Alyson Noel’s purple pants really left an impression on me, I guess.
More gratuitous self-promotion… I’ll return to the less gratuitous kind of self-promotion next week.
All These Things I’ve Done is a Best of Month title at Barnes and Noble. Thanks to the seriously lovely Kathryn (she of the picks and the lustrous dark hair) and the merry band of mischief makers at Barnes and Noble. And also, my intrepid B&N rep, Kim Highland.
Also, a nifty feature in the Chicago Tribune where a reader reviews The Hole We’re In.
And finally, an agreeably prickly quote on criticism from Graydon Carter in the NY Times Book Review‘s review of Martin Amis’s new novel:
“Writing, remember, is the only art in which the creator is publicly judged by people who do precisely the same thing, but as a rule less well.”*
*I assume this may be a reference to a different quote that was in Martin Amis’s memoir, Experience. Graphic dentistry passages notwithstanding, Experience is one of my favorite books about writing. The pencil mark is someone else’s and should be ignored. I had scanned this quote years ago to e-mail to a despondent writer friend, which is why I happen to have it around.
*The O review refers to me as a “former young adult author.” Several readers have written to ask me if this means that I am giving up writing YA. I’m not. My next book will be for young adults, and I hope it will be out some time next year. In the mean time, if you’re looking for something for younger readers, why not read my pal, Lisa Greenwald’s book, My Life in Pink and Green? It’s an excellent and timely middle grade novel about a plucky 12-year-old who finds creative solutions to deal with the immediate impacts of the recession on her family’s pharmacy. I read it last year, and it really stayed with me.
**I’ve broken down my feelings about the appropriate reading age for The Hole We’re In here.
An interview by the insightful Liane Hansen about my new book, The Hole We’re In, on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.
The New Yorker on the jacket of THE HOLE WE’RE IN.
(Here’s hoping the insides receive such favorable coverage.)