I write books nominally for young people, including September Girls, which is out now. Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal and the Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books all gave it starred reviews, and some other people said some nice things about it too. You can learn more about the book here.
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I’m reading Jincy Willett’s AMY FALLS DOWN, and this whole scene, in which several writers discuss their “process” on NPR, is a little too realistic.
There’s a word for when your interests are so esoteric that you find yourself accidentally Googling yourself all the time, right? Right???
"Adam is mostly me," Schrag told me in a recent interview. "I like the idea that someone reading Adam would find my depiction of a male teen to ring true and that this implies the differentiation between male and female is perhaps less stark than some believe.”
You finally listened to me and read Adam, right?
Who’s signing up for Mermaid School with me?
Emily Gould’s first novel, FRIENDSHIP, came out yesterday. To celebrate both the book and the fact that Emily and I have now been friends for more than twenty years (!) I give you this picture of us being twenty and feeling very bohemian. Pretty sure it was taken in Emily’s worst apartment on Rivington Street circa 2002.
I really think it would be a good idea if you bought the book.
"Basically if you don’t think of the shopping mall as a good place to set a fantasy novel, you probably won’t like my books."
—In which I discuss gender (zzzzs), the shopping mall, “diversity,” bad words and laundry, and then smoke a fag.
Little Edie time travels from 1976 to 1964 to attend a drag ball in Kansas City?
(Private Birthday Party is the greatest thing I have seen in awhile.)