Oh yeah, we’re doing it junior high newspaper style.
Megan McCafferty, Sarah Dessen and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party.
Ask! Authors! Anything! A web series devoted to “Famous Writers. Favorite Books. And fangirling.” I’m the host. Sarah Dessen is my first guest. Amy Poehler's Smart Girls at the Party will post highlights as featured content on its site. Hence, the fangirling. Oh! And we’ll be joined by a group of students from the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders who will also contribute questions to the conversation. I’ve never done anything like this before but with such an abundance of female awesomeness backing me up it can’t be a total fail, right?
The first episode goes live Monday, March 24th 1:30-2:30EST. Anyone (that means YOU) can sign up and join in on the chat as it happens. Highlight clips will later post on the Smart Girls at the Party site for you and the YA fans in your life to watch and share at your leisure. You know, whenever you’re in the mood for lit, wit and wisdom. Or…um…whenever you’re in the mood to see a grown-ass woman (that means ME) spaz out about books.
Sign up for the Ask! Authors! Anything! Google Hangout here. If you can’t make the live show, you can still be a part of the conversation. Submit questions for me to ask Sarah via the new Ask! Authors! Anything! Tumblr or by tweeting @meganmccafferty.
Amy Poehler created Smart Girls at the Party as a positive alternative to shallow, stereotypical portrayals of young women in pop culture. I love its motto: “Change the world by being yourself!” I’ve followed the site since the beginning and always kind of wondered why there wasn’t a Smart Girls at the Party book club of some sort. Something fun, informative and interactive that involved real girls.
This is where Forever Young Adult comes in. Shortly after I TOTALLY INVITED MYSELF to Forever Fest, the New York Times ran an article all about the Smart Girls at the Party HQ in Austin. Forever Fest: Also in Austin. BOOYAH. SYNERGY. (I promise if you watch A!A!A! I will never use the words “BOOYAH” or “SYNERGY” ever again.) So I basically wrote a gushing email about how much I love what they do and let’s get together to brainstorm ideas and…um…HEY! HOW ABOUT A BOOK CLUB OF SOME SORT? SGATP’s social media whiz Ashley Kuske had wanted to develop a book club for a while and encouraged me to develop the show. We'll see what happens after these trial episodes! I hope this is just the beginning of my involvement with an organization I admire so much.
My favorite moment of the Forever Fest YA panel was when The Fug Girls, Kiwi Smith and I all got silly about Sally J. Freedman and the Wakefield Twins. We remembered details from books we read when we were twelve so much more vividly than anything we read last week. All writers start out as readers and these are the kinds of conversations I want to have. I know I’ll have a blast chatting with Sarah Dessen and Laurie Halse Anderson (EPISODE TWO!) and whomever else I can persuade to come on the show. I hope viewers of all ages have as much fun as I do.