Sunday, October 21, 2012

Writers Cubed in Kanab

This weekend we were asked to present at a writing conference in Kanab, Utah. I had never been there before. Kanab is a small town in southern Utah with an Old West vibe known for it's striking landscape.There are red cliffs and rock formations stabbing into the bluest sky I've seen, sand caves and sagebrush...a cowboy's dream come true.
 It's a close knit community, welcoming frequent visits from Hollywood. Loads of movies have been filmed there from John Wayne in the 1940s all through the decades up until now. There is also a renown animal sanctuary there called "Best Friends" started by Doris Day.
We made our presentation and met some interesting people at the conference and then spent the rest of the day exploring. Had a great time with the Cube!

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Shannon Hale and Libba Bray

In recent booky events, Writers Cubed had the fun opportunity to visit with Shannon Hale and Libba Bray at their book signing. They are amazing YA authors and definite favorites!  It was very entertaining to hear their hilarious and lively banter. They are friends and have toured together before--so the funny anecdotes flew. Also they sang a very amusing rendition of Total Eclipse of the heart...
 They each have a long list of released titles and an incredible track record. Both very intelligent, funny and super cool people and absurdly good writers. If you have not read them--DO IT. I have read Shannon's Austenland and  its sequel and The Goose Girl. SO good! And I read Libba's Great and Terrible Beauty trilogy. Outstanding. The talent of these two is nauseating!
Check out Shannon Hale's books here.    
  And the amazing Libba Bray here!

We are so pleased to say that Shannon Hale will be the keynote speaker at Writers Cubed upcoming Teen Author Boot Camp. She is a Newbery Award winner and NYT Best Seller. She has recently come off  a movie shoot for the film adaptation of her awesome book, Austenland, directed by Jerusha Hess (wife and partner of Jared Hess of Napolean Dynamite fame) produced by Stephanie Meyer, who is her good friend. We feel very lucky and excited to have Shannon join us and the kids of TABC 2013.