Thursday, April 7, 2011

Awards, Movies, Events, Announcement

Hey guys! I have a few things to tell you about. You'll wanna make sure you make it all the way to #10.


1. I'm very honored that my book, The Maze Runner, just won the 2011 Kentucky Bluegrass Award for grades 9-12. I especially love this because it was voted on by the actual students. That means more than anything. Thanks, Kentucky!

2. For all you movie and Hunger Games fans, I did a guest blog today for the website, wordandfilm.com. It's my thoughts on five kinda obscure but awesome films you can watch while you wait: CLICK HERE.

3. Looking for a good book while you wait, too? Check out the latest from my good friend Frank Cole. It's called "The Guardians of the Hidden Scepter" and anyone who likes fantasy, adventure, and humor will enjoy it. CLICK HERE.

4. I know this drives my readers who don't live in Utah crazy, but I have another big event coming up here. (Don't worry, I'll be heading all over the country here and there throughout the year, especially when Book 3 comes out in October.) This one will be in Logan, UT, at the main library, at 6:00 pm, on April 22.

Oh, and it's not just me. Some other little authors you may have heard of: Shannon Hale, Ally Condie, Brandon Mull, Jessica Day George and the illustrator Nathan Hale. Lots of NYT Bestselling authors on that there list. And one Newbery Honor winner. And one guy who's owed me dinner for over a year (Initials BM, which also happens to stand for bowel movement).

5. Other upcoming events: TLA in Austin, TX (April 13-14), Signing at The King's English in SLC (May 4, 5:00 pm), Storymakers Conference in SLC (May 6-7), Battle of the Books in St. Louis (May 10), and Book Expo America in NYC (May 24-26). I sure hope to see a lot of you!

6. I just noticed this a little after the fact, but I wanted to thank all the fans who voted for me as one of their favorite Random House authors. Quite the group! CLICK HERE.

7. You guys really need to "Like" the official Facebook page for the Maze Runner trilogy. There is some really cool stuff on there. Check out the recent youtube videos with dreamcasts for the movies, done by Shay Cohen. CLICK HERE. And friend me if you haven't yet, too.

8. Following me on twitter yet? No?!?!? Do: CLICK HERE.

9. You all need to see the movie, Insidious. Unless you're scared of haunted houses, demons, or faces of creepy old ladies reflected back at you in the window. I loved the music in this film. I also really liked The Source Code and Limitless recently.

10. Announcement: we will officially be revealing the cover for The Death Cure (coming October 11) on Thursday, April 28th, first thing in the morning. That's three weeks from today! You guys are gonna LOVE it.

Oh, and thanks again, Kentucky.

27 comments:

I Read Banned Books said...

We are lucky to have you back in Texas!

Jen

Ems said...

I'll be at the Logan event! I'm excited to finally be close enough to come to something!

Amber Argyle said...

So excited you guys are coming to Logan. Finally, the north gets some author love.

I. WILL. STALK. YOU.

Are you afraid???

JK. You wanna do dinner again? I'll get the others together.

Renee Collins said...

I see how you roll now, James. You are into CREEPY movies! Your guest post offered 100% scary ones, and then you recommend Insidious?

Let me guess: The Ring is your favorite movie ever.

Magenta said...

Yay, the Dude is back! ^_^

My god, I just realized that you have 900 followers!!! 0_0 I remember when I joined, a little more than 2 years ago, there were only about 40 of us Dashner fans... you have certainly come a long way. ^_^

Ahhhh! #10 is my favorite! I can't wait to see the cover for Death Cure! XD You do realize you're going to drive EVERYBODY crazy waiting for those 3 weeks, right?!

(Hmm, this must be how you got 900 followers...)

pen master said...

yes, it drives all of us none Utah dwelers insane. And it makes me even madder because I looove Ally Condie and Brandon Mull too!!!!! And cant wait for the death cure cover!!!!! And personallly the actor they chose for Peeta looks 30 or something...

pen master said...

Come on! (I never really finished that other response) St. Louis is the best you can do?! And on a tuesday no less!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The chances of me being able to go are next to nothing, and you are like my favorite author and I reallllly would like to be able to meet you! But I understand you are bust with the Death Cure so next year, 2012, I think you should do like some authors and go on a book tour. Like, places other than utah. Actually visit the other half of the country!!!

Anonymous said...

Wait, if your book won a Kentucky award, does this mean you will be in Kentucky any time soon?! I could totally do that...

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Lots of great info here, James. Thanks for the Frank Cole tip--I'm all over that! :-)

J.N. Future Author said...

I love creepy movies, and Insidious gave me chills when I saw the preview for it a while back.

Its definitely on my Must See list

Matthew MacNish said...

How was I not following your blog? WTH is wrong with me?

Bonnie the Boss said...

Already going to the thing in Logan, so dang excited. You really ought to put the squeeze on BM. pun intended. Sorry I couldn't resist.

Anonymous said...

OMG, times i wish i lived in Utah!!!! I have read Shannon Hale, I am starting an Ally Condie book soon, hoping to read some Brandon Mull soon, just havnt got to it, and i think i have read every single Jessica Day George book out. How can you guys be so cruel? Can't you ever group up on the other side of the country? Please come visit soon!!!!!!!!!


BTW, i think i have read all of your books too...

Jenn Johansson said...

Totally agree. Limitless and Source Code rocked. Have fun at BEA and all your other travels and yay Kentucky! I always knew their genius was totally under-rated. :)

Anonymous said...

If they're making a movie of you book can you please persuade them to film in Utah!?! I loved loved loved the maze runner! Now I'm just waiting to buy the Scorch Trials and it's killing me!!!

Anonymous said...

Can you please come to Halifax Nova Scotia!!!??????

Person who can read a 400 page book in 2 hours(or less) said...

@ Bonnie the boss

LLLLLLLOOOOOOLLLLLLLLL

Star Catcher said...

OH! OH! GUESS WHAT??? I have started and am going to write... A BOOK! Isn't it exciting?! The sad part of it is, I will never be able to write a book as great as your book "The Maze Runner." Still, wish me luck!

Star Catcher said...

Wait a second! They're making a movie on your book?! OMG!!! Please, please, please, please, PLEASE come to Indiana for a movie tour or to film it here! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!!!!!!

Kendall said...

I can't wait until you come to Indiana (which you definately should more often). I look forward to reading The Death Cure and getting it signed by the best author ever!

-Kendall

Heather Justesen said...

October is so far away! Just finished MR and ST, and I'm looking forward to The Death Cure! Sounds like you're going to be busy. I can't wait to catch up with everyone at the Storymaker's conference!

pen master said...

I finally saw the King's Speech!!!! It was sooooo good! And, I really must point this out, did anyone else notice that Collin Firth and Jennifer Elle (or whatever her name is) met very briefly?! As in Mr.Darcy and Elizabeth! Fifteen years later and you still can see the sparks :) I knew almost all of the actors... Collin Firth, Jennifer Ell, Micheal Gambon (Dumbledore), Helena Bonom Carter (Bellatrix lestrange), the dude who played wormtail was Winston Churchill, and briefly Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice!!! Oh and Lionel was Captain Barbosa from Pirates on the Caribbean.

J. Arbuckle said...

can anyone actually think of an event near Dallas? Seriously? This is drivin' me crazy

Anonymous said...

I wonder how it feels to have a movie made from such awesome books like The Maze Runner. Though I'm pretty sure if they can make one for every Twilight book adapting yours would be no problem. I also can't wait for your last book of the series to come out, gonna backorder it soon as it does. Hope you have lots of luck in the box office!

snlim said...

As with everyone else, I assume it'll be a shot of an obscure (dark) place. But I'd like to wish that it will be something completely different like a shot of someone dying. Not in a creepy, gross way- but in a "time is running out for the death cure" way. Or perhaps a syringe or whatever device may be used to administer the 'death cure'....?

I can't believe your humiliating moment is from a signing. I'm still telling people about talking Ender with you at a B&N signing. Also, it totally rocks that you referenced the (sadly, probably never going to be made) Ender's Game movie in your wordandfilm.com blog.

Tyler said...

YES! I was one of the students that voted for your book man! Loved it too by the way. ^_^

Tyler Brooks
Grade 11
George Rogers Clark HS

Celia said...

I JUST finished The Blade of Shattered hope and it said in the back there would be a book 4. Do you know when it will come out.