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Cecil Castellucci’s Summer Reading Survey

My name is Cecil Castellucci and I wrote the graphic novel series The Plain Janes & Janes in Love on DC’s Minx imprint (now sadly defunct.) I also wrote the young adult novels Boy Proof, The Queen of Cool and Beige.

My latest fantabulous project is an anthology that I co-edited called GEEKTASTIC: Stories from the nerd herd. It’s an anthology of short stories about Geeks and the Geek observed by some amazing YA authors.

Other than that, I have a bunch of short stories out this summer and fall. The Baby in The Basket over at strange horizons (my first non-ya sci fi short story!) . The Bread Box in the Sideshow Anthology, Wet Teeth in Eternal Kiss (my first vampire story!) and The Long and Short of Long Term Memory in Interfictions 2 (my first interstital fiction story!)

Here’s what I’ve got on my upcoming to be read pile:

My friend (author Edan Lepucki) and I have sort of a little two lady book group. The last book we read together was We Have Always Lived in the Castle with some people on twitter. It was great! So we decided to read Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House as well, just get some more of her delicious creepiness.

I’ve been thinking about books that take a new point of view on classics.

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys is a parallel book to Jane Eyre told from Bertha, the madwoman wife of Rochester’s point of view. It takes the point of view that maybe Rochester drove her crazy and then just blamed it on her.

Another book on my pile is Angel and Apostle by Deborah Noyes, which tells the story of Hester Prynne’s daughter Pearl. You know Hester Prynne, the one from the Scarlet Letter with the big A for adultery on her chest.

Also, I run a YA book club called Pardon My Youth at my fave indie bookstore skylight books. I pick the books! It’s what I want to read and or what I’ve read and loved and want to share with everyone. The next four books are Tyrell by Coe Booth, Fat Kid Rules the World by KL Going, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler and Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan.

My next books are out in 2010. A YA novel Rose Sees Red (Scholastic) and a picture book Grandmas Gloves (Candlewick Press)

and some appearances:

July 29th at Skylight Books 7 PM
1814 Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039
YA Anthology Night!
Cecil Castellucci, Geektastic
Aimee Bender, Sideshow
Melissa de La Cruz, Eternal Kiss
Lisa Yee, Geektastic

November 7th
Vegas Valley Comic Book Convention