Wednesday, January 2, 2013


 Breaking News: Apologies if you're seeing this, like, EVERYWHERE today.  But I think it's pretty exciting and worth a look!  Tomorrow we return to our regularly scheduled programming.

Have you ever wished that a big YA book tour would make a stop in your hometown? Well, here's your chance for that wish to come true! YA2U is a program that features five award-winning and best-selling authors who are holding a contest to see what city they should visit in an exclusive tour stop!

The authors are collecting votes from January 1 to February 15, and any city in the continental US or any Canadian city that has an international airport can win an exclusive visit from all five authors, including an author panel and book signing! Entering is super easy--and if you help spread the word about the contest, you can also enter win a signed copy of all of their books (TEN signed books in total!)--and the book contest is open internationally!

The authors in the program are:

And they want to have an event in your home town! To participate, just got to the YA2U website and let them know what city you want them to come to. And while you're there, help spread the word about the contest and you can be entered to win all of their books--TEN signed books in total! 

Here's why the YA2U Team should come to MY hometown! 
Something I've noticed about Buffalo (the place I've recently started calling home): people here are really eager to make everyone a Buffalonian.  When I lived in New York City, there were endless debates over who got to call themselves New Yorkers, and I'm pretty sure that by general consensus of whoever decides these things, I was never a true "New Yorker", despite living there for five years and teaching public school there for three.  But here?  I think I became a Buffalonian as soon as I decided to move here.  All you have to do is love it here.  And what's not to love?  Beautiful weather (I am not joking; the snow is gorgeous right now, plus summers are mild but hot enough for outdoor fun, and we really have all four seasons), great food with new restaurants and food trucks and breweries popping up every day, and a great library system.  And no city is complete without a beloved indie bookstore; ours is Talking Leaves.  I, like any self-respecting Buffalonian, firmly believe that everyone should visit Buffalo at least once (even if it's just on your way to that nice bit of scenery half an hour to the north!)  So, YA authors: we're not just snow and a bummer of a football team (next year is our year!  Go Bills!)  Come see for yourself how beautiful and friendly Buffalo is.

Why should the YA2U Team come to your hometown? Why not join in the fun today and share with others about this program and your hometown. The more votes your town gets, the closer you are to having your very own personal tour stop! Vote for YOUR town here!

And if you help spread the word, you can also participate in the book giveaway. Tell them that you learned about YA2U from me and we both get extra entries in the contest! 
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  1. This is such a great idea! You've really made me want to visit Buffalo now. Actually, I'm kind of envious that you have so many great things to say about where you live. The nearest cities with international airports around here are all right, but not amazing. Here's hoping Buffalo gets a stop on the book tour! :)

    1. You absolutely should :) It's lovely. As much as I miss New York, particularly our old neighborhood, I'm really happy that we moved here. It's just such a livable place.

  2. This is so awesome! And I've yet to see anything about this in the blogosphere yet. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I think it's really cool that they're doing this. Getting them to Buffalo is pretty unlikely but I'm happy any time I get to talk about how great it is here!


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