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August 2014 Third Thursday Panel

8/21/2014 From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

 Our next program will be on...



"Coming of Age:
Writing for Teens and Tweens"

Thursday, August 21, 7 PM

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., third floor*


*(please use the elevator in the back of the store to get to the third floor)


August -- the month when young people prepare to return to school. Do you remember the anticipation? The dread? The neat stacks of supplies and new outfits hanging in the closet? Maybe you've considered capturing such moments in books for and about adolescents. 

Our next Third Thursday meeting will feature four published authors of YA (young adult) and MG (middle grade) fiction. Come hear about the challenges and rewards of writing in this particular market.

Kari Anne Holt

Kari Anne Holt is the author of several middle grade novels in verse including HOUSE ARREST, (Chronicle 2015), RHYME SCHEMER (Chronicle, 2014), and BRAINS FOR LUNCH, which received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly and was highlighted on the Texas Library Association's Annotated Lone Star Reading List for 2011. She is also the author of MIKE STELLAR: NERVES OF STEEL, a nominee for the 2014 Connecticut Library Association Nutmeg Book Award, the 2013 Maud Hart Lovelace Award, a Great Summer Read for Tweens, and was named a Random House Fresh Fiction from New Voices book for Summer 2009. Kari has contributed to the anthologies, DEAR TEEN ME and FAKES: An Anthology of Pseudo Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, "Found" Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts. She also contributes wildly inappropriate work to McSweeney's Internet Tendency.


Lindsey Lane

Lindsey graduated from Hampshire College with a BA in Theatre Arts-Playwriting and moved to Austin where she wrote plays like the award-winning THE MIRACLE OF WASHING DISHES. She also worked for the Austin Chronicle and the Austin American Statesman where she interviewed death row inmates, cops, and wayward millionaires. Her picture book, SNUGGLE MOUNTAIN, was named Best Children’s Book of 2004 by Bank Street College of Education, and was later published as an app. Lindsey received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2010. Her debut YA novel EVIDENCE OF THINGS UNSEEN will be released September 2014.



Greg Leitich Smith

A native of Chicago, award-winning author Greg Leitich Smith now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, author Cynthia Leitich Smith, and their cats. His middle grade/tween novels include the Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winning and Junior Library Guild Selection, NINJAS, PIRANHAS, AND GALILEO (Little Brown/IntoPrint); its companion TOFU AND T.REX (Little Brown/IntoPrint); the Junior Library Guild Selection CHRONAL ENGINE (Clarion); and, most recently, LITTLE GREEN MEN AT THE MERCURY INN (Roaring Brook). He is also published in the picture book and YA short story. He holds degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and the University of Texas, and a degree in law from the University of Michigan. His web page is and he blogs at


Jo Whittemore

Jo Whittemore is the author of the tween humor novels, FRONT PAGE FACE-OFF, ODD GIRL IN, D IS FOR DRAMA, and the upcoming COLONIAL MADNESS and CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS series. She also penned THE SILVERSKIN LEGACY fantasy trilogy. Jo is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and is one of the founding members of The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels. When she isn't writing, Jo spends her time with family and friends in Austin, dreaming of the day she can afford a chocolate house where she will live with the Tenth Doctor.



Our Third Thursday program is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at


WLT would, also, like to thank BookPeople for helping to make our Third Thursday program possible. In addition to providing space for the program, BookPeople kindly offers a 10% discount to WLT members. WLT and BookPeople applaud your support of independent book stores and local business.