Showing posts from August, 2017

What I've Been Up To Lately

I know I have a book coming out on September 19 (which you can pre-order at Powell's ,  Amazon , B&N , or your local independent bookstore , *cough*), and that's supposed to be the only thing I'm thinking about. But the truth is that I'm mostly thinking about another book: the one I've written 330 pages of so far and am about to start rewriting (again) from the beginning (again) because I keep learning new, important plot things that change everything that went before. Here it is divided up by chapters, with post-its to remind me of the major things that need to change. This book is told from multiple perspectives… Including the perspectives of some underwater creatures. So these are some of the pictures hanging in my office, to set the mood. There are some important ships in the book too, so these are on my desk. This is where I'm supposed to be right now, working on the damn thing, but it feels too hard at the moment, so I'm a

Another Giveaway, plus Love from the B&N Blog

Head's up that I'm doing another giveaway of Jane, Unlimited over on Twitter . And, if you're undecided about whether you want to read Jane , consider the advice of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog, where Melissa Albert wrote a review that melted my heart . Melissa Albert's upcoming debut novel, The Hazel Wood , is fabulous, BTW. :o)

It's adorable to see everyone in town walking around with weird bashed-up cereal boxes.

Our nearly-total solar eclipse was awesome. At its height and through the safety glasses, it looked like a crescent moon that had chosen a really odd horizontal orientation. Thank you clouds for staying away, thank you Richard for lending your cereal-box pinhole projector, and thank you Watertown Public Library for creating a space for everyone and lending us eclipse-watching glasses. Also, thank you fortune, for making it possible for me to get out there today and see it. I know not everyone could. Here are some nice compilation photos in the Boston Globe .

Pictures and Stories from the Counter-Protest in Boston

Yesterday, about 20,000 protesters marched through Roxbury and the South End, joining another approximately 20,000 protesters who were already gathered at the Boston Common. We were 40,000 strong, protesting a handful of people having a "free speech," a.k.a. hate speech, rally in our city. Kevin and I, with some friends, were part of the marching contingent. Here are some of my favorite pictures. "It's not about free speech. It's about bigots normalizing hate." "These guys don't get why we can't get along." "Stop pretending that your racism is patriotism." "Prejudice is an emotional commitment to ignorance." "Silence = compliance." I loved all the people who came out of their businesses to cheer, yell their support, watch. Like these dentists! And these people on roofs. Me and Kevin. "All live matter but… not every race is targeted for execution." Je

Some Jane Stuff and My 41st Birthday!

I haven't been great about sharing nice news about Jane, Unlimited in the world, because life has been busy, and also because... well... I would generally rather talk about anything other than my own books! Ha! Also because I keep forgetting which things are public and which haven't been officially announced yet, so then I end up not saying anything at all. So. I'm disorganized. BUT, I know I'm allowed to say that Jane has been chosen by public librarians as a September 2017 LibraryRead , along with nine other beautiful books – check out that list. Also, I can report that so far Jane will be translated into Swedish, Russian, and Polish, and also Spanish and Portuguese for the Latin American market. I don't have any timing on that yet, but I will report things as I learn them! In the meantime… It's birthday week! You know, when I was a kid, forty sounded so freaking old . But now that I'm in my forties, I feel so young – and so connected to myself at so

Announcing My Tour for Jane, Unlimited -- mark your calendars!

All of my events will involve an "in conversation" with a local author or book person, a Q&A, and a signing – and possibly also a brief reading, though we haven't worked out the details yet. I'll be blogging again with more details as we sort it out! I hope I'll get to see a lot of you out there. Here's a bit more info, with more to come soon: Tuesday, September 19th at 7 PM -- with Tui Sutherland! Harvard Book Store 1256 Mass Ave Cambridge, MA 02138 Wednesday, September 20th  at 6 PM Oblong Books & Music 6422 Montgomery Street Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Friday, September 22nd  at 6:30 PM Parnassus Books 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Ste 14 Nashville, TN 37215 Saturday, September 23rd at 4 PM  Barnes & Noble 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive Fairfax, VA 22033 Sunday, September 24th at 2 PM Quail Ridge Books & Music  4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road Raleigh, NC 27609  Monday, September 25th at 6 PM   -- with Stephanie Perkins