Saturday, May 31, 2014

LIVE FROM BEA: The Grudge Keeper by Mara Rockliff & Peachtree Publishers

Sheila from Book Journey is back with more LIVE FROM BEA coverage!


What a delight it was to hang out and chat with author Mara Rockliff.  Mara is at BEA this week promoting her newest book, The Grudge Keeper. Mara has quite a few published children's books including the popular Milo and Jazz series. 

So what is The Grudge Keeper about?  I am so glad you asked!  The Grudge Keeper is a fun book about a town that exists where no one keeps a grudge.  As one can imagine the town is quiet peaceful until one day a storm comes along and changes everything...

The Grudge Keeper is designed for young readers around the ages of kindergarten - 3rd grade.

The Grudge Keeper is published by Peachtree Publishers.  I was able to grab a few minutes with the Publicity Manager, Sami Grefe.  Sami describes Peachtree as a small independently owned publishing company that focuses on quality children's books.  Their books are gorgeously covered (be sure and look at the illustrations in The Grudge Keeper!) and well made to last a long time.  Peachtree does not make paperback books, instead choosing beautiful hard cover reads.  Next time you are looking for a children's book, be sure to look for the name Peachtree.

LIVE FROM BEA: From the Floor of BEA - Recap Thursday

Hi Everyone!

Amber & Arianna from ShelfNotes bringing you all the fun we had on Thursday from the BEA floor. We attended the Adult Author Breakfast which included a panel of Neil Patrick Harris, Anjelica Huston, Tavis Smiley & Lisa Scottoline. We have excellent coverage of this panel that we will share in a future upcoming post. Below are some picture highlights:






After the breakfast, we headed straight over to see Neil Patrick Harris and we snapped some pictures of his beautiful face. 



We checked out the "Meet BEA Adult Buzz Authors" panel. This included Authors, M.O. Walsh, Laird Hunt, Emily St. John Mandel, Eula Biss, Jeff Hobbs, Matthew Thomas, Jessie Burton. 


One of the best parts of BEA is just exploring the floor and we found some pretty cool things, like 3D books and The Book Seat (which is essentially a seat for your book), Arianna displays how it works below. 




We had so much fun and even interviewed a fantastic Author, Jon Scieszka (Interview to come in a future post). We hope you enjoy the coverage and stay tuned for more highlights and interviews with the above and a special interview with Michelle Knudsen who wrote "Evil Librarian."

Thanks Amber & Arianna! 

LIVE FROM BEA: From The Floor Of The Expo!

Hi Armchair BEA participants!  

This is Sheila from Book Journey, LIVE but tired at the Expo.  I had big plans to send more things your way but time just got away from me.  I have another Publishing house interview today for you, but in the meantime thought I would share a couple things about the expo.

It's crazy awesome.  I am having a blast but running and chatting with authors, publishing houses, and of course, fellow bloggers which is so great!  Here are a few random pics.

The first pic is of Little Brown - they are so fun and had a bingo game that if you won you were able to pick a prize.  I went with a cute library kit.  YAY!


Second pic is at the Harper Collins party.  In the pic is author Dorothy Benton Frank, me, Adriana Trigiani, and Stephanie Evanovich.  This was an awesome moment and maybe my favorite pic of the expo!


Then a couple pics of the floor the night before the expo started before the crowds - and the last pic is an author signing line which I rarely do because it is soooooo long but as you can see, many people wait for signed books. :)




Thank you Sheila for sharing some awesome photos!

Announcing Daily Winners: Day 5!


We are sad to say that today is our final announcement of daily giveaway winners, but we do have to shout with joy after all the amazing contributions from our participants this year.  Thank you all for another amazing year of sharing your knowledge and contributing to making the world of book blogging a wonderful place, always willing to grow and learn.  You rock!

We now leave you with our final list of daily topic winners.  Don't forget that it is NOT your last chance to win, however.  We have one more Twitter party tonight at 7 PM EST and more prizes will be awarded as we wrap up our Fifth Annual Armchair BEA!

DAILY TOPIC WINNERS 


Literary Chameleon
A Universe in Words 
GeekyLibrary 
The Indigo Shelf
Ramblings in Jewish Historical Fiction Writing 
Random Ramblings 
The Novel Hermit 
 Falling Letters 
Melissa Firman 
 MsBookish 
Pen in her Hand 
Girls Just Reading 
Icy Cold Reads 
Bay State Readers Advisory 
The Emerald City Book Review 
Leeanna.me 
Palmer's Page Turners 
Chapter Break 
Quirky Bookworm 
West Virginia Red Reads 
 Ok, Let's Read 
Tea in the Treetops 
The Writers' Republic 
Jenny Elyse 
BookerTalk 


COMMENTING WINNERS 

Deb @ Reader Buzz 
Ms. Yingling Reads 
Chris @ Wildmoo Books 
Amy Jarecki 


INSTAGRAM WINNERS 



Now that you have won, how do you claim your prize? Follow the directions below:
  1. Review our list of sponsored giveaways and pick your top three choices. 
  2. Complete the Prize Claim Form
  3. A confirmation email will be sent within approximately 24 hours, confirming which prize you have won as well as your email/mailing address, depending on your prize. 
  4. All prizes must by claimed by Sunday, June 1 at 11:59 PM EST.

 Questions? Email armchairbea AT gmail DOT com.

LINK IT UP: Wrap-Up

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Time to wrap it up!

The week is coming to a close, though we are not finished yet!  We still have a few more things coming your way LIVE from BEA as well as a closing survey.  We recommend you continue to follow us to catch all the latest news!

In the meantime, we want to know how you felt the week went.  What were some of your favorite aspects of Armchair BEA 2014?  What were the most intriguing conversations or the posts you recommend everyone read?  Did you want to summarize your own posts all in one spot?  This is your opportunity to share your wrap-up for the week in the way you feel most appropriate.

Please Note:  We will have a special closing survey going live tomorrow evening for you to also share your thoughts with the Armchair BEA team on this week and provide feedback for future events.  Don't miss it!

Daily Reminders:

Twitter Party TODAY at 7 PM EST

Instagram Challenge:  #WhereIArmchairFrom


HOW TO LINK UP

Please use the following format when linking up:

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Friday, May 30, 2014

LIVE FROM BEA: Author Interview with Elizabeth Holloway

More fabulous coverage from BEA!

Hi! It’s Sophia from Loving Lit.  I’m here with Elizabeth Holloway, YA author of Call Me Grim, coming out in November 2014.



Connect with Elizabeth Holloway
Thank you Sophia & Elizabeth!

LIVE FROM BEA: Author Interview with Bette Lee Crosby

Our very own Sheila of Book Journey was able to meet with one of our sponsors, Bette Lee Crosby at BEA!  Read on for more information.

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Bette Lee Crosby is at BEA for the first time promoting her seventh book, Previously Loved Treasures.  This book is the follow up to The Twelfth Child and is Bette's seventh published book with Bent Pine Publishing.

Previously Loved Treasures is a beautifully covered book about a young woman trying to rebuild her life and discovers an unusual second hand store where there the owner seems to anticipate her every need.

"I never meant to write a series," Bette says with a laugh, "But when I came to the end of The Twelfth Child, I realized I was not done with these characters."  

Bette's advice to anyone who wishes to write, "Be demanding of yourself and true to yourself.  If you fall in love with the book - your readers will too!

Bette is at BEA this week with her husband and is surprised at what a big show it is. 


Connect with Bette Lee Crosby

Thank you Sheila & Bette!

LIVE FROM BEA: Author Interview with Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Welcome to more LIVE FROM BEA coverage!

Hi! It’s Sophia from Loving Lit.  I’m here today interviewing Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of Platypus Police Squad. We’re talking about his latest book, Platypus Police Squad: The Ostrich Conspiracy.


Connect with Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Thank you Sophia and Jarrett!

FEATURED GIVEAWAY: A Dozen eBooks from Patchwork Press

Our final FEATURED GIVEAWAY is brought to you from Patchwork Press.  Read on to learn more about Patchwork and discover a little extra surprise!




At Patchwork Press, we believe that both the traditional publishing and independent publishing models present worthwhile opportunities for authors, and aim to utilize aspects of both in order to create quality work for readers. We are not a traditional publisher–our authors keep 100% of their rights and royalties—but by joining forces with other independent authors, each book we publish becomes stronger.

At this stage, our aim is to work with a growing group of talented, self-published authors who love YA/NA as much as we do in order to give each book published by Patchwork Press a team of people to ensure its success. We are also taking part in and organizing a variety of projects (such as our NetGalley co-op) to help indie authors reach larger audiences.

Patchwork Press is a joint American-Canadian publishing venture founded by Kellie Sheridan and Erica Crouch.

Now, for the giveaway details!

ONE WINNER will receive a dozen (12) ebooks from Patchwork Press.

And, a SECOND WINNER will receive three (3) ebooks from Patchwork Press. 

And finally, a THIRD WINNER will receive a single title ebook (1) from Patchwork Press.

To enter, simply fill out the form below.  All three winners will be chosen using this one form.  The entry form is open until Sunday, June 1 at 12:00 Midnight EST.  The winner will be contacted via email as well as announced here on the site once all featured giveaway winners are confirmed.  Winner will be required to confirm prize winnings within 48 hours, so be sure you are watching your email closely.  


Thank you so much Patchwork Press!

Announcing Daily Winners: Day 4!


We are now over halfway through giving away our amazing list of prizes!  Don't forget to thank our sponsors, then do a little jig when you see your name listed below!

DAILY TOPIC WINNERS 

Under the Boardwalk 
Every Free Chance Book Reviews 
Ms. Yingling Reads 
Words and Peace 
Closed the Cover 
Daily Mayo 
The Novel Life 
Laurie Here 
Socrates' Book Reviews 
A Cineaste's Bookshelf 
Oh Magic Hour 
Maestra Amanda's World 
Leonicka 
Readers' Hideaway 
ireaditandwept 
Books, Bones, and Buffy 
Book Date 
My Shelf Confessions 
Fiktshun 
Pen in her Hand 
Cindy's Love of Books 
Based on a True Story 
The Emerald City Book Review 
Oh, Chrys! 
Estella's Revenge 


COMMENTING WINNERS 

Maddy @ Symphony of Words 
Kristina @ New, Borrowed, Used 
Deb Marshall - Read Write Tell 
Amanda - Gun in Act One



INSTAGRAM WINNERS 



Now that you have won, how do you claim your prize? Follow the directions below:
  1. Review our list of sponsored giveaways and pick your top three choices. 
  2. Complete the Prize Claim Form
  3. A confirmation email will be sent within approximately 24 hours, confirming which prize you have won as well as your email/mailing address, depending on your prize. 
  4. All prizes must by claimed by Sunday, June 1 at 11:59 PM EST.

 Questions? Email armchairbea AT gmail DOT com.

GUEST ARTICLE: Middle Grade and Me - Then and Now

Our very own Armchair BEA team member, Deb of Read Write Tell, is back today to share some wonderful middle grade recommendations with you.  Get your list read to be adding some more titles!

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Way back in 1986, I started working in a branch library of a large public library system (Calgary). Part of my job was to provide school tours and go out and do school visits and talk books.  So, I was provided with a book list as it was my first time working in youth services. The list was required reading, if you will. On that list were books like:


"When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back, Three from the circle, three from the track; Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone; Five will return, and one go alone." Will Stanton turns 11 and learns from Merriman Lyon, the Lady, and Circle of Old Ones, that he must find six Sign symbols and battle the Black Rider, blizzard and flood.


When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn’t just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere — to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing her younger brother Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along.

Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn’t it? 

Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.


Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she’s written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together?


Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.

That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.


I loved these titles and they were some of my go to book talks over the next years.

Needless to say the list of books I used grew over the years so that I could go into a school with a variety of book talks. Some of those titles included:


Watch out world!

The Great Gilly Hopkins is looking for a home. She's a foster kid who's been angry, lonely, and hurting for so long that's she's always ready for a fight. Be on the lookout for her best barracuda smile, the one she saves for well-meaning social workers. Watch out for her most fearful look, a cross between Dracula and Godzilla, used especially to scare shy foster brothers. Don't be fooled by her "Who me?" expression, guaranteed to trick foster parents, teachers, and anyone who gets in her way.

It's Gilly Hopkins vs. the world! And so far, Gilly seems to be winning. But what she doesn't realize is that every time she wings, she really loses, until she discovers a love as formidable as any enemy she's ever known.


"How could someone like Mick die"? He was the kid who freaked out his mom by putting a ceramic eye in a defrosted chicken, the kid who did a wild dance in front of the whole school--and the kid who, if only he had worn his bicycle helmet, would still be alive today. But now Phoebe Harte's twelve-year-old brother is gone, and Phoebe's world has turned upside down.

With her trademark candor and compassion, beloved middle-grade writer Barbara Park tells how Phoebe copes with her painful loss in this story filled with sadness, humor--and hope.



When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it's love at first sight9 and also big trouble. It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh belongs to Judd Travers who drinks too much and has a gun9 and abuses his dogs. So when Shiloh runs away from Judd to Marty, Marty just has to hide him and protect him from Judd. But Marty's secret becomes too big for him to keep to himself, and it exposes his entire family to Judd's anger. How far will Marty have to go to make Shiloh his?

During that time I also discovered Mary Downing Hahn and one of my still all time favorite scary middle grade reads, Wait Till Helen Comes.


It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud's got a few things going for him:

1. He has his own suitcase filled with his own important, secret things.

2. He's the author of Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.

3. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers of Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!

Bud's got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road and find this mystery man, nothing can stop him--not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.

Bud, Not Buddy is full of laugh-out-loud humor and wonderful characters, hitting the high notes of jazz and sounding the deeper tones of the Great Depression. Once again Christopher Paul Curtis, author of the award-winning novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963, takes readers on a heartwarming and unforgettable journey.


Tree-ear, an orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch’ulp’o, a potters’ village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated with the potter’s craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work, and he dreams of making a pot of his own someday. When Min takes Tree-ear on as his helper, Tree-ear is elated–until he finds obstacles in his path: the backbreaking labor of digging and hauling clay, Min’s irascible temper, and his own ignorance. But Tree-ear is determined to prove himself–even if it means taking a long, solitary journey on foot to present Min’s work in the hope of a royal commission . . . even if it means arriving at the royal court with nothing to show but a single celadon shard.

Moving into 21 first century, I ran a middle grade book club in which I used some of the above titles. But I also grew my go-to list. A couple of books that were popular:

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins (yes, of Hunger Games fame!) This was a book that had one of my young library patrons decide she LOVED to read. It was her gateway book.

Millicent Min: Girl Genius by Lisa Yee (funny and oh so fun to booktalk!)

Millicent Min is having a bad summer. Her fellow high school students hate her for setting the curve. Her fellow 11-year-olds hate her for going to high school. And her mother has arranged for her to tutor Stanford Wong, the poster boy for Chinese geekdom. But then Millie meets Emily. Emily doesn't know Millicent's IQ score. She actually thinks Millie is cool. And if Millie can hide her awards, ignore her grandmother's advice, swear her parents to silence, blackmail Stanford, and keep all her lies straight, she just might make her first friend. What's it gong to take? Sheer genius.

Fast forward to today and I am still a librarian except now I am in a school library. Has my list of great books to share grown? Oh my yes it has. And now I share on the interwebs (as one of my librarian buddies calls the internet and all its social media).  For some of my favorites from last year you could head over to Cybils and have a look at the middle grade fiction list. 

I was on that particular committee. You can check out my blog and Middle Grade March to find many (many) more of the middle grade I love.  I could go on and on and…on. Instead I will leave you with a few more titles from my 2014 reading I think you should check out:


Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart.

But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck's about to change. A "word collector," Felicity sees words everywhere---shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog's floppy ears---but Midnight Gulch is the first place she's ever seen the word "home." And then there's Jonah, a mysterious, spiky-haired do-gooder who shimmers with words Felicity's never seen before, words that make Felicity's heart beat a little faster.

Felicity wants to stay in Midnight Gulch more than anything, but first, she'll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that's been cast over the town . . . and her mother's broken heart.


The Night Gardener follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its family are not quite what they seem. Soon the children are confronted by a mysterious spectre and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives. With Auxier’s exquisite command of language, The Night Gardener is a mesmerizing read and a classic in the making.


Victoria Secord, a 14-year-old Alaskan dogsled racer, loses her way on a routine outing with her dogs. With food gone and temperatures dropping, her survival, and that of her dogs and the mysterious boy she meets in the woods, is entirely up to her.

1986-2014. It boggles my mind, but I am very lucky to have the job I do. What I appreciate most about having read middle grade for so very long is being able to combine past and present when looking for that just right read for my young patrons…of course, I am also careful not to overwhelm them with a pile of books to choose from. I will admit I can get carried away. But I guess as long as they don’t run from the library saying, “No more Mrs. Marshall, no more!” I am doing okay. 

Alrighty then, I just have to share one last book. Here it is:


August “Auggie” Jones lives with her Grandpa Gus, a trash hauler, in a poor part of town. So when her wealthy classmate’s father starts the House Beautification Committee, it’s homes like Auggie’s that are deemed “in violation.” Auggie is determined to prove that she is not as run-down as the outside of her house might suggest. Using the kind of items Gus usually hauls to the scrap heap, a broken toaster becomes a flower; church windows turn into a rainbow walkway; and an old car gets new life as spinning whirligigs. What starts out as a home renovation project becomes much more as Auggie and her grandpa discover a talent they never knew they had—and redefine a whole town’s perception of beauty, one recycled sculpture at a time. Auggie’s talent for creating found art will remind readers that one girl’s trash really is another girl’s treasure.


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Deb is one of our own Armchair BEA team members and blogger at Read Write Tell.  After working for many years in the public library system and as a professional storyteller she now is an elementary school librarian and aspiring writer of picture books and middle grade novels. 

GUEST ARTICLE: Was Your Fave Book Adaptation Filmed in Canada? (Part 2)

Yesterday, C.J. of ebookclassics shared with us Part 1 of Was Your Fave Book Adaptation Filmed in Canada?  Today she is back with Part 2!


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WAS YOUR FAVE BOOK ADAPTATION FILMED IN CANADA?

Continuing an east to west tour of the provinces and territories that we started in Part One, let's take a look at more book adaptations that were filmed in Canada.

PART TWO – THE PRAIRIES, TERRITORIES AND WEST COAST


Nunavut – Walk Well, My Brother by Farley Mowat (1975)

The Snow Walker (2003) starring Barry Pepper is a renamed adaptation of Farley Mowat's short story about a bush pilot who survives a plane crash with a young Inuit woman. Although not entirely shot in Nunavut, the crash scenes were filmed at Rankin Inlet.

Nunavut is the largest and newest territory having separated from the Northwest Territories in 1999. I have never been this far north before, but would love to visit this part of Canada and learn more about the First Nations people in that region. I would definitely want to see Artciq, an Inuit circus that includes acrobatics, throat singing and drum dancing.

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Northwest Territories – No book adaptations have been filmed in this territory. Most likely because it's far, remote and cold! Sorry NWT. If I ever visited this territory, I would like to see the energy refineries where my dad worked on shutdowns during the eighties.

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Yukon Territory – The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik (2004)

The Big Year (2011) is a comedy about three men (Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson) in a race around the world to name the most birds in one year. The Yukon was chosen as a stand-in for the island of Attu in Alaska.

The Yukon is the smallest of Canada's territories. I have never visited, but would love to go camping there one day and visit some of the attractions related to the Klondike gold rush.

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Manitoba – Capote by Gerald Clarke (2005)

Capote (2005) stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as famous writer, Truman Capote, during the time he was writing what is considered his masterpiece, In Cold Blood. The movie was shot mostly in the capital city of Winnipeg and surrounding areas as a stand-in for Kansas.

Manitoba is one of the Canadian Prairie Provinces I have never visited. If I ever did get the chance to visit, I would probably head up to Churchill which is called the Polar Bear Capital of the World. You can observe polar bears and other wildlife from the safety of a tundra buggie, and the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) can often be viewed at night.

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Saskatchewan – Dolan's Cadillac by Stephen King (1985)

Dolan's Cadillac (2009) is based on Stephen King's short story where school teacher Wes Bentley becomes obsessed with a gangster played by Christian Slater after the death of his wife. The movie was shot in the capital city of Regina, in Moose Jaw and around Wascana Lake.

I have never been to Saskatchewan, but if I did go to Regina I would make it a priority to attend a Saskatchewan Roughriders (Canadian Football League) game. I'm pretty sure the atmosphere would be electric, as the Roughrider fans intensely love the game and their team.

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Alberta – Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison (1979)

The lives of three brothers (Brad Pitt, Aidan Quinn, Henry Thomas) and their father (Anthony Hopkins) are affected by history, war and love in this 1994 adaptation of the novella Legends of the Fall. The movie was shot in and around the capital city of Calgary chosen for its dry weather (of course, it rained during shoots).

Calgary is very close to my city of birth, Edmonton, but I have only ever visited a few times. The law firm I work for has deep Alberta roots and half of my team work out of the Calgary office. By far, the Calgary Stampede in July is the most fun you will ever have if you want an unforgettable rodeo/festival experience.

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British Columbia – Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

In case you didn't already know the plot of Twilight (2008), a teenage girl played by Kristen Stewart moves to a small town and falls in love with a boy at school who happens to be a vampire (Robert Pattinson). The capital of Vancouver was a stand-in for Seattle and smaller towns and national parks throughout B.C. were used for other settings.

I used to live in British Columbia many years ago. I would love to visit the capital of Vancouver which I haven't seen since 1986 for the World Expo, explore the city, then head to the gorgeous Okanagan Valley to visit family.

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And there you have it, a book adaptation tour of Canada's provinces and territories! Have you read any of these books or seen the movies? Hopefully I have also inspired you to also check out my beautiful country.

Enjoy the rest of Armchair BEA and hope to chat books with you soon!

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C.J. is from the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada. She has been blogging about classic books and literary fiction at www.ebookclassics.wordpress.com for the past two years. Stop by to say hello or follow her on Twitter @ebookclassics where she tweets about books, film/TV adaptations and bookish life.

LINK IT UP: Topic of Choice & Middle Grade/Young Adult

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Welcome to Day 5, the FINAL day of discussions here at Armchair BEA 2014!

Did you get the opportunity to enter all the amazing giveaways that were linked up yesterday?!?  How about all those great conversations regarding diversity in books?  Has the latter inspired you to read something outside of your comfort zone, read about a country or culture different from your own, or simply educated you in an area that you were previously unaware?  We here at Armchair BEA hope that this week is not only providing you with lots of fun, but are also hoping for so much more, whether that may be in opening your eyes to something new, sharing resources, or helping you consider your next step in the blogosphere.

Today is our final day of discussion topics and we are leaving it open-ended for you to share something that you feel we have missed earlier in the week.  However, the week is really not yet coming to an end.  Be sure to keep checking back because we still have so much more for you coming LIVE from BEA and a few last minute, yet important items.  Stay tuned!

Daily Reminders:

Twitter Party TODAY at 9 PM EST

Instagram Challenge:  #WhatICanBuild

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FRIDAY: TOPIC OF CHOICE & MIDDLE GRADE/YOUNG ADULT 

Topic of Choice 
Today is the day to talk about something that you feel we have missed or that you want to spend a little extra time chatting about. Ideas include, but are not limited to: a genre that does not fit into those featured earlier this week; logistics, such as blogging resources, procedures, or advice; or something completely fun with book to movie adaptations or favorite blogging games, features, memes, events, and/or activities. It’s your freebie day to choose what you like! 

Middle Grade/Young Adult 
Our final genre of discussion is one that we know is a popular one these days: books for the younger crowd, from middle grade to young adult. If you do not normally talk about this genre on your site, maybe you want to feature books that you remember impacting you during this stage in your life. If this is where you tend to gravitate, maybe you want to list your favorites, make recommendations based on genres, or feature some titles that you are excited to read coming later this year. 


HOW TO LINK UP

Please use the following format when linking up:

Name @ Blog Name - Daily Topic Represented 

For example: Sally @ Armchair BEA - Middle Grade OR Sally @ Armchair BEA - Advice & YA

Please use only permalinks (links going directly to the designated post) when linking up. If you link directly to your home page, your link will be removed.