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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Part 2 of my video on the Brooklyn Book Festival is up! Its a long one focusing mostly on one panel with authors Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian,Bennett Madison and moderated by Ann Brashares
I’m in a cafe and forgot my headphones, plus I’m supposedly “working,” so I haven’t had a chance to watch this yet, but someone made a video of my panel at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Hopefully I didn’t say anything totally stupid.
"With all due respect, I beg to differ. The only actual young adult novels Beha cites are the exhaustingly ubiquitous The Fault in Our Stars and Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy, which suggests both a wholesale unfamiliarity with young adult literature in general and a certain lack of effort undergirding any arguments lambasting it in particular—but my point here is not to defend young adult literature specifically, which has a great many erudite, dedicated, and brilliant advocates, but instead to note that the distinction Beha is making—and perhaps would have realized he was making, had he paid a little more attention to “marketing tools”—is not between young adult and adult literature, but between commercial and—for lack of a better word, though I am well aware of its limitations—literary fiction in general."
Ariel Schrag on ‘September Girls’ and Flipping the Mermaid Script: “I Wish I’d Made That” by Bullseye with Jesse Thorn http://ift.tt/1qaFLyQ
It’s a little embarrassing to post this because I’ve been raving about how much I loved Ariel Schrag’s book, Adam, for months now— just scroll down a few days/hours if you’ve managed to miss it — and now I suppose it just looks like we’re blowing smoke up each other’s asses. Well maybe we are! On the other hand, it’s exactly because I loved Adam so much that I can’t bring myself not to brag about this interview in which Ariel talks incredibly kindly about September Girls. OH WELL!
I’m doing a panel on LOVE (the fictional kind, I suppose) at the Brooklyn Book Festival with Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, both of whom I love, and Ann Brashares, whom I am sure to fall in love with when I meet her at this event. Yay! Come see us talk Sunday September 21 at 3pm at the Brooklyn Book Festival Youth Pavilion.(I don’t know quite what “youth pavilion” means but hopefully it involves a moon bounce.) More details here.
"When I’ve been thinking about why clothing is weirdly so revealing, I think about being in my 20s, when I used to go to a lot of nude hot springs in Northern California. You would hang out with all these people in these hot springs all day long. You’d meet people naked, and you’d talk to them all day. It was strangely very comfortable; there was nothing awkward about it. What was awkward was to see people in their clothes after you’d been with them naked. Somehow, these people were revealing so much more about themselves by having clothes on. Suddenly you start to categorize them. You’re learning more about their identities, or at least how they want to present themselves to the world, and that tells you so much more about people than just their naked bodies."
Sister Madison interviewed Heidi Julavits, whose latest book I read while I was sequestered in an LA hotel room, auditioning for a really terrible reality show and spending the rest of my time — when I wasn’t being poked and prodded by producers — obsessing over the first horrifyingly terrible GoodReads reviews for September Girls. Adding the super-disturbing The Vanishers into this mix was pretty much a recipe for a nervous breakdown and I was lucky to escape Culver City with my soul (mostly) intact. Anyway, judging by this interview, her new anthology seems a lot less scary to induce psychic meltdown. Also, my sister!
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?