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the Arizona YA community is unique specifically because we are a big community," Hochhalter said.
Suddenly, the YA community wasn't just authors and a few enthusiasts at Changing Hands; teachers and librarians from across the Valley got to meet the people writing books for the kids they saw every day.
Hochhalter about 20 authors and spouses came to Mc Mann's Mesa home.
Mc Mann set up games around the house as conversation-starters, "since writers tend to be introverts," and the Magnetic Poetry contests and trivia did the trick."That first party is one of my favorite memories," Pike said.
Faith Hochhalter, known as the "Book Babe," is the children's book specialist at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe and the woman whom many young-adult authors consider the dynamo of the metro-Phoenix YA community. Metro Phoenix is blessed in that regard, but only we have "the Book Babe."As young-adult fiction rose in popularity nationally, the Book Babe was a driving force behind the YA scene in Phoenix, searching for new authors and pulling them into the spotlight.
She has helped launch the careers of two New York Times best-selling authors, as well as about a dozen others, all the while nurturing an enduring sense of community among them all.