Monday, April 19, 2010

Meet Karen Cushman and step inside the world of ALCHEMY AND MEGGY SWANN

Next week is sort of a huge one in publishing, people. HUGE. Like a minivan in a parking lot full of Matchbox cars.

That's because April 26 marks the official release date of Karen Cushman's latest, ALCHEMY AND MEGGY SWANN (Clarion), about a girl, her goose, and their magical transformation in a gritty London world.

Karen is one of the Truly Great Figures in children's literature, with a Newbery Award and a Newbery Honor to her name.

She also happens to be one of the warmest, most generous authors I've met. Seriously. I love her.

On May 11, she's headlining at our final Professional Series meeting of the year, telling us how she finally came to write after years of talking about it a speech titled IN DREAMS BEGIN RESPONSIBILITIES.

We're incredibly lucky to have her, and so that you can be ready to get the most out of the evening, we put together a blog book tour.

Whether you write middle grade, historical fiction, nonfiction or just love to read, you'll learn a lot from the answers Karen shared with our team.

Kim Baker, our assistant regional adviser, writes about middle-grade fiction at Wagging Tales. She first met Karen last summer, and asked her some questions about her writing process. Read up on them here.

Laurie Thompson, our co-regional adviser, has a blog about nonfiction--something that overlaps plenty with the historical fiction Karen writes so beautifully. Read it here.

Kirby Larson, a colleague and Newbery honor winner, has both a review of the book AND an interview AND she is giving away an ARC to the person who invents the best Meggy Swann-style curse. Here's her review. And here's her interview.

Emilie Bishop--who contributes to the historical fiction blog Damsels in Regress--has a great interview tailored to people working in that genre. Here's a question I loved:
2.  What was your favorite period word or phrase that you got to include in the book?
I pick gallimaufry though beslubbered, dampnified, and gorbellied come close.
You can read the whole thing here.

And finally, Allie Costa, a California gal who writes the popular book-review blog Slayground, has an interview with Karen about all of her books. You'll find that one here, along with a hilarious anecdote about bosoms and school uniforms. (You'll probably also get ideas for what you want to read next, both from Karen, and from the publishing world at large).

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