Hi everyone! I have some exciting news to share! My second novel, NEIGHBORHOOD GIRLS, will be published by HarperTeen in the fall of 2017! I have been working on this novel since August 2014 and am so thrilled (and terrified) for it to be set free into the world! A second untitled YA novel will also be published by Harper in the fall of 2018.
Huge thank yous to my agent, Barry Goldblatt, of Barry Goldblatt Literary, and to my new editor, Alexandra Cooper, at Harper. I’m so lucky to be in such good hands.
If you’re interested in reading more, here is the announcement from Publisher’s Weekly!
Thank you to the Chicago Writers Association for naming The Carnival at Bray a finalist in the traditional fiction category of the CWA 2015 Book of the Year Awards! I join finalists Lori Rader-Day and Peter Ferry in this honor. Winners are announced December 1.
My website has been languishing away for the past few months, but I promise I have a good excuse: Our second daughter, Sheila Eileen, was born June 8! We are very busy and very in love 🙂
I have two exciting events coming up this week:
First, I’ll be speaking at the Illinois Association of Teachers of English Fall Conference on Friday, 10/16 at 2:00. These are my people. I’m very excited.
Second, I’m going to be a panelist at the Texas Book Festival on Sunday, 10/18 in Austin. I’ve heard such great things about this fest (and about Austin, where I’ve never been before!), and am super excited to be a part of it. Stop by if you’re in the area!
Please join me next Saturday, June 6, at the Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Book Fest. I’ll be presenting at the Young and Restless panel at Jones College Prep, 1:45.
Check out this lovely review from The Midnight Garden–YA for Adults!
“Jessie Ann Foley’s The Carnival at Bray is just one of many I’ve read since blogging, but I would argue that none explore love, loss, and life as eloquently as Foley’s debut. A Printz honoree, The Carnival at Bray is YA literature, historical fiction or otherwise, at its best.”
“Rock-savvy readers might recognize the time line as the story hurtles towards that infamous April of 1994, but, with or without that knowledge, they will be drawn into the sometimes seedy, sometimes madcap atmosphere of this first novel.”
February 12, 2015
Loyola Academy–Wilmette, IL
February 17, 2015
Taft High School–Chicago, IL
February 21, 2015
Anderson’s Bookshops 13th Annual Children’s Literature Breakfast–Woodridge, IL
8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
March 19, 2015
Columbia College Story Week–Young Adult Panel
Harold Washington Library–Chicago, IL
March 31, 2015
Writer’s Week: Lakes Community High School, Lake Villa, IL, 10:30 a.m.
Chicago Public Library, Roden Branch, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
ALA Annual Conference–San Francisco, CA
Thank you to Emily Aaronson for her lovely review of The Carnival at Bray in Bringing Down the House With Books!
Thank you to Anita Lock for her lovely review of The Carnival at Bray in the San Diego Book Review!