January 30th, 2017
The first author event of the year is coming up fast: This Saturday night, I’ll be contributing a reading to Resistance Culture Cabaret at Glad Day Bookshop, a pay-what-you-can fundraiser for Toronto Slutwalk, which works to end rape culture and sexual violence worldwide.
If you’re free next Saturday night, please come on out: There’ll be lots of artists in Glad Day’s brand new space, and all cover to a good cause.
November 7th, 2016
UTM’s The Medium and the English & Drama Society have put together a great panel of emerging and established writers for this evening, and I’m really pleased to say I’ll be contributing as a panelist!
The panel kicks off at 5:00 pm in room IB150, and co-panelists will include Sara Peters, Simone Da Costa, Morgan Rhodes, Menna Elnaka, and Leah Edwards. There’ll be two hours of the hows and whats of fiction writing, swag, and books, and I think we’re going to have a really fun evening.
Hope to see you there!
November 6th, 2016
Earlier this week, I did a great, thoughtful interview with Kris Abel of What She Said Radio about An Inheritance of Ashes, the Aurora Awards, favourite books, women in writing, and building fantasy worlds — and that’s going to be airing tonight!
In the Toronto area, the show’s on 88.5 The Jewel at 6:00 pm, with the segment coming on close to halfway through the show; it’s available to livestream online through their site.
Otherwise, a transcript of the full interview, not just the aired parts, will be posted on the What She Said website, and you can see me somewhat sleepily recommend a lot of reading.
October 11th, 2016
The Canadian version’s been out for a little over two weeks, but today it’s Book Birthday for the American edition of the An Inheritance of Ashes paperback!
It will be doing its wingy thing in a softer, more affordable format on bookstore shelves across your fine nation.
October 5th, 2016
It’s a serious pleasure to let you know that An Inheritance of Ashes, a book with apparently more energy than me, has won the 2016 Copper Cylinder Award in the YA category.
The adult category winner is Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Signal To Noise, which is a neat, unique first novel, and the company just makes this that much better.
I will post pictures when pictures are for the having.
October 4th, 2016
Leaves are turning, temperature’s dropping, apple cider’s out–and it’s Scavenger Hunt!
I’m Leah Bobet, author of An Inheritance of Ashes and Above, and I’m your host for this stop of the YA Scavenger Hunt!
I’ve hidden my favorite number somewhere in the post below. If you collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the Red Team, and then add them up, you can hit the entry form at the YASH official site to qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify!
The contest is open internationally, but anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 4th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Now that that’s clear, on to the content: It’s my pleasure to host author Jennifer Brody!
Jennifer Brody’s debut novel The 13th Continuum sold to Turner Publishing in a 3-book deal and is being packaged into a feature film. The second book in the trilogy — Return of the Continuums — publishes on November 1, 2016. She is a graduate of Harvard University, a creative writing instructor at the Writing Pad, and a volunteer mentor for the Young Storytellers Foundation. She founded and runs BookPod, a social media group for authors. She lives and writes in LA.
Reaching the Surface was just the beginning. As Myra Jackson and her friends set out to find the First Continuum, Captain Aero Wright and two companions from the outer space Second Continuum find themselves banished for treason and stranded on Earth. Wright has vowed to complete his late father’s mission to recolonize their ancestral planet, but his true mission is to find the mysterious girl who haunts his dreams.
Meanwhile, Myra and the young refugees of the underwater Thirteenth Continuum must make an unlikely ally if they are going to survive the hostile surface world and reach their destination, the nexus of humanity’s hope for survival.
As their paths begin to converge, the Beacons that guide and connect Myra and Aero begin to prove their power, and a shadowy force with a centuries-old grudge reveals itself.
But for now, Jennifer’s shared an extra special bonus scene from Return of the Continuums.
“The signal was coming from this place,” Aero said. He glanced around the courtyard framed by crumbling red-brick buildings. His Beacon pulsed steadily, but with no urgency.
“But that can’t be right,” Wren said. “There’s nothing here. Look around…there’s just ruins.” She picked up her boot and wiped off the ash clinging to the sole. Aero stared at her boot and felt sick. Human ash, he realized. Many people died here.
“Patience,” the Forger urged.
He rested his hand on Wren’s shoulder, but she looked anything but patient. Her brow knitted together in frustration and disappointment. Her emotions were always so nakedly displayed on the fine contours of her face, Aero thought.
“Sir, what do we do now?” Wren asked, scanning the courtyard.
“I don’t know,” Aero said. He hated uncertainty more than anything. He spun around, looking for the door to the First Continuum. He glanced down at his Beacon for guidance. “Why’d you bring us here?” he muttered to the device on his wrist.
No response came.
It was Myra who answered. Her lips were pressed into a thin line; her face glowed in the brittle sunlight. The wind tussled her hair. She focused on her Beacon. “Elianna, I know you’re in there. Come on, show us the way…”
They stood together and held the space. Myra’s brow cinched, as she concentrated hard. Aero joined her, probing his Beacon until the fuse lit. Their Beacons caught fire. The light blazed up their arms and enveloped their bodies.
The images from Before Doom assaulted their neural synapses — stately buildings, manicured courtyards, orderly pathways crammed with students racing to class, cavorting and shouldering heavy bags crammed with books, packing the lecture halls. Professors spoke from wooden podiums, their voices booming out and disseminating the collected knowledge of the humanity. The images continued pouring into their brains, as if downloaded from some invisible source.
Aero felt a kinship to these long dead students, even across the boundless gulf of time. This had once been an institution of higher learning and research, different that the Agoge in its primary purpose, but a school nonetheless. But even it could not withstand the coming onslaught. The images resolved into the day that it happened.
Aero watched as the Doom exploded into the world, claiming every living creature in a tempest of fire and radiation. Buildings that had stood for a thousand years burned and crumbled to dust. Students fled across the campus, but there was nowhere to run. The Doom had possessed the world; it had become the world. He watched as a girl burst into ash that fluttered and flitted about in the fiery air.
The waves of destruction kept coming, one after another, pummeling the world, until everything was dead or destroyed, and would remain so for a thousand years. The images slowly dissolved back into the present. He heard Myra gasp beside him.
“You saw it, too?” Aero asked. His voice wavered with sadness.
A tear drifted down her cheek. “It was so beautiful…but now only ashes.”
They shared a moment of grief, as their thoughts blended and swirled together. But then her eyes lit up. “Elianna…I can feel her. I think she’s coming back to me.”
Aero squeezed her hand.
“She never left you.”
Catching the dazed expression on his face, Wren couldn’t help but scowl. “Let me guess, the Beacon’s telling you something? Care to share it with the rest of us?”
Aero knew that she felt left out, that in some dark place where jealousy blossomed and grew, that Wren wished she were a Carrier, not Myra. But every colony had only one. Aero had been chosen by the Beacon. He couldn’t help the connection that he shared with Myra, anymore than he could help the fact that he had two arms and two legs. He wanted to say these things out loud, beg for Wren’s understanding. But words failed him, as they often did when they became entangled with emotions.
Instead, all he said was:
“Right, the Beacon says to go this way.”
Two arms and two legs! That means between Aero and Myra, they’d have 8…
I’m running my own giveaway here:
But! Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Jennifer, and more!
Keep On Hunting
Thanks for stopping by! Your next stop on the hunt is Kat Ellis, who has more bonus material, giveaways, and author spotlights!
October 2nd, 2016
The Fall YA Scavenger Hunt is coming, and fast.
I’ll be rocking it with the Red Team this season, along with some first-time scavenger hunt authors and regulars both.
We’ll be doing the Scavenger Hunt from noon, Pacific time, on Tuesday, October 4th to noon Pacific on Sunday, October 9th, complete with a huge amount of bonus material, prizes, and more. Join in by checking out the YASH How-To page — and sharpen your hunting fingers!
September 21st, 2016
Since it’s rapidly rushing up on me (aaaa):
I’ll be at this year’s Word on the Street Festival on Sunday, September 26, but in a different capacity than usual: I’m turning my hand to hosting the brand-new Genre Zone stage for the afternoon!
So while I’ll be there and around the stage for most of the day, it’ll be to showcase and interview authors and comics creators including Madeline Ashby and Chester Brown, and a pile of up-and-coming awesome people!
Copies of An Inheritance of Ashes‘s paperback edition — officially out this week! — will be at the festival, and I’ll be around to sign a few for those who wants them!
Here’s the stage schedule, and I hope to see you there!
September 14th, 2016
Now that it’s official:
I am thrilled to let you know that An Inheritance of Ashes is the winner of the 2016 Sunburst Award in the Young Adult Novel category.
It’s recognized along with Gemma Files’s incredible Experimental Film in the adult category, and Catherine MacLeod’s “Hide and Seek” in the short fiction category.
Given the amazing works on the longlist and shortlist, this is about three times the honour it would normally be, so: A million congratulations to everyone — winners and nominees! — and, well. Thank you. So much.
Details at the Sunburst Society’s own page!
September 6th, 2016
Now that we’re past Labour Day (and what turned into an eight-hour jam-making marathon over here; I have so much jam, guys) it’s going to be a full September for events: I’m going to be hosting a stage at Word on the Street, running a launch-day Facebook event takeover, and panelling this weekend at Ottawa’s 2016 CanCon, which is right downtown this year and shaping up to look great! Here’s my quick panel schedule for the convention:
Friday, September 9
8:00 pm Story Structure — Sunset Room
Sheila Williams, Sam Morgan, Ranylt Richildis, Leah Bobet, Nina Munteanu (m)
From the perspectives of literary agent, editors and writers, our panel discusses story structure, both the old standards and more experimental structures that have worked.
Saturday, September 10
11:00 am Reading — An Inheritance of Ashes — Guildhall
Leah Bobet reads from her Aurora-winning novel An Inheritance of Ashes
6:00 pm Youth Gateways Into Genre Fiction — Zenith Room
Ed Willett, Leah Bobet (m), Fanny Darling, Mark Shainblum
Every author can probably, tell you when they first got interested in their chosen genre. Today, though, the way that younger readers are accessing speculative fiction is much different than it was even five years ago. How are new readers being hooked into sci-fi, fantasy or horror? Have there been changes for older readers, too, and has this changed the way we write or market our fiction?
Sunday, September 11
12:00 pm Amazing Books in the Different Subgenres of SF — Zenith Room
Timothy Gwyn (m), Leah Bobet, Lisa Toohey, Jonathan Crowe, Amal El-Mohtar
Science fiction is bubbling over with new ideas and new voices. Our panel discusses must-read works that have been published in the last couple of years.
I’ll be stopping into the Rideau Chapters to sign stock on Saturday as well, and leaving a few autographed — and personalized, if you want them! — books there.
Looking forward to seeing you, Ottawa!