First, I want to thank all of you who followed the reposting of The Writer's Middle Finger posts. I enjoyed reading them again. I look forward to writing the next one. (Or more accurately, I look forward to rewriting the five I have here but aren't even close to coherent.) But to those of you who retweeted, shared on Facebook, or shared in other places, thank you. I disappear from this blog (and Facebook especially) for stretches of time. Then I come back with all this launch related stuff and I'm glad you understand that I have to write books sometimes.
Second, I want to share the starred School Library Journal review. This review made me howl with joy. Joy is good. Howling is good. So this was a double win. Short version: "This beautifully strange, entirely memorable book will stay with readers."--SLJ
✭ Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future
By A.S. King October Ages 15 & Up $18.00 ISBN: 978-0-316-22272-3
King returns with another wholly original work of magical realism. This eerie, provocative title centers on Glory O’Brien, on the verge of graduating high school. Though talented and whip-smart, Glory is an outsider whose social interactions are largely limited to her only friend, Ellie, who lives across the street in a commune, and her father, a one-time painter who’s been floundering since the suicide of Glory’s mother 12 years earlier. Both girls realize they have the power to see the past—and future—of strangers around them, and Glory slowly understands that an incredibly disturbing, Handmaid’s Tale–esque future lies in store, with the rights of women and girls being eroded and a second civil war breaking out. The teen is confronted not only by her future but by the past: she fears that she’ll go down the same path as her psychologically unstable mother and begins to learn about a falling-out that took place between her parents and Ellie’s years ago. As with works such as Ask the Passengers (2012) and Everybody Sees the Ants (2011, both Little, Brown), King has developed an unusual protagonist, yet one with a distinct and authentic voice. Elevating herself above the pack and imbuing her novel with incredible nuance, King artfully laces themes of disintegrating friendship, feminism, and sexuality into the narrative, as well as some provocative yet subtle commentary on the male gaze and the portrayal of women in our culture. This beautifully strange, entirely memorable book will stay with readers.
If this sounds like a book you want to pre-order, then do pre-order from my local independent bookstore, Aaron's Books for a 15% discount. If you are an Amazon user, then I'm afraid you're out of luck on both the pre-order and the discount as they are presently very busy arguing about ebook prices (though mine are already below their goal price) and refuse to offer either of these perks to consumers.
Third, I want to give you solid tour dates for the San Francisco Bay Area in October.
- Book Shop Santa Cruz--10/15/14 at 7pm
- Books Inc. Litquake event is 10/16/14 at 6pm. See details below.
I'll also be traveling with Paolo to the Texas Teen Book Festival in Austin which is on 10/17/14. I hope you've read Paolo's books. They are amazing. I still haven't read his new title, The Doubt Factory, but I know I'm going to love it solely based on how much I love his writing and the premise. And him.
- Also, I have a date for Children's Book World in Haverford, PA: 10/23/14 at 7pm.
Last, some random pictures.
|You know how I feel about dinosaurs in flight.|
I still plan on posting Ana's epic drawings here soon. And I have a giveaway contest coming soon.
Get your haiku brains ready.