In celebration of YALSA's Teen Read Week™ Books with Bite, readergirlz is excited to present Night Bites, a series of online live chats with an epic lineup of published authors! The five themed chats will take place at the rgz MySpace group forum, October 13-17, 2008, 6:00 pm PST/9:00 pm EST.

Whatever your literary tastes, sink your teeth into rgz Night Bites!

Visit the YALSA site for more info about Teen Read Week™.




Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Now a major motion picture starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is a comedy about two teens thrust together for one hilarious, sleepless night of adventure in a world of mix tapes, late-night living, and live, loud music. Nick frequents New York's indie rock scene nursing a broken heart and Norah is questioning all of her assumptions about the world. Though they have nothing in common except for their taste in music, their chance encounter leads to an all-night quest to find a legendary band's secret show and ends up becoming the first date that could change both their lives.

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On the nightstand: Currently reading an Australian YA book called Borrowed Light by Anna Fienberg, an amazing Australia author I met on a recent trip to Sydney. Great book; great person.

Favorite drink while you write: Iced latte

Favorite bookstore: Green Apple on Clement Street in San Francisco

Favorite library: The Library of Congress

Pets: Patricia McCormick’s cat Eli

Place to write: The Writers Room in NYC, with writing buddy/great friend Patricia McCormick

Inspiration: Teen readers, Manhattan, daydreaming

Writer buddies: Patricia McCormick, Jaclyn Moriarty, Megan McCafferty, Carolyn Mackler, Kristen Kemp, Libba Bray

Cure for writer's block: Credit card bills

Favorite outfit: Yoga clothes

Long-hand or laptop? Laptop

Stilettos or Uggs? Bare feet

Next up: Currently working on upper-age YA book that will probably come out Spring 2010

Author idols: Markus Zusak, and all my writer-buddies, of course


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Other YA novels:
Pop Princess
You Know Where to Find Me
Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List
(also with David Levithan)

Roundtable: postergirlz Little Willow and Jackie discuss Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist



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Discuss the book with the author herself. Rachel Cohn will be chatting live at the readergirlz forum on Thursday, October 23rd at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST.

The chat will last for about an hour.




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American Red Cross

In keeping with YALSA's Books with Bite, and rgz Night Bites, the divas thought it would be appropriate to encourage you to give blood to the American Red Cross. Some states allow you to donate at 16 years of age while others require you to be 17 years old. Check out the info at or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543).

Be sure to drink plenty of water, get a good night's rest, and eat a good meal before donating. Read the Donor Eligibility Guidelines. The American Red Cross says that teens make up a quarter of all blood donations. Way to reach out, rgz!




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This month, we mixed the official Nick & Norah movie soundtrack with a playlist created by Little Willow to accompany the book. We also included the song Ring of Fire as covered by Universal Hall Pass, our 'theme song' for Night Bites.

Ring of Fire by Universal Hall Pass
Lover by Devendra Banhart
Riot Radio by The Dead 60s
Fever by Takka Takka
After Hours by We Are Scientists
Our Swords by Band Of Horses
Very Loud by Shout Out Louds
Last Words by The Real Tuesday Weld
Casual Affair by Tonic
Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning) by Vertical Horizon
Ex-Girlfriend by No Doubt
Volcano Girls by Veruca Salt
On Her Mind by Duncan Sheik
Fast As You Can by Fiona Apple
So I Fall Again by Phantom Planet
Fade Into You by Mazzy Star
Flames by VAST
I Want You to Want Me by Cheap Trick





The readergirlz forum is open 24/7, so come on over and tell us what you thought about Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. Here are some discussion questions from the Virtual Book Club created in association with the N&N movie:

What did Nick do for Tris when they were dating? What are the most and least romantic things that have happened to you on a date?

What are some songs Norah wants to put on her playlist for Nick? Name your top 5 songs.

Nick's band has no drummer. What instrument is the coolest in a band?

Why do you think Nick's ex, Tris, showed up at the concert? Have you ever dropped in on an ex?

What is Nick's first impression of Norah? How did you feel about your significant other the first time you met?

What are Norah's parents like? Do they remind you of your parents?

Really, why E.T.? Do you think anyone else would be better? And why E.T., do you think?


Invite: Make up a CD cover

Food: Pierogies and borscht (Ukranian food), stale Oreos

Décor: Grunge rock 'n' roll

Movies: Before Sunrise, Can't Hardly Wait, Superbad, 40-Year-Old Virgin

Crafts: Design your own Norah flannel shirt or Nick gasoline jacket


Tips on Having a Gay (Ex-) Boyfriend by Carrie Jones  Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson  Bloom by Elizabeth Scott  Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway  Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon  Cinderella's Big Score by Maria Raha

Recommended by postergirlz, the readergirlz advisory council

Tips on Having a Gay (Ex-) Boyfriend by Carrie Jones
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
Bloom by Elizabeth Scott
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon

Cinderella's Big Score by Maria Raha


Long May She Reign by Ellen Emerson White



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