Hi friends! Wow, we can’t believe that it’s already halfway through the year! We’ve had an amazing first half of 2017, and we can’t wait to continue to hold great events and meet even greater bookish people in the remaining months of the year! We have some exciting things planned, and we can’t wait to share them with you soon.
The first event we have coming up this month is our Twitter chat – #YARoomChat! We hold this online chat every month and discuss about some of the themes and questions raised by out Book of the Month, which is Wreck. We absolutely loved reading this #LoveOzYA novel, and we can’t wait to talk all about it with you!
Following our Twitter chat, Thursday of that same week we have one of the most anticipated bookish events of this year – #YAFanFest17, hosted by Allen & Unwin! Last year, only people in Sydney were lucky enough to attend, but this year we’ve joined forces with Allen & Unwin to make the first ever Melbourne event for the #YAFanFest possible! We’re lucky enough to be joined by the lovely Lili Wilkinson, where she’ll be talking about everything bookish, answering questions, and having a live-stream with the Sydney event! There might even be some bookish games and awesome prizes. Tickets are limited, so don’t miss out! We hope to see you there.
And then, on the last Sunday of the month, we have our Wreck Book Meet at Dymocks! We can’t wait to talk all about this awesome #LoveOzYA novel, so if you love YA, come along! We’re always thrilled to see some new faces. We meet in the upstairs section of the cafe at Dymocks, so you can treat yourself to a hot drink or some cake! It’s bound to be a lovely afternoon surrounded by bookish people.
Well, it looks like this month is going to be another busy one! We’re looking forward to all of our upcoming events and we hope to see you there. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions!
Hi everyone! WOW, well I don’t know about you, but this month has been great for us so far! Not only have there been a TON of amazing new releases, including Strange the Dreamer AND next month’s Book of the Month, The Upside of Unrequited, but we also had our Autumn Picnic last weekend! It was amazing to see so many people braving the cold to come and join us to chat about books and eat the delicious sweets that our guests kindly prepared. You can see all of our photos on our Facebook Page, and there are also some on our Instagram!
This coming Monday, we have our monthly Twitter chat – #YARoomChat! As our Book of the Month is Strange the Dreamer, we’ll be talking all about Laini Taylor’s spectacular new book. As always, the chat will be spoiler-free and you’re more than welcome to join in, even if you haven’t read or finished reading the book! We’re also lucky enough to be joined by Hachette Australia’s YA department, Date a Book!
And then in a couple of Sundays, we have our Book Meet at Dymocks, where we’ll be able to chat IRL about our love for Strange the Dreamer! There’ll be a special surprise for those that join us on the day, so make sure you don’t miss out! We’re looking forward to seeing both old and new faces. Grab a free ticket today so you don’t forget!Read More »
First and foremost, we’d like to take the time to thank Alison for answering this informal interview, as well as the ongoing support they’ve given both Sarah and I this month!
For those of you reading, Alison Evans is the genius behind our BOTM ‘Ida’, which hit shelves this month, and was voted by YOU to be selected for our very first book club read! And might we add, what an amazing selection! Alison was kind enough to answer a few questions for us and I’m here to share their answers. LET’S GO!
There are too many that I love, though if I had to choose, Spec Fic is my favourite at the moment.
Right now, The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth.
Favourite quote? “It is words that are to blame. They are the wildest, freest, most irresponsible, most un-teachable of all things. Of course, you can catch them and sort them and place them in alphabetical order in dictionaries. But words do not live in dictionaries; they live in the mind. If you want proof of this, consider how often in moments of emotion when we most need words we find none.” –Virginia Woolf
Favourite TV Show?
I’ve only seen the first three seasons but I really love The X-Files.
Favourite Disney film?
Alice in Wonderland
Favourite author/s (if you can choose)? Jorge Luis Borges for exploring such huge ideas so succinctly and beautifully.
Fruit pies with custard and/or ice cream.
Pizza or Pasta? Pizza
Gelato or Ice cream?
Movies or TV Shows?
Disney Channel or Cartoon Network?
Cartoon Network, though to be fair I haven’t ever watched the Disney Channel.
Paperback or Hardback?
Physical Books of E-books?
E-books just for sheer convenience. In my perfect world every physical book purchase would come with an e-book copy. I guess an enby can dream!
Bookmarks or doggie ears?
Doggie ears, I am literally incapable of using bookmarks properly, somehow.
Morning or Night?
Now that we’ve gotten to know Alison a little more, it’s time for some book related questions! (Don’t worry, we’ve kept the spoilers out of it)
What influenced you to be a writer? Was writing always something you wanted to pursue? Did any authors or idols influence your decision?
I always loved reading and then I discovered fan fiction and it blew my teenage mind. Anyone could write stuff, and their stuff was really good! If they could do it, I could do it. Then I started writing AU stuff, and then realised that my AU stuff was so AU it was basically not fan fic anymore, so I started writing my own things. And my first true love, Harry Potter, definitely influenced me the most when I first started. Rowling’s characters are so alive and I love them, I wanted to create worlds and people like that.
If you could change or add anything to your novel, would you? And if so, what would you change/add?
Don’t ask me this or I’ll cry!!! I haven’t looked at the printed book too closely because I now there will be things I want to change.
What’s your favourite part of the writing process?
Writing the very start for the first time because anything can happen, or doing the second draft where I get to tighten everything and get rid of plot holes and make sure characters don’t switch names halfway through for no reason (the reason is because during the first draft I forget names a lot).
What about your least favourite parts?
When most of the editing is done and you’ve read the thing a hundred times in the past week and you KNOW something is missing but you just can’t figure out what.
Did you ever have moments of self-doubt? How did you overcome those emotions?
Literally all the time. I try to remember that everyone feels like this and it’s okay. I guess I just keep pushing through despite the self-doubt. NaNoWriMo is actually very good practice for this! There’s no time to question yourself, you just have to write.
Who was the first person you ever shared your writing with?
My mum! She’s always so encouraging.
Was your novel always going to have the sci-fi time travel aspect? If not, what changed/influenced your decision?
Yep! The parallel universes were the seed of the whole story from the very beginning. I’ve always loved sci fi but so often the characters were the same protagonist again and again, the straight cis white guy who gets the girl and the gender binary stays very much intact.
How has your identity formed the characters you’ve written about?
Like I said above, I wanted more characters like me in Sci-Fi. The words “bisexual” and “genderqueer” are not very often used and so I put them in there, explicitly, so that queer teens could see they weren’t alone.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to aspiring writers?
Write a lot and keep going! Someone’s going to love it.
Hi everyone! For those that haven’t heard already, we’ve just announced our very first Book Talk for our Book Of The Month! We hope you’ve read Ida already, because our discussion will be focussed around this phenomenal novel, and we’re so lucky to be joined by the author Alison Evans at our meeting! If you haven’t had the chance to read Ida yet, make sure you grab a copy because it’ll be great to have a group discussion, and I’m sure Alison would be more than happy to deface (sign) your book for you.
Our Book Talk will take place on Sunday 29th January from 4.30 – 6pm at the Janet Lady Clarke Rotunda in the Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne. It’s just a five minute walk from Flinders Street Station, and across the road from Hamer Hall!
Please make sure you grab a free ticket to our event and spread the word! You can get your ticket here.
After receiving votes from most of you on Twitter, we’re super excited to announce that our Book Of The Month for January is Ida by Alison Evans!
Ida is published by Bonnier and is available at many bookstores in Australia right now, including Dymocks! Make sure you grab a copy so you can join in all the fun and come along to our meet-up at the end of January. It’s also fantastic that Alison is a local Melbourne author, and they’ll be joining us to discuss their latest novel! More details will be revealed soon.
Here’s a synopsis of Ida!
How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want?
Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths.
One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects far beyond what she’s considered.
How can she know, anyway, whether one universe is ultimately better than another? And what if the continual shifting causes her to lose what is most important to her, just as she’s discovering what that is, and she can never find her way back?
Ida is an intelligent, diverse and entertaining novel that explores love, loss and longing, and speaks to the condition of an array of overwhelming, and often illusory, choices.
Hi friends! If you haven’t seen already from our Twitter page, we’re having a picnic to celebrate the official launching of The YA Room! The picnic will be held on Sunday the 15th of January from 2 – 5pm at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. We’d love to see you there! There’ll be tea, cakes and sweets, as well as book-swapping and bookstagram opportunities!
To make this afternoon the best it can possibly be, here’s what you can do to help:
Tell everyone you know to come and have fun with us!
It just wouldn’t be a bookish picnic without all of you lovely people there. We want to see as many of your faces as possible and get to know you! As this will be our first official meet-up before our regular monthly book club sessions, this is a great opportunity to meet some like-minded fangirls and fanboys and get all the inside goss about the year ahead with The YA Room.
Bring food to share!
We’re going to be doing a lot of baking in preparation for the day, but the more cakes and cookies the better! It’s no secret that the bookish community loves sweets. So if you have the time to bake something or even bring something that you’ve bought to share with other people, that would be much appreciated!
Bring a book to participate in our book swap!
We’re planning on doing a fancy book swap, so if you’d like to be involved with that, please bring along one book that’s in good quality and you think others might not have already – and wrap it up! Everyone who brings a book will receive a book and we don’t want you to miss out! We’ll tell you the rules on the day, but it will be fun and involve some sneaky stealing too… but that’s all part of the game!
If you have any questions about the day or anything The YA Room-related, please leave them in the comments! And you can find a map of where exactly we’re meeting so you don’t get lost down below. Thanks, everyone!