Summer Blog Blast Tour: Day One; Guys Lit Wire Book Fair for Boys

Today is the first day of the third annual Summer Blog Blast Tour. This event is organized by Colleen of Chasing Ray to showcase authors and expose them to a wider online audience.

You can find today’s interviews at the following places:

Andrew Mueller at Chasing Ray
Kekla Magoon at Fuse #8
Carrie Jones at Writing & Ruminating
Amber Benson at Bildungsroman
Greg van Eekhout at Shaken & Stirred

(Many  thanks to slayground for the code above!)

Come back tomorrow for my interview with Amber Benson!

Over at Guys Lit Wire, you can participate in the Guys Lit Wire Book Fair for Boys. Purchase a book or a few and send them to the LA Juvenile Justice System, which currently has no library. The Book Fair is already a great success but you can make it an even bigger one!

Guys Lit Wire

Guys Lit Wire is live!

Here’s a blurb from the site:

Guys Lit Wire exists solely to bring literary news and reviews to the attention of teenage boys and the people who care about them. We are more than happy to welcome female readers – but our main goal is to bring the attention of good books to guys who might have missed them. The titles will be new or old and on every subject imaginable. We guarantee new posts every Monday through Friday and have a list of twenty-three individual scheduled contributors plus several additional occasional posters all of whom have different literary likes and dislikes. We hope to provide something for everyone and will strive to accomplish that goal.

I am one of the aforementioned “occasional posters.”  I’m hoping to interview some of my educational colleagues and perhaps get some reviews from my students.


From Colleen at Chasing Ray:

Just to update you on the idea that several of us have been bouncing around for a web site recommending books to teenage boys. We are working on the design and putting together a big list of daily posters. But first the name:

Guys Lit Wire!!

All credit for that one goes to Sarah (who will likely also want to mention some help from Tanita). I was banging my head hard against the wall on this and Sarah came through big time. So kudos to her limitless creativity which will be big time on display on the site. Wait until you see the header she is working on for the main page – it is some kind of awesome.

We are planning to go live by June 1st and update every Monday – Friday with a different daily poster. We hope to have 21 folks on board dedicated to posting at least once a month. This way we get tons of new content from lots of different points of view, which is what I really wanted. We will likely run multiple daily posts as the site evolves but readers will be able to count for sure on at least one new post every weekday and that is what we will build a lot of the site’s readership on.

There will be book recommendations, author interviews, literary commentary, a rant or two (I’m sure) and lots of other good stuff. The goal is to cover a ton of different types of books from across the literary spectrum so we can become a good resource to actual teenagers as well as anyone seeking to find books for teen boys. (And if the girls want to visit we are happy to have them, but boys are our target audience.)

Right now everything is moving forward quite nicely but we do still need some folks to commit to posting. If any of you would like to participate in Guys Lit Wire (or recommend someone) then please let me know. We are especially looking for guys so we can keep our group balanced (and because guys know a thing or two about what guys like to read… ๐Ÿ™‚ Please send me an email if you can help. (colleenatchasingraydotcom)

 So if you are the kind of person who could contribute to this sort of thing, please get in touch with Colleen!