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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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.)
Should You Go Out Tonight? Let Morrissey Help You Decide
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happiest-asleep asked: I was in this box a good long while ago asking a writing question and you wrote me a lovely long reply full of advice and charm and everything. That gave me a huge boost of encouragement and to make long story short, the thing I was worried about is now a finished novel. Its cruddy, but its mine, and you helped, so thank you.
This makes me so happy. But also jealous because I wish I had finished a novel in that time. CONGRATULATIONS. (Jealous.) Yay! Wow!
“I know a large part of myself is in the clothes I choose to wear. I’ve a great respect for THINGS! One’s self—for other people—is one’s expression of one’s self; and one’s house, one’s furniture, one’s garments, the books one reads, the company one keeps—these things are all expressive.”
—Henry James, Portrait of a Lady
The 2014 NYC Teen Author Festival is this week. ARE YOU EXCITED?
Tomorrow I’m doing a ROCK AND REVELRY event at the New York Public Library with Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Leila Sales, Rachel Cantor. Smelling salts will be on hand for those of you who find themselves fainting at such an outrageously all-star cast.
TIGER BEAT was originally supposed to perform, and while I think that’s not happening anymore, I’m pretty sure that Natalie Standiford and maybe Libba Bray are also going to make appearances too. (I’m not 100% sure on the Libba thing but don’t be so greedy you pig.)
Anyway, plspls come! It’s at the Mulberry Street Branch of the New York Public Library (10 Jersey Street!) at 6pm.
Whether or not you can make it, you should check out the other NYCTAF events cause as usual there’s some pretty incredible stuff.
I’ve spend an unreasonable amount of time over the last few years talking with my therapist about how it seems like a bad policy to take praise and/or accolades for one’s book very seriously because if you pay attention to praise, you also sort of have to take criticism seriously too. Which is obviously not something I want to start doing any time soon.
NONETHELESS, I’m pretty fucking thrilled that SEPTEMBER GIRLS is a finalist for the SFWA’s Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy and also that the book is an honoree for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, which is given to science fiction and fantasy books that “Expand or explore our understanding of gender.”
To celebrate, I’m
extremely drunk right now giving away two signed hardcover editions of the book on Goodreads. You should enter the contest!
Or you could just pre-order the paperback, which comes out in April. (That’s the new paperbook cover up there.)
I am going to this and you should too.
"Though the book has been consistently in print for five decades, Harriet the Spy received mixed reviews when it first appeared. Some criticized Harriet’s fierce independence (she does her spying alone, on occasion sneaking into a neighbor’s dumbwaiter to eavesdrop) and her sometimes less-than ladylike behavior."