Summer 2016 Teen Author Reading Nights!

The schedule for the Summer 2016 series of Teen Author Reading Nights has been announced! Yours truly will be reading from The Secret Sea on August 3, but be sure to check out all of the amazing authors who show up each month. (All readings begin at 6pm at the Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library.)

June 1

  • Tara Altebrando, The Leaving
  • Jennifer Castle, What Happens Now
  • Gordon Korman, Slacker
  • Lois Metzger, Change Places With Me
  • Sarah Mlynowski, Think Twice
  • Lindsay Ribar, Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies

July 6

  • Caela Carter, Tumbling
  • Melissa Grey, The Shadow Hour
  • Jeff Hirsch, Black River Falls
  • Kathryn Holmes, How it Feels to Fly
  • Ann Stampler, How to Disappear
  • Stephanie Kate Strohm, The Taming of the Drew

August 3

  • Aimee Friedman, Two Summers
  • Barry Lyga, The Secret Sea
  • Amanda Panitch, Never Missing, Never Found
  • Laura Stamper, Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies
  • Sarvenaz Tash, The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love

Your Chance to Get Adrift

AdriftI have been proselytizing for Paul Griffin’s Adrift for a while now. I told you it was great. I pointed out its first starred review. I even insisted you watch an interview with Griffin himself.

Well, here I am again, this time telling you that Paul Griffin will be speaking on a panel at Books of Wonder on July 29 (the day after Adrift goes on sale!) with fellow authors Daniel Jose Older and Adam Silvera. The topic? “Only in New York.”

Three authors talking about stories set in the Big Apple. Seems like a good time to me!

Be there — July 29 at 6pm at Books of Wonder. Buy a copy, get it signed, make yourself a little happier.

Here’s a link to the event page. Now you have no excuse! Be there!

Upcoming: Brooklyn Book Festival!

If you’re in Brooklyn or the Brooklyn area on September 23, be sure to stop by the Brooklyn Book Festival, held annually at the Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza (209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201). Not only is it always terrific fun, but this year I’ll be appearing on a panel at the Youth Stoop!

It’s a Hard Knock Life

Being a teen can be hard. Whether the issue is bullying, teen pregnancy or even a serial killer dad, this is a time in life that’s as thrilling as it is confusing, full of questions and decisions. Join popular authors Susane Colasanti (Keep Holding On) and Barry Lyga (I Hunt Killers) along with debut author Louise Rozett (Confessions of an Angry Girl) as they discuss tough choices and the teens who make them and why the teenage years are such a writing inspiration.

Swing by and see us! Signing to follow the panel.


I am thrilled to announce the first dates in what we jokingly refer to in the Lyga house as the “It’s Killer Time! Tour.” (Those of you born after the ’80s probably won’t get that…)

These are not all of the dates, mind you, but they are the very first events and the ones I can mention right now. I’ll add more as I know about them. And, of course, you can always check my event calendar for updates.

If I won’t be coming to your city or town, believe me — I’m really sorry. I wish I could come and visit every reader personally, but I can’t. However, if you want a signed copy of the book when it’s released and you’re not on the tour schedule, there is a way for that to happen. Simply visit this page and the lovely folks at WORD bookstore will help you out!

Sunday, April 1st @ 1PM:
Books of Wonder (18 W. 18th St., NY, NY 10011)
With many, many other authors as part of the NYC Teen Author Festival!

Monday, April 2nd @ 7PM:
Third Place Books (17171 Bothell Way NE, Lynnwood, WA 98155)
Come to this event and you could win an iPod touch!

Tuesday, April 3rd @ 7PM:
Barnes & Noble (19401 Alderwood Mall Parkway, Lynnwood, WA 98036)
Come to this event and you could win an iPod touch!

Wednesday, April 4th @ 7PM:
Books Inc (1375 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010)
Panel with Robin LaFevers (Grave Mercy)

Thursday, April 5 @ 7:30PM:
Mysterious Galaxy (2810 Artesia Blvd 90278, Redondo Beach, CA)
Come to this event and you could win an iPod touch!

Tuesday, April 10th @ 7PM:
WORD Bookstore (126 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222)
“YA Not” event in conversation with my fabulous editor Alvina Ling!
Come to this event and you could win an iPod touch!

Saturday, April  21st @ 7PM:
Book Court (163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201)

Saturday, April  28th @ 12PM:
Haverstraw Kings Daughters Public Library (Garnerville, NY)

Saturday, April  28th @ 2PM:
Valley Cottage Library (Valley Cottage, NY)

Saturday, April  28th @ 4PM:
Suffern Free Library (Suffern, NY)

Saturday, May  5th from 10AM to 4PM:
Hudson Children’s Book Festival (Hudson Junior High, 215 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534)