[DWJ] another introduction

slwones at gmail.com slwones at gmail.com
Thu Jan 8 16:03:03 EST 2009

I'm Suzanne, a librarian in my late 30s and I live and work just outside of
Boston, MA.  I'm a long-time list lurker who always enjoys the conversations
and book recommendations on this list.

Lili's introduction prompted me to respond because I did actually steal Fire
and Hemlock from a library. It was my high school library and just before
graduation I took it because I couldn't find it in a bookstore
(pre-Internet, obviously) and I was SURE no one in the school was worthy of
it. : )  My mother found it while I was in college and promptly returned it.
When she heard my reasons for taking it she introduced me to the concept of
bookstore special orders and a lifetime of spending too much money on books
was begun.
Dogsbody was actually my first DWJ but Fire and Hemlock is the one that put
me on the road to obsessive DWJ reading/collecting and which remains my

On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 6:35 PM, Lili Wilkinson <liliwilkinson at mac.com>wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> I'm also a most-of-the-time lurker, although I fell off the list for a
> while (it was attached to my work email, instead of this one).
> I'm Lili, I'm 27, and I manage insideadog.com.au, Australia's website
> for teenagers about books and reading. It's a good job, as it mostly
> involves hanging out on the internet and talking to intelligent,
> articulate teenagers. I'm also a YA author, with four books under my
> belt, and another two this year (one about the Children's Crusade, and
> one about teen sexuality and musical theatre). My novel Scatterheart
> (convicts, giant white bears, romance) will be published in the UK
> some time this year (thanks for the nice words, Gili!), and I've been
> invited to speak at the Edinburgh Book Festival (schools' week) in
> August, which is a very great honour. And it seemed like a good excuse
> to have an extra long working holiday in the UK and attend the DWJ
> Conference as well!
> Gosh, there were a lot of brackets in that last paragraph.
> I think my first DWJ was The Magicians of Caprona, closely followed by
> Power of Three, when I was about 10. I then very quickly fell in love
> with Fire and Hemlock, and rejoiced endlessly when it was reprinted,
> because it meant that I didn't have to resort to stealing my library's
> copy. I read it now about once a year, and every time I find something
> new.
> My most recent DWJ is Witch Week, which I'd never read before and
> thoroughly enjoyed. My favourites - other than F&H - are Dogsbody,
> Archer's Goon and the Homeward Bounders.
> Cheers,
> lili
> Lili Wilkinson
> https://twitter.com/twitofalili
> http://thinkingsofalili.blogspot.com
> http://liliwilkinson.com
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