Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Simon & Schuster Host Hot YA Summer Chats


New York, NY, June 11, 2013– Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing has partnered with Shindig to offer YA readers and fans an exciting new program to regularly engage with authors through their patented large scale video chat event service. Simon & Schuster will debut the program for fans of YA literature beginning every Tuesday at 7PM EST starting on June 11th, 2013 and will continue throughout the month of July. Fans that RSVP for the events can participate for free and have the opportunity to purchase their favorite authors’ books directly from the chat room site.

New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian will launch the chat series by discussing the eagerly awaited sequel in the Burn for Burn trilogy, FIRE WITH FIREParticipating authors will include Lisa McMann, Andrew Smith, Corey Ann Haydu, John Corey Whaley, Abbi Glines, Neal Schusterman and Carmen Rodrigues.

“We are very excited to partner with Shindig and to provide a place where our avid readers know they can return week after week,” says Paul Crichton, VP, Director of Publicity. “It’s also a great way to give readers who may not live near a common tour market the opportunity to interact with their favorite authors.”

“We are thrilled to be pioneering the new frontier of online reader engagement with Simon & Schuster. Stated Steve Gottlieb, Founder of Shindig. “Simon & Schuster recognizes that readers around the world are looking for meaningful ways to interact with their favorite authors, from the comfort of their homes.”

The schedule for the chats is as follows:

June 11 – Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian (BURN FOR BURN)

June 18 – Lisa McMann (CRASH)

June 25 – Andrew Smith (WINGER)

July 2 – Corey Ann Haydu (OCD LOVESTORY)

July 9 – John Corey Whaley (WHERE THINGS COME BACK)

July 16 – Abbi Glines (BECAUSE OF LOW)

July 23 – Neal Schusterman (UNWHOLLY)

July 30 – Carmen Rodrigues (34 PIECES OF YOU)


  1. Sounds like a great idea, though I don't know that I have time to check it out. Thanks for letting us know about it.

  2. I know. Extra time is always hard to find.