A Bookish Valentine Weekend
I’m really proud to have two wonderful book events scheduled for Saturday February 15th. In the morning I’ll be at the SEARCH FOR MEANING BOOK FESTIVAL at Seattle University. It’s a really unique book festival in that it celebrates the thoughtful over the commercial and invites participants to make a genuine connection with the big questions and important conversations that literature is so good at inspiring. I’ll be doing a writers workshop called Character and the Seven Deadly Sins. It will be given first session of the morning.
Because…I will be dashing straight home to Portland to participate in this event with YA author Daniel Handler and sponsored by Oregon Literary Arts. Daniel Handler is also known as Lemony Snicket. He’ll be there to talk about his new book along with his illustrator Lisa Brown and Oregon Book Award nominees Barbara Kerley and Kari Luna. It’s at 3pm on Saturday February 15th and it’s free. Stop by and see us at OLA headquarters, 625 SW Washington Street in Portland.
A Very Distinguished Book List
I’m also happy to announce that Written in Stone has been places on the 2013 Amelia Bloomer Project List for books with significant feminist content. I’ve got some outstanding company on that list so take a look.
Best Birthday News Ever!
Written in Stone is a finalist for the Oregon Book Award! I’m just thrilled and honored to be in outstanding company including my fellow Portlanders Ursula LeGuin, Graham Salisbury, Deborah Hopkinson, Kari Luna, Allen Say, Barbara Kerley, and Barry Deutsch. I’m also thrilled to see Ellen Fader, a queen among librarians, get the Walt Morey Young Readers Legacy Award. Plenty more information about the nominees and the Award ceremony which falls on St Patrick’s day this year.
Yes it’s true, I work in a treehouse in my backyard.
Actually now that winter is in it’s darkest days and my studio is a cosy island in a yard full of frosty pines and firs I’m hard at work on something brand new. Can’t say too much about it yet, but part of my research is learning to play the Celtic harp so I’m really looking forward to that. Unlike the violin (which I’ve played for years) it’s quite hard to make an ugly sound on a harp, even when you’ve hit the wrong note.
I have been working on a younger chapter book series called Jamie and the Dark. I recently got a bunch of really wonderful letters and charming illustrations from first readers that I work with at St. Anthony’s School in Tigard, Oregon and Sauvie’s Island Academy in Portland. I’m really looking forward to finding just the right place to publish this younger chapter book series.
And of course I’m hard at work on another middle grade novel for my new editor Michelle Nagler at Random House. I’ve heard wonderful things about her and am looking forward to a long and productive partnership.
NYPL 100 Best Books for Reading and Sharing
I was just thrilled to hear that Written in Stone has been placed on the New York Public Library’s annual list of great books to share with kids. I have some excellent company on that list including Volcano Rising by my fellow Portlander Elizabeth Rusch.
Heaps of gratitude also to Betsy Bird who wrote a lovely review of Written in Stone on her Fuse #8 blog. Nobody reviews like the Fuse! And the post preceding it has a really interesting conversation about authors’ notes and their importance particularly in view of the requirements of the common core.