Today the SCBWI launched its program, Inside Story, in cooperation with First Book and select independent bookstores.
Taking place in ten cities, the purpose of the program is to introduce readers, librarians, and teachers to new releases and to build traffic at independent bookstores.
So, how does it work? Authors and illustrators are given a short period of time to talk about themselves and their books. As we all know, it’s no easy task telling an author to keep his or her word counts down.
At Bank Street Bookstore in New York, middle grade and young adult authors were given three minutes to tell us their backstories and sell us on their titles. Because of time constraints, I only had time to sit in on the middle grade authors, but let me tell you, those authors did not disappoint!
Patricia Lakin, Steve Jobs: Thinking Differently
Laurie Calkhoven, Michael at the Invasion of France, 1943
Jane Breskin Zalben, Four Seasons: A Novel in Four Movements
Josanne La Valley, The Vine Basket
Maryann Macdonald, Odette’s Secrets
Chris Grabenstein, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
The three-minute snippets felt a bit like speed dating. But those three minutes were jam packed with awesome details—the moment they knew they had a story, how a character came to life, and even why one author had no regrets for having sideswiped the M104 Broadway bus. You learn something new every day!
Charise Harper, Just Grace and the Trouble with Cupcakes
Jane Kelley, The Desperate Adventures of Zeno & Alya
Beth Ain, Starring Jules (As Herself)
Paula J. Freedman, My Basmati Bat Mitzvah
John J. Bonk, Madhattan Mystery
For more information on the Inside Story, please check out the SCBWI’s website, by clicking here.
And to purchase any of the authors’ titles, please check out Bank Street’s website, by clicking here.