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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.

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Playful Hebrew jackets for All These Things I’ve Done and Because It Is My Blood. They’re quite different from the versions many of my other publishers have released — less emblematic/figurative/symbolic, more representational/literal. (It’s the difference between the Twilight jackets, which are meant to evoke themes, and the Harry Potter jackets, which depict scenes from the books.)
So what do you think of these? And do you prefer your jackets symbolic or representational?
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Playful Hebrew jackets for All These Things I’ve Done and Because It Is My Blood. They’re quite different from the versions many of my other publishers have released — less emblematic/figurative/symbolic, more representational/literal. (It’s the difference between the Twilight jackets, which are meant to evoke themes, and the Harry Potter jackets, which depict scenes from the books.)
So what do you think of these? And do you prefer your jackets symbolic or representational?
Zoom Info

Playful Hebrew jackets for All These Things I’ve Done and Because It Is My Blood. They’re quite different from the versions many of my other publishers have released — less emblematic/figurative/symbolic, more representational/literal. (It’s the difference between the Twilight jackets, which are meant to evoke themes, and the Harry Potter jackets, which depict scenes from the books.)

So what do you think of these? And do you prefer your jackets symbolic or representational?

Anonymous asked:

Is there going to be a third book in the All These Things I've Done series because I need to know How her buissness goes, what scarlet names the baby, if win is still mad at her,when leos wedding is going to be, if noriko learns english, how fats is doing with the buissiness, if theos ok, what natty learns at genius camp, if anya goes to college, and much much more.

I answered:

The third book is called In the Age of Love and Chocolate, and it publishes at the end of October. Every single one of these questions is answered. But the story is really about what happens when someone who has always been incredibly strong finds herself in a position where she has to ask for help. The story is about being mistaken, and how a person can be both super smart and super wrong. The story is about recognizing how much real beauty and sweetness there is in life. The story is about love in its right time, and about the women who want more than love out of life. The story is not a dystopia—my darlings, it never was. 

It’s my favorite of the series, and I think even some of you who didn’t read or like the other two books might enjoy this one. 

P.S. To answer one of your questions… Scarlet’s baby is a boy, and my editor named him. I wanted a name that wasn’t one I would choose myself. He’s called Felix, which means happiness. 

5/85

Forgive me, I wanted to say to him. I knew I would hurt you and I did it anyway. I don’t know why I am the way I am. I don’t know why I do the things I do. Please, don’t give up on me. Love me a little even though I’m flawed. 

Anya Balanchine in Because It Is My Blood

LUCKY SEVEN GIVEAWAY OF BECAUSE IT IS MY BLOOD

BECAUSE IT IS MY BLOOD hits stores this week. The hardcover versions of the series are especially delicious because the books under the jackets look like bars of chocolate. All These Things I’ve Done was a bar of Balanchine Special Dark. Because It Is My Blood is Balanchine Bittersweet. I’m rooting for the third book to be Balanchine White. (White chocolate is not really chocolate, by the way… but it will make sense for the story.) 

I’ve got 7 signed copies for my friends on the internet. I’m talking to You. I’ve just finished writing my seventh book. My last name rhymes with seven and um, seven’s lucky right? Anya’s such an unlucky girl… born under the wrong star and all… We both wouldn’t mind a little luck headed our way.

There are many ways to enter, and I’m guessing you know the drill. Post your favorite quote from one of my books on your blog or facebook or twitter. (You can find many of my book’s quotes here.)  I love fan art like this or this, and I’d be seriously delighted if you made something. Take a picture of one of my books out in the wild. Or you can just tell people about Because It Is My Blood on the social network of your choice. But honestly, anything is fine with me. I just want to know that the books are going to good homes: ie., places where people who really like me will really like the books. NOTE: If you’ve already bought Because It Is My Blood, feel free to enter anyway. You can choose from any of my other books (Elsewhere, Margarettown, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac,  All These Things I’ve Done, The Hole We’re In), which I will happily sign and personalize for you.

If only seven of you enter, seven of you will win. If only five of you enter, two of my imaginary friends are getting copies.

Because many of the readers that write me are not from America and because the series takes place in many different countries, it only seems right that this giveaway be open internationally.

Contest ends October 17, 2012.

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tuesday hijinks, no. 6: brief synopsis of Because It is My Blood, the sequel to All These Things I’ve Done, which comes out September 18, 2012. The story takes place partially in Oaxaca — isn’t Oaxaca pretty?








Because It Is My Blood



Every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in.”- Michael Corleone, The Godfather

Since her release from Liberty Children’s Facility, Anya Balanchine is determined to follow the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her criminal record is making it hard for her to do that. No high school wants her with a gun possession charge on her rap sheet. Plus, all the people in her life have moved on: Natty has skipped two grades at Holy Trinity, Scarlet and Gable seem closer than ever, and even Win is in a new relationship. But when old friends return demanding that certain debts be paid, Anya is thrown right back into the criminal world that she had been determined to escape. It’s a journey that will take her across the ocean and straight into the heart of the birthplace of chocolate where her resolve—and her heart—will be tested as never before.








firsttimeuser:

tismark:
Street Scenes from Oaxaca
We were in Oaxaca about two days, but significant days, Dec 31st and Jan 1st. Pretty much all of my walking around the city photos are from New Year’s Day. I don’t know what the atmosphere of Oaxaca is like any other time of the year but I’m sure it’s a beautiful city no matter what. Looking back at my photos of Mexico, I very nearly booked a flight to see Oaxaca for New Years AGAIN - that would have been two years in a row. I went another direction but I still feel sure I’ll visit Oaxaca again one day.
About: Website / Photography Site / Travels / Twitter
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tuesday hijinks, no. 6: brief synopsis of Because It is My Blood, the sequel to All These Things I’ve Done, which comes out September 18, 2012. The story takes place partially in Oaxaca — isn’t Oaxaca pretty?








Because It Is My Blood



Every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in.”- Michael Corleone, The Godfather

Since her release from Liberty Children’s Facility, Anya Balanchine is determined to follow the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her criminal record is making it hard for her to do that. No high school wants her with a gun possession charge on her rap sheet. Plus, all the people in her life have moved on: Natty has skipped two grades at Holy Trinity, Scarlet and Gable seem closer than ever, and even Win is in a new relationship. But when old friends return demanding that certain debts be paid, Anya is thrown right back into the criminal world that she had been determined to escape. It’s a journey that will take her across the ocean and straight into the heart of the birthplace of chocolate where her resolve—and her heart—will be tested as never before.








firsttimeuser:

tismark:
Street Scenes from Oaxaca
We were in Oaxaca about two days, but significant days, Dec 31st and Jan 1st. Pretty much all of my walking around the city photos are from New Year’s Day. I don’t know what the atmosphere of Oaxaca is like any other time of the year but I’m sure it’s a beautiful city no matter what. Looking back at my photos of Mexico, I very nearly booked a flight to see Oaxaca for New Years AGAIN - that would have been two years in a row. I went another direction but I still feel sure I’ll visit Oaxaca again one day.
About: Website / Photography Site / Travels / Twitter
Zoom Info
tuesday hijinks, no. 6: brief synopsis of Because It is My Blood, the sequel to All These Things I’ve Done, which comes out September 18, 2012. The story takes place partially in Oaxaca — isn’t Oaxaca pretty?








Because It Is My Blood



Every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in.”- Michael Corleone, The Godfather

Since her release from Liberty Children’s Facility, Anya Balanchine is determined to follow the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her criminal record is making it hard for her to do that. No high school wants her with a gun possession charge on her rap sheet. Plus, all the people in her life have moved on: Natty has skipped two grades at Holy Trinity, Scarlet and Gable seem closer than ever, and even Win is in a new relationship. But when old friends return demanding that certain debts be paid, Anya is thrown right back into the criminal world that she had been determined to escape. It’s a journey that will take her across the ocean and straight into the heart of the birthplace of chocolate where her resolve—and her heart—will be tested as never before.








firsttimeuser:

tismark:
Street Scenes from Oaxaca
We were in Oaxaca about two days, but significant days, Dec 31st and Jan 1st. Pretty much all of my walking around the city photos are from New Year’s Day. I don’t know what the atmosphere of Oaxaca is like any other time of the year but I’m sure it’s a beautiful city no matter what. Looking back at my photos of Mexico, I very nearly booked a flight to see Oaxaca for New Years AGAIN - that would have been two years in a row. I went another direction but I still feel sure I’ll visit Oaxaca again one day.
About: Website / Photography Site / Travels / Twitter
Zoom Info
tuesday hijinks, no. 6: brief synopsis of Because It is My Blood, the sequel to All These Things I’ve Done, which comes out September 18, 2012. The story takes place partially in Oaxaca — isn’t Oaxaca pretty?








Because It Is My Blood



Every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in.”- Michael Corleone, The Godfather

Since her release from Liberty Children’s Facility, Anya Balanchine is determined to follow the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her criminal record is making it hard for her to do that. No high school wants her with a gun possession charge on her rap sheet. Plus, all the people in her life have moved on: Natty has skipped two grades at Holy Trinity, Scarlet and Gable seem closer than ever, and even Win is in a new relationship. But when old friends return demanding that certain debts be paid, Anya is thrown right back into the criminal world that she had been determined to escape. It’s a journey that will take her across the ocean and straight into the heart of the birthplace of chocolate where her resolve—and her heart—will be tested as never before.








firsttimeuser:

tismark:
Street Scenes from Oaxaca
We were in Oaxaca about two days, but significant days, Dec 31st and Jan 1st. Pretty much all of my walking around the city photos are from New Year’s Day. I don’t know what the atmosphere of Oaxaca is like any other time of the year but I’m sure it’s a beautiful city no matter what. Looking back at my photos of Mexico, I very nearly booked a flight to see Oaxaca for New Years AGAIN - that would have been two years in a row. I went another direction but I still feel sure I’ll visit Oaxaca again one day.
About: Website / Photography Site / Travels / Twitter
Zoom Info

tuesday hijinks, no. 6: brief synopsis of Because It is My Blood, the sequel to All These Things I’ve Done, which comes out September 18, 2012. The story takes place partially in Oaxaca — isn’t Oaxaca pretty?

Because It Is My Blood

Every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in.”- Michael Corleone, The Godfather

Since her release from Liberty Children’s Facility, Anya Balanchine is determined to follow the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her criminal record is making it hard for her to do that. No high school wants her with a gun possession charge on her rap sheet. Plus, all the people in her life have moved on: Natty has skipped two grades at Holy Trinity, Scarlet and Gable seem closer than ever, and even Win is in a new relationship. But when old friends return demanding that certain debts be paid, Anya is thrown right back into the criminal world that she had been determined to escape. It’s a journey that will take her across the ocean and straight into the heart of the birthplace of chocolate where her resolve—and her heart—will be tested as never before.

firsttimeuser:

tismark:

Street Scenes from Oaxaca

We were in Oaxaca about two days, but significant days, Dec 31st and Jan 1st. Pretty much all of my walking around the city photos are from New Year’s Day. I don’t know what the atmosphere of Oaxaca is like any other time of the year but I’m sure it’s a beautiful city no matter what. Looking back at my photos of Mexico, I very nearly booked a flight to see Oaxaca for New Years AGAIN - that would have been two years in a row. I went another direction but I still feel sure I’ll visit Oaxaca again one day.

About: Website / Photography Site / Travels / Twitter

(Source: tismark)

thursday chocolate, no. 8: this one’s about coffee, which frequent readers of my various ramblings will know I prefer to chocolate anyway. According to this piece on NPR, Sultan Murad IV, a ruler of the Ottoman Empire, used to decapitate people for drinking coffee!

Other interesting bits:

"If you look at the rhetoric about drugs that we’re dealing with now — like, say, crack — it’s very similar to what was said about coffee," Stewart Allen, author of The Devil’s Cup: Coffee, the Driving Force in History, tells The SaltIn Murad’s Istanbul, religious leaders preached on street corners that coffee would inspire indecent behavior. As the bean moved west into Europe, physicians rallied against it, claiming that coffee would “dry up the cerebrospinal fluid” and cause paralysis.

But apparently the motivation was really political:

Monarchs and tyrants publicly argued that coffee was poison for the bodies and souls of their subjects, but Mark Pendergrast — author of Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World — says their real concern was political. 

 "Coffee has a tendency to loosen people’s imaginations … and mouths," he tells The Salt.

And inventive, chatty citizens scare dictators.

According to one story, an Ottoman Grand Vizier secretly visited a coffeehouse in Istanbul.

"He observed that the people drinking alcohol would just get drunk and sing and be jolly, whereas the people drinking coffee remained sober and plotted against the government," says Allen.

British anti-coffee manifesto from the 17th century:


npr:

Drink Coffee? Off With Your Head!

Most folks who resolved to cut down on coffee this year are driven by the simple desire for self-improvement.

But for coffee drinkers in 17th-century Turkey, there was a much more concrete motivating force: a big guy with a sword.

Sultan Murad IV, a ruler of the Ottoman Empire, would not have been a fan of Starbucks. Under his rule, the consumption of coffee was a capital offense.

The sultan was so intent on eradicating coffee that he would disguise himself as a commoner and stalk the streets of Istanbul with a hundred-pound broadsword. Unfortunate coffee drinkers were decapitated as they sipped.

Murad IV’s successor was more lenient. The punishment for a first offense was a light cudgeling. Caught with coffee a second time, the perpetrator was sewn into a leather bag and tossed in the river.

But people still drank coffee. Even with the sultan at the front door with a sword and the executioner at the back door with a sewing kit, they still wanted their daily cup of joe. And that’s the history of coffee in a bean skin: Old habits die hard. —Adam Cole

Tuesday Hijinks, No. 4:  An interview with me about the paperback version of All These Things I’ve Done and title reveal for the second book.

Something I wanted to put in the interview but didn’t. All the titles of the books in the series add up to form a synopsis of the series. At this point, you have half the sentence: All these things I’ve done because it is my blood… etc. 

P.S. The jacket on my tumblr is - I believe - the final version; it’s a little bit different than the one on BookPage.

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