Austin Scene Sparkles
So much has been happening in the Austin Children’s lit scene that it’s hard to know where to begin. First off, our city swept the ALA awards. Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee took home a Caldecott Honor for All the World, Jacqueline Kelly got the Newbery Honor for The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, and Chris Barton was awarded the Siebert for The Day-Glo Brothers. Not bad for a day’s work!
Next up, Destination Publication, our Austin Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) conference that was held January 30th. I was thrilled–thrilled!–that my agent Andrea Cascardi came into town to speak about 13 things every writer should know about getting and working with an agent.
Andrea was joined on the all-star conference faculty by a host of well-known authors, agents, and editors, includingKirby Larson, author of Hattie Big Sky. Kirby gave a terrific talk about her journey to publication. I was reminded that even when we think we’re not writing, we’re collecting information from the world that will become our material later.
In other news, Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Eternal has gone paperback! This book is a must-read for vampire fans. But as I blogged in my post “Bitten and Smitten”, even non-vampire fans will soon be converted to the dark side. Eternal is the second in a series. Rumor has it that due to the incredible popularity of Tantalize and Eternal, Candlewick has asked for more books than originally planned, so stay tuned.
And finally, this past Saturday morning, the Austin chapter of SCBWI held its monthly meeting at our rocking independent bookseller, BookPeople. It was the first time in three years our Tim Crow could sit back and relax. After the outstanding job he’d done, he passed the reigns of resident advisor to the wonderful Debbie Gonzales.
Bethany Hegadus was the speaker at our meeting. Bethany is the author of Between Us Baxters and Truth with a Capital T which will be published by Delacorte Press in the fall. Bethany captivated us with a talk about plot structure and the six key scenes every manuscript should have.
Well, that’s all the news that’s fit to print. I’m so thankful to be part of this awesome children’s writing community.