Thank you to Anita Lock for her lovely review of The Carnival at Bray in the San Diego Book Review!
More great news from YALSA!
The Carnival at Bray was named a 2015 top ten Best Fiction for Young Adults. What an incredible honor. I am again so floored and humbled by the response my book has gotten. Thank you to all!!
Wow. Just wow. What a weekend this has been! Chicago was hit with a massive snowstorm on Sunday, just in time for the ALA Midwinter Conference. I drove through this treacherous white-out in order to make it down to McCormick Place and meet my fellow Morris Award finalists (with the exception of E.K. Johnston, whose flight was canceled 🙁 ). It was great to hang out with Len, Isabel, and Leslye–three wonderful writers and people–and to have dinner with the award committee. Isabel’s fantastic book, Gabi, A Girl In Pieces, took home the top honor on Monday, and Isabel gave a beautiful speech to accept her much-deserved award.
I was also stunned to learn that The Carnival at Bray was named a Printz Honor Book. It’s hard to describe the emotions I felt when I heard the news. As someone who still hasn’t quite recovered from the fact that her book was published at all, the Morris nomination and Printz Honors were not even something I could have dreamed of. I am so grateful to these committees for seeing something special in my book. As a writer, my job is to be able to use words to convey emotion, but here, I fail.
As the ALA Midwinter Conference approaches, the Morris Award finalists are embarking on a blog tour. To kick off my leg of the tour, I’ve posted an interview I did with the wonderful Blythe Woolston. Here I talk a little about my writing process, and the influence of my MFA program at Columbia College Chicago.
One of my very first publishing credits was the short story version of “The Carnival at Bray,” which was published in the Chicago Reader’s 2010 issue. This year, I had the honor of curating the three winners out of shortlist gleaned from over 200 entries.
Check out stories by Kevin Leahy, Latoya Wolfe, and Cyn Vargas here.
The wonderful website, Dear Teen Me, which publishes letters from YA authors to their YA selves, recently ran this piece in which adult me gives some words of advice to 14-year-old me. . .and man, I could have used some help back then. Check it out here.
Thanks so much to Molly at Wrapped up in Books. I loved this review!
Check out this list from the New York Public Library’s site! Thanks to Andrea Lipinski for including me.