Again Again is in stores now.
In this novel full of surprises from the New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud, E. Lockhart ups the ante with an inventive and romantic story about human connection, forgiveness, self-discovery, and possibility.
“Her prose and storytelling ability are unparalleled in YA…. I want to read every story she decides to tell.” —BookPage
Again Again is in stores now.
Teachers and Librarians:
I am giving away lots of Upside-Down Magic books. I want them to go to YOU, to share with your students. Maybe they will go in a classroom library, once you have kids at school again. Maybe they will go in a school giveaway for back-to-school reading when classes are being held remotely in the fall. Maybe you'll send them to individual kids. Maybe they can be part of a summer reading program in some way -- a prize or whatever you think best. Maybe they'll live in the school library.
In any case, the Disney Channel movie of Upside-Down Magic comes out July 31 on the channel (and will air repeatedly) and will be available for streaming August 1. You can get your students psyched about it with the trailer, here. But y'know, Disney is going to do a bang-up job of that all by themselves. The can get the jump on the movie by reading the books first -- or dive in after watching!
Here's what to do: send an email to my office at MsELockhart at gmail.com. Please put UDM GIVEAWAY in the title. In the email, please give me your name and mailing address, and tell me your job title and the school where you work.
I'll send you books! First come, first serve, until I run out. USA only. I'll send at least two books to every person I mail to. They might be hardcover or paperback. A lucky few will get the new box set. Some packages will include book 7, HIDE AND SEEK, which just came out July 7, 2020. Other packages will have older books. Everything signed by me -- though sadly not by my co-authors, Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle.
I can't wait to share these stories with your students, so hit me up!
And if your library goes up through middle- or high-school, let me know and I'll pop a YA surprise in there for good measure.
Upside-Down Magic is a middle-grade series I co-write with Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski. Here is the trailer for the Disney Channel movie based on our books! It launches on the Channel July 31, 2020, and will be available on demand right after that.
March 14, 2020
The LES Girls Club is stunning — a huge new facility that offers art and career training, after school classes, physical education, roof garden activities, science lab, college application help, social work, travel opportunities, and more for the girls and young women in the community over on Avenue D in New York City.
You, my friends, sent them well over 300 books for the literacy program in 2018. But it's 2020. And most of those books went home with girls who didn't have very many of their own books to keep.
As of March 13, 2020, the new group of girls in the literacy program (and in the club, generally) NEED BOOKS. NYC public libraries are closed at present.
I put together an Amazon wish list. It's newly updated (March 2020) and includes requests from the girls and from the director of the program, recent bestsellers, titles from Marly Diaz's amazing list, books from the Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers lists, books from other reluctant reader lists, and more. It's super easy to buy the girls a book. Or ten! The address is on the top of the list, and SHOULD fill in automatically when you buy books -- but if it doesn't, you can see it there.
Thank you so much for helping create a book-rich environment for this community of amazing young women and the facility that cares so much about them. Click here to send books.
Hi! I invite you to come hang out on Instagram, where I'm spending more time nowadays. I'm trying to make the party over there good fun. It's there and on Twitter that I do giveaways, give sneak peeks of upcoming titles, and share all my news.
The blog is still good for tour dates and stuff of that nature.
I'm traveling in the UK and Ireland! It's officially for the UK paperback of Genuine Fraud. I'm talking with some great authors: Holly Bourne, Will Hill, SK Wright, Emily Barr. I'll be at DeptCon and Killer Women -- and I'm teaching a workshop at the Southbank Centre on finding your voice as a writer.
Come see me! Tickets are free,, mostly, but you should get them ahead of time.
Saturday 13th October, Deptcon4, In convo with Holly Bourne, Pavilion Theatre, Dublin
Teachers and Librarians:
It's a YA back-to-school book giveaway. My shelves are bursting, and if you're a high-school or middle-school librarian or teacher in the USA, and you want these books for your classroom or school library, I want to give my books to you! It's first-come, first-serve, till my shelves are empty.
WHAT YOU GET IN A PACKAGE:
Genuine Fraud -- signed. Could be an ARC (advanced reading copy), a UK paperback, a UK hardcover, or a USA hardcover
We Were Liars -- signed. Probably a USA paperback, but maybe UK hardcover, paperback, or special edition.
bookmarks -- a small stack of bookmarks for your students.
HOW TO REQUEST:
Send an email to MsELockhart @ gmail.com with the subject line BOOK GIVEAWAY. In the body of the email, just say your job title and the school at which you teach. Then include your mailing address! That's it.
If you have students who speak a foreign language, go ahead and indicate that. I have a limited supply of foreign editions and if I have your language, I'll send you additional copies in that language.
I'll reply to your emails within a week and will let you know if a package is coming your way. Thanks for everything you do bringing books to your students.
PS: It's kinda fun to see the different covers. That's the UK paperback on the left, the US hardcover on the right.
I'm on episode 80 of the podcast So Many Damn Books. It’s a great podcast; I liked the Megan Abbot and Francine Prose episodes, especially. Anyway, here’s a photo of the cocktail the hosts made for me, plus the novel we discussed.
Get Underlined made a fun quiz: "Are you genuine? Or a fraud?"
Genuine Fraud is in stores, now. Order it here.
The We Were Liars paperback edition is also out -- and it has all kinds of goodies in the back, including new love letters.
A promo image for Genuine Fraud, quote from the novel, photograph by Heather Weston. The book publishes globally on Sept 5, 2017. Feel free to capture and share.
Pre-order link: http://bit.ly/2iPp4Iq
Bustle has a preview of Genuine Fraud - -a fresh excerpt full of extortion and violence. Book comes out Sept 5, 2017.
It’s #VoterRegistrationDay in the US, and today the YA community partners with Rock the Vote to launch a week or more of #firstvote16 videos. Keep your eyes peeled. Big names coming up!
Please share the love and register to vote.
Make your own video about your first time! Just tag two friends, link to rtvote.com/firstvote16 and use #firstvote16. XOXOXO
To register to vote (it takes two minutes!) and to learn more about absentee voting, how to vote in your state and more, visit: http://www.rtvote.com/firstvote16.
love and political empowerment,
tagging: Printz-winner John Corey Whaley, Broadway radio host and YA novelist Seth Rudetsky and Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan YA novelists and the wits behind Go Fug Yourself.
Zoella Book Club! She (Zoella) picked eight books and I have read a bunch of them and they all look great -- Rainbow Rowell! Nicola Yoon! Jennifer Niven! And lots of others. Plus I wrote one of them: We Were Liars.
The club is sponsored by W.H. Smith, in the UK, but the exclusive content is available for everyone to see. The main club page is here -- with links to videos, playlists, interviews and exclusive outtakes, plus sample chapters of all the books.
And here's the video where she talks about all the books -- great if you're trying to decide what to read this summmer.
We Were Liars and lots more, in Zoella's book club.
This picture makes me smile. As an author, I get a ton of free YA and MG books -- and I buy a ton, too. My writer friends are overstocked as well, so we give them to the Lower East Side Girls Club, which is an incredible, amazing organization.
Here I am with some of the younger Girls Club members on the day of delivery. Those boxes are less than half of what I was able to collect from Libba Bray and Barry Goldblatt, Alex London, Daniel Ehrenhaft and Soho Teen, David Levithan, Robin Wasserman and Gayle Forman.
If you're invested in creating opportunities lives of girls and young women, check out and donate to the LES Girls Club. They offer after-school classes in science, dance and yoga, sewing and fabric arts, visual arts, entrepreneurial projects, cooking, and a ton more. They have free books to take home in the lobby. They have a planetarium! And a green roof! Plus a counselor, college application help and more.
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.
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.
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 -
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
Wednesday 3rd December
Thursday 4th December
Admission can be booked via Easons on 01-8583815
Friday 5th December
We hope we’ll see you there!
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.
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
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'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.