I’ve been having a wonderful time meeting readers this month at some bookstore and library events!

I had an especially great time two nights ago at the Cambridge Public Library, meeting with a wonderful book group. About ten kids and their parents meet monthly to discuss a book they all vote on. This month they read TOKYO HEIST, and invited me to join them for pizza and discussion.We talked about suspects and red herrings, the role of parents in YA mysteries, art in novels, and lots of other things. I also learned many new uses for chocolate Pocky. (Hey, did you know you can write and draw with this stuff? One young artist created a couple of masterpieces during our discussion!)

Here are some events coming up soon; if you’re in the Boston area, please come to one or spread the word!

This weekend I’ll be kicking off Teen Read Week with Gina Damico (author of the screamingly funny books Croak and Scorch). What do a budding manga artist and a budding grim reaper have in common? Find out what links our books (there’s a link! really!) at the Belmont Public Library this Saturday, October 13, at 3:00. (And if you’re far away, you can read my recent interview with Gina on the Sleuths Spies & Alibis blog).

Next week more Teen Read Week fun continues with YA fantasy author Erin Cashman (The Exceptionals). We’ll launch a Meet the Author series at Firefly Moon, a unique and very cool gift shop and art gallery in Arlington, MA.

I’ll also be appearing at the Boston Teen Author Festival on October 28, with 14 other YA authors. You guys, this is huge! The festival is hosted by Emerson College and is presented in conjunction with the Boston Book Festival. If you are NOT an Emerson student, you do have to register by October 24, but it is FREE and EASY. Here’s the registration link.

Visit my Events page for more details and more fall events.

Not in the Boston area? Join me on Twitter tonight! It’s the 12th of the month, which means it’s time for the monthly Apocalypsies Twitter chat. The topic this month is MYSTERIES & THRILLERS. My favorite! I’ll be hosting, along with fellow Apocalypsie A.C. Gaughen (author of Scarlet). We have four spotlight authors to introduce you to, and giveaways galore. Follow hashtag #2012debuts and join us at 9:00 PM EST!

(Hey – what happens when you give Pocky sticks to members of the Apocalypsies? APOCKYLYPSIES.)
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