Chicago: ALA, LibraryCon & Follett Reading Con & Anderson's!

I'll be in Chicago in June for three conferences and a public event. Come and see me! 

Thursday June 22


11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Program: Putting More Story into Your Problems: Using Children’s Books to Teach Math (Emily Jenkins)

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.     Book Signing, both Jenkins & Lockhart books

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.     Program: How to FAIL at Writing, in conversation with educators and author Laurel Snyder


7:00 p.m.                    Anderson’s Bookshop LaGrange Store  26 S. La Grange Rd | La Grange, IL 60525
                                     In-Store YA Panel featuring E. Lockhart (We Were Liars Deluxe Edition), Julie Eshbaugh (Ivory and Bone), Adi Alsaid (North of Happy),  Maurene Goo (I Believe in a Thing Called Love), Neal Shusterman (Hawking’s Hallway)


Friday, June 23rd


12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  ALA Con Panel: I’ll Take Audiobooks for $400, Please!: an Audience
                                    vs. Author Game Show
                                    Location: McCormick Place West | Room #W183C 

Note: a signing will follow the panel

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.    Signing E. Lockhart books at Booth #2218

Printz Awards                              

Macmillan Children’s Dessert Party


Saturday, June 24th


 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   Signing with Candlewick, Booth #2820  ARCs of new book: Brave Red, Smart Frog

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Teen Lunch. Book: Genuine Fraud

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Signing with Scholastic Book Fairs, Booth # 2911  Book:  Upside-down Magic

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.    Signing with Random House Children’s Books, Booth #3711  ARCs of new book: Genuine Fraud

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.    ALA PopTop Stage: The Future of YA: A Debut Author Panel, Moderated by E. Lockhart

Sunday, June 25th:


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. RHCB Original Art Picture Book Illustrator Brunch featuring Chris Appelhans (A Greyhound, A Groundhog), Stephanie Graegin (Little Fox in the Forest), Lisa Mundorff (A Small Blue Whale), and Sarah Williamson (Where Are You?)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.    Signing Greyhound with Chris Appelhans at Random House Children’s Books, Booth #3711

Book Expo and Book Con 2017

Book Expo:
Thursday, 2:30 pm signing Genuine Fraud ARCs at the Penguin Random House booth. First 50 people in line get a GF "quote pouch" aka a makeup bag.
Thursday AM, Candlewick booth -- I won't be there, but they're doing a giveaway of my fairy tale book, Brave Red, Smart Frog.  Published under Emily Jenkins. 
Book Con:
Sunday, 11 am - 12 pm signing Genuine Fraud ARCs at the Penguin Random House booth. First 50 people in line get a GF "quote pouch" aka a makeup bag. Also finished books for sale, through Word bookstore.
Sunday, 12:30 - 1:30 Panel "Write Here, Write Now" with Leigh Bardugo Jennifer Smith & Adam Silvera.
Sunday, 1:45-2:45 Autograph area, signing finished books for sale, through The Strand bookstore.
Sunday, 3:30 4:30 VIP lounge area signing, We Were Liars Deluxe Edition
Come say hi!

Tucson Book Fest and First Year Experience Conference Presentation


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. 

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. 



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!




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.

 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.


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. 



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!


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. 


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.


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.