August 8th, 2007

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IRL: In Real Life DVD

IRL (In Real Life): The Bronze Documentary Project, which was written, directed, produced and edited by Stevie Tuszynski, is now available on DVD. Get it at createspace.com and use the discount code V3BNN4DJ to save $5! The disc is NTSC, region-free, and includes the complete 55-minute documentary plus promotional trailers, a gag reel, and more.

The first feature-length documentary to take on the subject of online relationships, IRL (In Real Life) chronicles the life, death and afterlife of an online community called The Bronze, made up of fans from the official website for Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The documentary looks at what happens when online relationships move from the Internet into "real life." In their own words, Bronzers talk about what lead them to seek out the community, the prejudices and misconceptions they had to face from family and friends about their Internet activities, and the effect the experience had on their lives.
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Interview: Holly Black

Please do not confuse Holly Black with my black cat, Holly. One writes books. The other likes to sit on books. Okay, maybe the author does like sit on books and I just don't know it.

In any event, Holly Black has many, many events on her calendar. On behalf of readergirlz, postergirlz, and Bildungsroman, I thank her for squeezing this Q&A into her schedule.

Describe yourself as a teenager.

A picture is worth a thousand words:

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I read a ton of high fantasy and vampire books, wore lots of dragon necklaces and lots of black eyeliner. I hoped desperately that I would find people that were like me and liked the things that I liked. I did a lot of stupid things in high school to try and find those people. One of the best things about being a professional writer is that I really do feel like I've made a lot of great friends.

If you weren't a writer, you would be . . .

A YA librarian. I finished all but my last class at Rutgers to get my MLIS, but then I went on tour for Spiderwick and could never seem to get it together to go back and take cataloging.

If you were a fairy, you would be able to . . .

Live forever and ever.

If you could be a fly on the wall as someone turns the final page of Ironside, you'd love to hear the reader say . . .

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Thanks again to Holly Black for stopping by. Gee, I hope I didn't take her away from a dinner engagement with the fey. (Wait! Don't eat the fairy food! No! Don't eat the -- )

Holly's newest novel, Ironside, is the readergirlz pick of the month for August 2007.

Visit Holly's website and LiveJournal.
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Readergirlz: August

I am a readergirl! Are you?

The August issue of readergirlz is ripe for the reading! This month's spotlighted title is Ironside by Holly Black.

Mark your calendars! The readergirlz will host a live chat with Holly Black on Thursday, August 23rd at 7 PM Pacific / 10 PM Eastern. The chat will last for about an hour. Holly will talk about the joys and frustrations she faces while writing fantasy. This will be your chance to ask her all those questions you've been saving up, and to explore her tantalizing faery world. Share your fairytales with us!

Many of the readergirlz divas and the postergirlz advisory council are fans of the fantasy genre. We have drawn up this list of recommended reads:

Fiction:
The Ferryman by Christopher Golden
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan
Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst

Non-Fiction:
At the Bottom of the Garden: A Dark History of Fairies, Hobgoblins, Nymphs, and Other Troublesome Things by Diane Purkiss

If you have read these books, or if you'd like to learn more about them, please participate in our recommended reads discussion at the readergirlz forum!

Read the August issue of readergirlz.

Read an excerpt of Ironside.

Chat it up at the readergirlz forum.

Check out the readergirlz press release.