Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Inside my tornado there are tacos and faith

A quick post to say hello (Hello.) and to say hey wow, STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO got its fourth starred review yesterday and I'm kinda tripping about it. I used to eat tacos every time I got a star but last night I opted for fresh corn on the cob here in Amish country. Two ears. It was delicious.



I want to talk about my editor, Andrew Karre. He's a wonderful man and a genius editor. If you're reading this and are still unpublished and you're feeling like it will never happen and you're starting to buy into those conspiracy theories like, "Agents don't want unpublished writers...you have to know someone in NYC to get published...the only people getting published are X,Y,& Z types of writers...no one wants to publish me because I am _________..." let me tell you: I've been there.

From the age of 24 to the age of 40 I wrote novels and didn't get published.
I collected 400+ paper rejection letters. I have no idea how many if we count email once they started using that in publishing.
I wrote 8 novels in that time. If you've read my blog before, you know that those novels were not good enough and I'm okay with that now. But back then? I started to believe the theories. I should be writing different books--not weird books. I should be a man. I should be an older man with NYC connections. I should be someone else. I will never get published if I keep writing what I'm writing.

I once wrote the meanest and most horrible and insane query letter to a random agent. I went off on some tangent about these theories. I blamed him for the state of my non-existent career. I felt the same way I feel now when they make remakes of old movies--WHY REMAKE SOMETHING? THERE ARE NEW ORIGINAL SCRIPTS OUT THERE! In short, I felt like this: WHAT ABOUT MEEEEEEE?

I never heard back from the agent and I'm glad I didn't. God, I was such an asshole in that letter.
Hitting bottom during 15 years of writing and trying happened more than once (still happens, really) but that time I really went too far.
We all do sometimes.
And I hope that agent's assistant deleted my letter immediately and never thought of it again and it isn't printed and hanging on some NYC bathroom wall of desperate-writer shame.

It feels personal, rejection. It feels really personal after 8 books and 15 years. It feels personal when 400+ paper rejection letters are taking up space in your filing cabinet. It feels personal when you see all the books being published and ask that awful question: But why not me? It feels personal when you look inside and make up answers to that question. There can be a lot of crying and destructive thinking and a lot of outward-aimed blame during this time. But eventually, after each blow, I took that personal question and made it into new books. Weird books. Because I write like I write and I can't do much about it.

And then Andrew Karre liked one of my weird books. And he published it. And now I am here, in my office, writing this post instead of writing my next book for him because I'm a little bit burned out at the moment after eight years of writing nonstop in a frenzy of If I stop, I will lose everything I've worked for.

Every time I think about Andrew, and I don't think he knows this, I think about how he saved my life. Not in that way, no. But in the way where someone (me) is meant to do something (write books) for some reason the universe decided and that person does that thing and 15 years go by and the person is starting to lose faith in a serious way and then, BAM! the person's faith is restored. Andrew Karre didn't know I started writing novels at age 24 and had been writing them for 15 years. He didn't know I'd been through any of this. He just liked my book and allowed me the chance of writing and selling another book. He had no idea he was restoring my faith in the universe.

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In the last two weeks, I have heard "I'd love to write a book about X, Y, Z, but I don't have time" about nine times. I'm not sure why this is happening in the last fortnight--I've heard it many times before but this is excessive. I even just read it in an article yesterday. Someone saying they'd really like to write a book, but "I don't have the time."

This is the best way to avoid rejection.

It's the best way to avoid haters, bad reviews, and angry letters from readers.

It's the best way to avoid years of asking yourself why not me? 

It's the best way to avoid the whole mess of traditional publishing. (Define that in your own way.)

I used to get really agitated when people said this to me. I still have two other jobs, two growing kids, a lot to do, and I certainly don't have a lot of free time. But the universe wanted me to write books, so I wrote books even when I didn't have time and didn't have money and didn't have faith in the universe's plan for me.

I'm glad I did. Rejections, haters, bad reviews, angry letters, the mess of publishing, and the why not me? have somehow helped me become crazy enough to keep doing this.

And every time I get an email from Andrew Karre, or see a Facebook post like the one above, there's a little sound that goes off in my head and I'm reminded that the universe has a plan for me if I just have faith. PING! That's the sound. PING!

If you're reading this and you're a writer and you want to be a published writer but you haven't quite gotten there yet, hear my PING! Go write more books. Find the time. It's okay that you hit bottom sometimes. When you get there, look for the graffiti I left on the wall the last time I was there.

It says: PING!



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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fall 2016 Tour Info

I told you I'd be back. I'm not usually very good with that, so I bet you're surprised. 

I promised you a picture of my basement, which is a pretty weird thing to promise people, but I'm going for it. This is a before and after kind of thing. And it's already old because we now have things down there to sit on and stuff, but hey, you get what you get. 

I can't seem to find a good before picture without the first of the panels up, but this is good enough.
And the after picture is while we were painting the floor.
Also, before I got the sockets wired.
But.
It's now the Ping Pong/music room heaven we dreamed of.
With a washing machine.
Phase two starts in spring. 

I'm really only here to give you some dates. I'm hitting some awesome places I've never been before and I can't wait. 

Come say hello if I'm in your town. 

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*** STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO LAUNCH PARTY! ***
Be one of the first to get your hands on this book and join us for food and fun!

TACOS & TORNADOES
Aaron's Books
Lititz, PA
Sunday, October 9th
1pm

RSVP REQUIRED--DO IT HERE

Note: The party is getting very close to full already. Once we're at capacity, there will be an overflow list in case someone can't make it. If you haven't reserved a spot yet and pre-ordered, do it now.

Can't make it but want to pre-order a signed book?
PRE-ORDER SIGNED BOOKS HERE
Order before Oct 7th and get a 15% Discount!

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Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Round Room
7pm
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

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KidLitCon
Friday Keynote Speaker
Drury Plaza Hotel
Wichita, Kansas
 October 14-15, 2016

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Twin Cities Book Festival
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
St. Paul, MN
Saturday, October 15, 2016

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*** Clinton Book Shop ***
Come see me at one of my favorite independent bookstores!
Clinton, New Jersey
Friday, October 21, 2016
7pm

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*** Children's Book World ***
Come see me at one of my favorite independent bookstores!
Haverford, PA
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
7pm

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Central Library
400 Civic Center, Tulsa OK 74103
Thursday, October 27th
7pm

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Texas Book Festival
Austin, TX
November 5-6, 2016
More details TBA

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NYC
November 12, 2016-ish
More details to come

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The ALAN Workshop
Monday Keynote Speaker
Atlanta, Georgia
November 20-22, 2016

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Spring 2017 dates to come...
If you're in Portland, Oregon save May 2nd!
And I'll be back in Rochester for the festival again in 2017...May 20th! 



I'll leave you with this promised vague mention of a book for younger readers. 

Here is a lovely cover. 

Coming Jan 31, 2017



Monday, August 15, 2016

Let's catch up.

Before I forget, tomorrow, August 16, is release day for the paperback of I CRAWL THROUGH IT.

I once wrote a post here called "We make paper boats; We cannot control the wind." The post was about how this book came to be. How I quit. How it didn't let me quit. Something like that.



At the end of the post I talked about how we make paper boats, but we can't control the wind. I knew I CRAWL THROUGH IT would be way out of some readers' comfort zones. I'm kinda used to making people uncomfortable. I CRAWL THROUGH IT is a surrealist novel. It's not for everyone. And yet, the letters and comments I get about it from teens and from adults alike are always tear-filled and urgent--the same way the book came to me. 

Anyway. 
Tuesday. 
Paperback of I CRAWL THROUGH IT. Grab one for yourself or for anyone who might enjoy weird, thoughtful things. 

"This novel is an ambitious, haunting work of art."
--SLJ (starred review)



NEWS:

I have a lot of news because it's been months since I've been here. But I don't think you want me to bore you with most of my news. (No, I didn't get the deck done; yes, I got the tree in front of my house down but haven't replaced it yet and it now looks like a meteor hit; yes, I planted the front flowerbed; yes, we got the basement job finished and it looks awesome! (I'll post a picture next time if you want.) I am still the ping pong champ in my house. And I got a new fuel pump for my car...etc.) What really matters is: new book release on October 11th, tour info, and vague mention of another book coming in January for younger readers. 

But first: Want to come party with me? Want to get your hands on Still Life with Tornado two days before it officially comes out? Aaron's Books has room for 55 people and I'd love for you to be one of them. 


TACOS & TORNADOES

LAUNCH PARTY FOR STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO
Aaron's Books, 35 E. Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543. 
Sunday, October 9th, 2016
1pm-3pm

RSVP is required. Do it here. 

If you can't make the party, PRE-ORDER your SIGNED copy HERE and Aaron's Books will send it to you! Pre-order before October 6th and you get a 15% discount. 


REVIEWS ARE COMING IN...

Still Life with Tornado is getting some killer trade reviews, including three starred reviews. 
(That's three more reasons to eat tacos.)

★"Lack of original ideas is not something found in work by A.S. King, who blurs reality, truth, violence, emotion, creativity, and art in a show of respect for YA readers."--Horn Book Magazine

★"One of the things that sets Sarah’s existential crisis in motion is her art teacher’s comment that there is no such thing as an original idea; clearly, Miss Smith has never read one of King’s novels. The presentation of the surreal as real, the deeply thoughtful questions she poses, the way she empowers her teenage characters to change the trajectory of their lives—King writes with the confidence of a tightrope walker working without a net."--PW

★"A deeply moving, frank, and compassionate exploration of trauma and resilience, filled to the brim with incisive, grounded wisdom."--Booklist Magazine

"King understands and writes teen anxieties like no other, resulting in difficult, resonant, compelling characters and stories." --Kirkus Reviews


I don't want to bog you down with too much in one post. So I will post tour dates later this week. 

I'll also save the vague book news for later, too. 

Back soon. Promise. 


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Adorable Kitten Picture #2

For you.




Yes, that's a new kitten. He was hiding under a bush a month ago, about 4 weeks old. We decided he needed a home.

Also, I promise a real blog post soon. It's been a while.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Introducing STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO

I have a new book coming in October, 2016.
We've been kinda quiet about it.
We're sneaky.

So today the generous Karen Jensen revealed the cover for the book over on her SLJ blog. 
It included an interview, which is why you should click on that link even though I'm posting the cover art below. It's a good interview.

The gist of the book:

A heartbreaking story of a talented teenage artist’s surreal awakening to the horrifically unoriginal brokenness of her family from critically acclaimed award-winner A.S. King. 

Sarah can’t draw. This is a problem, because as long as she can remember, she has “done the art.” She thinks she’s having an existential crisis. And she might be right; she does keep running into past and future versions of herself as she explores the urban ruins of Philadelphia. Or maybe she’s finally waking up to the tornado that is her family, the tornado that six years ago sent her once-beloved older brother flying across the country for a reason she can’t quite recall. After decades of staying together “for the kids” and building a family on a foundation of lies and violence, Sarah’s parents have reached the end. Now Sarah must come to grips with years spent sleepwalking in the ruins of their toxic marriage. As Sarah herself often observes, nothing about her pain is remotely original —and yet it still hurts. Insightful, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, this is a vivid portrait of everyday abuse and survival that will linger with readers long after the last page.





Isn't it awesome?
More on this book as we move forward.
For release date and all that stuff, go check out Karen's blog. 

More on other stuff soon, too.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Adorable kitten picture.


For you.




Heading to Phoenix for a few days. 
Come see me at Changing Hands Phoenix location on Saturday 2/20 at 5pm! 



Thursday, January 14, 2016

Major Tom; Throwback Thursday; Seventh Grade


Mr. King sent a text early Monday morning. It said, "Sorry to give you bad news first thing, love, but I wanted to be the one who told you. David Bowie died. I know this is devastating for you." It was. Devastating.

The usual morning routine was full of random tears, making lunches, making a cup of tea, getting the kids in the car. I put on "Oh! You Pretty Things" and drove them to school. Fitting. My older one cried at the first chord of the next track on my Bowie playlist, "Life on Mars?" and asked me to turn it off. My younger one wanted to hear "Oh! You Pretty Things" again, so I put it on again. The rest of the day was a tribute to the man. Music all day. Things I know he would have loved to listen to. Mingus, especially. Mingus is twisted and delicious.

I have musical kids. The first time I showed them this live version of "Oh! You Pretty Things" my youngest said, "Look at his teeth!" She said he looked weird. She was puzzled about how a man like that could be a musical superstar based on what she knows now about what musical superstars look like in the 21st century. She was five. Five-year-olds are as honest as rain. They can't avoid it. I said, "Does it matter what his teeth look like?" She said, "No. But what does this song even mean?"




Touché, Bowie. This is exactly what you wanted, isn't it?
You wanted listeners to ask questions.
Maybe that's why you were so important to me.
You made me think and interpret and guess and risk being wrong about all of it, and yet you made sure I was never wrong because you left your lyrics open to interpretation. As of Monday, there isn't a person on Earth who knows what David Bowie meant in all of his music. The only man who really knew is gone.

The day before Bowie's death, The New Yorker published this article about his recent album. It's entitled "The Beautiful Meaninglessness of David Bowie" and while the title sounds all wrong, the article is a fantastic exploration of Bowie's use of surrealist thought to navigate big questions.

"From the beginning, Bowie showed an interest in exploring the fragmentation of identity and meaning." 
"It was rare for Bowie to embrace clear meaning. The title of one of his most plainspoken songs, “‘Heroes,’” is suspended in a second set of quotation marks, largely to disrupt any straightforward interpretation." 
"...his songs should be about nothing, which in turn allows them to be about everything." 
"Rock and roll started as a form of enchantment and has become, in large part, another symptom of the banality of our acquisitive society. By persisting in deliberately rejecting reason, Bowie reminds us that there are plenty of reasons to do so."

These quotes, along with the many tributes to Bowie this week that recall every persona he invented and lived have changed me in some way. That last quote--about rejecting reason--really hit me in the brain.

I was the girl who took shop class in seventh grade. Short hair. Weird shoes (we called them my "Bowie Shoes" in my house.) When it was time to learn how to silkscreen in seventh grade shop, I made a screen in big letters. DAVID BOWIE. I used bright orange ink. I wore the shirt until it fell to pieces.

Seventh grade. Twelve. Weirdo. Smart. Not interested in school anymore. Interested in good music. Didn't own a Walkman yet. Still listened to cassette tapes on a Panasonic tape recorder with mono sound. The first time I heard "Oh! You Pretty Things" was on that Panasonic.

Seventh grade. The one school picture I was ashamed to see or show anyone, ever. Ever, ever, ever. Mr. King didn't see this picture until last night and I've known him nearly 30 years. What is it about this girl that had me so ashamed? Awkward. Different. Weird. Made-people-uncomfortable.

And yet when I got the news of Bowie's death, the first image that popped into my mind was the seventh grade school picture.

Why had I been ashamed of it all this time? The Bowie-inspired haircut? The weird sweater I bought at Boscov's which had a matching pair of leg warmers? The blanch of my skin? My long neck? Thirty-four years have passed since I was this girl and I'm finally proud of her for being a seventh-grade risk-taker. Here she is. Amy, age 12. Bowie fan for years. Shop class attendee--one girl among all boys. Early smoker. Music lover. Oddly gender non-conforming. Asker of big questions.





"Oh! You Pretty Things" was the main inspiration for my most recent novel, I Crawl Through It.

If you've read the book and know the song, then you probably understand why. Then again, both the book and the song are open to interpretation, which is how I like things to be. Not everyone understood Bowie for this and not everyone understands me for this, either. I get letters from readers asking for concrete, easy, linear explanations of my books. They want me to answer their questions.
I never do. I thank them for reading and writing to me, but I think personal questions that arise from experiencing art are none of my business.

David Bowie wasn't available to me to ask, "Hey Dave, what was 'Space Oddity' all about, anyway?"
But then, I never needed him to be.
His songs made sense to me in my own way. That's what art is.
I liked the way he risked everything and came out winning. I'm sure not every day of his life was grand and I know he got shit for being who he was sometimes, but that's the risk of taking risks.

I Crawl Through It is about everything and nothing. It's about Mozart and Hawkeye Pierce. Risk-takers. It's about four seniors living in abstract reality, being risk-takers. How many different types of risk-takers are there? Would you take off in a helicopter you couldn't see? I would.

I took time this week to figure out why I took risks like that seventh-grade haircut. Why did I take the risk of being the only girl in seventh grade shop class? Why did I take the risk of being a writer? Why have I used my (eventual) ability to publish books to publish weird, uncomfortable, risk-taking books?

The answer is clear today.
To me, the only way to live is on this edge. The only way to live is to enjoy being myself, even if it makes people uncomfortable.
Comfort is a state of mind.
My mind is loose and I like it that way.
Mingus. Delicious.
Mark Rothko and Grace Hartigan.
Abstract. Expressionism.
You can't hear the notes if you're too uptight about the meaning.

There are ways to mimic the minor chords in Bowie's "Changes" with words. No sound, just words, then tears. This is my life's work.

I'm not sure if this post makes sense to anyone but me, and that's a risk I'm willing to take.
I don't usually talk about popular news or culture.
But Bowie was my first love. He was my first intellectual crush. He made me less afraid of everything.
And this week, he made me less afraid of a twelve-year-old kid who used to be me-- less afraid of myself.

This is the power of meaninglessness.



Friday, December 4, 2015

Trailer! Trailer! Trailer!


 e.E. Charlton-Trujillo and Jim Bailey did something amazing.

They made a trailer for I CRAWL THROUGH IT, a book I thought was completely trailer-proof. 

I was having an amazing day heading to NCTE/ALAN (More on that soon) and just when I thought things couldn't get better, the awesome Anthony Breznican interviewed me and BAM! Next thing you know the trailer was released on Entertainment Weekly with the interview....just as I was walking on stage at ALAN with Andrew Smith on Monday.

Wanna see the whole EW piece with the trailer? 
Click on this screenshot. 



Just want to see the trailer? 
Here you go.




Isn't it awesome?

If I was to recap NCTE/ALAN, we'd be here all day. I have line edits to do, you have more important things to do, too. So I'll share a few pictures.

With Andrew Smith, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo on night one.
The next day was E.'s NCTE panel on defining At-Risk and reaching At-Risk students
in the classroom. It was a brilliant panel and then later that night, E. screened her kickass
documentary At-Risk Summer and it was beyond amazing to see it on the big screen. 

I love seeing Laurie Halse Anderson. She is the awesome. 

Photo Cred: Marika-the-awesome
Saturday was a long day, but right in the middle was a great event at the St. Paul Public Library
with my brother from another mother, Andrew Smith.
Andrew's book STICK is the St. Paul READ BRAVE selection for next year.
We packed the room and, as promised, donated $250 a piece to Face to Face, which
provides help to at-risk and homeless youth in St. Paul. 

And on Monday, we were at it again at the ALAN workshop.
My favorite quote from Andrew at this event (slightly paraphrased):
"Reluctant readers aren't born, they're made."
Amen.
(Photo Cred: My social media accounts are wonky and I can't find who took this.
But thank you.)

What follow are Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award pictures. 
Look.
Sometimes this all moves too fast for me. I don't expect anyone to read my books, like them, or give two hoots about their existence. So it's always surprising and really delightful when something great happens to a book. Glory O'Brien's History of the Future won the Walden Award this year and this was a great panel (filled with my idols!) and a great day. I reckon it's nice to remember great days, so here are a few pictures. 


Photo Cred: Noah Schaffer
See, when I make a speech, I tend to look down right after I'm done. I look at my shoes and shuffle back to my seat.
When I finished this one-minute-long speech, right when this picture was taken, I'd looked up and saw the crowd standing.
I had no idea until I saw this picture that my fellow panelist-idols were also standing.
I can't thank Noah enough for capturing this moment for me. 

Photo Cred: Noah Schaffer
The Walden committee and the finalists--missing is Michael Williams, who sent
a lovely message to us all from South Africa.

This is Jim. Jim is the reason I'm a member of ALAN and he's the reason I love ALAN so much.
Jim roped me into my first ALAN conference as an attendee back in 2009. 
I met Jim in Phoenix during my very first book event. He saved me from a crazy book-banner.
True story. 
Photo Cred: The Awesome Kristin Elizabeth Clark
On my last night in Minneapolis, I watched Ellen Hopkins get picked apart by that vulture.
No I didn't.
But this picture was too weird not to share. 

While these are pictures of friends and events, the most important thing about NCTE/ALAN are the teachers who dedicate their lives to students. There is a reason this is my favorite conference of the year--and it's those teachers. Education is the most important job in the world and I am so proud to call so many hard-working teachers my friends.


In other news, I CRAWL THROUGH IT has landed on The Horn Book's best books of 2015 list, which is a huge honor, as well as BookPage's best books of 2015. And there is more news to come on that front.

Now, back to line edits and stuff like that.
It's December already.
Enjoy the holiday season in whatever way you do and I'll see you around here soon.

A



Thursday, November 19, 2015

NCTE/ALAN Schedule

Going to NCTE/ALAN? Here's where to see me and a lot of other fine humans.

Saturday 11/21: 
9:30am panel: "Empowering the Voice of the At-risk Learner" with Laurie Halse Anderson, Matt de la Peña, Meg Medina, Ellen Hopkins, E.E. Charlton-Trujillo, Carrie Gordon Watson.
11am: Signing I CRAWL THROUGH IT at Anderson's, booth #950
1:30pm: Merriam Park Library event with Andrew Smith in partnership with Addendum Books 
5pm: Free Screening of AT-RISK SUMMER at St. Anthony Main Theatre. Author reception to follow with Laurie Halse Anderson, Matt de la Peña, Meg Medina, Ellen Hopkins, Pat Zietlow Miller,  E.E. Charlton-Trujillo, Carrie Gordon Watson. (A surprise awaits for fans of I CRAWL THROUGH IT.)

Monday 11/23:
1:10pm: In conversation with Andrew Smith. 
1:30pm: Signing I CRAWL THROUGH IT
3:45pm: Signing copies of GLORY O'BRIEN'S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE
4:30pm: Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award panel with Laurie Halse Anderson, Isabel Quintero, Deborah Wiles

ALAN is my favorite conference of the year. I can't wait to see my tribe.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Box and the NYT.

Man, I am so behind.

Chasing my tail. Chasing my tail. Chasing my tail.

But then this morning, I pulled out the box. My brain is in 2017/2018 now. Projects to come.

A photo posted by A.S. King (@petrifiedbat) on

In other news, this week, The Horn Book published this piece of mine about teaching adult literacy.




...and the New York Times Book Review did a nice little piece on I CRAWL THROUGH IT along with a few other YA crossovers. Here's a snippet of that.



I'm just going to go and die happy now.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rorschach test is a good way to describe it.


"A.S. King has penned an absorbing Rorschach test of a book that, as you turn its pages, manages to read you."--Entertainment Weekly


I CRAWL THROUGH IT got an A from Entertainment Weekly. If you know my history with A's, then you know I didn't receive a lot of them after two teachers affected me greatly in 6th and 7th grade. Not entirely their fault (I own my own suitcase, but I was 12 and didn't quite know that then) but all the same, an A is a really nice thing for me. 

The review is stunning. 
It's taking a while to sink in that I was reviewed in Entertainment Weekly. 
I still feel like a lady who writes books in a small room while drinking too much herbal tea and that's about it. But there I am, in Entertainment Weekly. 

Here's the link to the entire review...thanks to my Dutton editor and longtime friend Andrew Karre, who knows how to give a compliment and make a lady spit out her herbal tea. 



I'm packing now for a long time away. Check my last posts for tour dates and times. 
I'll see you first, Oregon. 




Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Happy Launch Day, I CRAWL THROUGH IT.


It's book launch day.

Which is always a weird day, really. Mostly I walk around trying to figure out what to wear to the launch party and end up wearing an Indiebound t-shirt and jeans anyway.

So far I: ate some Corn Flakes, drank a liter of water, and wrote a few thank you emails. Now I'm going to start packing presents in boxes and sending them to the people who helped make this book a reality.

This is a weird book. I can't lie about that. You have to drop your own need for your own real world and just let the world of the book take over. Some people can't do that and that's okay. Surrealism isn't for everyone.

Usually on launch day, I post a poem. And I will do that. But first, a few links.

So you know I read the audio for I CRAWL THROUGH IT myself, right? Here's a link to an excerpt. The final audiobook will be out soon. This excerpt is a doozy. They picked a good chapter.




Then there are interviews and articles and surprises.

Over on Caroline Leavitt's blog here. 

Over at Forever Young Adult here. 

And a lovely article on Teen Librarian Toolbox at SLJ here. 

And then a surprise lovely review over at Shelf Awareness today with a shiny star in front of it!


So okay. Poem time.

This one comes right from the book.


Your Kale/Kiwi Juice Has More Self-Esteem Than I Do

Kale/kiwi juice
just goes in one side
comes out the other
makes everything happier
the whole way through.

It never worries about
being safe or wearing
the right clothes
so no one will treat it

like it doesn’t matter.

Happy reading!

And don't forget to believe.

And oh: the theme song to this book is "The Beigeness" by Kate Tempest. Here she is. Genius.



Friday, September 18, 2015

TOUR DATES--FALL 2015

And finally I have tour dates for you.
Anything marked with a ** is not a public event, but is helpful for NAIBA, KSRA, or NCTE/ALAN members to know I'll be there.

All others are public events.
Come see me. Bring friends. We can have fun.
That seems like it should have had an exclamation point.
We can have fun!



I CRAWL THROUGH IT
Coming 9.22.15



LAUNCH PARTY
9.22.15
7pm
Aaron's Books
Main Street, Lititz, PA


Clinton Book Shop
Clinton, NJ
September 24, 2015
7pm


**NAIBA Conference
October 3, 2015


Eugene Public Library
Eugene, OR
October 7, 2015
6pm


Salt Lake City Book Festival
Salt Lake City, UT
October 10, 2015
Viridian Event Center
1:30pm


Kent District Library
Cascade Branch
Grand Rapids, MI
October 15, 2015
7pm


**Keystone State Reading Association Annual Conference
Lancaster, PA
October 23, 2015
Breakfast speaker


Children's Book World
Haverford, PA
October 27, 2015
7pm


Indian Prairie Public Library
Darien, IL
November 10, 2015
7pm


Lititz Kid & Teen Lit Festival
Lititz, PA
November 14, 2015
All day fun in America's Coolest Small Town


Addendum Books
St. Paul, MN
November 21st, 2015
1:30pm


**NCTE & ALAN Workshop
Minneapolis, MN
NCTE: Panel: Empowering the Voice of the At-Risk Learner--November 21st 9:30am
ALAN: In discussion with Andrew Smith: Nov 23, 1:10pm
Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award panel: Nov 23, TBD