Articles tagged "David Levithan"

The Lover's Dictionary Contest!

UPDATE (3/1): Thank you all for entering! This contest is now closed. Winners will be announced tomorrow!

THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY is the story of a relationship told in the form of dictionary entries, it's a 2012 Alex Award winner, and we have 20 hardcover copies to give away to our cleverest commenters here on the blog!

In THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY each page is a dictionary entry that describes one couple's relationship from the intimate, day-to-day minutiae to the deepest joys and fears of their lives together.

Booklist gave THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY a starred review and said, "Levithan demonstrates, intimacy is sometimes enigmatic and, as he notes under ineffable, 'No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough.'"

Here are a few of the entries:

autonomy, n.

"I want my books to have their own shelves," you said, and that’s how I knew it would be okay to live together.

dumbfounded, adj.

And still, for all the jealousy, all the doubt, sometimes I will be struck with a kind of awe that we’re together. That someone like me could find someone like you--it renders me wordless. Because surely words would conspire against such luck, would protest the unlikelihood of such a turn of events.

I didn't tell any of my friends about our first date. I waited until after the second, because I wanted to make sure it was real. I wouldn’t believe it had happened until it had happened again. Then, later on, I would be overwhelmed by the evidence, by all the lines connecting you to me, and us to love.

yearning, n. and adj.

At the core of this desire is the belief that everything can be perfect.

How to enter:

Leave a comment below in the style of a dictionary entry. Include one word and an unexpected definition for that word.

On March 1st Talia and I will pick our 20 favorite entries (be they silly, sassy, or heartbreaking). The winners will each receive one copy of THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY!

This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below!

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ALA Midwinter Love and Our YALSA Award Winners!

Whew, what a conference! Midwinter was a delight this year. We're so glad we got a chance to catch up with so many of you.

Now that we're back, we want to highlight the 2012 YALSA awards winners and nominees that we publish and distribute:

Our 2012 Alex Award Winners:

BIG GIRL SMALL by Rachel DeWoskin

See the full list of 2012 Alex Award-winners here.

Our 2012 Alex Award Nominations:

EMORY'S GIFT by W. Bruce Cameron

See the full list of 2012 Alex Award-nominees here.

2012 Great Graphic Novels:

DAYBREAK by Brian Ralph

See YALSA's full list of 2012 Great Graphic Novels here.

UPDATE: YALSA posted more awards and lists today!

2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults:

MILES FROM ORDINARY by Carol Lynch Williams

See YALSA's full list of 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults here.

2012 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers:

FALL FOR ANYTHING by Courtney Summers

See YALSA's full list of 2012 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers here.

2nd UPDATE: YALSA posted their popular paperback picks!

2012 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, Stick and Stones

SOME GIRLS ARE* by Courtney Summers
THE CHOSEN ONE* by Carol Lynch Williams

*This is the THIRD appearance on a YALSA booklist for SOME GIRLS ARE and THE CHOSEN ONE. They have each now appeared on YALSA’s Popular Paperbacks for Young Adult List (2012), Best Fiction for Young Adults (2010 & 2011) and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (2010 & 2011). If you haven't read them yet, now's the time!

See YALSA's full list of 2012 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults here.

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Amazon's Best Books of 2011:

It's that time of year again when we get the annual round-ups of top titles. Today we're highlighting Amazon's Best Books of 2011:

From the Top 20

THE MARRIAGE PLOT by Jeffrey Eugenides

(Fun fact: THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY was picked for both the Literature & Fiction category and the Quirky & Strange category!).

From the Top 100

THE SUBMISSION by Amy Waldmann
THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman
RIVER OF SMOKE by Amitav Ghosh
PULPHEAD: ESSAYS by John Jeremiah Sullivan
MY KOREAN DELI by Ben Ryder Howe
ONWARD by Howard Schultz
THE LEFTOVERS by Tom Perrotta
HARK! A VAGRANT by Kate Beaton

UPDATE: In my rush to post this, I missed a few titles! All set now.

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Aaand We're Back!

Well, ladies and gentlemen, Austin was a blast!

I'm delighted to report that there wasn't a single disaster, fiasco, or catastrophe and all the Texan librarians I met were sweet as peaches! We hosted some fantastic author events and signings. A huge thanks to C.C. Hunter, Jason Goodwin, David Levithan, Linda Castillo, Jonathan Maberry, and John Scalzi for joining us in the booth and on our discussion panels.

Talia got the opportunity to chat about her favorite upcoming Spring titles during the publishers' Book Buzz event and she also hosted a riotous adult mystery panel. Our old buddy Ben hosted Beyond Earth's Boundaries, a sci-fi panel that turned into a thorough discussion about the function and nature of genre.

We gave away a ton of stellar galleys at the booth, the most fun of which were the YA ARCs picked up by high schoolers on Teen Day. And after all that? We were (and still are) exhausted!

Our schedule may have been jam-packed with TxLA awesomeness, but don't worry, we still managed to grab some amazing carnitas tacos and a pile of the most delicious ribs I'll ever have the pleasure of inhaling.

TxLA 2011

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Our TxLA 2011 Schedule!

The TxLA 2011 Annual Conference is almost upon us! April 13th through the 15th you'll find Talia and I talking books in our booth, #2119. Stop by and say, howdy!

We also have the scoop on a few book signings and panels we think you'll want to add to your planners:

Wednesday, April 13th:

10:15am: C.C. Hunter will sign BORN AT MIDNIGHT in our booth #2119.

1:00pm: Jonathan Maberry will sign THE KING OF PLAGUES in the Follett Library Resources booth #1441.

2:00pm: "Adult Book Buzz" panel in which Talia highlights her favorite forthcoming titles (room 16AB, Level 4, convention center).

Thursday, April 14th:

2:00pm: "Authors of Adult Mysteries" panel moderated by Talia with speaker Jason Goodwin (AN EVIL EYE) (Ballroom E, Level 4, convention center).

2:00pm: David Levithan will sign THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY in our booth #2119.

Friday, April 15th:

8:00am: "Lariat List Adult Services Author Session Breakfast" with speaker Linda Castillo (BREAKING SILENCE) at the Hilton Downtown (500 East 4th Street). Ticket purchase required.

10am: "Beyond Earth's Boundaries" panel with speaker Jonathan Maberry (room 19AB, Level 4, convention center). He will do a second signing of THE KING OF PLAGUES, as well.

See you there!

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On Lovers and Twitterers

In addition to Talia, DrunkHulk, and yours truly, all you Tweeple out there should be following loversdiction. Once a day, author David Levithan posts a romantic entry in the same format of his unconventional narrative, THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY.

Go forth and follow!

The Lover's Dictionary on KCRW's Bookworm

YA author, David Levithan, made his adult fiction debut with The Lover's Dictionary, an unconventional narrative about a modern relationship told through emotionally rich dictionary entries such as this:

indelible, adj. That first night, you took your finger and pointed to the top of my head, then traced a line between my eyes, down my nose, over my lips, down my neck, to the center of my chest. It was so surprising, I knew I would never mimic it. That one gesture would be yours forever.

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