|(Left to right: Lauren Oliver, Anna Carey, Sabrina Rojas Weiss (moderator), Tahereh Mafi, Veronica Rossi)|
- Lauren said her parents used to let her paint poetry ("just the worst writing...so pretentious") on her bedroom walls when she was a teenager. So she wanted paint for writing, plus a few Ani DiFranco albums and some ketchup. She really likes ketchup.
- Anna said she would not have been ready at all--and the thing she would have built up stores of in the bunker would have been Scott Wolf memorabilia!
- Tahereh said that when she was younger, she wrote an essay answering a similar question which her mother loved to tell people about--because Tahereh's answer was her mother's pillow! (All together now: awwww!) She also added that she would definitely need stores of Fritos* and Skittles.
- Veronica had an easy answer: her sketchbook. Apparently when she was a teenager she actually lost her beloved sketchbook on a plan--and even though she recovered it about a month later, it was a traumatic experience!
So, because all these ladies are so awesome, and because Tahereh is super-extra awesome:
I am having another giveaway!
|Look! I really met her! But it's tricky taking photos on different side of a table...this is the best we got.|
Here's the deal: I won a giveaway on Tahereh's blog, and my prize included a signed copy of Shatter Me. Tahereh was cool enough to inscribe it to me and everything, and it came like three days before this event. But I couldn't just buy everyone else's book and not hers--that seemed uncool and very sad. So, friends, that is where you come in! I bought a copy of Shatter Me along with all the other ladies' books, but I had Tahereh sign without inscribing it to anyone in particular. SO:
I am giving away a signed copy of the awesome Shatter Me!
Also included, because I was inspired by Tahereh's words about persistence and effort:
- Stickers and pencils from the NaNoWriMo store, all covered in peppy, persistence-encouraging writerly slogans (and supporting a program which, however you feel about it as an adult writer, really gets students excited about writing!)
- A $20 credit for DonorsChoose.org, where YOU get to choose a teacher's project to support! (And while obviously the choice of teacher is yours if you win, I would encourage you to look for teachers trying to create young writers! You never know what future J.K. Rowlings or Tahereh Mafis might be sitting in that classroom!)
*Fun fact: When I tried to type "Fritos" on Mr. S's iPhone notepad, it tried to auto-correct to "Doritos". Really, Apple? (Also, it corrected "Tahereh" to "Rather, eh?" which I think would be a great code phrase if Tahereh Mafi ever becomes a spy.)
**I had coffee with my high school theater teacher over break, and he informed me with disgust that he saw a kid in the halls of my old high school wearing a shirt that said, "Lazy but talented". Made by Nike. I feel like there may be a whole separate post coming inspired by my hatred of that shirt.