The ALA Midwinter conference has long been a bastion for children’s and YA authors, but I noticed this year a concerted push by publishers to bring more of their adult authors to the show. Among the notable writers making appearances were:  (top left) Gabrielle Zevin (The Storied Life of A.J. Fikrey); (top left) Beatriz Williams (A Hundred Summers); and (bottom right) Rosemary Harris (The Bitches of Brooklyn) with her pal, fellow author Lindsay Faye (The Gods of Gotham; Dust and Shadow). Publishers also made plenty of ARCS available, including Peter Heller’s The Painter.

‘Tis me!

A.J. Fikry Covers & LOVE

Guess what? I have a book out in April, and it has three English language covers, and I love them all differently.


This is America. When I look at this cover, I think she has seen deep into my very soul. No one understands me like this cover. We are soulmates. I’d marry her, if she’d have me. This cover is by the talented Anne Winslow.

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This is UK. I love her like I love really good pens and adorable, overpriced stationery, and coffee table books. I want to go shopping with her. I want her to be my very best friend.  We text all the time. We have private jokes. The paper sculpture in the cover was commissioned by Little, Brown UK, and it is by Su Blackwell, whose work I adore!

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This is Canada. I love her like a movie that I’m dying to see despite the fact that I know I’m going to cry at this movie. It’s just my contact lenses. It’s allergies. I’ll be fine. Just please stop looking at me, and pass the Kleenex.