Pay it Forward Friday: Bridget Zinn’s POISON – Help Spread the Word!

A while back, you may remember my participation in the Bridget Zinn auction. It actually took the place of my Thanksgiving Picture Book Peek in 2010. Now I’m asking your help in an opportunity to contribute to Bridget’s beautiful legacy through her upcoming book release.

Today, Bridget’s dear friend, writer and editor,  Holly Westlund,  is my guest, explaining how you can help.

Hello, friends.

Some of you (maybe even many of you) may have known Bridget Zinn. She was very active in the kid lit world, and especially well-known in Madison and Portland. She was a very dear part of the children’s book community, and sadly died of cancer not too long after she sold her book, Poison, to Disney/Hyperion. She was only 33, but she lived a vibrant life full of laughter and love (for books, cats, friends, and so many other things). Those of us who knew her even a little bit still miss her. And we’d really like to help Poison be a success.

Poison releases on March 12, just a short month from now. If you would like to help Bridget’s family and friends promote Poison, take a look at her website, here: We are also accepting any and all ideas you might have for getting the word out there.

There will be a book release party in Portland, OR, on March 16 at A Children’s Place Bookstore, 6pm, with several local authors signing special copies of Poison in Bridget’s honor. (If you will be in town and would like to sign, please RSVP to event(at) by February 17, so we can be sure to have a few copies of your books on the shelf, as well.) If you’ll be in town, we’d love to have you come. If you’re interested in ordering signed copies, please contact A Children’s Place before or after the event. ( If you’d like to host a similar signing in your town, we’d be very honored. I know there’s one in the planning works in Texas, at the moment.

I’ve read the ARC, and I can guarantee that it’s a ton of fun. It sounds just like Bridget, and is a clever mix of subterfuge, romance, and action that might happen if you crossed The Thief with The Princess Bride. It’ll have a pretty broad readership appeal, with the action/adventure/cleverness that middle school readers love, and the sweet/clever romance that teens enjoy. I can’t wait until I get to start handing this book to kids.

Thank you so much for your help!