Rookie - new magazine for teenage girls

I know, I know, I'm 33 years old, and not a teenage girl anymore (with no real inkling to even want to go back there again), but this new magazine deserves boatloads of promotion.
Back when I was a teenager, growing up in France, there really wasn't any type of publication that catered towards the more alternative, somewhat subordinate, teen, and I always wondered why I didn't start writing the perfect magazine myself... Of course, I never did, but these lovely ladies at Rookie did. Enjoy reading it and pass the word along!

I actually am lucky enough to personally know one of the contributors: Stephanie Kuehnert, a wonderful writer, and a wonderful person all-round. Once you have checked out Rookie, you should read Stephanie's blog, and then buy her books. Links below - you will love them. I like to gift her books to my female friends, because they really are excellent, and everyone finds a piece of themselves in them.

Stephanie Kuehnert - official site
Stephanie's Blog

Writers are rockstars too!

Stephanie (Kuehnert) was in town for some writer/book-related events this week and I was able to prise myself away from work for a couple of hours to stop by to see her talk and do a short reading on a panel at Book of Wonders on West 18th St. Someone in the audience asked her why she mixed so much music into her writing and her answer (paraphrased as I cannot remember the exact words) was "I always wanted to be a rockstar, and because I don't have any musical talents, I write about how music inspires me instead". I feel the same way. Music and Literature are my safe havens, the two main art forms that inspire me, render me speechless, help me evolve and help me move on. In my opinion Stephanie is as much a rockstar as PJ Harvey, as although PJ adds music to her words, Stephanie's words just move along with the music in my head.
And a book I love signed personally by the author is just as precious to me as an album signed by one of my favourite musicians.

My signed copy of "I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone" by Stephanie Kuehnert (signed during our trip to Seattle in April 2009):

Melissa Walker was also on the panel, and signed my copy of "Lovestruck Summer":

This book made me want to move to Austin...