Recommended Reading 2016

Every year, I take a moment to post some books I read over the past twelve months that I think you should consider. This was a crazy-busy year for me, so I didn’t get a lot of reading done, but here is this year’s crop of recommended titles:

  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin
  • Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Recommended Reading 2015

As I do every year at this time, I present a curated list of books I read during the year, presenting few that I think truly stand out and are worthy of your time and energy.

This year, I heartily recommend you read:

  • Adrift by Paul Griffin
  • Queen of the Deep by Kay Kenyon
  • Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender & Rick Tetzeli
  • The Girl with the Wrong Name by Barnabas Miller
  • I Am the Traitor by Allen Zadoff
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • A Prayer for the City by Buzz Bissinger




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!

Paul Griffin Talks about Adrift

Adrift by Paul GriffinSo, I’ve been telling you all about Adrift, Paul Griffin’s amazing new novel, for a while now. Well, here’s your opportunity to hear about it from the horse’s mouth, courtesy of a special online preview.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to embed the video here, so you’ll need to do the hard work of clicking on the screenshot below, choosing the “Teen” video, and then scrubbing ahead to 6:19. Paul’s editor introduces him and then you can hear about the book from the man himself!


Remember, you can preorder Adrift now:

Teen Author Reading Night: Summer 2015

Once again, the season conjures a terrific slate of authors for your pleasure! As always, each event takes place between 6:00pm and 7:30pm of the night in question, at the Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library, located at the corner of 6th Avenue and 10th Street.

Pay particular attention to the night of July 1, when a certain someone will be reading from his new book. Also, be sure to be there on August 5, for a terrific line-up, including Paul Griffin (reading from Adrift, which you have preordered, right?), Gordon Korman, and Jon Skovron. Always a good time when those guys are around.

June 3

  • James Dawson, This Book is Gay
  • Anne Heltzel, Charlie, Presumed Dead
  • Bill Konigsberg, The Porcupine of Truth
  • Trisha Leaver, Secrets We Keep
  • Kate Milford, The Broken Lands
  • Adam Silvera, More Happy Than Not
  • Sarvenaz Tash, Three Day Summer
  • Will Walton, Anything Could Happen

July 1

  • Matt de la Peña, The Hunted
  • Lori Goldstein, Becoming Jinn
  • Jonathan Kranz, Our Brothers at the Bottom of the Sea
  • Emmy Laybourne, Sweet
  • Barry Lyga, After the Red Rain
  • Carolyn Mackler, Best Friend Next Door
  • Margo Rabb, Kissing in America
  • Anna Schumacher, Children of the Earth

August 5

  • Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, Tiny Pretty Things
  • Katelyn Detweiler, Immaculate
  • Paul Griffin, Adrift
  • Gordon Korman, The Dragonfly Effect
  • Jon Skovron, The Broken Wondrous World
  • Jess Verdi, What You Left Behind