This weekend Kristin and I will be appearing on the OSU-Tulsa campus during the Celebrations of Books Festival, which is a wonderful event! Super cool authors will be there! Lots of books! Panels! Books! And much more!
It kicks off Friday night at the Tulsa Jazz Hall of Fame, and then I'll be on a panel Saturday morning on campus. THEN Saturday evening, at 4:30 Kristin, Seoras (the real man, not the character), and I will close the conference in the convention center on campus as my friend and illustrator of THE FLEDGLING HANDBOOK 101, Kim Doner, interviews us. (Yes, we'll take questions from the audience.) Cool announcements will be made, and Seoras will definitely be playing his bagpipes.
Registration for the conference itself is $25, but teachers get in free. Oh, and if you just want to come to the closing ceremonies, show up a little before 4:30 and let the folks at the info desk you're here to see the Casts and they'll let you in. I't going to be a blast! Hope to see you there (yes, we'll sign books afterwards). Here's the link for more info: http://poetsandwriters.okstate.edu/celebration/index.html
And here's the article that was in the Tulsa World today:
Cast team will wrap up Celebration of Books
| | Thu, Sep 23, 1:25 PM
Sept. 23--In the three years since publishing "Marked," the first book in the "House of Night" series, Tulsa writers P.C. and Kristin Cast have become a publishing phenomenon. More than 10 million copies of the six volumes of the "House of Night" novels are in print, with the last three books debuting at No. 1 on the USA Today best-seller list.
The mother-daughter team's next book, "Awakened," won't be available until Jan. 4. It's the lead title in the Winter 2011 catalog from their publisher, St. Martin's Griffin, and will get the full public relations push -- with a national authors' tour, national print and online advertising, even a "Win a Trip to Tulsa" sweepstakes, to visit the locations that the Casts use as the setting for their stories about Zoey Redbird and her adventures at the House of Night.
For those who can't wait until the turn of the new year, the Casts will be featured as the final guests of the 2010 Celebration of Books, Saturday at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, 700 N. Greenwood Ave.
P.C. and Kristin Cast will take part in a public discussion at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, moderated by Tulsa author and artist Kim Doner, who collaborated with P.C. Cast on "The Fledgling Handbook 101," the first ancillary book to the "House of Night" series.
The idea behind "The Fledging Handbook 101," due out Oct. 26, is that it is the volume given to newcomers to the House of Night, explaining a lot of the mythology that underpins this fantasy series.
Before the Casts, the Celebration of Books will offer a wide range of panel discussions, public interviews and workshops that will give attendees the chance to meet with and learn from some of the best writers working today.
Among the special guests are three Pulitzer Prize winners -- playwright Beth Henley, novelist Michael Cunningham and poet Rita Dove, who is also the recipient of the Ambassador Award from the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers, the celebration's presenter.
Sue Monk Kidd, author of the acclaimed best-seller "The Secret Life of Bees," is the recipient of the Homecoming Award. Other participants include novelist and newsman Jim Lehrer, rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson, top New York literary agent Marly Rusoff and best-selling Tulsa novelists S.E. Hinton and William Bernhardt.
Admission to the Saturday sessions of the Celebration of Books is $25 per person. Passes are available at the ticket office of the Auditorium on the OSU-Tulsa campus, 700 N. Greenwood Ave.