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NBA Legend KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR READS @ Central Library; FEB. 19th!

Stealing the GameAuthor and former basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will read from his second book in the Streetball Crew series, Stealing the Game, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 at The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.

Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Stealing the Game is a fast-paced story for tweens (ages 8-12) about teamwork, friendship and dark secrets.  The book tackles issues like building self-esteem, celebrating one’s individuality and what it means to feel special.  “Stealing the Game” also features teenagers who act like teenagers by debating zombies and falling in love while watching classic French movies.

Abdul-Jabbar is a retired basketball player named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.  After his retirement, he wrote nine New York Times bestsellers on topics as varied as World War II, the Harlem Renaissance, and the impact of African-American inventors.  The first book in his Streetball Crew series is Sasquatch in the Paint.

Supporting this event:  The Seattle Public Library Foundation, media sponsor Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Co.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Brandon Sanderson @ Central tomorrow!

brandon-sandersonBrandon Sanderson reads from Firefight

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Acclaimed fantasy author Brandon Sanderson will be reading from his new teen fantasy novel, Firefight, the second in “The Reckoners” trilogy.

In the futuristic world of Brandon Sanderson’s “The Reckoners” trilogy, supervillains known as Epics rule the world like despots. But after exacting vengeance for his father’s death and proving that Epics have weaknesses, teenage David is left wondering what he’s fighting for now. To find answers, he heads to the even more oppressed Babylon Restored (formerly Manhattan) to face several of the most powerful Epics there are. Can’t wait to find out what David will discover as the second book in the series unfolds?

Brandon Sanderson is the author of the #1 NYT bestseller Steelheart, the first book in “The Reckoners” series, and the internationally bestselling books in The Stormlight Archive and The Mistborn series. He was also chosen to complete Robert Jordan‘s Wheel of Time series. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide.

You can visit him at brandonsanderson.com and follow @BrandSanderson on Twitter.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more info, call Central Library @ 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian!

Growing Up Alice

AliceI recently attended my first book signing at Powell’s Books in Beaverton, Oregon. My best friend and I left school early and drove for four hours to see one of our favorite authors, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Naylor, who lives in Maryland, is the author of over 130 books, among them the beloved Alice series. The series chronicles a girl named Alice from the age of 8 to 60.

My friend and I both started reading the Alice series when we were 8, and feel like we have grown up alongside Alice. When the last book in the 28-book Alice series came out October 15, 2013, she and I eagerly snatched up our own copies and read them within a couple days. When we heard that Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was going to be in the northwest, we knew we had to go see this remarkable women who helped shape both of our lives through her stories.

–Natalie, Northeast Teen Adviser


Author Interview: Matt de la Peña


​This week author Matt de la Peña will be visiting schools all around Seattle. Matt was born in National City, California, a town between San Diego and Mexico. He was the first in his family to go to college, and he went to the University of the Pacific on a full basketball scholarship. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, and teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country. Matt has written four books for teens Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican Whiteboy, We Were Here, and I Will Save You, and a fifth book will be released next week entitled The Living.

You can find out more about Matt by visiting his Facebook, twitter, VOYA interview, or newspaper articles. Yesterday I sat down with him and asked him a few other questions to help Seattle teens get to know him better, here are his answers:
PTT: How many rejection letters did you get before you were published? Did you keep them?
MdlP: I received four rejection letters before my first book was bought. I received about 50 rejection letters for my short stories, which was how I got started writing. I didn’t keep any of the rejection letters, but I did have a teacher in college who kept all of her rejection letters, made them into a dress, and wore it for Halloween!
What character from a book would you love to eat lunch w/, go camping w/, or date?
I’d love to have lunch with Esperanza from The House on Mango Street. I would love to camp with or date Remedios the Beauty from 100 Years of Solitude. She seemed like a spirit and it would be fascinating to see what she was all about.
What’s the hardest job you ever had?
Landscaping, digging ditches and laying pipe with my uncles over my college summer break. <PTT aside – this would have been summer in hot San Diego. Imagine digging ditches in that kind of heat!>
What was your favorite toy as a child?
A skateboard, although I did have some bad falls.
There are a lot of skate parks in Seattle. Do you have any advice for our readers who also like to skateboard?
Don’t have loose trucks. The skateboard wobbles too much.
Is there a question you wish people would ask you during interviews?
I travel all over the country and I wish people would ask me about my favorite places to visit. Seattle and Portland are two of my favorite cities to visit because I like the people and the food there.
🙂  There you have it Seattle teens – Matt de la Peña loves the people of Seattle. I hope you get a chance to meet him if he comes to your school. This week Matt will be visiting students at Chief Sealth, Denny, Franklin, Pathfinder K-8, Roosevelt, Eckstein, Nathan Hale, Pinehurst K-8, Catherine Blaine K-8, University District Youth Center, Interagency Academy, and Whitman.
Is he coming to your school? Has he already visited your school? What do you think of his books? Let us know in the comments.
Cheresse @ Southwest

Warm Bodies @ Central!

Warm BodiesDo you love zombies? Shamble in to the Central Library to watch the newly released zombie romance film Warm Bodies and meet the book’s author, Isaac Marion, for a Q & A afterward.

Is there love after death? In a post-apocalyptic future, zombie boy meets living girl in this funny, bloody romance.

When:  Saturday, July 6th from 2 – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Central Library, Level 1 – Microsoft Auditorium

Bonus points for coming costumed as a zombie!!

Books will not be available for purchase, but you may bring your own for the author to sign.

For more info, you can call the Teen Center @ 206-615-1410 or E-mail the Teen Center.

Invisibility Authors – Visible Today

invisibility Authors Andrea Cremer and David Levithan read from their new book: Invisibility

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Central Library, Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium

Invisibility is a magical romance between a boy cursed with invisibility and the one girl who can see him. Stephen is used to invisibility. He was born that way. Invisible. Cursed.
Elizabeth sometimes wishes for invisibility. When you’re invisible, no one can hurt you. So when her mother decides to move the family to New York City, Elizabeth is thrilled. It’s easy to blend in there.

Then Stephen and Elizabeth meet. To Stephen’s amazement, she can see him. And to Elizabeth’s amazement, she wants him to be able to see her–all of her. But as the two become closer, an invisible world gets in their way–a world of grudges and misfortunes, spells and curses. And once they’re thrust into this world, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how deep they’re going to go–because the answer could mean the difference between love and death.

From the critically acclaimed and bestselling authors Andrea Cremer, who wrote the Nightshade series, and David Levithan, who wrote Every Day and co-wrote Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist with Rachel Cohen and Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green, as well as many other novels, comes a remarkable story about the unseen elements of attraction, the mortal risks of making yourself known, and the invisible desires that live within us all.  He lives just outside New York City.

Andrea Cremer and David Levithan met each other in Washington, DC, even though that’s not where they live. Andrea was pretty certain she wasn’t invisible, but David confirmed that fact by introducing her to some other writers, who were all able to see.

Books will be available for sale at the event, thanks to the kind folks at Secret Garden Books. This event is free and open to everyone.

Seattle Reads: Meet Gregory Martin at Greenwood!

Gregory MartinSeattle Reads ‘Stories for Boys’: Meet Author Gregory Martin @ Greenwood.

Today from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Come meet Gregory Martin and join in a discussion with the writer and other readers.

The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to take part in Seattle ReadsStories for Boys,” a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion.

Martin’s quirky, heart-wrenching memoir looks at family secrets, truth and reconciliation, acceptance and forgiveness.  As Martin struggles to come to terms with revelations of his father’s homosexuality following an attempted suicide, he relates humorous stories about parenting two young sons mixed with memories of his own happy childhood with the father he thought he knew.

Library events and programs are free and open to the public.  Tickets and reservations are not required.  Limited free parking and street parking are available at the branch.  Doors will open at 10:30 a.m.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at events.