Recommended Reads: El Deafo

September 1st, 2014

Today marks the release of Cece Bell’s incredible graphic novel, El Deafo. It’s a memoir about how Cece suffered hearing loss when she was four years old, wore special hearing aids and learned to lip read, and her journey of acceptance and fitting in and finding true friends through her elementary school years.

I don’t get around to recommending graphic novels very often (although I have done so in the past), but every now and then one comes along that I can’t help but want to tell my readers about! I think fans of Smile will especially adore this book, its star and its message. The art is also adorable, and the story is full of humor.

El Deafo is my favorite graphic novel of 2014, and Cece is one of my favorite people ever. Go read her book!

Sisters OFFICIAL Book Launch Parties!!

September 1st, 2014

This coming weekend, TWO book events in TWO cities!! Saturday I return to DC, and Sunday I’m throwing the OFFICIAL Sisters Book Launch Party Extravaganza in New York City. Will you come and join me?

Saturday, September 6
Politics & Prose event with Jimmy Gownley & Dave Roman
Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 364-1919 // books@politics-prose.com
3:30pm
Dave, Jimmy and I will do a live reading from each of our comics, followed by Q&A and signing!

Sunday, September 7
SISTERS Official Book Launch Party!
Book Court
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 875-3677 // info@bookcourt.com
4pm
Live reading! Drawing! Snacks! Prizes! Music!

Finally, a quick note to say that the National Book Festival was so much fun! Thanks to everyone who came and shared the day with me. I had a blast meeting all of you!


Huuuuge, standing-room-only crowd at the National Book Fest!

National Book Festival 2014!

August 27th, 2014

Wow. What a fun day I had celebrating Sisters’ official release into the world!! I signed copies of the books at several stores in the NYC area, and loved hearing from readers on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and more!


images from the @GraphixBooks Twitter account!

This weekend, I’m kicking off my official fall book tour at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC! It’s free to attend and open to everyone.

Saturday, August 30
National Book Festival
Presenting from 6:00-6:35pm in the Fiction & Mystery Pavilion (But don’t worry, I’ll be talking about graphic novels!)
Book signing 7-8pm

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon PL NW, Washington, DC 20001
More info and details here!

More tour dates and events are listed in this post. Hope to see you at the NBF, or another time!

SISTERS is Finally Here!!!

August 26th, 2014

I can hardly believe it, but the book is in stores TODAY!!!!!

This weekend, I hit the road for three months of touring to promote the book. I don’t have final and complete details for October and November yet, but September tour dates are about 99% set in stone…so here they are! Will I see you at one or more of these? I hope so. And if not, remember that you can order signed copies of my books through my local indie bookstore, Astoria Bookshop!


a few images from my last month of travels…

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Without further ado, my September tour dates are:

August 30: National Book Festival
Presentation 6:00-6:35pm
Book signing 7-8pm
Washington, DC

Saturday, September 6: Politics & Prose event with Dave Roman & Jimmy Gownley
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC
3:30pm

Sunday, September 7: ***SISTERS Official Book Launch Party!!!***
Food, live readings, prizes!!!
Book Court
Brooklyn, NY
4pm

Sept. 13-14: Small Press Expo (SPX)
Marriott Bethesda North, Bethesda, MD, Table H1-H2. Spotlight panel Saturday, 1-2pm!

Monday, September 15: One More Page Books Event & Signing with Dave Roman
Arlington, VA
4:30pm

Saturday, Sept. 20: Princeton Book Festival
Princeton, NJ
11-4pm

Monday, Sept. 22: Oblong Books Event & Signing
Rhinebeck, NY
4:30pm

Thursday, Sept. 25: University Bookstore Event & Signing with Kazu Kibuishi
Seattle, WA
7pm

Friday, Sept. 26: Third Place Books Event & Signing with Kazu Kibuishi
Seattle, WA
6pm

Sept. 29-30: Vancouver Events with Kazu Kibuishi
Vancouver, BC
Please check my website soon for dates, times, and locations!!

***October & November Tour Dates Coming Soon!!**

 

That’s all for now, everyone. Thanks so much for all your support thus far…I couldn’t do what I do without you! You make this author very, very happy! In the meantime…I hope you enjoy Sisters! Happy reading!!

 

~raina

 

The First SISTERS Tour Dates!!!

August 18th, 2014

Hey guys!! THE BOOK COMES OUT IN ONE WEEK. Oh my goodness.

I don’t have all of my tour dates ironed out yet, but I can at least share the ones happening through the second week in September! Below are the places you can find me celebrating Sisters’ book release. I’ll post the rest of my fall schedule as soon as I have it!

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Saturday, August 30
National Book Festival
Presentation 6:00-6:35pm
Book signing 7-8pm
Washington, DC

Saturday, September 6
Presentation and signing, also featuring Jimmy Gownley & Dave Roman!
Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC
3:30pm

Sunday, September 7
***SISTERS Official Book Launch Party!!!***
Food, live readings, prizes!!!
Book Court
Brooklyn, NY
4pm

September 13-14
Small Press Expo
Bethesda, MD

September 15
One More Page Books Event & Signing
Arlington, VA
Time TBA

Also, a reminder to readers everywhere: If I won’t be visiting your town this fall, you can still get a signed copy of Sisters in the mail! My local independent bookstore, Astoria Bookshop, is the official place to order a signed copy. You order it, I sign it, they ship it to your door! Be sure to pre-order ASAP if you want a copy as close as possible to the book’s release date!

I’ll be back soon with more info and more tour dates…see you soon!