Seattle, Texas, Maine, Brooklyn, Miami, Las Vegas!

October 13th, 2012

I’m moving into the home stretch of this here tour! Day 16 away from home is wrapping up, and I have just been having the best time. Thank you SO much to everyone who has showed up, bought a book, and made me feel welcome at my events all over the continent! I have the best readers of all time.


From the road. A well-loved copy of Smile.

Here are the remainder of my events, going right up till Thanksgiving.

Ravenna Third Place Books
DRAMA signing!
6504 20th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA
Tuesday, October 16
7pm

Tweens Read Festival
Bobby Shaw Middle School
1201 Houston Avenue
Pasadena, TX
Saturday, October 20 (all day)
I’ll be on the graphic novelists panel track with Dave Roman, Amy Ignatow, and Rachel Renee Russell!

Portland Public Library
5 Monument Square
Portland, ME
Thursday, October 25
4pm

Curtis Library Author Event
Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room
23 Pleasant Street
Brunswick, ME
Friday, October 26
4pm
“This free event is geared to elementary and middle school age students and older. Grown up fans of comics will also enjoy her talk.” To sign up, contact Melissa Orth, Teen Librarian, 725-5242 x227, morth@curtislibrary.com


Awesome Casablanca Comics flier by Melanie Tingdahl

Casablanca Comics
DRAMA signing!
151 Middle St
Portland, ME
Saturday, October 27
11am-2pm

Bergen Street Comics
DRAMA HOMECOMING PARTY!!
470 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, Nov. 3
7pm
Well I HAD to have a signing at my favorite NYC comic shop, right?! Friends, I hope you’ll join me for an evening of celebration, music, snacks, live readings, and shenanigans! Kids and adults welcome.

Miami Book Fair
Miami, FL
November 15-17
I don’t have my panel schedule yet, but I’ll announce it when I do!

NCTE
Las Vegas, NV
November 20
This is a trade show and not open to the public, but I hope to see many of my teacher and author friends there! My panel is eeeeearly on Tuesday morning, so come watch me talk comics as I blink away the tiredness! This is also my final, final tour stop…so it’ll be a little bittersweet.

Now, I’m off to bed before one last Vancouver event tomorrow afternoon! (Tickets are already sold out, sorry!) And then I’m coming back to you, lovely United States…see you all soon!

~raina

Vancouver, BC **AND SEATTLE, WA** Events!

October 10th, 2012

Hello from my hotel room in Portland, OR. Day…14 of my tour, I believe?

Figured I should make a quick post about my upcoming Vancouver, BC events! They’re all hosted by the amazing Kidsbooks (one of the best children’s bookstores in North America).

Each event requires a purchased ticket to enter. Be sure to click on the links below to purchase your tickets!

Westpoint Grey United Church
Purchase tickets here

4595 W 8th Ave
Vancouver BC
Thursday, October 11
7pm

Kidsbooks South Surrey Event
Purchase tickets here

The Boulevard at South Point Exchange
15033 – 32 Ave
Vancouver BC
Friday, October 12
7pm

Capilano Branch of North Vancouver District Library
Please call the store for remaining tickets: 604-738-5335
3045 Highland Blvd
North Vancouver BC
Saturday, October 13
2pm

After Vancouver, I’ll be heading back to Washington State. *****UPDATE!!! HERE IS MY SEATTLE EVENT INFO!

Tuesday, October 16
Ravenna Third Place Books
6504 20th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115

Come say hi! See you soon!
7pm

Just Added: Portland, OR Events! 10/6-10/10

September 29th, 2012

Hello to my west coast friends–I’ll be visiting Portland, OR in just about a week! I’ve added two last-minute events to my calendar. I hope to see some of you there.

Saturday, October 6
A Children’s Place Bookstore
4807 NE Fremont Street
Portland, OR
I’ll be at ACPB at 2 pm, talking about and signing my books!

Wednesday, October 10
Bridge City Comics
3725 N. Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR
6-8pm
Join me for an informal talk and DRAMA signing!

Please help me spread the word! See you soon, PDX!

PHOTOS! National Book Fest + DC and Philly visits!

September 25th, 2012

I’m at home today recovering from an astounding weekend in Washington, DC, for the Library of Congress National Book Festival!


I got to hang out with some of my fellow Scholastic authors…including Sonia Manzano, also known as Maria from Sesame Street!! Talk about a lifelong role model. Sonia is warm and funny, and so genuine. I was extremely honored to meet her, and may have done a little bit of fangirling, too.


Scholastic authors James Dashner, Maggie Stiefvater and I in front of the Washington Post offices, where we all attended an author breakfast.


The Festival’s opening reception was held at the Library of Congress. That building is jaw-dropping. I spent a fun hour running around looking at Thomas Jefferson’s library, the Reading Room, and a gallery of 100 Books That Shaped America. A really fun evening.

Here are some photos from the festival itself! A crowd of 200,000 gathers on the lawn of the National Mall each September for this event. It’s well organized, friendly, and free. I absolutely loved it.


My presentation! Each speaker got their own sign language interpreter, which I loved. I made an improv comic based on an audience member’s crazy story! It was a blast!


A sea of faces.


Another view of the sea.


The audience rushes to the front of the stage to take the mic during Q&A…


Superfan Emily and I! It was Emily’s story I drew during my improv comic presentation.


Superfan Molly and I!


Jarrett Krosoczka and I! I’ve known Jarrett since…well, we met on MySpace, if that tells you anything. He’s such a rad guy and a fabulous author/cartoonist/illustrator!


My signing line awaits…


…and rushes forward!

To summarize: Go to the National Book Festival if you get a chance. I certainly hope to go back in the future! I also had a wonderful time visiting the DC area in general–I went to the National Portrait Gallery, ate at some great restaurants, and met some really really nice people.

I visited some awesome bookstores in the area, too!


Barston’s Child’s Play in Chevy Chase…


Big Planet Comics in Vienna, VA…


Big Planet Comics in College Park, MD…


…and Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA! Here, CBW sets up the window display for my visit…


The readers gather…


My delightful, smiling crowd at CBW!

Thank you so much to the booksellers, readers, festival hosts and organizers, and of course, Scholastic for helping make this whole thing happen!

Later this week I head to the midwestern states! I’m visiting Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis before heading to the west coast for the next leg of the tour. Looking forward to it!

DramaTour: Midwest dates & events!

September 23rd, 2012

Quick tour post! Just want to get my next round of events up in one chunk! I’ll post my photos from my amazing weekend at the National Book Fest soon.

Here’s the midwest locations where you can find me during the next couple of weeks:

Young Adult Event at Anderson’s Bookshop
123 West Jefferson
Naperville, IL 60540
Friday, Sept. 28
7pm


Anderson’s Young Adult Literature Conference
Purchase tickets here

Hotel Arista
2139 CityGate Lane
Naperville, IL
Saturday, Sept. 29
8:15am-4pm

Left Bank Books
DRAMA signing!
399 N. Euclid Ave.
Saint Louis, MO
Monday, October 1
7pm

Wild Rumpus Bookstore
DRAMA signing!
2720 West 43rd St.
Minneapolis, MN
Wednesday, October 3
6pm

The Book Case
DRAMA signing!
607 Lake St E
Wayzata, Minnesota
Thursday, October 4
7pm

After these, I’m going to the Pacific Northwest: Portland OR, Vancouver BC, and Seattle! I’ll post dates and info AS SOON AS I HAVE THEM–Vancouver events are listed on the sidebar up there, and Portland and Seattle are coming ASAP. Promise!

Have a wonderful first week of autumn!