Holly Black's Blog
November 20, 2013
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd
Miami Book Festival
1:30-2:30 pm YA PANEL
I will be presenting The Coldest Girl in Coldtown on a YA panel alongside Kami Garcia, Lauren Oliver and Alex Flinn. Each of us will get about 20 minutes to speak about their own work, then there will be a joint Q&A.
2:30-3:30 pm YA PANEL SIGNING
After the presentation, all authors will be led to a nearby autographing area to sign books for readers.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24th
Miami Book Festival
1:30-2:30 pm MIDDLE GRADE PANEL
I will present Doll Bones on this panel with fellow panelists Conor McCreery and Amy Herrick.
2:30-3:30 pm MIDDLE GRADE PANEL SIGNING
After the presentation, authors will be led to a nearby autographing area to sign books.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25th
8:30-9:05 am ALAN Panel: Celebrating Fantasy
Hynes Convention Center
Ballroom B, Level 3 Laurie Renzi, ALAN Board Member, will moderate a discussion between Tamora Pierce (Battle Magic), A.G. Howard (Unhinged: Splintered Book Two), Nancy Werlin (Unthinkable), and me (Doll Bones). There will be a signing after the panel.
*This is a conference, so you have to be a conference attendee to come to this presentation.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30th
Odyssey books in South Hadley, MA - this is not an event, but rather I will be helping out for Small Business Saturday (you can read about Sherman Alexie's call for authors to do some bookselling here), wandering around the store, giving recommendations and bugging them to let me shelve things. Want to ask me for some book recs? Want to buy some books locally? Want to help me slack off like a bad employee by chatting? Come on in.
9 College Street
South Hadley, MA
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1st
Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY - joint event with the lovely Robin Wasserman (which I nearly mistyped as Rovin' Wasserman), author of, among other things, the absolutely terrifying and wonderful, THE WAKING DARK.
Oblong Books and Music
6422 Montgomery St.
(You can RSVP over at the site.)
Come see me if you get a chance! And happy start of the holiday season!
October 10, 2013
At last, I am pleased to bring you the Sarah Rees Brennan and Holly Black UK Tour:
Thursday 31st October - Sunday 3rd November
World Fantasy Convention in Brighton
Monday 4th November
Dark Mirrors: Gothic Fiction with Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan
Where: Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB
Tickets: Free, but booking is essential. To book tickets, email email@example.com or call 020 7437 5660
More info: http://www.foyles.co.uk/Dark-Mirrors
Tonight we journey to dark places with two of the biggest names in teen fantasy. The walled cities known as Coldtowns are the hellish creation of Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles and now The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Within them, quarantined monsters mingle with humans in a neverending, decadently bloody party, which, in an all-too-recognisable twist, is shown on TV 24 hours a day.
Kami Glass’s hometown of Sorry-in-the-Vale, the setting for the new novel by Sarah Rees Brennan, Untold, plays host to an uneasy blend of natural and supernatural. Conflict threatens to bubble over at every turn between the non-magical townspeople and the sorcerers who yearn to rule over them - and seventeen-year-old Kami faces her own internal conflict, as the sorcerer she’s been bound to for her entire life is torn from her.
Join us to find out for yourself how these two inspirational authors create their magical worlds, unforgettable characters and breathtaking stories, and hear their tips for creating a gothic novel of your own.
Tuesday 5th November
An evening with Queens of Gothic fiction, Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan
Where: Waterstones 93-97 Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5AP
Tickets: £4 / £3 for Waterstones Cardholders, available in-store or by calling 0113 2444 588
Join us at this Bonfire Night special with bestselling YA authors Sarah Rees Brennan & Holly Black, who will be discussing their new books, work, inspirations and top tips on becoming a writer! Sarah’s new novel Untold and Holly’s new novel The Coldest Girl in Coldtown will also be available on the night. The evening will include a talk, Q&A and signing session.
Wednesday 6th November
Gothic Fiction with Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan
Where: Seven Stories Children’s Book Centre, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ
Tickets: £3 per person (including admission to the centre). Call 0845 271 0777 ext 715 to book.
More info: http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/events/117476/gothic-fiction-with-holly-black-and-sarah-rees-brennan
Join teen authors Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan for a fun event talking about all things gothic fiction. Holly Black is the US author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books, including The Spiderwick Chronicles and her new book The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Sarah Rees Brennan is the Irish author of Unspoken, Untold, and her bestselling Demon’s Lexicon trilogy. Come along to hear all about their books, writing and inspirations – and find out their top tips on how to write a book of your own.
Thursday 7th November
Meet Teen Authors Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan
Where: Waterstone’s Liverpool One, 12 College Lane, Liverpool L1 3DL
Tickets: Tickets are free, but booking is essential. Please call 0151 709 9820.
Join teen authors Holly Black (US author of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles series) and Sarah Rees-Brennan (Unspoken, Untold, The Demon’s Lexicon) as they talk about their books, their inspirations and their writing – and discover their top tips for writing stories of your own. Tickets are free but spaces are limited – get yours soon.
We're going to have SO MUCH FUN!
August 7, 2013
Come out and see me! This is a solo tour, so it’s just going to be me and you guys. We’ll hang out! We’ll tell stories! It should be a fine time! (These are US only, but there will be UK dates soon in November!)
September 3rd : SOUTH HADLEY, MA - Odyssey Books (7 PM) - LAUNCH PARTY!
September 5th : CAMBRIDGE, MA - Cambridge Public Library, presented by Porter Square Books (7 PM)
September 6th : MILFORD, NH - Toadstool Books (7 PM)
September 7th : BURLINGTON, MA - Barnes & Noble (2 PM)
September 8th : SKOKIE, IL - Barnes & Noble (1 PM)
September 9th : NAPERVILLE, IL - Anderson’s Bookshop (7 PM)
September 10th : MOUNT PROSPECT, IL - Bookstall at Mount Prospect Public Library (7 PM)
September 11th : LANSING, MI - Barnes & Noble (7 PM)
September 12th : OKEMOS, MI - Schuler Books (7 PM)
September 21st : WASHINGTON, DC - National Book Festival (10 AM)
September 23rd : BETHESDA, MA - Bethesda Public Library, presented by Politics & Prose (7 PM)
September 28th : AUSTIN, TX - Austin Teen Book Festival (Closing Keynote)
August 6, 2013
Want to read an excerpt of my new novel? Coldest Girl in Coldtown is out on September 3, 2103, but you can read the first eight chapters NOW, by downloading the free Kindle preview, which is out as of TODAY.
Here’s the official description:
Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.
Go over to amazon and download it! You don’t need a Kindle to read it; it can be read on a computer, a phone, an iPad or the like. The FREE PREVIEW will only be up until the book’s release day, so go get it while the getting is good.
And let me know what you think! The book is coming out soon! I am starting to freak out about it!
OH! And I will be posting my tour dates later today too!
July 11, 2013
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM - WHEN GRRLS FALL IN LOVE: ROMANCE AND THE YA HEROINE
LOCATION: ROOM 23ABC
DESCRIPTION: From The Hunger Games’ Katniss to Divergent’s Tris, no one knows how to give a solid ass-kicking like a young adult novel heroine. But when these young ladies aren’t saving the world, overthrowing powerful regimes, or slaying everything from zombies to dragons, they still find time for romance. Panelists discuss the delicate balance between killing and kissing, and what it takes to properly woo a YA heroine
Panelists: Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments), Ally Condie (Matched), Veronica Roth (Divergent), Marissa Meyer (Scarlet), Lissa Price (Starters), Veronica Wolff (The Watchers), Moderator: Maryelizabeth Hart (Mysterious Galaxy)
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM - WHEN GRRLS FALL IN LOVE: PANEL SIGNING
LOCATION: Autographing Area (Table 9) – AA09
Mysterious Galaxy will distribute 50 ARCs of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown to the first 50 in line. They will also have my backlist, if you’d like to get some of that. :D
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM - THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN IN-BOOTH GALLEY SIGNING
LOCATION: BOOTH #1116
Little, Brown will distribute 100 ARCs of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. There will also be Glo-sticks.
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM - SDCC SPOTLIGHT GUEST VERA BROSGOL INTERVIEW
LOCATION: ROOM 4
Vera is a Russian-American artist working in comics and animation. By day she is a storyboard artist at Laika Entertainment in Portland, OR, where she has worked on the stop-motion films Coraline and ParaNorman. Her comics work includes several self-published minicomics and webcomics, as well as short stories in the Flight anthologies and Nursery Rhyme Comics. Her first graphic novel, Anya’s Ghost, was published by First Second in 2011 and won the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens. Also, Vera is awesome.
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM - HOLLY BLACK/VERA BROSGOL PANEL SIGNING
LOCATION: Autographing Area (Table 5) – AA05
Mysterious Galaxy will distribute ANOTHER 50 ARCs of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown to the first 50 in line. They will also have my backlist.
July 8, 2013
July 3, 2013
2. The reason that no one is willing to debate you about your views on women and/or POCs, Theodore Beale, is the same reason no one is interested in having a spirited discussion about whether or not the earth is flat.
3. Defending the rights of creepers to creep makes no one look good, Old Guard.
(And if you have no idea what I am talking about, that's probably all to the good. Ugh.)
May 1, 2013
April 16, 2013
And I just got my first printed copy in the mail!
If you like this kind of thing (and I hope you do), my spooky middle grade book comes out on May 7th.
And I have tour dates!
123 West Jefferson
CUDAHY FAMILY LIBRARY
3500 Library Drive (just south of Layton)
165 Western Avenue. N #14
St. Paul, MN
2720 West 43rd Street
As for the book itself, so far, some very nice people have said some nice things about it:
“A little bit scary and full of heart, this story grabbed me and wouldn’t let go.”
--Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award winning author of When You Reach Me
“Nobody does spooky like Holly Black. Doll Bones is a book that will make you sleep with the lights on.”
--Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
“Tightly focused, realistic tale—bladed with a hint of fairy-tale darkness.... Stories about the importance of stories...don’t come much more forthright and affecting than this one.”
--Booklist, starred review
“Every encounter redraws the blurry lines between childishness and maturity, truth and lies, secrecy and honesty, magic and madness. Spooky, melancholy, elegiac and ultimately hopeful; a small gem.”
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
”A darn good adventure.”
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
If you'd like to read some of the first chapter, CLICK HERE.
If you'd like to pre-order, you can do so at bn.com, at amazon, or at your local independent bookstore.
If you'd like to re-blog, you will have my eternal gratitude.
March 20, 2013
Imagination: A Conversation
Description: It’s a given that authors’ minds are very strange, wonderful, twisted, illogical, inventive places. Here we talk to five rather imaginative authors about how they conjure the worlds in their books and the stories that they tell, along with glimpses of the strange and wonderful worlds they are creating at the present.
moderators: David Levithan and Chris Shoemaker
For more NYC Teen Author Festival events, click here.