Tucson Book Fest and First Year Experience Conference Presentation

TucsonBookFest

Had a really interesting panel conversation at the Tucson Book Festival with Andrew Smith (whose new book is The Alex Crow) and Jo Knowles (whose new book is Read Between the Lines). We talked about non-linear structures in fiction -- and other stuff.  Here we are!  

In unrelated news, I was recently at the FYE (First Year Experience) Conference, where authors and college professors come together to talk about books that might be food for "One Book One School" or "One Book One City" type reads for Freshman. 

I had an amazing time and talked to lots of smart educators. I also got to hear presentations by Okey Ndibe (Foreign Gods, Inc.) , Anthony Marra (A Constellation of Vital Phenomenae) , Max Brooks (Harlem Hellfighters), and Bryan Stevenson (Just Mercy). Here's my talk about We Were Liars and the ways it might be useful for college freshmen as a group read, especially for incoming students who might be reluctant readers, yet.  

It runs about 13 minutes. I tell some stories. 


Goodreads Top Ten

Cheery end of the year stuff is happening with We Were Liars. Your local independent bookshop will probably have nice gift-y looking copies with bands around the center that makes them look special, and Hudson Booksellers (in all the airports) will have the book on display for quick and easy gifts or airplane reading.  And Amazon says its their #1 YA book for the year, and the only YA book in their top 20. 

So I would be feeling pretty awesome if I weren't trying to finish the next book, which is  a BLOODY MESS right now. But still, I do feel awesome. 

The most fun awesomeness for you as a reader is that We Were Liars is up for the  GoodReads Choice Award -- which you can VOTE FOR.  It's in the YA Fiction category and we're down to the finals, now. You can very easily vote in all categories and it is quite fun to do. I voted in fiction and cookbooks. Anyway, WWL is in very good company so when you see the list of books in the top ten, you may vote for something else instead! But I hope you will go vote, because there's no doubt you'll find about about some good new books while you're doing it. 


UK Tour!

This is from my British publisher. I AM COMING TO LONDON! AND DUBLIN! AND LIVERPOOL! Please come out and see me. I love meeting readers. 

P.S. At the bottom of the post you can see the UK jacket for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, which has never been available there until now. 

xoE 

 

Hotkey Books writes:

We’re delighted to say we’ll be hosting E in the first week of December – Christmas presents for everyone you know, SORTED = signed copies of WE WERE LIARS! She’ll also be talking about the brilliant title THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU BANKS which we published just last week. Although very different to WE WERE LIARS it’s completely dazzling in it’s own way, so why not prepare for her visit by having a read before she gets here?

So finally, if you want to catch E Lockhart whilst she’s in the UK here are her public dates -

*Newly added*

Monday 1st December

After school drop in meet and greet (informal) Waterstones Cheltenham – 4:30pm – link to come but contact Waterstones for more info!

Tuesday 2nd December 

Waterstones Piccadilly, London – chaired by Anna James from We Love This Book and The Bookseller 

 

Wednesday 3rd December

Waterstones Liverpool ONE

 

Thursday 4th December

Easons O’Connell St, Dublin

Admission can be booked via Easons on 01-8583815

 

Friday 5th December

Waterstones Birmingham High St

 

We hope we’ll see you there!

THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS - E. Lockhart - Jacket

 


2014 National Book Award long list -- and Sara Zarr's podcast!

It is an exciting day in Lockhart land. I am interviewed on one of my fave podcasts, Sara Zarr's This Creative Life. Zarr wrote Roomies (with Tara Altebrando) and The Lucy Variations and lots of other awesome books, and the podcast interviews all kinds of writers about the intersection of life and work, the creative process, etc. 

Click here to listen and to learn more about Zarr and the podcast. 

Also, over at the National Book Award, the long list for young people's lit was announced today!  I was on the judging committee for Young People's Literature last year, so I really understand the process and feel nostalgic about the whole thing -- 289 books, arriving in boxes over the summer. My idea of fun.  Our winner last year was Cynthia Kadohata's The Thing About Luck, which is a really wonderful story and everyone should read it. 

This year's long list includes some books I've loved (Threatened by Eliot Schrefer and Noggin by John Corey Whaley)  and some others I'm psyched to discover.  If you're looking for quality YA and MG to read, you really should check out the "Up all Night" online exhibition of previous YPL finalists and winners.  Happy reading. XXOE

Image of the book jackets for the 2014 NBA YPL Long List


Michael Barakiva's Girl/Boy Friend List

I haven't posted a Boyfriend List on the site in a while, but since the gorgeous OMNI of the Ruby Oliver novels, THE BOYFRIEND QUARTET,  is now on ebook, I figure I should do some more. They used to be the most popular element of this blog, and you can see them all by clicking here -- including lists from Paula Chase, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, John Green, Diana Peterfreund and more. 

Here is the Omni jacket in case you don't believe me it's gorgeous.


OKAY.  Now, a girl and then boyfriend list that is as thoughtful and sweet as the novel it's promoting. 

Michael Barakiva is the author of the adorably Armenian and romantic ONE MAN GUY, a gay love story with lots of humor, skateboarding, delicious food and charm. Barakiva is a theater director and  yet ANOTHER Vassar grad who has written young adult fiction (here's a list), and went to Julliard as well. He plays soccer with the New York Ramblers, has recently founded The Upstart Creatures, a theater ensemble dedicated to creating events that co-mingle art and food, and  lives in Manhattan with his husband, Rafael.

Michael Barakiva One Man Guy

  

Michael Barakiva's Girl/Boy Friend List

1)  Cindy  – Cindy and I met when we were 11, and spent most of the year awkwardly flirting with each other.  Then I screwed my courage to the sticking place and asked her out to the Fifth Grade Dance.  We lost touch until a few months ago, when she read about OMG online and got in touch with me via the magic of Facebook.  I see now that Cindy is happily partnered to a woman with two beautiful children.  Were Cindy and I drawn to each other because of our queerness?  Who knows?

2)  Debbie  and I dated for like three weeks or something when I was in seventh grade, but drifted over the summer and pretended it had never happened when we returned to school the following autumn.  She was one of the few other people who was in both band and choir, so we obviously had lots in common (she an alto and clarinetest, I was a baritone and bassoonist).  We didn’t really last, but I remember thinking her brother Frank was hella cute.

 3)  Gail  – This is really where it got serious.  Gail and I had known each other since 1st grade at McKnight, before my family moved a few blocks and I got rezoned to Drew.  Then we became friends again in high school, where all the schools fed back into each other.

Gail was in the Lutheran Choir, as was I (don’t ask how an Israeli/Armenian ended up in the Lutheran Choir).  We started dating my freshman year of high school and I thought we were very happy, until her best friend Sarah Barnes told me that Gail wanted to break up with me but didn’t know how.  I did it for her, on the back of a school bus, on the way down to Culpepper, VA on a band/choir exchange (band and choir are figuring much more prominently than I would’ve guessed in this list).

Ironically, I met an oboist on that exchange (the double reeds are always sat next to each other) whom I would briefly date when he and I re-met in NYC a decade later.

Gail, like Cindy, got in touch with me recently when she read about OMG.  She works in the same building in Central Jerse as my sister and my mom.  Gail sang like an angel, and I’m incapable of thinking about her without hearing her dulcimer sounds. 

4)  Kim  – Kim and I met after my sophomore (her freshman) year of high school, at McCarter’s Summer Shakespeare Camp.  We continued dating for years.  I remember the first year or two happily, and the rest as…well…how shall I put it?

Kim remains one of the smartest, most talented and most beautiful women I’ve ever known.  I always felt like we were soul mates, and after we finally finally finally broke up, I kept on waiting for the time we’d become friends again.  As is incredibly clear from her rejection of my facebook request, she is clearly not eagerly anticipating that time.  We still have a few friends in common from our Shakespeare days, and occasionally I can fb-stalk her via them to she what she’s up to, but I can’t help but feel a sliver of sadness because I think if I had already been out when I met Kim, she and I would be great friends today.

Or maybe not.  Maybe Kim’s narrative is radically different than mine, and I’m just this annoying guy she met who detoured her romantically for a few years.  Who knows?

5)  It’s hard for me not to get sentimental when writing about Linsay, my last girlfriend.  We met in college.  She was a director, also.  She was a Drama/English double major, also.  She was a year ahead of me.  We became good friends.  She graduated.  We started dating.  The best parts of my senior year I remember spending in her railroad apartment on 6th between B and C.  Linsay grew up outside of the city, knew it well, and introduced me to it, much the way Ethan does to Alek in OMG.  My 21st bday fell in the six months we dated, and she took me to Lutèce. 

 We broke up.  It wasn’t pretty.

We tried to be friends again.  It didn’t work. 

We didn’t talk.  It wasn’t pretty.

Then we tried one more time. 

This time, it really came together. 

Linsay and I have seen each other through everything.  Her daughter Julia, the most gorgeous creature on the earth, is my goddaughter.  Last weekend, my husband and I went to Brooklyn to celebrate Linsay’s birthday in Prospect Park, where I realized I liked her friends almost as much as mine.

 Linsay’s best friend from college, Joy Peskin, is the editor of OMG and the reason it happened.  Linsay is one of the best board game players and cooks I know.  Sometimes you wonder who in your life is going to be there forever.  Sometime around ten years ago, I stopped wondering with Lins.

THEN I CAME OUT

 6)  Ricky  was the first person I met when I started backpacking through Europe.  It was the summer after my second year of grad school.  I was supposed to start a theater company but the funding fell through last minute and I was depressed so I marched into Juilliard’s Financial Aid Office, insisted on taking some crazy loan with crazy interest rates that I’m still paying off, and used that money to flee to Europe.

 Ricky was a smashingly handsome 6’4 Aussie who was kind and fun and the kind of person whom everybody loved.  I met him in the hostel in London, he joined me in Paris the following weekend, I skipped Budapest to spend an extra few days with him in the middle of my trip, and then he sorta showed up in the States ten days after I’d left him because we decided we couldn’t be apart.

 We dated for almost two years and broke up right before 9-11.  He’s back in Oz now (Sydney, I believe) and if he’s still single, snatch him up, Ozzies.  He’s a catch.

7)  Raymond  and I met at one of the more underground gay bars in the East Village.  He was pale with blue eyes, a combination I should’ve learned to avoid by then because of how my knees quiver around it.  He had a real job, and a real apartment, and lots of other real things that real adults have.  He also had lots of real problems, which I didn’t realize often accompany real adulthood.

 We lived together for 12 of the 18 months we dated.  When it was good, it was good.  And when it was bad, well…  We’re not in touch much, having gone through that post-break up phase where we ignored each other, then that next phase where we went out and drank too much wine and one of us would cry and apologize for hurting the other so.  Now we’re in that phase where I refuse to call him because he always made me initiate everything, and he doesn’t call me because he never called me, before during or after our relationship. 

 He wrote me the loveliest email the day that OMG came out.  I wish him well.

8)  I met Rafael  shortly before I left NYC for a year on a gig.  We wrote each other letters.  Real letters, with postage and envelopes and everything. We fell in love in absentia, which I believe is really the easiest way for other people to do it with me.  I came back.  We started dating.  And even though our relationship has not always been “a bed of roses,” and we are no longer “spring chickens,” (both examples of phrases he uses that made me fall in love with him), we got married on May 26th, 2013 and I have been happier than I thought I could with this warm, handsome and incredibly kind man.

 

 

 


Linkie Links

There's a bunch of We Were Liars internet fun been going on past few weeks. I can't imagine you folks want to read it all, but here are some links anyhow!  

Here on Bustle, eight books besides mine with honkin' plot twists, including two of my fave books of all time, Liar by Justine Larbalestier and When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. 

Here, an interview on Parade about plotting the novel. 

And here, on Hello Giggles, a list of the best fictional liars, ever. Very nice company to be in. 

Then on Flavorwire, a list of feminist YA novels, starting with Disreputable History and including a load of awesome reads. 

And on GooglePlay I recommend my favorite summer reads

Below! Booktalk Nation video of me and Gayle Forman (Just One Day, Just One Year, If I Stay, which will be a movie in August! ) chitty-chatting about We Were Liars and drinking wine and talking feminism. 

 

And below, a video interview I did with Goodreads.  


IRA14

Where I'll be at the International Reading Association conference this weekend, below:

 

Sunday 5/11
Come hang out with me and Sarah Mlynowski Sunday at 11:00 AM at SIGNAL. We have FUN planned. http://ww2.aievolution.com/ira1401/index.cfm?do=ev.viewEv&ev=2163

 Signing at the Random House booth at 1:30 PM: not just We Were Liars (hardcover! before pub!) but also The Boyfriend List and two Jenkins books: Water in the Park, Toys Go Out.  (Not on the schedule! But I will be there.)

Then signing at the Anderson's Bookshop Naperville booth #2745: both We Were Liars and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.

Come out and say hello.

 


US tour dates, Hands, etc.

I have continued writing mottos on my hands, as Cadence and Gat do in We Were Liars.

WeWereLiarsHandsOnlyLiveOnce

There's an interview with me about We Were Liars over at YA Interrobang.  And here's a review in The Horn Book to read.

The same info I've told you, but it bears repeating:

We Were Liars is out in the USA on May 13 and in the UK on May 14. 

US Tour dates are here.   Come out and see me beginning May 13!  Write on your hands and show me. Bring your friends.  I am doing stuff with Lauren Myracle, Lauren Oliver, Sarah Mlynowski, Libba Bray, Robin Wasserman, Gayle Forman, Jennifer Smith, Susane Colasanti, Eliot Schrefer -- basically, an awesome crew. 

May 14, 7pm EST  I hang out with Gayle Forman (whose If I Stay movie comes out this summer!)  talking and taking your questions in a video chat thing. Sign up here and you can also get signed books

If you want signed PERSONALIZED copies of We Were Liars the week it comes out, I have partnered with two great independent booksellers to get those to you.  Order by May 8.  Click here for details. 

 

 


Australian Cover! Chatting with Gayle Forman! Writing on Hands!

Here's the Australian cover for We Were Liars.  Out down under in August from Allen and Unwin. 

We Were Liars

 

And in other news, I have been writing on my hands.  The characters in We Were Liars do that a lot -- mainly mottos and phrases and ideas they like. Here are two.  

WeWereLiarsHandsJustSayNo WeWereLiarsHandsThink

What are your mottos?  I think you should write them on your hands, take a photo, and tag me on Twitter.  Just an idea.

We Were Liars is out in the USA on May 13 and in the UK on May 14. 
US Tour dates are here.  NYC, Rochester, Rheinbeck, Washington DC, Book Expo, various places in MA and CT.  Come see me.  In New York, lots of fun events with other authors.

May 14, 7pm EST  the magic of the internet brings you me and Gayle Forman (whose If I Stay movie comes out this summer!)  talking and taking your questions in a video chat thing. Sign up here and you can also get signed books

If you want signed PERSONALIZED copies of We Were Liars the week it comes out, I have partnered with two great independent booksellers to get those to you.  Order by May 8.  Click here for details. 

That's it for now. 

xoxox
E

 


Various Adventures!

I have been running about doing pre-publication tour stuff for We Were Liars. Here is a fun collection of photos from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which includes loads of your favorite authors and a selfie of me and Rainbow Rowell, with picture book author Tad Hills totally photo-bombing us. 

And here is an article I wrote for the LA Times to publish during the festival. It's about howI came to write for young adults from grad school in Victorian literature.  And they made a fun sketch of me. It's from an old PR photo though. My hair is shorter now. 

 

E. Lockhart


Make a Motto, a Truth, a Lie, a Pin

Look! You can make a pinword re-bloggable thingummy. The We Were Liars site now has an app — you put up a photo, add text, add a Beechwood Island filter and then it is super good-looking and you can blog and reblog and pin and Instagram it. Here is my first one:

 

We-were-liars-submission

 

Ideas: confess your LIES, proclaim your TRUTHS, share your MOTTOS (there are a lot of mottos in the book), pull QUOTES you love, pose IMPORTANT LIFE QUESTIONS.

Go here to make them. 


Tumblr and Hamline and Seattle

Hello from a hotel room. I have been traveling a lot! I love room service! When I get home in a few days I have to start my next YA book. I am frightened. 

Meanwhile, here is a little news!

SEATTLE

Most of my events for We Were Liars (May 13) will be after it publishes, but Seattlites -- a sneak preview plus FUN and EMBARASSING hijinks with other writers.

Feb 27, 2014,  me, Robin Wasserman, Adele Griffin and Sarah Mlynowski will read from our new books and from early and embarassing first attempts at fiction. It's at the downtown Seattle Public Library, 6:30 pm. More details here! 

The four of us are also doing two panels on Saturday the 29th at the AWP Conference,  also in Seattle, so if you're headed to that, come see us. 

HAMLINE

I just got back from spending 11 days teaching at Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children, low-residency program. To put it simply, there are intensive residencies in July and January, and the rest of the time students write like crazy and send in work to their advisors for critique and guidance. The faculty is very thrilling to be around, for me.  

This time, I taught writing workshop with Laura Ruby (Bad Apple, Good Girls, etc) and our guests included: Anita Silvey (who lectured on the history of picture books and middle grade novels),
Jane Yolen (who gave our commencement speech),
Kate DiCamillo (who talked about her process on The Tiger Rising with Jane Resh Thomas),
Geoff Herbach (who talked about his theories of primal emotions and how they drive stories) and
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (who talked about her development process on No Crystal Stair). 

Pretty awesome. Plus our usual faculty who are listed here on the MFAC website.  We spent a lot of time talking about picture books this season, and a lot of time talking about writing cultural difference -- sharing LGBTQ book lists, POC fantasy novel booklists, and more. 

Anyway, the Hamline MFAC now has a Tumblr, which is unofficial but supercalifragilistic. It is run by faculty member and NBA long-lister Anne Ursu, and if you have interest in children's and YA books generally, it's a good one to follow (it's not centered on Hamline stuff, but on stuff we talk about at Hamline, if that makes sense.) Here it is.

TUMBLR and more TUMBLR

So not only do I recommend THAT Tumblr, but I want you to know I got ACTUAL TUMBLR lessons from Rachel Fershleiser, who works there and does all their cool book stuff -- and she explained it all to me!  Though I haven't figured out totally how to work it, I am getting much better and you should come and follow me because I will be there and on Twitter much more than on this blog. 

Also, of course, the We Were Liars Tumblr is dead sexy (made by the folks at Random House) and it has pins and maps and all that juicy stuff connected to the book. 


We Were Liars Tumblr

Just launched: the We Were Liars Tumblr.  #wewereliars

So pretty, right? 
I can gush because Ihad nothing to do with it. The folks at Penguin Random House made it. The only thing I supplied was the book, and they just went to town. 

They made loads of pinnable and rebloggable images with quotes from the book -- which are also fun teasers as to the plot.Which is under wraps. The book comes out in May.

What else is on the Tumblr?

A map of the island --  Beechwood Island -- where most of the story takes place. (Scroll down)

A family tree of the beautiful Sinclair family. (Scroll down further.)

The chance to read the opening chapters. Or read reviews (including fun quotes from Maureen Johnson, John Green, Sarah Dessen, Scott Westerfeld, Shannon Hale, etc, plus loads of your favorite book reviewers and librarians). 

Opportunity to pre-order the book. Or request an ARC while supplies last.

Anyhow, I hope you all will spread the word and follow the Tumblr and repost the pretty pins if you like them. 


The Cover of We Were Liars, May 13, 2013

Hope you had a good Halloween.
I was a monarch butterfly.
Someone stole our pumpkin AND the bowl of candy we left out for neighborhood kids.
I saw a man with a beard dressed as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.
I ate all the Butterfingers nobody else wanted.
Business as usual for All Hallows Eve in NYC. 

Today (Nov 1) was the cover reveal on the Entertainment Weekly website for my upcoming book, WE WERE LIARS.  
It was an exclusive, which means no one was allowed to see the cover until today -- or the juicy John Green quotation at the top of the shiny beautiful jacket.  
Here it is!  
You also get a hint of the plot, which is highly under wraps. 

xoE