This Week in Recommended Reading: 8/31

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Every week, I give away free books to my students at Peirce College, where I teach freshman composition. I pick these books up for $1 or so at used bookshops, flea markets, sidewalk sales and the like, in an attempt to find fun books my students will enjoy. To try and inspire them to read more. 

For a little more info on why I do this, check out the first post here.

The Fall semester is here! This semester at Peirce, I'm teaching two composition courses, as well as mentoring some MFA students at Arcadia. So I'll likely have way more books to dish out in these lil' roundups, with books for both classes pulled together at once.

Here are the books I gave away the week of August 31st, and why. This week had a "book to film" theme, because why not.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd: I adore this little novel, and it's one of those movies that's always finding its way to the top of my Netflix / Amazon queue. Full of heart and super moving.

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: I read Eat Pray Love after a breakup, and while it didn't awaken anything spiritual in me, it did help me get through things... even while my former coworkers made fun of me for having it on my desk. I love, love, love the movie.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: This is one of those "the book is infinitely better than the movie" picks. And it's also one of those books that students are often surprised to hear HAS a movie adaptation.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer: Another one of those authors I adore. Everything Is Illuminated blew my mind forever ago when I first read it. Dishing out this book gives me a chance to talk about his others. (more…)

On B&N Teen: 6 Young Adult Novels Paired with Their Perfect Album

Deals: The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis Acquired by Sky Pony Press

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Oh, this post feels so good. My first agented Young Adult book sold, and has been picked up by Sky Pony Press, the children's imprint of Sky Horse Publishing. Here are the details from Publisher's Marketplace...

Dave Connis’s debut, THE TEMPTATION OF ADAM, pitched as DON JON meets THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER and PAPER TOWNS, in which a sixteen-year-old boy struggles to beat a porn addiction with the help of his family, new friends, and a fellow addict, to Nicole Frail at Sky Pony Press, for publication in Fall 2017, by Eric Smith at P.S. Literary Agency (World).

When Dave's manuscript appeared in my agency inbox, I read and devoured it immediately. I laughed, I cried, I gushed about the book to any of my bookish friends who would listen. I cried while explaining it to my wife (which basically means you've got a deal with me). After a long phone call (when we realized we were probably going to be best friends), I picked up Dave as a P.S. Literary client. (more…)

Events: Where to Find Me Through the Fall

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Oh. My. Goodness.

Summer is wrapping up, and Fall is looking to be a pretty hectic season when it comes to book-type-events. And I seriously can't wait to be out and about, hearing about new books and meeting awesome authors. I feel like I'm traveling more in the next three months than I have in the past full year, and it is super exciting.

Here's where you can find me, September through November. Book events galore. (more…)

This Week in Recommended Reading: 8/17

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Every week, I give away free books to my students at Peirce College, where I teach freshman composition. I pick these books up for $1 or so at used bookshops, flea markets, sidewalk sales and the like, in an attempt to find fun books my students will enjoy. To try and inspire them to read more. 

For a little more info on why I do this, check out the first post here.

Here are the books I gave away on August 17th, and why: (more…)