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Okay, so this panel happened about 2 weeks ago... but there's been so much exciting stuff happening at Books Inc for kids that I haven't had time to write it up until now! The panelists at this discussion included upcoming Oh My Gosh, Stories! guest Lisa Brown, American Born Chinese author Gene Yang, The Walking Dead and upcoming Super Dinosaur author Robert Kirkman, Newbery Honor medalist Jennifer Holm, and illustrator Lark Pien. The panelists led a warm discussion about the future of publishing and the growing need for children's graphic novels. Because kids are so adept at pairing graphics with text, graphic novels provide a great stepping stone for emerging readers. "The line between comic books and picture books is very thin, as thin as a speech bubble," said Lisa Brown. As Jennifer Holm put it: "It's their [kids] job to read everyday. We can help them get promoted." Though authors Lark Pien, Jennifer Holm and Robert Kikman write deliberately for children, Lisa Brown and Gene Yang agreed that they don't write for an audience-- the fact that their books are marketed for kids and young adults is just a matter of happenstance. "You have to make [comics] accessible for adults, and subversive for kids," said Lisa Brown, in response to the question of age appropriate graphic novels for kids who are attracted to the superhero content of Marvel and DC. There was an agreement that there needs to be more graphic novel content for elementary school aged kids, and that often the superhero stuff isn't the way to go. Perhaps in response to the generalization that comics are for kids, graphic novel publishers have published superhero content that is SO adult (violent, sexual and disturbing) that they're losing the child audience they historically reached. When asked to recommend in print titles for newbies to the graphic novel genre, Kirkman offered BONE, Brown suggested SKIM, Yang recommended MEANWHILE (by upcoming Books Inc. Alameda guest, Jason Shiga) and both Park and Yang agreed on HEREVILLE ("myth on paper," said Yang).
The Underworld Ball madness NEVER CEASES. The event may be over, but the chatter is still rolling out. Here at Not Your Mother's Book Club we're super lucky to have a network of bloggers who are kind enough to support our events, write them up, and in some cases win our costume contests. Listed here are some of the write ups from the amazing bloggers we call friends. Bookalicious features a video interview with our authors, Ravenous Reader includes reviews of events with other authors as well (jealous she made it to ALL those events!), Eve's Fan Garden helps you find your inner zombie, and Mundie Moms provides links out the wazoo, as well as a very flattering review! Pictured here are Pam of Bookalicious and Nancy of Ravenous Reader in a photo yoinked from the Bookalicious page. Thank you Pam for taking such fabulous pictures at the event with your hyper fancy camera!

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Our contest winners were each treated to a one-of-a-kind playlist! Below are the full playlists so that you can recreate them yourself. Playlist #1: Wang Dang Doodle-Koko Taylor, Caring is Creepy- The Shins, Rebel Rebel--David Bowie, Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old-- Broken Social Scene, Heartbeats-- Jose Gonzalez, You Know I'm No Good-- Amy Winehouse, Visions of Johanna-- Bob Dylan, Oh My God-- Ida Maria, Land of 1000 Dances-- Wilson Pickett, Young Blood-- The Naked and Famous, The Funeral-- Band of Horses, There is a Light That Never Goes-- The Smiths, Mannish Boy-- Muddy Waters, Howl--Florence + The Machine, Bizarre Love Triangle-- New Order, Brick-- Ben Folds Five Playlist #2: Black Sheep-- Metric (from the amazing Scott Pilgrim soundtrack) Bold as Love-- Jimi Hendrix, Love Will Tear Us Apart-- Joy Division, Stiff Kittens-- Blaqk Audio, Girls & Boys--Blur, Delayed Devotion-- Duffy, Blow it Up-- The Vaccines, No Cars Go-- The Arcade Fire, Sweet Soul Music, Arthur Conley, Everyday is Like Sunday-- Morrissey, Strangelove-- Depeche Mode, Hearts on Fire-- Cut Copy, By Your Side-- Beachwood Sparks, The Harder They Come-- Jimmy Cliff, Black and Blue-- Miike Snow, Set Fire to the Rain-- Adele Playlist #3: Daniel-- Willie Proctor & Geargia Sea Island Singers, On Your Own-- James Yuill, Under My Thumb-- The Rolling Stones, Death-- White Lies, Geraldine-- Glasvegas, Sentimental Heart-- She & Him, Pumped up Kicks-- Foster The People, L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.-- Noah & the Whale, Ring of Fire-- Johnny Cash, You Take My Breath Away-- The Knife, Heartbeat-- Blighters, Armageddon Time-- The Clash, The Ring-- Jamie Lidell, Mystic Eyes-- Them, The Game Has Changed-- Daft Punk, Road To Joy-- Bright Eyes.

 

 

Thank you to Adrienne Ducomb for her excellent musical taste, and extensive musical library.

 

 

 

Thank you to everyone who came to the Underworld Ball last night, featuring Holly Black, Cassandra Clare and special surprise guests Malinda Lo and Ted Naifeh! Yesterday morning, we'd sold about 60 some tickets. Ok, we thought, that's pretty good, right? That night we had around 120 (!!!!) guests! After a verrrry satisfying reading, we introduced Ted as our surprise guest, then commenced the Q & A. After that, we had a costume contest for our guests in "full regalia" and we were not left disappointed! The winners received Books Inc. gift certificates, and special underworld playlists. Our Twitter contest winner won a signed copy of Malinda Lo's Huntress, which was then personalized, as we were lucky enough to have Malinda as a guest! Then, we started the CRAZINESS that was the signing line.... which lasted for more than an hour. The ladies + Ted signed away, and after the stacks and stacks receded, we bid them THANK YOU and GOODNIGHT. For all our lovely guests, thank you for coming and for coming dressed like rockstars. As per usual, our fans are the best fans, and last night, you looked AWESOME.

Thank you, to all our Books Inc. Chestnut Street customers!!! This Saturday you helped us raise over $800 for the fantastic non profit, Room To Read! That's enough money to send two deserving girls to school for a whole year (with all the uniforms and books they'll need) and to fund 300 local language books! We had a special storytime, where we read Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, Argus, Bear in Underwear and Room To Read's very own book (though not available through Books Inc) Zak the Yak, about a steadfast yak and his two friends who want to bring books to ANY kid in need. We even had a (momentary) special storytime listener, Giants pitcher Brian Wilson, who even did his part by purchasing a couple books at the event! Here at Books Inc. we're so thankful for all the artists, authors and customers who make such a crazy diversity of books, and give us the ability to supply them; working with Room To Read was a wonderful way to give back to the world that which we love most: books! 

 Missed the event? Don't worry, you can donate to Room to Read here.

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