Upcoming SF Bay Area YA Book Events


Bay Area YA & More Events

Kristin Higgins for Good Luck with That
Wednesday, August 15
Copperfield's in Santa Rosa

Kristan Higgins for Good Luck With That
Thursday, August 16
 Book Passage in Corte Madera

Kristan Higgins for Good Luck With That
Friday, August 17
Town Center Books in Pleasanton
Gretchen McNeil w/ Murder Trending and Stephanie Keuhn
Saturday, August 18
Kepler's in Menlo Park

Katie Henry for Heretics Anonymous
Friday, August 24
Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley

SFGGAE 2018 (Ticketed) Adult/NA author event
Angel Payne - Ava Harrison - A.M. Johnson - Callie Hart - Christina Julian - Cynthia A. Rodriguez - Brooke Blaine - Emily Goodwin - Helen Hardt - Hilary Storm - Jaci Wheeler -  J.A. Huss - J.D. Hollyfield - Julie Johnson - Kimberly Knight - Lauren Runow - Lauren Rowe - Lexi BlakeL.J. Shen - Marni Mann - Meagan Brandy - Meghan Quinn - R. ScarlettSadia Ash -  Sara Ney -Tia Louise - T.K. Leigh - T.L. Smith - Willow Winters
Holiday Inn in San Francisco
Saturday, August 25

Hicklebee's writing YA workshop with Randy Ribay (Purchase in advance)
Saturday, August 25
Hicklebee's in San Jose

NYMBC presents: Katharine McGee for The Towering Sky
Monday, September 10
Books Inc in San Francisco

Rachel Neumann & Teen Subjects
Wednesday, September 12
Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley
Parker Peevyhouse Escape Room
Saturday, September 15
Hicklebee's in San Jose

Parker Peevyhouse Launch for The Echo Room

Faith Gardner for The Second Live of Ava Rivers
Saturday, September 15
Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley
NYMBC presents: Ngozi Ukazo for Check Please
Thursday, September 20
Books Inc. in Campbell

V. E. Schwab for VENGEFUL
Wednesday, September 26
Books Inc. in Berkeley

Kevin Kwan for Crazy Rich Asians
Friday, September 28
Books Inc. in Palo Alto

Kiersten White for Elizabeth Frankenstein
Sunday, September 30
Kepler's in Menlo Park

Laini Taylor for with Sabaa Tahir
Wednesday, October 3
Kepler's in Menlo Park

Deborah Harkness for Time’s Convert
Tuesday, October 9
Book Passage in Corte Madera

Kepler’s presents Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera (Ticketed)
Thursday, October 11
Kepler's in Menlo Park

Jodi Picoult for A Spark of Light (Ticketed)
Tuesday, October 16
Rakestraw books in Danville

NYMBC presents Tahereh Mafi for A Very Large Expanse of Sea
Friday, October 19
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Save the date!! Author TBA
Thursday, November 1
Kepler's event

Epic Reads with Anna Godberson, MacKenzie Lee, Kheryn Callendar and Laura E. Weymouth
Friday, November 2
Book Passage in Corte Madera

Parker Peevyhouse, Traci Chee, Kelly Loy Gilbert, Andrew Shvarts, Gordon Jack, Misa Sugiura and Jill Diamond
Saturday, November 10
Santa Clara convention center

Gordon Jack for Your Own Worst Enemy
Tuesday, November 13
Kepler's in Menlo Park

Traci Chee for The Storyteller
Friday, November 16
Kepler's in Menlo Park

Not Just Any Jane: My Plain Jane Blog Tour, Famous Janes + Giveaway

It's no secret that I am a big fan of these authors and their previous joint adventure with MY LADY JANE. So, you can imagine how excited I am to participate in this blog tour for the Janies and their new Jane book baby, MY PLAIN JANE. In honor of this recent release (Hello, just this past Tuesday and I hope you have purchased it) I am showcasing a list of famous Janes to join these lovely Janies.

About the Book
Move over, Charlotte Brontë. The authors of the New York Times bestselling My Lady Jane are back with an irreverent spin on Jane Eyre—a tale of mischief, romance, and supernatural mayhem perfect for fans of The Princess Bride or A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.

You may think you know the story. Penniless orphan Jane Eyre begins a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester—and, Reader, she marries him. Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions in this stand-alone follow-up to My Lady Jane, which was called “an utter delight” (ALA Booklist, starred review), and “an uproarious historical fantasy that’s not to be missed” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Book Trailer

About the Authors:
Brodi Ashton
Cynthia Hand
Jodi Meadows

We're the authors of the young adult novels, MY LADY JANE, and MY PLAIN JANE, which is coming in June 2018. Our group is made up of Brodi Ashton (New York Times bestselling author of the EVERNEATH series and DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY), Cynthia Hand (New York Times bestselling author of the UNEARTHLY series, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE, and THE HOW AND THE WHY), and Jodi Meadows (New York Times bestselling author of the INCARNATE trilogy, the ORPHAN QUEEN duology, and the FALLEN ISLES trilogy). Between the three of us we've written nineteen novels, a bunch of novellas, a handful of short stories, and a couple of really bad poems, but we have the most fun working on our books together. We're friends. We're writers. We're fixing history by rewriting one sad story at a time. See THE AUTHORS tab for more information.


One evening while Mr. Rochester was asleep when he was rudely awoken by a formidable ghost that informed him that he must marry a woman named Jane. But, not any Jane, it had to be a famous Jane.  With this celebrated woman he would finally find true love and happiness, otherwise he would suffer like no one has suffered before. 

Not wanting to endure a life of certain misery and pain he set about the task of finding this woman, this famous Jane,  the one that would set his world on fire and give him his heart's desire.  Yet, Mr. Rochester was unsure  of how to go about this task since history is full of famous woman named Jane. 

So, he enlisted the help of The Ravenous Reader, matchmaker extraordinaire,  and she set about the task of finding his true love. It wasn't an easy mission but after collecting data from a few hundred centuries  she believed that she came up with a fantastic list of famous Jane's that anyone would give their teeth for. She presents Mr. Rochester with the top six famous Jane's and he responds with commentary to each one. Let's see what he says and if he select's one to make him happy. 

Famous Jane #1
Mr. Rochester: Contrary to popular belief, I cannot stand drinking tea and what is this Batchelor that she likes to watch? I cannot have her looking at others while she is married to me. Hard Pass.

 Famous Jane #2
Mr. Rochester: An immaculate conception? How does one go about artificial insemination? It does not sound like any fun at all.  I will have to say no to this.

Famous Jane #3
Mr. Rochester: Oh My, this one's family sounds dreadful and I cannot help but keep scratching my neck at the thought of this young lady. It will also have to say not to this one.

Famous Jane #4
Mr. Rochester: This Jane seems a bit too advanced for me. Her love of fashion and gadgetry perplex me to no bounds and I fear my bank account would go dry within a few years. Another one I regretfully will have to say no to.

Famous Jane #5
Mr: Rochester: Although I enjoy having a good time drinking and carousing with the best of them I prefer to do so with my best mates. This Jane seems a bit to adventurous for me. I must also say no to this one.

Famous Jane #6
Mr. Rochester: I need a governess at Thornfield and she seems to see spirits as I have. She is also passionate and strongly principled and seeks a male with a last name that begins with the letter R. My last name is Rochester! Coincidence? I think I have found my famous Jane. 

Blog Tour Schedule

Here Is a Tour Schedule filled with amazing bloggers and that all have great posts that are creative and fun. Make sure to check them all out.

Blog Tour Schedule

Week 1
June 25 - The YA Book Traveler - Trailer & Review
June 26 - Alexa Loves Books - Gift Guide
June 27 - YA Wednesdays - Jane’s Playlist
June 28 - Novel Novice - Styled by Books
June 29 - Tales of the Ravenous Reader - Famous Janes
June 30 - A Backwards Story - Leaking Top Secret Dossier Files of Current ( Royal ) Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits Members

Week 2
July 2 - Bookcrushin’ - Supernatural Meets Jane Eyre - Tips for the Reluctant Ghost Hunter
July 3 - The Reader and the Chef - Guide to eating á la My Plain Jane (Bookish Menu) + Bookstagram Post
July 4 - The Clever Reader - Launch Event Recap
July 5 - Booknerd Addict - Review + Bookstagram Post
July 6 - Lair of Books - Review


Win a signed copy of My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows. Open US only.
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Photo Challenge & Giveaway!

Share a photo or selfie with your copy of My Plain Jane and you could win a custom designed book sleeve, made by Second Hand Pages, a custom Jane Eyre candle from Canterbury Road Co, Jane Eyre (Barnes and Noble Collectible Edition), the Blu-Ray DVD of Jane Eyre, and a My Plain Jane Bookmark! For the photo, you can use your copy, a friends or one from the library. Use the hashtag #MyPlainJaneGiveaway to enter. Open to US only. Ends Sunday, July 8th.

This Isn't An Accident: THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL by Maxine Kaplan, Guest PostFor

Thank you for visiting Tales of the Ravenous Reader today as I am so excited to participate in The Accidental Bad Girl Tour for The Fantastic Flying Book club. Maxine has a great guest post here today with a soundtrack that is wicked cool and along with that we have a great prize pack that will go to one lucky winner so don't forget to enter the giveaway.

GUEST POST with Maxine Kaplan for Tales of the Ravenous Reader

RR: As I read TABG I had this internal soundtrack of Joan Jett, Beyonce and The Glam Skanks playing in the background. What tracks would you select that would best represent everything about The Accidental Bad Girl and why?

MK: I am one of those people that need music while I’m writing. I need those moments of closing my eyes and singing along; of bopping to the beat. For The Accidental Bad Girl, I definitely had tracks that I kept going back to again and again. Kendall and her story will always play in my head with this soundtrack:

  1. “Criminal” by Fiona Apple – This one is obvious. I even quote a lyric from it in my book. To me, this song epitomizes how Kendall sees herself. Apple calls herself “a bad, bad girl,” but there’s something sly and winking and brash and unashamed in it. It still feels as bold as transgressive as it did the first time I heard it, in middle school. And it’s just fun as hell.

  1. “I Think I’m Paranoid,” “Stupid Girl” & “When I Grow Up”, by Garbage – For me, the first two albums from Shirley Manson’s 90s band Garbage is the ultimate angry girl party music. There’s nothing more galvanizing, and these songs instantly and always got me in the right frame of mind to write BAD GIRL.

  1. “Dancing On My Own” by Robyn – Aching and clever, and irresistible. I needed this song in my life and in my writing. Just good, poppy joy.

  1. “The Boys” by Nicki Minaj, featuring Cassie – At the same time I was writing THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL, I got addicted to Nicki Minaj. This song in particular is such a good complement to the story, for me anyway, because of the sheer bad-assery and the hint of female comraderie. The video is also brillz.

  1. “Teeth” by Lady Gaga – Sort of a deep cut for Lady Gaga, but one of my favorite of her songs. Scary and weird and hilarious and danceable—the perfect soundtrack.

  1. “Boy Problems” & “Cut to the Feeling” by Carly Rae Jepsen – Smart and emotional. Edge comes in many forms and this music feels very lived in to me. Another writing additction.

Honorable Mention: Kesha’s Rainbow album – This album didn’t come out until I was done writing the book, but says so many of the things I wanted to say with my book and with an irresistible tone. Perfect soundtrack.

Thanks Maxine, this was an awesome soundtrack and I cannot wait to share this with everyone.

The Accidental Bad Girl

by Maxine Kaplan
Publisher: Abrams
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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After getting caught hooking up with her best friend’s ex on the last day of junior year, Kendall starts senior year friendless and ostracized. She plans to keep her head down until she graduates. But after discovering her online identity has been hacked and she’s being framed for stealing from a dealer, Kendall is drawn into a tenuous partnership with the mastermind of a drug ring lurking in the shadows of her Brooklyn private school. If she wants to repair her tattered reputation and save her neck, she’ll have to decide who she really is—and own it. The longer she plays the role of “bad girl,” the more she becomes her new reputation. Friends and enemies, detectives and drug dealers—no one is who they appear to be. Least of all Kendall.

Maxine Kaplan was born in Washington, DC. She and her twin sister spent their early childhoods trotting behind their journalist parents as they traveled around the world, eventually settling in Brooklyn, NY. Maxine graduated from Oberlin College in 2007. Following a long stint in the world of publishing, she has worked as a private investigator since 2009. She lives in her adopted hometown of Brooklyn, NY, with her lovely husband and complex cat. THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL is her debut novel. Follow Maxine on Twitter @MaxineGKaplan


  • Prize: 1 copy of THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL by Maxine Kaplan
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  • Ends: 7/10

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