Gabrielle Zevin has published six novels. Her debut, Margarettown, was a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program. The Hole We’re In was on Entertainment Weekly's Must List and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Every day newspaper articles chronicle families battered by the recession, circling the drain in unemployment and debt or scraping by with minimum-wage jobs. But no novel has truly captured that struggle until now." Publishers Weekly called the novel "a Corrections for our recessionary times."
Of all her books, she is probably best known for the young adult novel Elsewhere. Elsewhere, an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, was nominated for a Quill Award and received the Borders Original Voices Award. The book has been translated into over twenty languages. Of Elsewhere, the New York Times Book Review wrote, “Every so often a book comes along with a premise so fresh and arresting it seems to exist in a category all its own... Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin, is such a book.”
She is the screenwriter of Conversations with Other Women (Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhart) for which she received an Independent Spirit Award Nomination. In 2009, she and director Hans Canosa adapted her novel Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (ALA Best Books for Young Adults) into the Japanese film, Dareka ga Watashi ni Kiss wo Shita. She has also written for the New York Times Book Review and NPR’s All Things Considered. She began her writing career at age fourteen as a music critic for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.
Zevin is a graduate of Harvard University. After many years on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, she recently moved to Silver Lake, Los Angeles.
Find her online at gabriellezevin.com.
Teacup cafe at the Amsterdam airport. I do appreciate a theme restaurant.
Street musician at the Piazza Navona in Rome. I’m on book tour for AJ Fikry in Italy this week. Life is not so bad!
For a nickel at the coffee shop at Page & Palette in Fairhope, Alabama, Sonya & Nancy will give you advice. A nickel seemed reasonable so I paid up & took a card from their deck. I chose “forgiveness.” When I was younger, I definitely held a grudge. I don’t think I have trouble forgiving other people these days, but I can be relentless with myself from time to time.
Bought a few film books at Larry Edmunds Bookshop in Hollywood yesterday, but I did not take home the Barbarella poster.
The world is looking rather comely today.
On the plane, an off duty pilot was intently reading an article entitled “the pilot’s perspective.”
Milwaukee on Monday.
My guy (& our dogs) sent me flowers in Vermont.
(Also, my book made the NY Times Best Sellers List. Adult Hardcover Fiction #15!)
I’ve been on book tour for The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and indeed, I’m still on book tour! Come see me at an event if you have an evening.
Many amazing things have happened to me on this book tour, and when I have a moment to catch my breath, I plan to write about a few of them. I think of the many babies in baskets I have encountered (and the one cat in a basket), the spectacular islands of…
five years old,
he sees more than he knows, but likes the mystery
of fondness, and the nothing in his dream
that might be everything he cannot tell
and might be what it seems: that private game
of making good, and owing no one nothing.
Amazing fungi in San Francisco.
Ferry passes to my event at the gorgeous Book Passage in the Ferry Building
Put a bird on it.