In the Stacks: Twisting the Night Away-My Experiences “Going Vintage” at Clark County Library

I started this blog thinking I wasn’t gonna have too much to say, but I felt that I needed to add in some personal feedback from the Lindsey Leavitt meet and greet at the Jewel Box Theatre last week. It was quite simply one of the best events I’d been to in a while and I needed to share my experience with you all! The event was to mark the release of Lindsey’s new YA book Going Vintage. All attendees were encouraged to dress from their favorite era. Lindsey was right up front in the theatre, decked out in full fashionable attire, ready to sign any books purchased by all attendees and to hand out personalized bookmarks. It was very nice to see her family had shown up to help out as well. I ended up deciding on dressing up as a grunge punk from the early 90’s and I feel I sold the outfit very well. 😀 Lindsey gave a stellar talk to her audience and was extremely funny and entertaining while sharing her advice on writing, seeking sponsorship from agents & publishers, and also how great little chocolate doughnuts are as a snack. There was an unbelievable turnout of people, about 60 altogether! It was also a tremendous treat to see Lindsey’s friend and fellow author Tera Lynn Childs was sitting up front to cheer Lindsey on. Tera has released such works as Forgive My Fins and Oh. My. Gods. It was so cute seeing so many children and adults both showing costume contesttheir “vintage” pride as they showed up in their doo-wop dresses and psychedelic shirts. I made the smart decision to not enter the costume contest at the end of the talk, but I did root for the people that did. I have also decided when my nieces are a bit older I’m going to get them the Mrs. Leavitt’s Princess for Hire series. And hey, I might even be able to have them signed by Lindsey to give to them at that time, who knows? Ha-ha Lindsey is such a sweet person, and I’m not just saying that because I found out we went to the same high school, I’m being sincerely genuine here folks. For any of you who have ever considered writing, you should follow Lindsey’s words for the wise (no pun intended). She has an abundant amount of tremendous insight in that regard, and I personally found it to be quite useful.

hair dryerI also wanted to share that while waiting in the ever growing line after the talk I bumped into a woman named Sarah. We got to talking about stuff like Lindsey’s books and also about the Vegas Valley Book Festival (past and future). Then I found out that Sarah and her friend Lisa in Wisconsin run a blog of their own named “Girls with Books”. I asked for a card which Sarah graciously gave me, and I checked out the page as soon as I could. I got to tell you guys, it’s an amazing site! The blog page is full of reviews for some great titles, and it has tons of what I love best, author interviews. So for all of you fine ladies and gents out there, if you are truly a fan of reading, and you enjoy wonderful commentary on books and the writers who write them, you quite simply MUST check out this site. Here’s the webpage address:

http://girlswithbook.blogspot.com/

I also wanted to take this time to say thank you so much to Suzanne Scott for her unbelievable efforts in making this event Loretta and Judisuch a huge success! The set up in the theatre was absolutely astounding! Suzanne also helped set the mood quite well by featuring a personally made mixed tape of mega-hits from the 60’s and 70’s (I was so tempted to buy a copy myself). Also, there were little chocolates wrapped with pictures of the Going Vintage book cover. It was mighty impressive, Suzanne. Thank you so much again! And I also want to thank our wonderful, awesome techs who helped set up the event. Thank you so so much to all of the fellow staff and volunteers who helped out, and definitely Miss Judi for her inspiring me to go to this event and take part; I so appreciate it. And to finish of course, thank you most of all to the academy and to my family for all of your love and support- OH, WAIT! Sorry… wrong thank you speech. 😀

MAKE SURE TO READ LINDSEY LEAVITT’S NEW BOOK GOING VINTAGE! HOLDS FOR IT ARE GROWING SUPER FAST!!!

Photos by Loretta Brunell and Suzanna Scott

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Teen Tuesday – Going Vintage with Lindsey Leavitt

goingvintageLindsey Leavitt’s release party last week for her new YA novel, Going Vintage, was a “blast from the past!”  She was entertaining and informative, sharing advice and stories from her writing career.  Since my fellow blogger, Steve, will be posting about the event this week—with pictures!—I’ll leave the details to him.  In the meantime, here’s my review of Going Vintage:

Thanks to an online discovery, Mallory leaves behind the trappings of the 21st century to live like it’s 1962.  No cellphone, no computer, no iPod. . . why would a girl do this to herself?  No digital alarm clock, no backpack, no hoodies. . . could a bad break-up be behind all this?  You bet!  Since Mallory and Jeremy have been together longer than most celebrity marriages, she’s more than shocked and betrayed.  No longer part of a couple, she suddenly has to redefine and reconnect herself in a way that doesn’t involve texting, instant messages or updates.

Discovering a wish list her grandmother wrote when she was in high school, Mallory decides to tackle the list the way her grandmother would, sort of.  It seems that living like it’s 1962 was easier back in 1962—and now Mallory’s going to need a lot of help if she hopes to sew a homecoming dress, throw a dinner party and become pep club secretary.  Luckily, she has her talented, though distracted, grandmother, her younger sister, Ginnie, who’s perhaps a little too enthusiastic, and Oliver.  He’s the hip and popular man about campus who’s the new pep club president and unfortunately, ex-boyfriend Jeremy’s cousin, which means Jeremy’s never too far behind.

Going Vintage doesn’t merely explore the after effects of a romantic relationship and the possibilities of a new one, but Mallory’s family relationships as well: her conflicts with her mom, her similarities with her dad, her changing relationship with her grandmother, and the rock solid bond she shares with her sister.  In spite of her pain, Mallory’s voice is humorous and engaging and while she manages to flub up a few times, she remains a likeable and forgivable character.

The family dramas and post break-up angst are handled with a gentle touch and the California city of Orange provided such a delightful hometown setting that some readers may feel compelled to pack their bags.  A sweet and thoughtful study on first love, loss and how to heal a broken heart, Going Vintage shows that across generations the stress of growing up remains the same, “the only things that change are the stage props.”  So pop off those penny loafers, grab a malt, and sip your way through this fun confection.

Fans of Going Vintage may also want to check out Lindsey Leavitt’s first young adult novel, Sean Griswold’s Head or her trilogy, Princess for Hire.

Teen Tuesday – Attend Lindsey Leavitt’s Release Party for Her Latest Book!

going-vintage_lindsey-leavitt_bookAuthor visits are such a treat!  Who doesn’t love the opportunity to talk about a book you’ve enjoyed with the person who wrote it?   Or, for aspiring writers, to learn what it takes to become a published author from someone who’s already walked down that road?  Well, lucky for us, young adult author Lindsey Leavitt lives in Las Vegas and her latest book, Going Vintage, will be out March 26th.  To celebrate, there will be a launch party on Wednesday, April 3rd in the Clark County Library’s Jewel Box Theater.  So, here’s your chance to meet Lindsey Leavitt in person, learn about her new book, get her autograph and maybe, win prizes!

The event starts at 7 p.m. and attendees who come dressed from their favorite decade can enter the costume contest for fabulous prizes.  The Whitney Young People’s Desk has promotional Going Vintage bookmarks for anyone who asks, so stop by!  You can get Ms. Leavitt to autograph them at the event!  Check out the information below from the library district’s website and don’t forget to mark your calendars now for this event.

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An Evening with author Lindsey Leavittllbookmark

Wednesday, April 3rd, 7pm – 9pm, Clark County Library, Jewel Box Theater

In Going Vintage, Mallory’s boyfriend isn’t just cheating on her; he’s cheating with an online girlfriend. So she decides to swear off boys, modern technology and, inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, to “go vintage,” returning to a simpler time. Join us as Lindsey Leavitt talks about writing tween fantasies and books for young adults, creating quirky characters, and her love of little chocolate donuts.

Go vintage with us and take part in our fabulous costume contest! Dress like your favorite era – flappers, sock hoppers, Mad Men… all welcome! Have fun dressing up and win prizes!

A book signing and reception will follow the talk. Books will be available for sale at the door. For more information on the reading, call 702.507.3459.

Lindsey Leavitt is the author of Sean Griswold’s Head, the Princess for Hire series, and the forthcoming novel, Going Vintage. A former elementary school teacher and present-day writer/mom to three (mostly) adorable girls, Leavitt is married to her high-school lab partner and lives in Las Vegas.

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Ms. Leavitt recently participated in YAllapaloosa at the Centennial Hills Library in February where she and several other young adult authors hosted workshops, panels and book signings—so thrilling to meet authors whose books are familiar among teen readers, and who were so generous with their time and comments.  Lindsey Leavitt also took part in the Vegas Valley Book Festival last year and will participate again this November.  You can follow her at her websiteCome out on April 3rd and let’s show this local author some love!