October is my favorite month. Sweaters. Falling leaves. Cider. Pumpkin carving. An excuse to read creepy books and watch creepy movies and scatter creepy things over every household surface.
Over at my Facebook page, I’m asking readers to share their own favorite things about October. On Friday the 18th, I’ll pick a winning comment at random, and that winning comment-writer will receive a free signed copy of the new YA anthology STARRY-EYED (and I’m throwing in a signed ARC of THE STRANGERS too, just for fun). Go forth and comment/share!
This is also the season of All Hallow’s Read…
(Supercool poster by Introverted Wife)
I’ll be in New Orleans over Halloween this year, thanks to the Louisiana Book Festival (which reminds me: Come see me talk at 1:30 on Saturday, November 2nd, at the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge!), so I’m going to celebrate All Hallow’s Read a bit early by putting together a big box of Halloweeny books and passing them on to a nearby school, where I hope they’ll find their way into the hands of young readers who need or want them. If I had enough money, I’d blanket the entire area with Ray Bradbury and Poe and James Howe books, all dropped from a Jack-O’-Lantern-shaped hot air balloon on spiderweb parachutes…
If you’re looking for some All Hallow’s Read books of your own to share, remember that you can catch me and THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE at the Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis at 1:00 on October 26th.
Here’s a lovely new review of THE STRANGERS at Charlotte’s Library.
And finally, here’s me, my mom, and our spiderweb cookies. October: I love you.