It was quite a day for a few friends and I wanted to share it here for the wider audience.

NYC Teen Author FestivalFirst up, in the news of the day… Martin Wilson, who wrote the excellent What They Always Tell Us, saw his debut novel become a Lambda Literary Award Nominee for Best LGBT Children/Young Adult book. In addition, Bill Konigsberg’s Out of the Pocket was also nominated. I just met Bill a few weeks ago on Facebook and haven’t read the book yet, but it’s on my list to read soon because it deals with coming out in high school sports. Congrats to  both of them for their achievement!

In addition, Martin and Bill are both participating in the NYC Teen Author Festival this week. Unfortunately on Thursday afternoon they are different events happening at the same time so I can’t see them both. I’m planning to go see Martin, a fellow Central High alum, as he hosts a reading at the 67th Street branch of the New York Public Library.

The other great news of the day came from Josh Koll. He’s been working on Jonathan, Just Because, a short film, with Josh Helmin (the two Joshes are from Josh & Josh are Rich & Famous), Kirsten Major and Adam Lehman. The Joshes have been blogging about it for a couple months and this coming Sunday it will make it’s World Premiere. There’s an interesting story behind it too, which got written up by the New York Times. I’m looking forward to celebrating their success at the premiere. Here’s a look at the trailer…