I like hearing from you, but I can be slow to reply.

If you’d like to send me a message, you can use the form at the bottom of this page.

You can send me a paper letter through one of my publishers:

re: A.J. Fikry, Young Jane Young or Books for Adults

Gabrielle Zevin
c/o Algonquin Books
P.O. Box 2225
Chapel Hill, NC 27515

re: Elsewhere, Anya, or Books for Young Readers

Gabrielle Zevin
c/o Macmillan/FSG BYR
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Be warned: paper letters can take up to a year to get to me. In a series of scary boxes in a little used closet, I have unanswered letters from ten years ago. I hope to get to them some day!

Business related?  My literary agent is Douglas Stewart at Sterling Lord Literistic.

I occasionally answer reader questions over at Goodreads. An archive of answers can be found here.

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  1. I am a library director in Columbia, Tn. I just finished THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY. It speaks to my heart. I too love to talk about books with people who read books. Thank you so much for writing this lovely lovely story. I am recommending it to everybody I know.

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth, and lovely to hear from you! For the most part, we read alone, but books bring us together… a small miracle, I’d say. —Gabrielle

  2. I am about halfway through A.J. and I just started it this morning. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone but I am at work. I am loving it and I am formally requesting that you come visit Nashville, TN! You mentioned Bel Canto, so you must come to Ann Patchett’s Parnassus Books!!!! Would love to meet you. Such a charming book.

    1. I won’t tell on you! Though are you saying that everyone at your office is NOT on!? 😉 Indeed I am a big Ann Patchett fan. Loved Bel Canto, but my favorite is Truth and Beauty. I wish I were going to Parnassus. Thanks for writing and reading, Gabrielle

  3. I finished the book and just loved it. Loved the characters! Will recommend it to everyone.

  4. I am a librarian, who absolutely loved A.J. Fikry! We will be discussing it with our book club in June. Do you ever Skype with book clubs? Also, we loved the bookmarks on the page. Do you know where they’re from? And, was The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry the original title? Thanks, Michele

  5. Gabrielle, I’ve been thinking for a long time that my all time favorite book, elsewhere, needs to be a movie. Has anyone ever approached u on making elsewhere a movie?

    1. It is of what I always thought! Because it is my favorite book. I have just read it, once again!

  6. Hi Gabrielle,
    I’ve just finished The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry and I thought it was wonderful.
    I work in a bookshop in Carlisle (which is in the north of England) and many of the characters and situations struck a chord with me. More than that, the warmth, humanity and sheer love of literature just shone through.
    I can not wait to read more of your work. thank you for such a joyful book.

  7. Hi Gabrielle! I read your book Elsewhere when I was in junior high and ever since then I fell in love with it. I read my copy all the time and I just wanted to thank you for writing an amazing book and I’m looking forward to reading more of your work. Maybe you can consider writing a sequel to Elsewhere sometime too!

  8. Hello Gabrielle,
    I am a teenage aspiring writer. I admire your writing style such as in Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and Elsewhere. Lots of people have probably asked you this, you might even have posted a blog post on it. not sure, but do you have any tips for writing.
    Such as writing ideas.
    You find really good, quirky and random ideas that work brilliantly. 🙂 That’s what makes you different, no one would have thought of teenage mafia-princesses in new york, or elsewhere in which humans can speak canine or memoirs of a teenage amnesiac. Your ideas are really interesting. I wish I could attend one of your events but I live all the way in Australia. 🙂
    Any tips or links to blog posts that have writing tips would be so great! thanx!

  9. Dear Gabrielle Zevin,
    I enjoyed your book, Elsewhere. It was quite interesting and the ending was also very devastating. I liked your excellent choice of words, but I did have a few questions. Say if the world came to an end, would Elsewhere come to an end too? If people on earth couldn’t reproduce anymore for some reason would Elsewhere become overcrowded?

    Also, I am quite concerned if Owen got back to earth safely. You clearly showed in the ending that Liz was born again. Also, did Betty and Curtis move in together? They got married but it never specified what happened to their relationship after the wedding.

    Overall, the book was great and if I were to rate it I would give it 4.5 stars. I love how the people in Elsewhere could look through observation decks to look at their loved ones. I also can’t even tell you how much I loved the idea of the well. Thanks for writing the wonderful book.


  10. Hi. My name is Madeline. I am an 8th grade student who just read Elsewhere in my ELA class. Me and one of the teachers, who also read Elsewhere, think you should make a second Elsewhere book, but this time it would be about Zooey. I loved this book and want to read more. We were thinking what if Zooey had a baby and that new baby was Liz. But Zooey had died from child birth and now the book is revolved around Zooey’s life in Elsewhere. I know this is a bizarre idea, but I definitely want to read a lot more. This would be a perfect addition to the 1st Elsewhere book.

  11. Dear Ms. Zevin,
    Greetings from our high school, St. Francis. We, the freshmen students, have recently read your book Elsewhere in our Honors English 1 class. The students in our group are Kellyn Langton, Meagan DeRaimo, and Charlie Clark. A majority of us liked the book very much and consider it the best so far. Although we all enjoyed the plot, we do have many questions about it. We were assigned by our teacher to send you a letter about our personal feedback and any questions we had regarding the book. We hope you read this and are able to answer our many questions!
    The entire class very much enjoyed reading Elsewhere. When past year’s students read it, the book was reported to be a class favorite out of the other books they had read that year, and it looks like it will be the same for our class. One of us received the book from an upperclassman over the summer before our freshman year and took the liberty of reading it before the year had even started it. I(Charlie) thought it was a wonderful book, and all of us agreed after we had read it. We believed that your way of thinking about the afterlife was very interesting, and before reading your book, I had never thought about the process of life, death, and reincarnation in that way. I personally love your view of it, and being fascinated by all kinds of mythology, I very much enjoyed your ties to Egyptian mythology and their beliefs of reincarnation and the next life. so, Congratulations on writing such a wonderful book.
    This book kept us on our toes with confusing events occurring left and right. Most of our questions were answered in the book, but there were a few that remain unanswered. The question that has been the most apparent is concerning the babies. How are new babies that have never lived a life before born? The population is always growing so were wondering where all the babies come from. The next question we had is about how the people age backwards in Elsewhere. While they age backwards, how do they lose their abilities to read and write? Would you compare it to memory loss? Finally, we were wondering why you used so much Egyptian mythology in your book. Do you enjoy mythology and wanted to add it to your writing or did you believe it would fit well with the story? You answering any of these questions would make us very grateful.
    We would really appreciate if you were able to read our letter and questions. Although we were assigned to do this, we are glad our teacher gave us this opportunity to ask you the questions our class and group talked about. We hope you consider our feedback and it would be amazing if you wrote a sequel too. Our group is positive that if you did write a second book, every single person in our class would read it. We anticipate your response and can’t wait to read any other amazing books you have out. Thank you for taking the time out of your life to read our letter!

    Kellyn Langton

    Meagan DeRaimo

    Charlie Clark

  12. Gabrielle, my favorite book has been “Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes. Now it is definitely “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry”. Our church book club is reading it next month and I was thrilled with it. I went to all the libraries and got all of the short stories that you put in the beginning of each of your chapters. What a fantastic idea. It is brilliant. I can’t wait to discuss how your short story expands in each of your chapters of your book. I told my son, who is an English professor and he thought it was a wonderful idea and had never seen it done anywhere. How did you come up with that idea and how did you find the actual short story to go with each chapter? I am sure you are a prolific reader. Thank you so much for this book and I am looking forward to reading your other books now. Sincerely, Sandi McGowan

  13. Hey there, my girlfriend is a huge fan of yours and I’m a huge fan of her so maybe you can help me out! She’s such a cool girl, for Christmas she gave me ripped pages from a dictionary with circled words that I meant to her along with paintings on each page bounded together to make a book… it was the most insane, amazing gift I’ve ever gotten. But I want to one up her lol !!! I’m not sure how you can help but I’m all ears!!! Thank you so much – Sebastian

  14. HI Gabrielle
    My brother who is a publisher and who writes about books, wrote a review of your book and sent it around to the family. Everyone wants to read it now. We have a baby in the family and she is called Maya and she loves books, Her sister is called Emilia(diff spelling I know) so we feel its serendipitous. My copy is getting dog eared for all the sharing. We love it so much. You must read my brother’s review which has been reposted since Maya has started turning pages of the book!

  15. Dear Ms. Gabrielle Zevin,

    Please call me about the announcement in the Wantagh Herald Citizen about your coming to Wantagh public Library, Wantagh, New York on February 19.

    It has to do with you being an author.

    All the best!

    Amnon Tishler
    Booklovers Paradise
    2972A Merrick Road
    Bellmore, NY 11710
    Other times

    PS books and author

    1. Hi Amnon, I’m not scheduled to appear at the Wantagh Public Library. I think what you may have seen is an announcement for a book club meeting, where they will be discussing one of my books. All best wishes, Gabrielle

  16. Good Morning
    Madam, I am Maya we have an assignment that we have to read a book and make a presentation and I read your book Elsewhere it is amazing!!!!! I have some questions to ask you
    1. How did you start your career as a writer?
    2. Do you have any inspiration?
    3. When you were thinking of the characters of Elsewhere did you have an inspiration?
    3. What are the difficulties of being a writer?

    Thank You

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