Friday, March 8, 2019

2019 DIG tour dates / new middle grade book / other stuff

It's been a while.
Sorry about that. Life has been weird.


Today I have 2019 TOUR DATES for DIG. and for beyond DIG. for you. They are limited, but that's okay. If I don't see you this year, maybe I'll see you next year.

Philly area!
Washington D.C.!
Athens, GA!
Berks County, PA!

If you live near any of these places, I want you to come and see me. This tour will be slightly different from my others. Most of these events will still have what I always bring--a bit of reading, a Q&A, and a signing--but they will also include conversations with awesome people.

For full details, see my event page on my website. 

  • March 27: Library Launch party at Exeter Community Library, 6-8pm
  • March 30: New York City Teen Author Festival--in conversation with David Levithan, Will Walton, and a group signing at McNally Jackson bookstore 7-9pm
  • April 3: Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe store, in conversation with Jim Blasingame, 7-9pm
  • April 4: Politics and Prose, Washington DC, in conversation with Petra Mayer, 7pm 
  • April 11: Children's Book World, Haverford, PA, in conversation with Beth Kephart, 7pm
  • April 15-17: Texas Librarian Association Annual Conference, Austin, TX. I'll be signing DIG., talking about a new middle grade book coming in October, and generally making trouble. 
  • May 1: Avid Bookstore, Athens--in conversation with e.E. Charlton-Trujillo and Will Walton, 6:30pm 
  • June 21-24: American Library Association Annual Conference--Washington D.C. BONUS: I will be appearing for both DIG. and my new middle grade book, THE YEAR WE FELL FROM SPACE. 

Oh snap. You haven't seen that cover yet. 


You can read more about it here.

Other random news:

DIG. has received some pretty sweet reviews and blurby things. Here is a sampling:
​ ★"King’s narrative concerns are racism, patriarchy, colonialism, white privilege, and the ingrained systems that perpetuate them. [Her] trademark surrealism and trenchant prose will speak profoundly to a generation of young people who are waking up to the societal sins of the past and working toward a more equitable future.” —The Horn Book, starred 
"A.S. King challenges readers from the first page to the last. Dig will make you question the confines of your comfort zone--if you have one. An incredible addition to an already impressive body of work."—Erin Entrada Kelly, New York Times bestselling author and Newbery medalist 
★"This visceral examination of humanity’s flaws and complexity […] cultivates hope in a younger generation that’s wiser and stronger than its predecessors.”—Booklist, starred  
“[This] strange and heart-wrenching tale is stunningly original.”—Kirkus

★"Sometimes, once you start digging, you find the poisonous parts, but you also find the fruit that will keep you alive."—SLC

★ “[P]urely mesmerizing...the most haunting exploration in youth literature to date of the advantage and poison that is white privilege, and the resentment of young people at the toxicity of what they inherit.“ —BCCB, starred 
"King's surrealist writing is delicious, captivating, and sure to keep you turning pages well into the night. This is one of those rare stories that breaks your heart and stitches it back together, beating stronger than it had before.”—Michael Leali, Anderson's Bookshops, Naperville, Illinois 
“A.S. King’s writing is truly beyond description, but if you haven't taken the plunge yet, you won't find a better opportunity to experience it.”—Sarah Holt, Left Bank Books, St. Louis, Missouri.

I'm trying to think of other things I'm forgetting. I'm probably forgetting a lot.


Here's one. So, the cast for the Listening Library DIG audiobook is pretty amazing. Mike Chamberlain, Kirby Heyborne, Tonya Cornelisse, and me! (Pinch me.)
What an experience it was to record this one here in my home county, thanks to Triforce Audio.


I think that's all for now.
Happy International Women's Day. See also, this poem.