out loud in front of humans before! These are pieces about Chloe and Ruby, of course, and also about their parents, about London, and about Owen.

Also, this is my first book event on Long Island… the place where I was born. I only lived there as a baby, but I remember visiting my grandparents there when I was young. Now I get to go back. Hope to see some of you there!

Reading My Book in My Neighborhood Library

I have a favorite branch of the New York Public Library in Manhattan: the Jefferson Market branch on Sixth Avenue in the Village. I love the winding stone stairway, the high ceilings, the cool and airy rooms, and of course the selection of books. They have a great fiction section and a wonderful YA room. The place also has some fascinating history.

I’ve been visiting this particular branch of the library for years—and in fact I’ve blogged about it before.

This branch of the library has felt like home to me for a long time. On days when I feel gloomy or frustrated or stressed I’d find myself walking up Sixth Avenue and making an excuse to go up to the fiction section and just look, just to see what new books were in. (It’s rare I come home without at least one.) Just being inside the library could calm a foul mood within minutes. Sometimes, some days I used to get off the subway on the north end after my day job and go drifting through the stacks and tell myself—silently, it’s a library after all—that I’d be a writer one day and one day a book I wrote would be here. How silly it sounds to tell you that I did that, except here I am typing this and… it’s come true.

I admit I’ve fingered the place in the stacks where I might be one day… and gave a glorious yelp in the children’s room upon finding Dani Noir. I can’t wait for the day I see Imaginary Girls (I hope I hope I hope) in the YA room upstairs.

But tonight Imaginary Girls will be there for sure. And I’ll be with it.

I’m one of the readers at Teen Author Reading Night at the Jefferson Market branch of the library TONIGHT, Wednesday July 6. Here’s the lineup:


6–7:30 pm, Jefferson Market Branch of NYPL, corner of 6th Ave and 10th St

Tara Altebrando, Dreamland Social Club

Matt Blackstone, A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie

Christopher Grant, Teenie

Alissa Grosso, Popular

Sarah Darer Littman, Want to Go Private?

Blake Nelson, Recovery Road

Gae Polisner, The Pull of Gravity

Nova Ren Suma, Imaginary Girls

Melissa Walker, Small Town Sinners

Maybe I’ll see you there?

Interrupting Blog Tour Announcements to Apologize & Mention Some Upcoming Events

First, I have to say this:

I’m sorry. I’m sorry to my regular blog readers who have zero interest that my book that came out last week and don’t want to keep hearing me talk about it. I’ll be posting the location of my blog tour guest post every weekday through July 1, and I hope you will bear with me and, if you need to take a break from me, come back after. (And a thank-you to all those following my guest posts on the blog tour and supporting me and this book!)

I admit there are some other things I wish I could be blogging about. But I can’t. I absolutely can’t.

What I would like to blog about:

  • How the internet may or may not be ruining me.
  • How my novel may or may not be coming along.
  • How I have decided to handle reading reviews.
  • How solitary an existence you can have in the middle of a crowded city and how strange that is.
  • How much writing has changed for me after being published.
  • How a shy person deals with public events, before and during and after.
  • How I had this big realization this morning and wrote myself a blog post about it that I can’t show you.

But I will not be posting those thoughts anytime soon. Maybe it’s time for an anonymous blog, huh? That’s how this blog started, you know. It was wonderful.

Anyway, I wanted to tell you that I’ll be doing three events in the Hudson Valley—plus a reading in New York City—this summer and I would absolutely love to see you. It helps when people come!

Upcoming Events

Thurs., June 30
Summer Reading Kickoff
Barnes & Noble, Colonie Centre
Albany, NY
7:00 – TBD p.m. FREE!
I’ll be signing Imaginary Girls at the Albany Barnes & Noble during the “Summer Reading Kickoff” book fair with other YA and children’s authors including Eric Luper, Julia DeVillers, Jennifer Roy, James Preller, Jackie Morse Kessler, Sarah Darer Littman, Rose Kent, Aimee Ferris, Ryan Smitherson, and more. 
Wed., July 6
July Teen Author Reading Night

Jefferson Market Library, NY NY
425 Avenue of the Americas (at 10th St.)
6:00-7:30 p.m. FREE!
I’ll be reading from Imaginary Girls at the Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library along with other YA writers including Tara Altebrando, Matt Blackstone, Christopher Grant, Alissa Grosso, Sarah Darer Littman, Blake Nelson, Gae Polisner, and Melissa Walker. 
Mon., July 11
Barnes & Noble Reading and Signing

B&N Ulster Plaza
Kingston, NY 12401
6:30 p.m. FREE!
I will be doing a reading from Imaginary Girls and signing books at the Barnes & Noble in Kingston, New York.
Sun., Aug. 14
Hudson Valley YA Society Event

Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck, NY
Montgomery Row, Rhinebeck
4:00 p.m., FREE!
As a part of the Hudson Valley YA Society series, I’ll be reading and signing Imaginary Girls at 4:00 p.m. at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck along with author Micol Ostow, who will be reading and signing her fantastic new YA novel family You can RSVP on Facebook here.

There we go! Thank you, kind people. And thank you to all the wonderful people who bought Imaginary Girls and sent me photos for my collection and sent nice emails and tweeted nice tweets and everything and I appreciate you and thank you.

Want to See Me in Person This Month?

There are two places where you can see me in person this month—unless you’re stalking me at my café, in which case, yikes, say hello or something.

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Wednesday, May 18

twi-ny’s 10th Anniversary Party

I’ll be reading from Imaginary Girls at this event to celebrate the anniversary of This Week in New York: The Insider’s Guide to the City. Here’s the lineup so you know what time I’ll be reading. Did I tell you this event is FREE?

7:00: Andrew Giangola, The Weekend Starts on Wednesday

7:15: Megan Reilly with James Mastro

7:45: Nova Ren Suma, Imaginary Girls

8:00: Paula Carino and the Sliding Scale

8:30: Dean Haspiel, Billy Dogma, Street Code

8:45: Kyle Smith, 85A

9:00: Evan Shinners

Thank you to twi-ny’s founder Mark Rifkin for inviting me to take part in this celebration. I’m honored!

Where: Fontana’s, 105 Eldridge Street (between Grand & Broome Streets) New York, NY

When: Wed. May 18, 7pm-9:30pm


You can RSVP on Facebook here.

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Monday, May 23

NYC Teen Author Carnival

I’ll be one of the authors at this year’s NYC Teen Author Carnival during BEA week. Here’s the full lineup of authors. If you don’t come for me, come for them (and please excuse me while I run over to Gayle Forman and tell her how much I love her books… have you read Where She Went yet? Aaaah!).

Thank you to the organizers of the carnival Devyn Burton, Mitali Dave, and Korianne Way for including me!

Where: Mulberry Street Library, 10 Jersey Street (between Lafayette & Mulberry Streets) New York, NY

When: Mon. May 23, 4pm-7pm


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I hope to add a couple more events over the summer—in New York City and/or in the Hudson Valley, and I’ll let you know when I know.