Happy Tuesday, my pretties. Getting back into the swing of fall and blogging and writing (well, that never stops, but somehow fall coming makes it feel like I'm revving up again) and all the other things.
And on to the three:
1. Reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz and it is a wonderful, lyrical masterpiece. Shamefully, I have had an arc of this book since I went to BEA in 2011 but never got to it. Now I can't put it down. A coming of age story, a story of manhood, a story of what it means to be different but not marginalized, a story of love and courage and a million other wonderful things. And oh the voice!
2. Excited to be teaching a workshop later this fall on Finding an Agent at Writespace Houston. More on that soon. And so thrilled for so many upcoming events! To name some that I can name: I'll be presenting panels at AWP again this year in April. (more on that soon too!) And in February, I'll be down in Corpus Christie at the first annual Teen Book Fest By the Bay! Of course Comic Con Austin is coming in October and Houston Book Rave in November and more stuff to be revealed soon.
3. So excited to show you arcs of FINDING PARIS soon! Oh the cover! Oh the jacket design!
And thus my last of the three today is that two of my writing crushes -- two fabulous authors whose work I admire SOOOO much-- have read and blurbed FINDING PARIS (which will be out 4/2/15 from Balzer and Bray/Harper Collins) !!
The first is Jennifer Mathieu, whose debut THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE (Roaring Brook) is one of those break out books that everyone needs to read. It's about truth and lies and what it means to stay strong when everything falls apart. Great things are coming from her and if she's not on your list, put her there. And the second is Adele Griffin, whose writing simply blows me away every time. She is a master of craft and psychological drama and character study and I can't express the thrill of having her say kind things about PARIS. Adele Griffin's latest book is a tour de force-- THE UNFINISHED LIFE OF ADDISON STONE, which is not like anything else you're seeing in YA these days. It's a faux biography and a mystery and the kind of addictive prose that makes me want to read it over and over. It's out now from Soho Press. You need to read this book.
Here's what they both had to say:
“A compelling page turner—the perfect mix of heart-stopping plot and memorable characters—fully formed, flawed, and worth cheering for. A road trip story, a mystery, and a romance, along with Preble’s pitch perfect descriptions of place and you’ve got a real winner. I couldn’t put it down.” (Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About Alice)
“Joy Preble’s signature style-breakneck pace, whip-sharp dialogue and sly humor—is the perfect fit for this ride-or-die novel of Leonora and Max. An inspiring story of lost souls, and the hope and compassion that must piece together a family long exiled and devastated by secrets.” (Adele Griffin, author of The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone)