Holly Black's Blog
December 19, 2014
So before it's all holiday all the time, I wanted to post the final piece of the how-to-get-a-copy-of-Darkest-Part-of-the-Forest puzzle: my Book Tour dates. This time it's mostly going to be East Coast (and Seattle!) and I will be in New Jersey where I haven't been in a while.
If you're in the area, you can come and I will personalize a copy of Darkest Part of the Forest just for you and we can talk about books, faeries, fairy tales. I will tell you secret things, sign with fancy pens, and give you presents. Come!
However, if you can't come to an event and you want to pre-order the book, (a) you can pre-order from these indie bookstores and get a bookplate and a poster (some stores are willing to ship overseas should that be a thing you are interested in), (b) you can pre-order a signed book from Barnes & Noble, (c) you could pre-order a book from any one of the stores I am touring (these ones in this post) and I'll sign it for you when I get there, or (d) you can pre-order a regular, unsigned book from anywhere books are sold.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM*
9 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
*There's been a lot of big talk from Odyssey about how they're going to MAKE A GLASS COFFIN. I really want to see if they can pull this thing off. This is the launch event, so we're going to be as weird as possible.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
THE PUBLIC LIBRARY OF BROOKLINE - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
361 Washington St.
Brookline, MA 02445
(Sales by the Children’s Book Shop)
Thursday, January 15, 2015
RJ JULIA BOOKSELLERS - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
Friday, January 16, 2015
WATCHUNG BOOKSELLERS - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
54 Fairfield St.
Montclair, NJ 07042
Saturday, January 17, 2015
WORDS BOOKSTORE - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
179 Maplewood Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Sunday, January 18, 2015
RIVER ROAD BOOKS - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
759 River Road
Fair Haven, NJ 07704
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
DOYLESTOWN BOOKSHOP - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Doylestown Bookshop
Doylestown, PA 18901
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
TOWNE BOOK CENTER - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
220 Plaza Dr (at Providence Town Center)
Collegeville, PA 19426
Friday, February 20, 2015 through Sunday, February 22, 2015
Doubletree by Hilton, 18740 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98188
*This is a convention put on by the same people who do FaerieCon and FaerieWorlds and will also be attended by Charles deLint, Laurel K. Hamilton, and many musicians and artists. It sounds like there will be panels, workshops and a lot of concerts.
Monday, February 23, 2015
UNIVERSITY PLACE LIBRARY (PIERCE COUNTY) - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
3609 Market Place W., Suite 100
University Place, WA 98466
(Sales by King’s Books of Tacoma)
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
BURIEN LIBRARY (KING COUNTY) - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
400 SW 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166
December 9, 2014
If you want to take a look at some of my new faerie book, The Darkest Part of the Forest, you can now download the first seven chapters for your eReader:
For Kindle, go here.
For iTunes, go here.
For Nook, go here.
For EPUB, go here.
For Google, go here.
And as a reminder, if you like what you read and decide to pre-order DPotF from these indie bookstores, you'll get a free signed bookplate and poster.
Or if you'd just like a signed copy, you can pre-order one from Barnes & Noble or from any of the bookstores I'll be visiting on tour (tour dates/stores coming soon.)
I hope you like the book, now that you get to read a big chunk of it!
December 5, 2014
My new faerie book, The Darkest Part of the Forest, comes out on January 13th and to celebrate, we’re giving away signed bookplates and a limited-edition poster with every pre-order in participating stores.
For a lot of years, readers have been asking me for a new faerie book, so I am very excited to finally be able to give you one. I hope you fall in love with these characters the way that I did. If you’d like to read a little bit from the book, you can read this excerpt .
Note: Not all stores take online preorders. But when ordering online (or over the phone or in person) it’s always good to confirm that you’re going to receive your bookplate and poster!
165 Western Ave. N, #14
St. Paul, MN 55102
Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
123 W Jefferson Ave.,
Naperville, IL 60540
Direct link to DPotF:http://www.andersonsbookshop.com/book/9780316213073
Anderson’s Bookshop Downers Grove
5112 Main St.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Direct link to DPotF:http://www.andersonsbookshop.com/book/9780316213073
Blue Willow Books
14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
Direct link to DPotF: http://www.bluewillowbookshop.com/node/76322
603 North Lamar Blvd.,
Austin, TX 78703
Direct link to DPotF: http://www.bookpeople.com/book/9780316213073
Boswell Book Company
2559 N. Downer Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Direct link to DPotF:http://boswell.indiebound.com/book/9780316213073
Children’s Book World
17 Haverford Station Rd.,
Haverford, PA 19041
5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100,
San Diego, CA 92111
2810 Artesia Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
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.)