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Shannon Hale has unveiled the cover for The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
LeUyen Pham served as the illustrator on this middle grade novel. Candlewick Press has scheduled the publication date for Feb. 9.
Ever since David Bowie’s passing earlier this month, there have been reports of new music coming out posthumously.
However, despite some chatter about a potential memoir being released, reports suggest that this is unlikely. Here is an excerpt from Newsweek:
There is no Bowie memoir, according to one of those close to the star, who spoke to Newsweek on condition of anonymity out of respect for the family. The longstanding rumors of an autobiography, snippets of which the journalist Cameron Crowe published in 1976, are unsubstantiated. At the time, Crowe hinted that the autobiography might never be written: “Despite David’s enthusiasm, one suspects it may never outlast his abbreviated attention span,” he wrote.
The U.S. and U.K. divisions of Penguin Random House will publish a newly uncovered Beatrix Potter book entitled The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots. Potter wrote this story more than a century ago.
Quentin Blake, a world renowned illustrator, has signed on to create the artwork for this project. The release date has been scheduled for Sept. 6.
Here’s more from the press release: “The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, a manuscript by Beatrix Potter, was rediscovered two years ago when Jo Hanks, publisher at PRH Children’s in the U.K., stumbled across an out-of-print literary history about Beatrix Potter from the early 1970s. Hanks found in the book both a reference to a letter that Potter had sent her publisher in 1914, which referred to a story about ‘a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life,’ and an unedited manuscript of the tale. A trip to the V&A archive, where many of Potter’s items are kept, revealed three manuscripts, handwritten in children’s school notebooks, one rough colour sketch of Kitty-in-Boots, a dummy book with some of the typeset manuscript laid out and a pencil rough of arch-villain Mr. Tod.”
Author J.K. Rowling will receive the 2016 PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award.
The award is given annually to authors whose work fights repression and censorship around the globe.
“Since her rise from single mother to literary superstar, J.K. Rowling has used her talents and stature as a writer to fight inequality on both a local and global level,” explains the PEN press release. “Her charitable trust, Volant, supports causes in the United Kingdom and abroad that alleviate social exclusion, with particular emphasis on women and children.”
The Harry Potter author will be presented with the award at PEN America’s annual Literary Gala on May 16 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
PEN will also honor Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch at the ceremony for his support against censorship. In 2015, Pietsch encouraged American publishers to resist censorship in China.
In the coming weeks, the organization will reveal its selections for the PEN Freedom to Write Award and the PEN/James and Toni C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award.
The cover has been unveiled for a new edition of Lois Lowry’s autobiography, Looking Back: A Book of Memories. According to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers’ blog post, the original version of Lowry’s book was published back in 1998.
Lowry has become well-known as the two-time Newbery Medal-winning author behind Number the Stars and The Giver. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
This revised and expanded project features photos and an introduction by Alice Hoffman. The publisher has scheduled the release date for Sept. 6.
In April of this year, Beverly Cleary will celebrate her 100th birthday. To honor the popular children’s books author, HarperCollins released new editions of three of her titles: Ramona Quimby, Age 8, The Mouse and The Motorcycle, and Henry Huggins.
According to a post on Cleary’s Facebook page, the publisher recruited three female writers to create new forewords: Amy Poehler, Judy Blume, and Kate DiCamillo. All of the books will also feature an exclusive interview with Cleary.
The publisher also has a new edition of Cleary’s memoir, A Girl From Yamhill, slated for release on Apr. 5. It was originally published in 1988. (via Entertainment Weekly)
Readers here might remember Linda’s extraordinary writing journey. I’m honored to play a part in welcoming her debut novel into the world.
It’s Mississippi in the summer of 1955, and thirteen-year-old Rose Lee Carter can’t wait to move north. But for now, she’s living with her sharecropper grandparents on a white man’s cotton plantation.
Then, one town over, a fourteen-year-old African American boy, Emmett Till, is killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. When Till’s murderers are unjustly acquitted, Rose realizes that the South needs a change . . . and that she should be part of the movement.
Linda Jackson’s moving debut seamlessly blends a fictional portrait of an African American family and factual events from a famous trial that provoked change in race relations in the United States.
What typically comes first for you: a character? An era? A story idea? How do you proceed from there?
Typically, a story idea comes first. But with this book, my first stab at historical fiction, it was an era. I knew I wanted to write a story that included the Emmett Till murder. Hence, 1955.
Next came the character. Many African Americans were migrating to the North before and during this time, and some of them were mothers who, for various reasons, left their children in the South to be raised by grandparents. My main character, thirteen-year-old Rose Lee Carter, happens to be one of those children.
Finally, the story idea came to me. Besides the Emmett Till murder being woven into the story, what would be the premise? I couldn’t think of one until I read the book Vernon Can Read! by Civil Rights activist Vernon Jordan. In his book he stated that his family was not concerned, one way or the other, about the Civil Rights Movement or what white people did or did not allow black people to do. They set out to enjoy their lives despite their circumstances in the South. I thought, “How interesting! Not every black person was concerned about equal rights.” This also explained quite a bit about my own Mississippi Delta family. I often wondered why no one in my family was ever involved in the Civil Rights Movement, or even spoke about it, for that matter. And from that concept I found my premise: A young girl who longs for something more than the cotton fields of Mississippi, yet she is being raised by grandparents who are content with their segregated Southern existence and even resistant to the quickly approaching Civil Rights Movement.
How do you conduct your research?
Most of my research was done via the Internet. I read many online articles about the Emmett Till case, plus I was able to find the entire FBI transcript of the case online. I also read books—both fiction and nonfiction—either about the case or simply with a 1955 Mississippi setting. Additionally, in order to get a good grasp on the time period, I read other works of historical fiction set in that time period, regardless of the plot/characters.
Since I was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, and spent most of my childhood in sharecropper shacks that were not nearly as nice as the one in which I have placed Rose and her family, some of the scenes in the novel are based on actual events that occurred during my own childhood. What I found, while reading other works set in 1950’s Mississippi, was that conditions had not improved much between 1955, when Rose was coming of age, and 1975, when I was coming of age.
At what point do you feel comfortable beginning to draft? How does your research continue once you begin writing?
I feel comfortable beginning a draft when I know I have a strong enough premise to complete a novel. I need to have a starting point (date/timeframe) and an ending point. With this novel, my starting date is two days before Emmett Till’s 14th birthday, which was July 25, 1955. The novel ends a week and two days after his murderers are acquitted, which was October 2, 1955. My original starting date was Emmett Till’s actual birthday (July 25) and the end date was sometime in January. But after I began drafting, the structure changed as I found more material and story to fill the timeslot between July and October than I had anticipated.
I continue my research through the Internet and any print material that comes my way. Oh, and I will purchase books if I’m not able to find the material online or at the library. Many of the books I’ve purchased for research are good books to have in my personal library anyway. Plus, they’re tax-deductible.
What is your favorite thing about research?
What’s your least favorite thing about research?
Too much discovery! I could spend all day reading and might not ever get to the actual writing!
What’s your favorite thing about writing historical fiction?
Turning fact into fiction! I absolutely love that—gathering all these facts then weaving them into a setting with dialogue and narrative. I love the challenge of providing information to the reader while putting them inside the story at the same time.
What are some obstacles writing historical fiction brings?
Making sure you get those facts right! If you don’t, the people who are familiar with that time, place, people, or events, will have no mercy when it comes to criticism. Of course, no one is perfect, and even memory isn’t perfect. So there might still be a fact or two that we don’t get right. And all we can do in that case is pray our readers have mercy and remember we did our best to get all the facts straight.
What’s one of the most interesting things you’ve learned while researching?
Well, I actually learned two things that sort of blew my mind during the research. One, my mom said she “thought” she knew of someone who was involved in the Emmett Till murder. But during my research, I found someone that I did know who was involved. Can you imagine my shock when the name turned up in the research? And two, I found out that the place where the murderers originally planned to take Emmett Till in order to “scare” him was in my hometown. So the story became even more real to me as a result of these two discoveries. I felt a personal connection to the story.
Has your research ever affected the overall trust of your book? How so?
Yes! There was so much conflicting data regarding the Emmett Till case that I basically had to pick the sources I thought would be the most reliable. Then there were other facts that I simply had to leave out of the story due to so much contradictory data on the case.
Because life isn’t always clear cut, the motives behind our actions don’t always make sense. But stories need to follow a logical path. What sorts of decisions have you had to make about “muddy” historical figures or events in order for your book to work?
In order to make the Emmett Till case relevant to my main character, I had to somehow make a connection between her family and the family of Mose Wright, the great-uncle that Emmett Till was visiting in Money, Mississippi, when he was murdered. Since I didn’t want to go overboard with tying real historical figures to fictional characters, I tried to get away with only one line stating that Rose’s grandfather and Mose Wright went “way back.” But my editor (Elizabeth Bewley) said I needed to make the connection stronger. And, of course, she was right. So I had to carefully weave in a few more connections without going overboard. I know this isn’t necessarily changing history, but it involved the trickiness of marrying fact and fiction.
Why is historical fiction important?
First of all, studying history in itself is important because it helps us understand the present. Historical fiction, in my opinion, is important because it gives us a more engaging way of studying and understanding the past.
For me, this book in particular was important because I needed to understand my own past. My mother didn’t register to vote until she was in her 50’s, and that was because for the first time, an African American was running for mayor in our small town. Furthermore, I don’t think she would have registered then if someone hadn’t come to our house, picked her up, and actually taken her down to the courthouse to register. Writing this book helped me understand that. My mother, and many other African American people in the South, hadn’t registered to vote because they could have been killed for doing so. Killed! Just for registering to vote. I knew this in a shallow kind of way. But writing the story helped me understand it. It helped me feel the fear. And I hope my readers will, too.
Also, regarding Emmett Till, I often asked myself, “Why would his great-uncle Mose Wright allow Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam to take him away from the house in the middle of the night when he knew his life was in danger? Why would he suggest they just ‘whup the boy’ and let it be?” Again, writing this book helped me understand Mose Wright’s predicament, which was quite heartbreaking.
Writing the book, I set out to answer the question, “Why didn’t more people stand up for their rights?” But my editor has stated that the book will make young readers ask the question, “What would I have done?”
I have always admired writers of historical fiction but felt it was impossible to do so myself. After taking the plunge, however, I feel more confident and plan to write more historical fiction pieces that I hope will inspire, encourage, and entertain young readers. It takes a lot of research to write historical fiction. But now I know that the research is the best part!
Caroline, THANK YOU, for allowing me to be a part of your blog today and to introduce readers to Midnight without a Moon. I am excited to give them a first look at the cover, which was illustrated by Sarah J. Coleman, who illustrated the covers for Sharon Draper’s Stella by Starlight, Alice Hoffman’s Nightbird, and the 50th anniversary edition of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.
It’s absolutely my pleasure.
Giveaway: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is kindly offering one ARC of Midnight without a Moon. The contest closes Monday, February 1. US residents only, please.
Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta in the teeny-tiny town of Rosedale, Linda Williams Jackson likes to spin stories about everyday people in small-town settings. Though she has lived in a few other states (Alabama, Missouri, and Kansas), Linda currently makes her home in a not-so-small city in Mississippi with her husband and three children.
While a degree in Math and Computer Science from the University of Alabama allowed her to enjoy careers in Information Technology, Linda now prefers manipulating words rather than numbers and symbols. Besides her forthcoming debut middle-grade novel Midnight without a Moon from HMH Books for Young Readers (January 3, 2017), Linda is published in multiple Chicken Soup for the Soul titles and has written reading assessment passages for various educational publishers. Find her online at www.jacksonbooks.com.
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Edmonde Charles-Roux has died. She (pictured, via) was 95 years old.
Throughout Charles-Roux’s career, she worked in the fashion industry as a writer at Elle Magazine and an editor in chief at French Vogue. Following her exit from Vogue, she published a novel entitled To Forget Palermo. The Guardian reports that the book went on to win the prestigious Académie Goncourt prize.
Here’s more from The New York Times: “The novel told the story of an American career woman, the editor of the fictional fashion magazine Fair, who marries a tough New York politician. When they travel to Sicily to meet his family, he reverts to the patriarchal values of his ancestors, destroying the marriage. A reviewer in Publishers Weekly called the novel ‘not only a work of great literary beauty, but an eminently readable novel as well — two qualities that do not often concur in French prize novels.'” (via The Independent)
By: Sharon Ledwith,
|Getting to know Dr. Evil|Ever been to a Comic Con? I attended and worked at my first one recently, and I have to say it’s not what I expected. Diehard fans swim through the aisles, wearing costumes of their favorite super hero or from their favorite video game or movie. And it’s scary. These fans are true-blue, focused, and know what they’re looking for when they come to spend their hard-earned money. While I was working the aisle with my boss, Justine from Mirror World Publishing, I made some mental notes and came up with three ideal ways that may help authors connect better when showing their wares at a Comic Con. Make your name (brand) known.This is part of your author brand, so have a banner along the table or a poster looming behind you that explains who you are, what you’re selling, and what you’re all about. Signage is so important at Comic Cons and any event you attend as an author. So show’em what you got!
|Sharing my wares!|Work the floor. I bought a costume specifically for this! I dressed up as Robin Hood (one of the characters in Book #1 of The Last Timekeepers series) and handed out chocolate gold coins or wrapped red licorice to people passing by. When working the floor at any Comic Con or event, you should use the three ‘Ses’. Stand. Smile. Small talk. Be approachable (hence the costume) and for goodness sake, create a connection so that people will remember you! Give away promotional material.This is a no-brainer. People LOVE freebies! That’s why I like giving candy away at author events. Stock up on postcards with your book covers on the front and info about the book and you on the back. Don’t forget to sign them either! Bookmarks are also a favorite among giveaways for authors, and my publisher had plenty on hand that offered 15% off if you buy directly from their website. What a deal! Be creative with your giveaways, you never know when you’ve made a fan for life!
|Boss lady ready for business!|One last thing. It helps if you’re an active member of your graphic novel/comic community. Your networking is solid and your foot is already in the door. People buy from authors they know and trust. The fan base is the meat and potatoes of a Comic Con. Create your own fan base by connecting with people at events such as Comic Cons, continuing to build your author brand, and being authentic in the way you treat and help others. Trust me, this goes a long way with people, and may just get you noticed! Have you attended any Comic Cons in the past? If so, which ones? Did you attend as a fan or vendor? Would love to read your comments! Cheers and thank you for reading my blog!
We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending Jan. 17, 2016–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.
(Debuted at #1 in Children’s Illustrated) Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear written by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall: “Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie. And she was a girl! In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war.” (Oct. 2015)
(Debuted at #2 in Children’s Illustrated) Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson: “Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town?” (Jan. 2015)
(Debuted at #7 in Hardcover Nonfiction) The Name of God Is Mercy by Pope Francis: “In this conversation with Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli, Francis explains—through memories from his youth and moving anecdotes from his experiences as a pastor—why ‘mercy is the first attribute of God.'” (Jan. 2016)
Connor Franta has crafted a powerful poem called “New Year, New Me.” Franta has become well-known as a vlogger on YouTube.
The video embedded above features Franta’s recitation of the piece; it has drawn more than 355,000 views. Have you made any resolutions for the new year?
HarperTeen has unveiled the book trailer for The Siren by Kiera Cass. The video embedded above stars the protagonist Kahlen.
According to Epic Reads, Jack Paccione Jr. composed an original song called “Into the Waves” for this trailer. Follow this link to listen to the full track.
Originally, Cass had self-published this book. The new edition of this young adult novel will be released on Jan. 26.
Bestselling author David Sedaris earns $2 million a year.
The author of Me Talk Pretty One Day revealed his approximate annual salary on comedian Michael Ian Black‘s podcast.
The money comes through book tours, speaking gigs, book sales and advances. “So, I feel like I’m on tour, I don’t know, six months out of the year, and then I have royalties,” he said. “I get royalty checks. And then if I have a book, they pay you in installments.”(Via Death & Taxes).
HarperTeen has unveiled the book trailer for Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. The video embedded above stars the Red Queen herself, Mare.
This young adult novel serves as the sequel to Aveyard’s popular 2015 title, Red Queen. The release date has been scheduled for Feb. 9.
Aveyard plans to write at least four installments for this series. Recently, HarperTeen digitally published two Red Queen-themed novellas by Aveyard called Queen Song and Steel Scars. (via Epic Reads)
Francisco Alarcón has died. He (pictured, via) was 61 years old.
Throughout Alarcón’s career as a bilingual writer, he created poetry and verse-style children’s books. The Sacramento Bee reports that he also served as a lecturer of Spanish at the University of California, Davis. Click here to check out some of his poems: “‘Mexican’ is Not a Noun” and “L.A. Prayer.”
Here’s more from The Los Angeles Times: “Much of his work had a leftist political flavor. He wrote of pro-immigrant activism and explored themes of outsider identity that included his own as a gay Latino man raised in a pious Catholic family…Alarcón was a tireless promoter of poetry and art — ‘very gregarious,’ said friend and fellow Bay Area poet Lucha Corpi. Friends said he lived in constant motion — with only the briefest commas between traveling, performing, teaching and visiting schools for readings.” (via NPR)
Michael Pollan, an author known for his food writing, and filmmaker Alex Gibney, a filmmaker, have partnered together to create a new Netflix series called Cooked. Eater reports that the four episodes of this food documentary series will air on Feb. 19.
According to Tasting Table, the title of the show shares the same name as Pollan’s 2013 nonfiction book. Each installment will focus on a different element which include fire, water, air and earth.
Here’s more from Variety: “In each segment, Pollan returns to his kitchen in Berkeley, Calif., to deliver his core message that cooking our own meals is the single best thing we can do to take charge of our health and well being…Personalities and places featured in “Cooked” include an Aboriginal tribe in Western Australia that fire-roasts monitor lizards; a Connecticut Benedictine nun and microbiologist who makes traditional French cheese; Peruvian brewers who use human saliva to ferment a traditional beverage; and an ancient Moroccan granary powered by rivers.” (Photo Credit: Alia Malley)
Loyola Press has unveiled the book trailer for the Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World. The video embedded above features an animated cartoon.
This picture book will feature a total of thirty letters, the Pope’s responses, and drawings. The publisher has scheduled the release date for Mar. 1.
Here’s more from The Wall Street Journal: “On February 22, eight of the children whose letters appear in the book, plus a couple of siblings, will travel to the Vatican for a private meeting with the Pope. They will present the finished book and all 259 letters to the pontiff.” (via Philly Voice)
The Mystery Writers of America have revealed the nominees for the 2016 Edgar Awards. The annual prize, named after horror writer Edgar Allan Poe, awarded to the best authors in the mystery genre since 1945.
According to the press release, the winners will be announced at the 70th gala which will be held in New York City on Apr. 28. We’ve posted the full list of nominated titles below.
The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter
The Lady From Zagreb by Philip Kerr
Life or Death by Michael Robotham
Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy
Canary by Duane Swierczynski
Night Life by David C. Taylor
BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR
Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton
Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney
The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay
What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
Woman with a Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine
Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty
The Daughter by Jane Shemilt
BEST FACT CRIME
Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the American Genocide by Eric Bogosian
Where The Bodies Were Buried: Whitey Bulger and the World That Made Him by T.J. English
Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully by Allen Kurzweil
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid
American Pain: How a Young Felon and his Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic by John Temple
The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards
The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue by Frederick Forsyth
Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald by Suzanne Marrs and Tom Nolan
Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica by Matthew Parker
The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett by Nathan Ward
BEST SHORT STORY
“The Little Men” – Mysterious Bookshop by Megan Abbott
“On Borrowed Time” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Mat Coward
“The Saturday Night Before Easter Sunday” – Providence Noir by Peter Farrelly
“Family Treasures” – Let Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson
“Obits” – Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
“Every Seven Years” – Mysterious Bookshop by Denise Mina
Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi
If You Find This by Matthew Baker
Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver & H.C.Chester
Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Footer Davis Probably is Crazy by Susan Vaught
BEST YOUNG ADULT
Endangered by Lamar Giles
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
Ask the Dark by Henry Turner
BEST TELEVISION EPISODE TELEPLAY
“Episode 7,” – Broadchurch, Teleplay by Chris Chibnall
“Gently with the Women” – George Gently, Teleplay by Peter Flannery
“Elise – The Final Mystery” – Foyle’s War, Teleplay by Anthony Horowitz
“Terra Incognita” – Person of Interest, Teleplay by Erik Mountain and Melissa Scrivner Love
“The Beating of her Wings” – Ripper Street, Teleplay by Richard Warlow
ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD
“Chung Ling Soo’s Greatest Trick” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Russell W. Johnson (Dell Magazines)
Sisters in Crime
ELLERY QUEEN AWARD
Janet Rudolph, Founder of Mystery Readers International
THE SIMON & SCHUSTER – MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD
A Woman Unknown by Frances Brody
Masque of a Murderer by Suzanne Calkins
Night Night, Sleep Tight by Hallie Ephron
The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson
Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day
We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending Jan. 10, 2016–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.
(Debuted at # 2 in Early & Middle Grade Readers) Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein: “Welcome, boys and girls, readers of all ages, to the first-ever Library Olympiad! Kyle and his teammates are back, and the world-famous game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, is at it again!” (Jan. 2016)
(Debuted at #3 in Hardcover Nonfiction) Spark Joy by Marie Kondo: “Marie Kondo presents an illustrated guide to her acclaimed KonMari Method, with step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers and closets. She also provides advice on frequently asked questions, such as whether to keep “necessary” items that may not bring you joy. With guidance on specific categories including kitchen tools, cleaning supplies, hobby goods, and digital photos, this comprehensive companion is sure to spark joy in anyone who wants to simplify their life.” (Jan. 2016)
(Debuted at #10 in Hardcover Fiction) The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian: “When Kristin Chapman agrees to let her husband, Richard, host his brother’s bachelor party, she expects a certain amount of debauchery. She brings their young daughter to Manhattan for the evening, leaving her Westchester home to the men and their hired entertainment. What she does not expect is this: bacchanalian drunkenness, her husband sharing a dangerously intimate moment in the guest room, and two women stabbing and killing their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night.” (Jan. 2016)
Author Philip Pullman has resigned his role as patron at the Oxford Literary Festival because the festival doesn’t pay authors.
Pullman tweeted the news this week:
The event which takes place in the UK in April will feature authors Richard Dawkins, Jacqueline Wilson and Levison Wood.
Actress Cameron Diaz has revealed the cover for her upcoming book, The Longevity Book, a book on aging.
The Hollywood star is featured on the book’s cover wearing only light make-up with her hair tied back in the image. She revealed the cover on Instagram with the following note:
HELLO Again, Ladies! I am so excited I can barely contain myself!! As soon as I saw it myself, I wanted to share with you the cover of THE LONGEVITY BOOK. I am so proud of this book and very much looking forward to engaging us all in a new conversation about aging–how to do it with strength, grace, health and wisdom. I also wanted to thank you again for your beautiful submissions, which we’ll eventually get to show you as part of the cover beyond the cover; a perfect representation of women standing beside other women, as a united front, to stage change and incite progress. I can’t wait until hard copies hit the stands in April so we can really get started!! #thelongevitybook #theprivilegeoftime @thebodybook ox, Cameron
The cover has been unveiled for Gayle Forman’s debut adult book, Leave Me. According to Algonquin Books’ announcement, the story stars a go-getter woman who finds herself in search of her estranged birth mother after a heart attack.
We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think? Entertainment Weekly reports that the publisher has scheduled the release date for Sept. 6.
Many years ago, Alan Rickman chatted with J.K. Rowling to learn more about Severus Snape, a character he would play for a decade in the Harry Potter film franchise. In a goodbye letter that Rickman wrote to honor the conclusion of the movie series (published in Empire magazine back in 2011), his conversation with Rowling contained “one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume.”
In his lifetime, Rickman never divulged the details about that clue. Recently, in light of the actor’s passing, one Twitter user asked Rowling what exactly she told him that convinced him to become the Hogwarts Potions Master. According to Vanity Fair, the Harry Potter series author shared that she told him “what lies behind the word ‘always.'”
People Magazine reports that like so many within the Harry Potter community, Rowling has been mourning Rickman. She posted a message on Twitter to express her devastation and sadness that “we have all lost a great talent.” Below, we’ve collected several relevant tweets in a Storify post embedded below—what do you think? (via International Business Times)
genre: historical fiction
setting: Manzanar, the Japanese internment camp, 1942
age range: 9-12
Lois Sepahban’s website
A superior story of survival and love.
— School Library Journal, starred review
This historical debut speaks volumes of love and longing.
— Kirkus, starred review
Engrossing and heartrending historical fiction.
— Publisher’s Weekly
Please tell us about your book.
Ten-year-old Manami did not realize how peaceful her family’s life on Bainbridge Island was until the day it all changed. It’s 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Manami and her family are Japanese Americans at a prison camp in the desert. Manami is sad to go, but even worse is that they are going to have to give her dog, Yujiin, to a neighbor to take care of. Manami decides to sneak Yujiin under her coat, but she is caught and forced to abandon him. She is devastated but clings to the hope that somehow Yujiin will find his way to the camp and make her family whole again. It isn’t until she finds a way to let go of her guilt that Manami can accept all that has happened to her family.
What inspired you to write this story?
My book takes place at Manzanar in 1942. From 1942-1945, it was an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, most of whom were children. I grew up in central California, and I had two classmates whose grandparents were Manzanar internees. My classmates’ mom spoke to us a few times about her parents’ experiences at Manzanar. So, by the time I was seven or eight years old, I was aware of Manzanar. I was too young to understand it, but having something of a personal connection to the camp made me curious to learn more. My research led me to so many heartbreaking and poignant stories, as well as some very strange ones. One strange story was in an newspaper article. The old man being interviewed said that at some point, dogs started showing up at the camp. No one knew where they were coming from or how they got there. When I read that article, I got goosebumps. Suddenly, I knew what my story would be.
Could you share with readers how you conducted your research or share a few interesting tidbits you learned while researching?
Researching my book was a process that stretched over several years. It began, unintentionally, of course, in my childhood. Every time my parents drove past Manzanar on family trips or I listened to someone talk about Manzanar–these moments were layers of research that slowly built over time.
My curiosity really flamed to life in 2013 when I read Heather Lindquist’s book The Children of Manzanar. For the next few months, I devoured Manzanar true stories. I found an archive of oral history video interviews with former internees on Densho.org. My research at that time was deliberate. I knew that I wanted to write a story set at Manzanar. I knew I wanted it to have a love story between an internee and a camp worker. I knew I wanted the story to be from the perspective of a little sister. So I focused my research on the areas that were important to these storylines. I looked at old maps. I read supply lists and building reports from 1942. I drove along Highway 395 in California and tried to imagine how it must have looked to eyes that saw it for the first time. It is a landscape of scrub brush and red dirt. Very different from the lush rainforest of the Pacific Northwest. I continued to research as I wrote–looking for details and facts as I needed them for the story. And I was fortunate that a historian at the Manzanar National Historic Site was willing to read the manuscript to check for historical accuracy.
What are some special challenges associated with writing historical fiction?
The real challenge is that you can’t make certain things up in historical fiction. The characters, yes. The conversations, yes. Known historical events? Not so much. Writers do take liberties with history. I did. But I was careful to point out those liberties in the author’s note. When I speak to groups about my novel, it is not uncommon for me to hear from attendees that they had never before heard about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. So I feel a great responsibility to honestly portray this history.
What topics does your book touch upon that would make it a perfect fit for the classroom?
My book is a good fit for 4th grade social studies in California, Oregon, and Washington because these were the states affected by the Exclusion Zone rule. It is a good fit for 5th grade and 8th grade social studies because it discusses U.S. history. This history applies to Canada, too, which also had Japanese internment camps during World War II.
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Marie Kondo, the author behind Spark Joy, will give a talk on how to “Konmari Your Life.” Hear her on Thursday, Jan. 21 at The Japan Society starting 6:30 p.m. (New York, N.Y.)
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