Transgression: Writing On the Edge of the Acceptable
From YA to fantasy to romance, six bestselling authors explore what it means to push boundaries within genres, and to tackle taboo topics in their fields. What happens when writers foray into the forbidden? What does it mean to ‘transgress’ in a novel, and how do writers deal with it—and make their readers like it? Join Eloisa James, Ellen Kushner, C.S. Pacat, Sarah Rees Brennan, Marie Rutkoski and Damon Suede for a discussion that breaks all the rules.
Date: Monday 16th May
Time: Panel at 7pm, signing to follow
Venue: Book Culture 536 W 112th St
Okay a) Have you ever seen a more fun panel topic in your life. What do readers find acceptable and unacceptable? What are the limitations of different genres? Are we talking about weird stuff? Is it okay to talk about weird stuff? DO YOU LIKE WEIRD STUFF? Come see us!
b) Have you ever seen such a great line-up? In case you are unfamiliar I have things to tell you!
Eloisa James is one of my personal favourite go-to romance authors. She created the Duke of Villiers, who is fastidious and spectacular in his dress and fond of sexy chess. Her latest book explores the historical significance of pineapples. Ellen Kushner wrote SWORDSPOINT and PRIVILEGE OF THE SWORD, one the ultimate fantasy of manners in which everyone is in love with Richard or Alec (me: Richard, master swordsman!), and one the best reluctant-to-enthusiastic hero tale of a lady forced into swordplay until she makes the choice to duel for another lady’s honour! C.S. Pacat is a beauteous Australian lady (so this is one of your only chances to see her) and wrote the CAPTIVE PRINCE series, a friend of mine recommended it to me one night and the next day I woke up at 5pm because I’d been up all that night reading the CAPTIVE PRINCE series goddammit: the Prince of Not-Really-Sparta has been betrayed and sold to the Prince of Decadent-Not-Quite-France and he is such a jerk (or is he. OR IS HE.). Sarah Rees Brennan, I don’t know about her, honestly I hear weird things. Marie Rutkoski, bona fide genius and professor (as is Eloisa James! professin my devotion to professors), ponderer of ethical problems such as ‘lady buys gentleman to save him from darker fate’ and ‘how far is it okay to lie about the revolution?’ also inventor of a fictional game that unlike all others actually works and is interesting. Damon Suede, whose tale of firefighters who go from friends to lovers was one of Goodreads’ Top 100 Romance Novels of All Time (which is a big deal!), and whose latest features a Latino bodyguard falling for his shady billionaire boss (I have bought it right now and have it in my possession).
I just think this is going to be VERY GREAT, is what I’m saying.
Holyoke B&N Event with Kelly Link, Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan
Barnes and Noble, 7 Holyoke Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
Kelly Link is a Pulitzer finalist! I tell everybody. Also, Holly Black is the one perfect person in an imperfect world, also perfect at writing and public speaking. So that will probably be fun.
Beautimous picture by Virginie Carquin.
So I have lots of news–for one thing, THERE IS A TRAILER FOR TELL THE WIND AND FIRE UP ON EW.COM!
But my main news for this post is as follows: I am touring for TELL THE WIND AND FIRE, a tale about magic, a young lady who intentionally became a celebrity and accidentally became a symbol for revolution, and her boyfriend… and his soulless double whose presence may portend his death!
It’s super exciting. I’m going to all these festivals with amazing authors, and I hope I am going to see you guys! It’s been ages since I had a book out, and I am very nervous!
Also my publisher has been super great and arranged a thing.
SARAH: So Cassandra Clare has a big bus with bunk-beds in it and I’m going to sleep in it.
PUBLISHER: do you have a home? where should we send boxes of books to? IS YOUR HOME UNDER THE SEA?
SARAH: That’s not important at this time. Anyway the bus will stop at bookshops so could Tell the Wind and Fire be sold in them?
PUBLISHER: It’s before your release date though.
SARAH: But I think people might like to have the new book! And be FANCY EARLY SPECIAL.
PUBLISHER: Okay with the heroic aid of bookstores we will do this thing. Now could you give us some sort of address?
SARAH: *mysterious ocean noises*
So, a pre-release tour! With the book there early for people, yay! And then a launch event in LA on April 6, with the terrifyingly awesome Leigh Bardugo and Gretchen McNeil, in which we talk about re-tellings and myths and cool stuff in stories, and then a cascade of excellence!
And I prefaced this with a pretty picture hoping people would reblog, but I promise to give you all presents on tour whether you do or not! I will shower you with gifts and love.
… So without further ado… come find me!
THE TELL THE WIND AND FIRE TOUR
Pre-release, with special copies of Tell the Wind and Fire available!
Saturday 12 March, 2 PM
Boulder Public Library
with the Boulder Bookstore
at First United Methodist Church
1421 Spence St, Boulder, CO 80302
People can call 303-447-2074 for more information.
Sunday 13 March, 2 PM
Omaha Public Library
with the Bookworm
at Westside Community Centre
3534 South 108th St, Omaha, NE 68144
Call to see if ticketed: 402-392-2877
Tuesday 15 March, 6:30 PM
Kansas City Public Library
with Rainy Day Books
at Plaza Branch, Truman Forum
4801 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64112
Call to see if ticketed: 913 384 3126
Wednesday 16 March, 7 PM
at St Edward’s University, Mabee Ballroom
3001 South Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Call to see if ticketed: 512 472 5050
THE TELL THE WIND AND FIRE TOUR, POST-RELEASE
Once Upon a Time
April 6th at 7 PM
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Young Adult Fiction: Fantasy & World Building
Sunday | 4/10/2016 | 3:00:00 PM in Town & Gown
Sarah Rees Brennan
April 9th and 10th – http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbook
April 14th at 7 PM
Event with Holly Black
(SUPER IMPORTANT: THIS WAS CHANGED FROM THE 13TH!!!)
Saturday, April 16th at 4 PM
Event with Holly Black: http://www.odysseybks.com/events-0
The Hudson Valley YA Society at Oblong Books & Music
Sunday, April 17th at 4 PM
Event with Heidi Heilig & Heather Demetrios
North Texas Teen Book Festival
April 22nd and 23rd
Rochester Teen Book Festival
Saturday, May 14th
Oh, my galactical jam tarts, it has been long since we had a snippet of any sort, I know and I’m sorry!
But this snippet is fancily hosted the Dickens Blog, because TELL THE WIND AND FIRE is a retelling of A TALE OF TWO CITIES with magic rings and New York and doppelgangers and Ladies Doing A Crapton of Stuff like swordfighting and giving television interviews.
Okay it’s here. We see way more of Lucie and Carwyn, two of the main characters, and get more of a sense of them, and… I hope you like them.
And it has a lot about cupcakes in it.
I JUST LOVE CUPCAKES OKAY.
I hope you like it, lightning muffins.
I am to do my first ever Long Island appearance, where I will talk about writing, co-writing, and setting fires.
Beach Bag Book Club
Merrick Library, 2279 Merrick AveMerrick, NY 11566
August 12, 6:30 PM.
People can register online or call 378-7474 ext. 27 (or just come along. ;))
I am excited: it’s been a while since I did an appearance on my owny own, and I hope I remember how! Do come along if you’re around. I might have priiiizes.
I know I have been very quiet lately, but I promise I have been working very hard behind the scenes, and soon you will see the results!
This is not all the news I have. I have MORE NEWS THAN THIS.
But this is the fanciest thing that has ever happened to me as a writer, because my book is in Entertainment Weekly, and Entertainment Weekly is for fancy celebrities! I feel like I should get my book’s autograph.
(Did I mention yet it’s in Entertainment Weekly?)
I hope you like the book and the excerpt. Stay tuned for… WAY MORE NEWS… coming soon.
So I’m copyediting Tell the Wind and Fire, and I asked people on twitter if they wanted a snippet, and it seemed like yes they could be about the snippet life!
For all those who do not know, Tell the Wind and Fire is my new book, out spring 2016, and the potted summary for it currently goes like this:
Tell the Wind & Fire is about a young girl called Lucie who lives in a New York very different from the New York we know: the city is torn between two very different kinds of magic, and Lucie’s own family was torn apart years ago by that conflict. Lucie wears magic rings and carries a burden of guilt she can’t share with anyone.
The light in her life is her sweetheart boyfriend Ethan, but it turns out Ethan has a secret too: a soulless doppelganger created by dark magic, who has to conceal the face identical to Ethan’s with a hood fastened by a collar nobody but a Light magician with magical rings can take off… and who introduces himself to both of them by, for reasons nobody can understand, saving Ethan’s life…
So this snippet happens a short time after the life-saving…
I was furious, but there was something I had to do before questioning either one of them.
“Come here,” I said, and advanced on the doppelganger. He took a step back and wound up sitting on the bunk, looking surprised and mildly irritated.
I held up my hands as if in surrender, though it was anything but. I held them so the doppelganger could see the Light magic rings glittering on all my fingers.
“I’m a trained Light medic,” I told him. “Now let me see your wrist.”
He gave me an unfriendly look, but he let me kneel down and snatch his hand again. I pushed back the worn fabric of his sleeve. The material tried to adhere to the burn, but I pulled it off despite the hiss of pain that slipped through the doppelganger’s teeth. I had to loop my fingers around his wrist, over the burn, thumb and middle finger touching. I concentrated, coaxing to life the light hidden in every sparkling stone, letting it form a bright bracelet over his skin and mine. When I let go, I knew the light would wash the burn marks away. I was able to help, because he was not too badly hurt. My mother had been able to save people on the brink of death, but I was not a tenth as brilliant a magician as my mother. I could only do this.
I opened my eyes, blinked away the remnants of Light in my vision, like dissolving stars, until all that was left was his intent gaze.
“There,” I told him.
“Am I supposed to thank you?”
“No,” I said. “I’m supposed to thank you. You saved his life and I love him, so I owe you more than I know how to repay. Thank you …. what’s your name?”
He hesitated. “Carwyn.”
“Carwyn,” I said, still kneeling, staring up into a familiar face with a strange name on my tongue. “Thank you.”
APRIL 12, EVENT WITH R.L. STINE, KIERAN SCOTT, HOLLY BLACK, PAIGE McKENZIE and ALYSSA SHEINMEL.
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th street
In which we tell terrifying tales!
Maybe I will tell about Tell the Wind and Fire. Maybe I just stare awestruck at R.L. Stine. Isn’t it FANCY? I’m going to be creepy, you guys. I can feel it in my bones.
(My brother used to time me as I read R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books. There is no SAYING what I am going to say to him. Someone hold me back.)
So’s you all know: March cometh! And with it cometh… me!
If you are in New York or Texas, that is.
Places to find me…
MARCH 4, NYC EVENT
with Marie Rutkoski
McNally Jackson Books
New York, NY
(We will be launching Marie’s brilliant new book Winner’s Crime! I MIGHT do a skit! If the people WISH for skits.)
North Texas Teen Book Festival
Irving Convention Center,
500 W. Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, TX 75039
10 AM, RM 7, Secondary Education
Exploring the Importance of Secondary Characters: Leigh Bardugo, me, Rae Carson, Tessa Gratton, Sherry Thomas, mod. Karin Perry.
(What a cool line-up! Leigh and I are currently sitting by a pool plotting the terrible things we’re going to say about each others’ secondary characters.)
12 AM, GB EAST, Captivating Fantasies
Exploring Fantastical Worlds, Julie Kagawa, me, Ally Condie, Rae Carson, Tessa Gratton, mod. Jill Bellomy.
2PM, RM 8, Reading the Rainbow
LGBTQ in YA, Importance of. (Very!) David Levithan, Alex London, Lauren Myracle, mod. Teri Lesense
AUTHOR SIGNINGS 3:30 PM
2015 NYC TEEN AUTHOR FESTIVAL
MARCH 18-MARCH 22
Wednesday, March 18 – PANEL
42nd St NYPL, South Court, 6-8
Writing As A Many-Booked Thing
Looking at series and reader response (SUPER INTERESTING!)
Dahlia Adler, me, Barry Lyga, Michelle Hodkin, Seth Fishman, Marie Rutkoski, Amy Nichols, mod. David Levithan.
Books of Wonder Mega-Signing
Sunday, March 22, 1:30 PM
And just so this post isn’t a total disappointfest for those not in NYC or Texas, I did put up a wee snippet from the sequel to The Turn of the Story (Wings in the Morning from Elliot’s PoV) on tumblr, so if you did not catch it here it is…
( Elliot PoV of Wings in the MorningCollapse )
I hope to see some of your faces soon! I have been writing LOTS in Mexico and will at the slightest opportunity tell people all about all the stories I’m planning.
(Or there’s always skits.)
'The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2014 Nebula Awards nominees (presented 2015), for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Congratulations to all of the nominees!
The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor)
Trial by Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor)
Coming Home, Jack McDevitt (Ace)
Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals; Fourth Estate; HarperCollins Canada)
We Are All Completely Fine, Daryl Gregory (Tachyon)
Yesterday’s Kin, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
“The Regular,” Ken Liu (Upgraded)
“The Mothers of Voorhisville,” Mary Rickert (Tor.com 4/30/14)
Calendrical Regression, Lawrence Schoen (NobleFusion)
“Grand Jeté (The Great Leap),” Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer ’14)
“Sleep Walking Now and Then,” Richard Bowes (Tor.com 7/9/14)
“The Magician and Laplace’s Demon,” Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld 12/14)
“A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i,” Alaya Dawn Johnson (F&SF 7-8/14)
“The Husband Stitch,” Carmen Maria Machado (Granta #129)
“We Are the Cloud,” Sam J. Miller (Lightspeed 9/14)
“The Devil in America,” Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com 4/2/14)
Best Short Story
“The Breath of War,” Aliette de Bodard (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/6/14)
“When It Ends, He Catches Her,” Eugie Foster (Daily Science Fiction 9/26/14)
“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye,” Matthew Kressel (Clarkesworld 5/14)
“The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family,” Usman T. Malik (Qualia Nous)
“A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide,” Sarah Pinsker (F&SF 3-4/14)
“Jackalope Wives,” Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/7/14)
“The Fisher Queen,” Alyssa Wong (F&SF 5/14)
Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Edge of Tomorrow, Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Guardians of the Galaxy, Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Interstellar, Written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan (Paramount Pictures)
The Lego Movie, Screenplay by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
Unmade, Sarah Rees Brennan (Random House)
Salvage, Alexandra Duncan (Greenwillow)
Love Is the Drug, Alaya Dawn Johnson (Levine)
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, A.S. King (Little, Brown)
Dirty Wings, Sarah McCarry (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Greenglass House, Kate Milford (Clarion)
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Leslye Walton (Candlewick)
About the Nebula Awards
The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of SFWA. Voting will open to SFWA Active members on March 1, and close on March 30. You can find more information here! http://www.sfwa.org/nebula-awards/how-t
So, to start with, HOLY CRANBERRIES. How exciting is this?
The very first Norton award went to Holly Black for VALIANT, Holly Black around these parts being short for her full title, 'I love me some Holly Black.' Other winners, you know, Terry Pratchett, Nalo Hopkinson, Delia Sherman, that little-known J.K. Rowling lady... Other nominees include such favourite favourites of mine as: Megan Whalen Turner, Kristin Cashore, R.J. Anderson, Karen Healey, Steve Berman, Laini Taylor. Basically lists and lists of awesome, within the SFF community, a.k.a. the community of my heart.
And THIS list I'm on is a list of awesome. All awesome: if you are looking for a place to start your reading of this list, you cannot go wrong with Sarah McCarry's DIRTY WINGS or Alaya Dawn 'I've Known She Was A Genius Since She Wrote Moonshine & Am Thrilled Everyone Caught On' Johnson's LOVE IS THE DRUG. (Also for adult fare, Katherine Addison's THE GOBLIN EMPEROR is hammered gold high fantasy.) I never dared hope anything like this for Unmade, which is one of a series, and romantical, but I am both delighted and honoured.
Finishing up a series, one goes: 'Oh God, what did I spend the last four years of my life on? Could I have spent it better/done it differently/should I have done something else, would that have been better?' And you wonder, well, did writing this make a difference? And you think, maybe to a few people. (My starbunnies of delight.)
And then the starbunnies show up, and they say: no, really. We're here. We were with you all along. We thought it was good.
(And then everyone said: really, this girl is up for an award and she says stuff like starbunnies? ;))
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
- Current Location:mexico
Since I’d written the best part of several parodies on twitter, I decided to go the whole hog and put up a parody of the 100, season 2, episodes 1 to 5.