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October 17, 2013

As announced on the House of Hades tour, I'm pleased to share the cover for Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, which will be published August 2014!

Here's a description from the publisher:

Who could tell the origin stories of the gods of Olympus better than a modern-day demigod? Percy Jackson provides an insider's view with plenty of 'tude in this illustrated collection.

A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don't need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week.

So begins Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic--and sarcastic asides--to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who's who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. "If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that."

Dramatic full-color illustrations throughout by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco make this volume--a must for home, library, and classroom shelves--as stunning as it is entertaining. 


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October 3, 2013


Recently on Twitter I mentioned a deleted scene from The Last Olympian, in which Percy Jackson comes across his old nemesis Nancy Bobofit, the mortal girl who bullied him in The Lightning Thief. The scene was cut from the book for the sake of keeping the narrative moving, but I've always liked it. This week I spoke with Publisher's Weekly about how I decide which characters to highlight and sideline in each book. As an extension of that interview, the deleted Nancy Bobofit scene is featured below.


Percy, Thalia, Annabeth and Grover are heading to Central Park to fight the Titans when they run across a group of unconscious mortals. As you may recall, the god Morpheus put all the mortals in Manhattan to sleep before Kronos' army attacked the city:

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I guess they were on automatic timers. The streetlamps in the park glowed, making the lanes and the trees look spooky – like we needed any more spookiness. </div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>Thalia stopped and tensed, like she was catching a scent. “I’ll be back. Need to check the Hunters on the right flank.”</div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>Her bow appeared in her hands and she disappeared into the trees.</div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>We stepped over bodies of sleeping New Yorkers, moving them to safety when we could. We were just coming to a stone bridge on the northern side of the park when we came across a dozen kids, all slumped next to a pretzel stand, like they’d been lined up to buy snacks. </div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>Grover yelped. “Percy . . . look.”</div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>He crouched next to a girl with orange hair and freckles. She reminded me a little of Clarisse, because she was a big girl, like she was built for tackle football. </div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>And then my eyes widened. “Oh my gods. It’s . . . Nancy?”</div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>I hadn’t seen her in four years, but I still recognized her. Nancy Bobofit, a bully who’d made my life miserable in sixth grade. Grover and I had been at Yancy Academy, and she would pick on us mercilessly. She’d been around the first day I suspected that I was a demigod.</div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>“Who’s Nancy?” Annabeth asked.</div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>“A girl we used to know,” Grover muttered. “Not a very nice girl.”</div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>I looked at the other sleeping kids. Some I’d never seen, but a few looked familiar. </div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>“This is our class from Yancy,” I said. “They must’ve been on the summer trip.”</div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>“Yeah,” Grover said. He pointed to a lady in a flowery dress. “Here’s Mrs. Watt. She always chaperoned the summer New York trip. If we’d stayed at Yancy . . .”</div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>He didn’t finish the thought. We both knew that was impossible. We didn’t live normal lives. We never would’ve made it through middle school without monsters destroying us or the school or both. Still, it was strange looking at my former classmates. I never went backward. Once I left a school, I always tried to leave it behind for good. Besides, the memories were usually bad. But looking at the kids who’d kept going, even stupid old Nancy Bobofit, I felt a wave of sadness wash over me. </div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>“They’re right in the path of the battle,” Grover said, and he looked at me to see what I’d suggest.</div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>“We have to move them,” I said. “Under the bridge, maybe. They’ll be safer.”</div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>“After all she did to us,” Grover mused, “it kind of serves her right to be stomped by a titan army.”</div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>“But we can’t.”</div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>He sighed. “Yeah. You’re right. Maybe . . . draw a moustache on her, at least?”</div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>Four years ago, it would’ve been tempting. Now, I realized that I didn’t hate Nancy anymore. I was a different person. She was a mortal in the path of danger – we were the only thing between her and destruction.</div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>“No moustaches,” I said. “Annabeth, give me a hand?”</div><div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">            </span>She was studying me carefully, trying to read my thoughts, but she didn’t say anything. She just helped me drag the school group to safety.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">..... </div>
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October 1, 2013

It's almost time for The House of Hades, and I'm excited! Depending on where you buy your House of Hades copy, you may find a surprise inside. Each year, Disney works with some of their big accounts to produce exclusive art items for each seller. For instance . . .

If you buy a copy at Sam's Club or Walmart:

You will get the Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter bumper stickers pictured below. Choose your favorite camp or decorate your car bumper with both!


If you buy a copy at Target:

You will get the door hanger pictured below, which you can hang on your bedroom door to let people know whether they can come in or not. One side says "Welcome to Mount Olympus." The other side says, "Do Not Enter or All Hades Will Break Loose!"


If you buy a copy at Barnes & Noble:

You will get a full-color map of Tartarus, available nowhere else. I can't show you the whole thing, because it contains spoilers about The House of Hades, but below is what the top portion of the map looks like:


Wherever you buy the book, I hope you enjoy it!
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September 28, 2013



Before the flurry of tour activity begins, I thought I’d write a quick update on the blog.
House of Hades
First and most importantly, the wait is almost over! The House of Hades will be released in the UK, US, and Canada on Tuesday, October 8! I have confirmation it will also be released in Brazil this day. I believethe English language edition will also be available that day (or soon after) in most countries that usually get English editions, meaning Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, and the Philippines, but I have no direct confirmation about that. As always, you should check with booksellers in your area to ask them when the book will be available. As for other international markets, I don’t usually get information about their release dates. Remember, it takes almost as long to translate a book as it does to write it in the first place. That’s why the international editions are often a year or more behind. You will need to ask a local bookseller when the book will be available in your area.
Spoilers: Everyone hates them! I hate them. The fans hate them. So please, if you happen to get an early copy of The House of Hades, don’t spoil the story for everyone else. Accidents happen with the release date. When you’re dealing with millions of copies of a book, some of them will inevitably get out before they are supposed to. If that happens to you, well, you’re lucky, but ssshhhhhh! We don’t want to know about it. We certainly don’t want you telling everyone the plot of the book.
Another point about this: Readers, don’t believe every rumor you hear on the Internet. In fact, it’s pretty safe not to believe any of them. I know you guys like to call me a troll, but the real trolls are the people online who spread false reports trying to get you worked up about the book. From some of the supposed “spoilers” and fake book excerpts I’ve seen online, you would think that every character in The House of Hades gets killed several times. These aren’t spoilers. They are troll droppings! So if somebody claims they know what happens in the book, my advice is: 1) don’t listen 2) don’t believe 3) wait and read the book for yourself.
When the book does come out on Oct. 8, I hope you guys enjoy it. There will be some eye-popping surprises. I promise you that. But after you’ve read the book, I think those surprises will make total sense to you.
The Tour Itself
I’ll be visiting eight cities in the US this time. All the events are sold out except for the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville. The only reason that one isn’t sold out is because they aren’t selling tickets in advance. You just have to show up and hope you get a seat. If you’re planning on seeing me in Nashville, my advice is GET THERE EARLY.  Based on the response, I can pretty much guarantee there will not be enough seats for everyone who shows up, and I would hate for you to drive a long distance and get turned away. (Of course, there will be a ton of other great stuff to do at the festival and lots of other amazing authors.)
If you are coming to an event, make sure you read my blog post so you know what to expect: http://rickriordan.blogspot.com/2013/08/what-to-expect-and-not-expect-on-house.html.  Due to the size of the crowd, there won’t be a signing line, so leave your books at home. There will still be signed copies of The House of Hadesavailable, but I won’t be able to personalize your books and meet each of you individually. As much as I’d like to, when you’ve got an intimate crowd of one thousand or more, it just can’t be done in the time that we have.
As usual, my apologies if I’m not visiting your city. We try to visit different places every tour, but there’s only one of me, so obviously we can’t get everywhere. Most of the time, I have to stay home to continue writing. That’s the only way I can keep turning out a book a year! International tours, for the foreseeable future, aren’t possible either. I can’t tour and write at the same time. Like Percy, I’m pretty ADHD and I just can’t concentrate on both things at once. So for now, the writing has to take precedence.
Having said that, I look forward to seeing you if you are coming to an event, but even if you’re not, the best way to “meet” me is to read the books. Each novel is a private conversation between the reader and me, so I’ll look forward to chatting with each of you individually very soon.
What’s Next?
I’ve finished work on Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, which is a collection of the original Greek myths told in Percy Jackson’s point of view. Our favorite Seaweed Brain will tell you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the major gods – the good stuff, the bad stuff, and especially the embarrassing stuff – all in his trademark snarky sarcastic way (which of course bears no resemblance to the way this author thinks.) Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods will be released August 2014. I’ll post more details as soon as I can. On the tour, I’ll give you a sneak peek. If you can’t make the tour, I’m sure the sneak peek will find its way onto the Internet.
The Heroes of Olympusseries will have one more book, capping off the five-book story arc. The title of the fifth book will be revealed at the end of The House of Hades, the same way I’ve revealed all the other titles. Book five is next on my writing schedule, which is why I have to make the tour short so I can get back home and get to work! The book will be released October 2014 – one year after The House of Hades, again, just like all the other books have been.
After book five of Heroesis complete, I will at long last launch into my Norse mythology series. The first volume in that series is scheduled for 2015. It’s way too early to tell you anything else yet, but I’ve got the series mapped out and I can’t wait to get started on it.
As far as other projects I might write, believe me, I’ve got more ideas than I’ll ever be able to write in a lifetime. The problem is finding time to write them all. I can’t really speculate what will be next after the Norse series, but I will keep you posted as things develop.
What’s Going on Personally?
The Riordan family relocated to Boston this summer, as some of you read on the blog. Our new place, which we dubbed Athena House, already feels like home and we’re enjoying our new city very much. Speedy the dog loves walking through the park (or pullingus through the park, more like.) Our sons Patrick and Haley are liking their new schools. And I’m finding it a great place to write!
Tomorrow, Sunday, I’ll be participating in the Literary Lights event for the Boston Public Library. I believe the event is sold out, but if you’ve got tickets, I’ll look forward to meeting you!
And now, back to writing, but I’ll keep you posted from the road once the tour begins.
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September 18, 2013


Thanks to the amazing Topher Bradfield at BookPeople in Austin for sharing some photos of their Camp Half-Blood summer 2013! I've run out of superlatives to describe BookPeople, Topher and the rest of his fantastic and dedicated colleagues. They have been bringing Camp Half-Blood alive for so many summers now, and have been supporters of Percy Jackson since day one. This summer, their theme was Kane Chronicles meets Camp Half-Blood/Camp Jupiter, and as you can see, they did some amazing stuff!

Above, a champion from Camp Jupiter shows off his archery skills.


The demigods work to chain an invading mummy. Yikes!

Holy Hera! Mummies are invading the camp! I think I would run if I saw that coming my direction.

The Egyptian fire mage Teth Amon. He looks like a friendly fellow . . .

The monster named 13.  I don't think they call him that because he brings good luck.

Water cannons used to extinguish the enemy! Hurray!


Do those photos make you want to visit camp? Pretty awesome! You can tell why admission to camp sells out in, like, five seconds every year. If you're in the Austin area, definitely stop by BookPeople and say hello to my favorite demigods. The store is incredible! Thanks to everybody who participated in the camp -- what an experience!









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August 27, 2013

My mom sent this cool newspaper clipping yesterday, on what would've been my grandmother's 100th birthday. That's my grandmother Lillian standing on the right. Her sister, my great aunt Lula, is on the left. And that little baby is my mom!

I decided to post this because my grandmother was a huge influence on me, much like Frank Zhang's grandmother in Son of Neptune, except my grandmother was a lot nicer. She would sing me songs like "Wild Blue Yonder" or "John Billy" as she swung me under the apple tree in her backyard. She made awesome Jell-O and ambrosia -- a fruit salad with coconut shavings -- and yes, that's the first time I ever heard the term 'ambrosia.' When I was a kid reading Greek myths, I always pictured the gods sitting around eating my grandmother's fruit salad.

Most of all, I remember my grandmother's irrepressible optimism. Every time we got together, she announced, "This is the happiest day of my life!" And I think she meant it. I never heard her raise her voice. She only got mad at me once -- I don't remember what I was doing exactly, but I could be a cranky little so-and-so when I was a kid. She just frowned and told me I could go home rather than spending the night, and I was stunned. Grandmother's patience had a limit? No way!

Most of the time, she was about as close to an angel as you can get. I doubt her life was as perpetually sunny as she let on. I'm sure she had her fears and doubts like everyone, but she was determined never to let those show to her children and grandchildren. She always looked on the bright side and praised us for the good we did while downplaying the bad. As my Uncle Rees liked to joke, "If I ever got arrested, she would've assured me I was the best prisoner in the whole jail."

Whenever I need to create a strong, supportive, positive adult figure in my stories, I think about my grandmother. You can see traces of her in Sally Jackson, Tawaret and Ruby Kane.

I often regret that my grandmother didn't live to see me get published. Still, I know exactly what she'd say: "You're the best author in the whole world!" We all need someone like my grandmother in our lives, cheering us on and convincing us that we can succeed. I doubt I would've taken the risks I did if my grandmother's voice hadn't been in my head, telling me that anything was possible. So thanks, Grandmother, and happy 100th! I hope you're up there enjoying divine ambrosia under the boughs of an apple tree and eternally sunny skies.
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August 15, 2013

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It is always so much fun to talk with my readers.<br /><br />Now if you're planning to come to an event, here's what you can expect and what not to expect, as I don't want anybody going away disappointed. We've been doing events differently the last few years as the crowds have gotten larger and larger. Again, check with each location for exact details, but in general, here's what happens:<br /><br />When I arrive on location, before the event, I will be signing a thousand books. These autographed copies will be available for you to buy. In some cases, they are your ticket into the event. In some cases, you can choose to get a ticket without a book, or both.<br /><br />The event will be about an hour long. I'll tell you all about how and why I wrote the books. I'll show you behind-the-scenes cover art that was never used. I'll make stupid jokes. I'll read a sneak peek from the upcoming book <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods</b> and give you some hints about what’s in store next for our demigod friends. I'll give you a little info about my upcoming Norse series. And of course I'll answer your questions, as many as we have time for. It's always a blast!<br /><br />We WON'T be doing a signing line. There are a lot of reasons for that, but it all boils down to the size of the crowd. About three years ago, I realized that so many people were coming through the signing line that nobody was really getting a chance to meet me. We had to move so fast, just to make sure everyone got through the line, that it just wasn't a quality experience for anybody, including me.  I would either have to do a brief "Hi, how are ya?" speech and then launch straight into signing, or the store would sit me right down to sign. Kids would wait for two or three hours to get a two-second face-to-face with no chance to really interact. I couldn't sign all your books. I couldn't do pictures. I couldn't personalize the books. There was maybe time for one quick question, maybe. Well . . . it just wasn't working. Back in the old days, I was able to do all of that stuff, and of course everyone understandably wants a picture and wants all of their books signed, but even if I only spent thirty seconds with each fan (which is way too short to do all that) if a thousand fans show up, the signing would last eight hours. You see the problem? Also, to be honest, I'm getting older, and sitting in a chair for so many hours each night was murdering my back.<br /><br />Because of all this, I decided if we didn't have time to do a quality signing line (and with a thousand folks, there really is no way) we would make it a quality evening, with tons of time for the presentation and lots of Q&A. Don't bring all your books from home, because I won't be able to sign them, but I wouldn't be able to do that even if we were doing a signing line. The good news: You'll still get a signed copy of <b>The House of Hades</b>. You'll get a chance to ask your questions and really feel like you got to know me a little. And you won't have to wait in line for hours and hours!<br /><br />Hope that makes sense. I'm really excited for each of the events. Of course, every tour I wish we could go to more places, but with my writing schedule we just can't. I know you guys want the books to come out as quickly as possible, and that means I have to spend most of my time writing. Apologies to all my international fans, too. I've been invited to so many amazing countries, and I'd like to visit them all, but sadly it just isn't possible. We can't even cover a fraction of the US in the time that we have! As I always tell people, however, the main way that I communicate with you is through my books. I may not be able to meet you in person, but the best way to get to know me is to read the books. Each one is a private conversation between me and the reader, and I love you guys! You're all awesome. So if I get to see you on the tour, fantastic, but either way, I hope you'll enjoy <b>The House of Hades!</b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div>
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August 8, 2013

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mso-level-text:; mso-level-tab-stop:none; mso-level-number-position:left; text-indent:-.25in; font-family:Wingdings;} @list l2:level7 {mso-level-number-format:bullet; mso-level-text:; mso-level-tab-stop:none; mso-level-number-position:left; text-indent:-.25in; font-family:Symbol;} @list l2:level8 {mso-level-number-format:bullet; mso-level-text:o; mso-level-tab-stop:none; mso-level-number-position:left; text-indent:-.25in; font-family:"Courier New";} @list l2:level9 {mso-level-number-format:bullet; mso-level-text:; mso-level-tab-stop:none; mso-level-number-position:left; text-indent:-.25in; font-family:Wingdings;} ol {margin-bottom:0in;} ul {margin-bottom:0in;} </style> --> <div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Always exciting when I get to announce tour dates! As always, apologies if I'm not coming to a city near you, but we can only do eight cities each tour, and we try to spread them around so we don't go to the same places each time. The rest of the year, I have to keep writing! I will have more details as they are made available. Stay tuned for that!</span></div><br /><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Tuesday, October 8: </span></b><br /><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Barnes & Noble, <b>Burlington, MA</b> -- Launch Day Event!</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Burlington B&N #2699</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">98 Middlesex Parkway</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Burlington, MA 01803</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">781-273-3871</span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;"><i> Actual event will be at a local school, exact location to be announced soon. Stay tuned for full details.</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;"><b>Wednesday, October 9:</b> </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Symphony Space, <b>New York, NY</b></span> <br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">2537 Broadway at 95<sup>th</sup> Street</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">New York, NY 10025</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><a href="http://www.symphonyspace.org/"&g... style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">http://www.symphonyspace.org</span... style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;"></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;"> <i>Stay tuned for full details, including times.</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;"><i><br /></i></span></div><br /><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Thursday, October 10</span></b><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Barnes&Noble <b> Fairless Hills, PA </b></span> <br /><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><br /></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">The Court @ Oxford Valley</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">210 Commerce Blvd.</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Fairless Hills, PA 19030</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">215-269-0442</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><br /></div><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;"><i> Actual event will be at a local school, exact location to be announced soon. Stay tuned for full details!</i></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Friday, October 11</span></b><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Politics & Prose Bookstore, <b>Washington, DC </b>with Wilson High School, 7:00 PM</span> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><u><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Host:</span></u></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Politics and Prose</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">5015 Connecticut Avenue NW</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Washington, DC 2008</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">202-364-1919</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><a href="http://www.politics-prose.com/"&... style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">http://www.politics-prose.com</spa... style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;"></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.wilsonhs.org/"><... style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;"><br /></span></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;"><b>Saturday, October 12, 7PM</b></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">St. Louis Public Library, <b>St. Louis, MO </b></span> <br /><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><br /></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><u><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Host and event location:</span></u></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">St. Louis County Library</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">St. Louis, MO 63131</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">314-994-3300</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast"><a href="http://www.slcl.org/"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">http://www.slcl.org</span></... style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;"></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Sunday, October 13: </span></b><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Southern Festival of Books, <b>Nashville, TN</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;"> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">time to be confirmed</i></span> <br /><a href="http://www.humanitiestennessee.org/pr... style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;"></span></a><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;"> </span><a href="http://www.wmarocks.com/"><... style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;"></span></a><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;"></span><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;"> </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><u><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Books provided by:</span></u></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Parnassus Books</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">3900 Hillsboro Pike</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Nashville, TN 37215</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">615-953-2243</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><a href="http://www.parnassusbooks.net/"&... style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">http://www.parnassusbooks.net</spa... style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;"></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><br /></div><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;"><b>Monday, October 14, 5PM</b></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Blue Willow Bookshop, <b>Houston, TX</b>, at Morton Ranch High School</span> <br /><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><br /></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><u><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Host:</span></u></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">Blue Willow Bookshop</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Calibri; 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August 2, 2013



A busy summer for the Riordans! We are still settling into our new house in Boston, waiting for the last load of our stuff to arrive from Texas. On top of that, I’ve been writing furiously. So what have I been working on?
The House of Hadesis ready to go. My portion of the work is done. Now it’s being typeset, proofed, printed, etc. -- still a long process to get it ready for the release date, but the book will be out on time as promised, October 8, and I can’t wait to share the story with you! The first chapter was made available with The Son of Sobek ebook, but we will be releasing another sneak peek, free, later in the summer, along with some character art reveals. Stay tuned for more on that!
I’ve just finished work on the rough draft manuscript for Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods. For many years, I’ve wanted to retell the Greek myths. As a teacher, I always had trouble finding a good anthology of myths to use in my classroom. As much as I love Hamilton, D’Aulaires, Evslin, Graves and Greene, all these collections are a bit dated. I decided to try recasting the original stories by telling them in Percy Jackson’s voice. Rather than relying on the earlier anthologies listed above, I set them aside and went straight back to the sources – Homer, Hesiod, Nonnus, Apollodorus, Ovid et al. I let Percy do the talking in his usual snarky way, with chapters covering the creation of the world, the war with the Titans, and all the major Olympian gods. The result is a full-length book that I hope is the most readable modern take on Greek mythology, and also the most complete version available for young readers. I’ve covered the ‘greatest hits’ but I’ve also provided deeper cuts from the myths, many of which are not typically included in mythology books. Even better, the book will be illustrated by John Rocco, the genius who does the American cover art for all my books. That’s going to be awesome! I don’t have an exact release date for Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods yet, but you can expect to see it in 2014.
I have begun work on the fifth and final book in The Heroes of Olympus. You will find out the title of book five when you reach the end of The House of Hades (the same way I’ve revealed all the other titles in this series). The book will be released in the fall of 2014. Will that be the last story set in Percy Jackson’s world? It’s really too early to say, but I’ve got a lot of other irons in the fire.
For instance: I’ve also been working on my long-anticipated Norse series. The first book in that series is not due to be published until 2015, but I have the outline done and I’m very excited to get started with it. As I’ve mentioned before, Norse mythology was my first fandom. I started reading those stories in middle school, along with The Lord of the Rings, and the tales of the Viking gods had a huge influence on me as a reader and a writer.
As you can imagine, the projects above have filled up my plate pretty completely, but I’ve also made time to read a lot of great books over the summer. I’ll give you a report on those in a separate post later on.
In the meantime, thank you all for being such great fans! Because of you, The Son of Sobek has spent the last six weeks on the New York Times middle grade bestseller list – the first time this has happened for a short story, or an electronic book, as far as I’m aware. I certainly wasn’t expecting that little story to do so well, but I’m so glad you guys enjoyed it! Hopefully I’ll be able to continue that story line, so you can find out what happens with Percy and Carter next, though as I said, a lot of other irons in the fire . . .
Keep reading, and I hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer!
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July 5, 2013

Happy Birthday, USA!

Below are some of the photos Becky took last night from the roof of our new house. The display over the Charles River was incredible, as you can tell.
























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