You guys! It's that time of year again. It's the sixth annual Ontario Teen Book Fest and I'm happy to be posting about one of the keynote speakers today, Marissa Meyer! I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of supplying the themed party food for the Los Angeles stop of her Winter book tour. You can read Thuy's recap and see lots of cool photos here. If you haven't read her Lunar Chronicles series yet, well, there's no time like now to get started, especially if you can join us in Ontario, CA to see her at Teen Book Fest!
Before we get to that, here's the important stuff to know about the festival so you can plan and find your way there.
When: Saturday March 12th, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Colony High School 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761
The Ontario Teen Book Fest Website: http://www.ontariotbf.org/
FREE -- No tickets necessary!
Side note, if you attend, you will be fed. Panera sandwiches and water/sodas are provided for attendees (since it's kind of hard to leave campus real quick to get some food--you might miss a panel!). I usually bring snacks anyway (and sandwiches are verboten on the anti-inflammatory diet I am currently on, so I do have to bring my own grub this time).
Books will be sold by Once Upon a Time. There will be t-shirts and posters as well.
At the end of the post, make sure you enter on the Rafflecopter for a poster signed by all of the authors!
Also, please share details about the fest on social media, and use the hashtag #OntarioTBF.
Last but not least, show the event bloggers some love by heading over to their websites, reading their posts, and leaving a comment! Not mandatory but it would be super nice of you. And you can see by the schedule who this year's authors are!
Blog Tour Schedule
February 22nd - Spotlight on Andrew Smith - What A Nerd Girl Says
February 23rd - Spotlight on Alexandra Monir - The Consummate Reader
February 24th - Spotlight on April Tucholke - Adventures of a Book Junkie
February 25th - Spotlight on Alexis Bass - A Traveling Book
February 26th - Spotlight on Marissa Meyer - Read Now Sleep Later
February 27th - Spotlight on Sara Elizabeth Santana - Movies, Shows and Books
February 28th - Spotlight on Robin Reul - Recently Acquired Obsessions
February 29th - Spotlight on Katherine Kottaras - iFandoms Collide
March 1st - Spotlight on Stephanie Diaz - My Fangirl Chronicles
March 2nd - Spotlight on Virginia Boecker - The Reader's Antidote
March 3rd - Spotlight on Mary McCoy - Book You Very Much
March 4th - Spotlight on Brad Gottfred - Seeking Bazinga
March 5th - Spotlight on Michelle Levy - My Fangirl Chronicles
March 6th - Spotlight on Elana K. Arnold - Read Now Sleep Later
March 7th - Spotlight on Kristin Halbrook - What A Nerd Girl Says
March 8th - Spotlight on Jessica Brody - The Windy Pages
March 9th - Spotlight on Nicole Maggi - Nite Lite Book Reviews
March 10th - Spotlight on Jay Asher - A Bookish Escape
Now that that's all squared away, here's Marissa!
Spotlight on Marissa Meyer
Marissa Meyer is the author of the Lunar Chronicles series. She thrilled YA fans with her debut novel, Cinder, which landed on the New York Times bestseller list at #10 in 2012. While to the untrained eye, Cinder may have looked like just another fairytale retelling aimed at teens, it is really much more than that. It's a socio-economic analysis, a political intrigue, a science-fiction thriller, a teen drama, a cyber-punk romance, and a dystopian fantasy all rolled into one (with an occasional hint of chibi comedy thrown in, just for fun).
Meyer continued to expand on her Lunar 'verse with sequels Scarlet (Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel), and Winter (Snow White). Each novel not only reveals more about Cinder's story, as well as the history and culture of the moon-dwelling Lunars threatening to take over the Earth, but also allies her with the strong, smart young women each volume is titled after. In the interval between Cress and Winter came Fairest: Levana's Story--filling in the gaps of the story by exploring the childhood and young adulthood of the primary antagonist in the series, the Lunar Queen herself.
Her most recent release is Stars Above, a print collection of nine Lunar Chronicles short-stories, only four of which had previously been published. It also contains an excerpt from the upcoming Alice-in-Wonderland-inspired Heartless, a stand-alone YA novel telling the story of a girl before she became the Queen of Hearts. Heartless hits shelves (and, I'm sure no one will bet against me on this) best-seller lists on November 8, 2016. The thing that amazes me most about Meyer's novels is how she manages to make the totally familiar fairy tale elements thematically fit the far-flung story she concocts in every book. You wonder why you never thought about it that way before because it just totally makes sense. I'm almost certain Heartless will not be an exception to this rule.
Did you know?
- Marissa started writing Sailor Moon fanfiction when she was 14. You can still find her stories at fanfiction.net under the pen name Alicia Blade.
- She has three cats named Calexandria Josephine, Stormus Enormous, and Blackland Rockwell III.
- She has a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Children’s Literature from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master’s degree in Publishing from Pace University.
- Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress were all written for NaNoWriMo (that's National Novel Writing Month).
- She loves Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband. Tweet her @marissa_meyer. You can find a TON more information about her at www.marissameyer.com, as well as music and book recommendations, downloadables, fan art, and details about Lunar history and real-world technology that Cinder might make seem like she thought it up (but these things totally exist, or may exist shortly if scientists keep at it).