Friday, August 26, 2016

Alamo City Reading Council

I'm going to be in San Antonio in October, making three school visits and appearing at the Alamo City Comic Con as part of the brand new Young Adventurers writing workshop and programming track. It's going to be an exciting week, and one reason for that is that I'll also be making an appearance at the Alamo City Reading Council's monthly get together. The event is to be held Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 4:30 PM - 6 :00 PM. The event is free to all Alamo Literary Council members and full time students and you can register here.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Dragon Con Schedule

This coming Labor Day weekend, I'll be appearing at Dragon Con on Saturday and Sunday. Here's my programming schedule as well as news of a special signing at The Missing Volume on Sunday. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, Sept 3, 7:00 PM
Writing for the Young Adult Market
Location: Hyatt Embassy CD
Since Harry Potter exploded on the young-adult book scene, the market itself is on fire. How do writers take advantage of this challenging and lucrative market? (Lou Anders, Eric R. Asher, Lindsay Cummings, Leanna Renee Hieber, Mari Mancusi Catherine M. Scully)

Sunday, Sept 4, 10:00 AM
Book Signing
The Missing Volume
Booth 1301,1303,1400,1402

Sunday, Sept 4, 2:30 PM
YA Publishing Tips and Tricks
Location: Marriott A707
You have a new novel, now what? Learn about publishing, agents, marketing & more. Aspiring writers, bring your questions. (Lou Anders, Sarah Beth Durst, Moe Ferrara, A.J. Hartley, Catherine M. Scully)

Sunday, Sept 4, 10:00 PM
The Writing Process
Location: Hyatt Embassy AB
We know writers write. But how do they write? What process do they follow to generate wonderful stories we love to read? Our panelists discuss this and maybe give us a few surprises. (Lou Anders, Eric Flint, Lois H. Gresh, John G. Hartness, Dayna L. Linton, Lee Martindale)

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

A History of the Continent of Katernia

This is not a book trailer. This is something different.

All three novels in my Thrones & Bones series contain substantial appendices. In these, you will find rules for board games from my world, timelines, song lyrics, even a recipe.

In Nightborn, there is a detailed history titled "A History of the Continent of Katernia." When Listening Library was recording the audiobook of Nightborn, they very kindly and thoughtfully had our amazing narrator, Fabio Tassone, record this as well, just so we could do something fun with it later.

So here is that "something fun." Please understand that while we have copious illustrations of the characters and creatures in the Thrones & Bones series, artwork that can be repurposed in service of events that occurred hundreds or thousands of years before the time of my novels is in short supply. Still, Fabio Tassone's audio narration is masterful, and there are several very cool images accompanying it. Also note that some of the information herein could be considered "slightly spoiler-y" for the novel Nightborn. With those caveats, here we go:

Monday, August 01, 2016

The 22nd Annual Norfolk Public Library Literature Festival

This past Saturday, July 30th, it was my privilege to be a guest at the The 22nd Annual Norfolk Public Library Literature Festival. The event was held at the Lifelong Learning Center and featured three current nominees for the 2017 Golden Sower Award, myself,  Jill Esbaum (Teeny Tiny Toady), and Sally M. Walker (Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh), along with Alan Gratz (Prisoner B-3087), a 2015 Golden Sower Award winner.

All four of us flew into Omaha on Friday, where the wonderful Karen Drevo, Youth Services Librarian and general festival head honcho, picked us up and drove us the two and a half hours north to the city of Norfolk. After checking in to our hotels, we went out for a great dinner along with more library staff and volunteers.

After dinner, Alan Gratz and I got a ride to downtown Norfolk. As it turned out, it was "Cruise Night," a couple-times-a-year event where classic cars, muscle cars, and, well, just car-cars drive up and down the main street and the whole town turns out on lawn chairs to sit and watch the parade. There was live music and food trucks, although we were both stuffed from dinner so we didn't sample. After walking up and down the strip several times, we ducked into Black Cow Fat Pig, where I sampled a local stout. Then Alan and I walked the 45 minutes back to our hotel, catching several Pokemon along the way!

Then it was Saturday and time for the festival! Things kicked off at 9am with attendees choosing between five offerings, writing workshops taught by the four guests or a preview of all the Golden Sower nominated works. I taught a permutation of the writing workshop I perfected in the trenches in my recent sojourn in Columbus. The room was full and the students were great. Special shout out to two particular fans, the brothers who came in early and talked Pokemon Go with us!

After the morning, the rest of the festival was only one programming item at a time. This was solo presentations from each of us, two before lunch and two after. I don't often get to listen to
my fellow authors talk, so I was thrilled to be able to be in the audience for all three of them. And Alan's "Choose Your Own Adventure" style presentation was inspired! (We got killed by a tornado.)

The day ended with a huge signing where we all autographed for long lines of fans.

Then we drove to Omaha --thanks Sam for the ride; hope we didn't drive you crazy with authory-businessy talk! Finally, our weekend ended with dinner on the upstairs outdoor patio of the Upstream Brewing Company.

A huge thank you to Karen Drevo, all of her staff and volunteers, my fellow authors, and all the enthusiastic readers who make the Norfolk Public Library Literature Festival a great time for all! I'll have to get nominated for another Golden Sower one day so I can come back!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Nightborn arrives in paperback today!

Today is the day.

Nightborn, the second book in the Thrones & Bones trilogy, is out in paperback!

Nightborn is identical to the hardcover in every way, except that:

a) it's cheaper! and

b) it has a preview of book three, Skyborn, in the back!

We authors love first week sales, and our publishers love them even more, so if you've read Frostborn but you haven't picked up the sequel yet, today's as good a day as any and better than most!



For fans of Lloyd Alexander and Brandon Mull comes Book 2 in the acclaimed Thrones and Bones fantasy-adventure trilogy that began with Frostborn.

Karn Korlundsson is a gamer. Not a riddle solver. But in order to rescue his best friend, Thianna Frostborn, he will need to travel to the faraway city of Castlebriar (by wyvern), learn how to play a new board game called Charioteers (not a problem), decipher the Riddle of the Horn, and tangle with mysterious elves.

Meet Desstra. She’s in training to join the Underhand—the elite agents of the dark elves. When she crosses paths with Karn, she is not all that she appears to be.

Everyone is chasing after the horn of Osius, an ancient artifact with the power to change the world. The lengths to which Karn will go in the name of friendship will be sorely tested. Who knew that solving a riddle could be so deadly?

The novel includes instructions for playing the board game Charioteers. Visit ThronesandBones.com for additional games, maps, character profiles, and more!

Praise for Nightborn:

“Anders presents a captivating world.” —Kirkus Reviews

”[A]n adventure story with good pacing, well-drawn characters, and engaging action scenes.” —Booklist

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Pottery Barn Kids Presents Author Spotlight with Lou Anders

Yesterday, I was the guest of Pottery Barn Kids at The Summit Shopping Center in Birmingham, Alabama for "Pottery Barn Kids Presents Author Spotlight with Lou Anders." I was there from 11am to 3pm, selling and signing copies of Frostborn and Nightborn at the front of the store.

I have never done an event at Pottery Barn Kids before. Thus far, I have appeared in over 40 schools around the Unites States, as well as numerous bookstores, libraries, literary festivals, and conventions. But never a Pottery Barn. I had no idea what to expect.

Also, it should be mentioned that I have a Viking helmet that has gone with me on most of the aforementioned travels. But there's a full costume with it that I have never worn publicly anywhere but Trick-or-Treating with my kids. At the last minute, on my way out the door, I decided to break it out, because if you can't go The Full Viking at Pottery Barn Kids, where can you?

Well, the day was great. I spoke with a lot of great kids and parents, sold and signed a lot of books, meet several educations interested in school visits, and had a blast!

Though, mind you, the choice to wear a fur-lined cape in July in Alabama might not have been the wisest.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Alamo City Comic Con's Young Adventurers

This October, Alamo City Comic Con has announced a brand new programming track, the Young Adventurers!

Young Adventurers is a celebration of children's literature featuring Yours Truly, Holly Black, Matthew Cody, Bruce Coville, Melissa Marr, and Obert Skye.

Friday will be the Young Adventurers' Writing Workshop, a day long series of workshops and sessions with all of the authors above. This is a ticketed event, limited to 75 attendees, so sign up now.

Then Saturday and Sunday will be panels and discussions of children's books in two days of kids & kids' lit themed programming. The Saturday and Sunday events are open to all Alamo City Comic Con attendees, so bring your kids or your kids-at-heart and join us for what's going to be an amazing weekend.!

Alamo City Comic Con is held in San Antonio, Texas the weekend of October 28th to the 30th. See their website for ticket and hotel information. Meanwhile, here is their press announcement about Young Adventurers as well as bios for the stellar author guests (though I don't know who that first guy thinks he is). Also worth noting, the great David Liss (The Coffee Trader, Randoms) will be MCing and moderating the Young Adventurers programming! Check it out:
Alamo City Comic Con and Barnes & Noble have partnered up to provide ACCC2016 attendees a whole new and exciting experience: YOUNG ADVENTURERS! Held at the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center from October 28th-30th, 2016, our Young Adventurers experience focuses on 6 award-winning middle grade authors. Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles series, The Modern Faerie Tale series), Bruce Coville (My Teacher Is An Alien, Unicorn Chronicles series), Lou Anders (Thrones & Bones series), Obert Skye (Leven Thumps series, The Pillage trilogy), Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely series, The Blackwell Pages series), and Matthew Cody (Supers Of Noble Green trilogy, Will In Scarlet) will be in attendance to meet fans, sign books, and offer children's programming (panels) that is open to all ACCC attendees. SPECIAL LIMITED-SEATING EVENT: On Friday, October 28th, join our special guests and emcee, David Liss (Randoms, The Day of Atonement), to get first-hand knowledge of the ins and outs of creating best selling works. Our in-depth WRITERS WORKSHOP is limited to 75 attendees, so act fast to secure your seat to this unique and informative event geared towards amateur and professional writers alike. For more info, and to stay up to date. Keep up with the Facebook event Page.


Lou Anders:

Lou Anders is the author of Frostborn, Nightborn, and Skyborn, the three books of the Thrones & Bones series of fantasy adventure novels written for boys and girls ages 8 to 80. The first book, Frostborn, has been nominated for the Beehive Book Awards, the Golden Sower Awards, the Young Hoosier Book Awards, and the Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards. Recently, Anders was named the 2016 Children's Writer-in-Residence at Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio. He is also a Hugo Award winning editor and a Chesley Award winning Art Director. He and his family reside in Birmingham, Alabama. You can visit him online at louanders.com and ThronesandBones.com, on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr, and on Twitter at @Louanders









Holly Black:
Holly currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a Tudor cottage with a secret door. There, she enjoys caffeine, reading, and revelry. Holly is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor.


Matthew Cody:
Matthew Cody is the author of several popular books including the award-winning Supers of Noble's Green trilogy: Powerless, Super and Villainous. He is also the author of Will in Scarlet and The Dead Gentleman. His books have appeared on Amazon, Bank Street and the New York Public Library Best Books of the Year lists. He is currently at work on a new trilogy for young readers, The Secrets of the Pied Piper, and book one, The Peddler's Road, is available now from Knopf Books. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and son.


Bruce Coville:
Bruce Coville has published over 100 books for children and young adults, including the international bestseller My Teacher is an Alien, and the Unicorn Chronicles series. His works have appeared in a dozen languages and won children's choice awards in as many states. He is
also the founder of FULL CAST AUDIO, an audiobook publishing company devoted to producing full cast, unabridged recordings of material for family listening. Mr. Coville lives in Syracuse, New York with his wife, illustrator and author Katherine Coville.


Melissa Marr:
Melissa Marr is the internationally bestselling author of books for teens, children, and adults. Her books include the faery series, Wicked Lovely; a children's Norse mythology series (The Blackwell Pages, co-authored with Kelley Armstrong), Graveminder (dark fantasy), and Bunny Roo (a picture book). Additionally, she has co-edited several fantasy anthologies. Her books have been published in 28 languages and have been bestsellers in numerous countries. Prior to being a writer, Melissa taught university literature, worked an archaeology dig, and worked at a daycare. She is the mother to three children, and most of her books were written for them.


Obert Skye:
Obert Skye is the bestselling author of the Leven Thumps series, the Pillage Trilogy, Witherwood Reform School, and The Creature From My Closet. He can be found at www.obertsky.com