gabrielle zevin



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.

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Friday Nonsense No. 11: A Brief and By No Means Comprehensive List of Gabrielle’s Flaws

(in alphabetical order)


Bad social networker (irrational dislike of Facebook)/ bad self-promoter

Commits to things then immediately regrets committing to things

Devotes time to thinking of people who I’m quite sure rarely think of me

Easily flattered



General snobbishness

Holds grudges

Inability to orally synopsize my books when asked

Imagines insults that may or may not have been intended/given


Inconsistent e-mailer

Lacks sufficient gratitude

Looks in mirror more than is necessary

Natural facial expression is, or so I’ve been told, hostile


Occasional bouts of excessive self-googling

Occasionally begrudges other’s successes

Occasionally spiteful

Over-thinks everything 

Pathological avoidance of telephone calls & candid photographs

Slow suitcase packer

Sharper tongued than I mean to be 

Suspicious of newfangled things to a fault

Swears a lot

Tendency to imagine that somewhere, everyone else is having a better time than me

Tendency to imagine the worst case scenario all the time

Tendency to turn small problems into large ones

Very small toenail on my baby toe


(Last weekend at the Printers Row Book Festival in Chicago, the marvelous Julie Anne Peters asked me what my flaws were. I believe I failed to answer sufficiently.)

(This could just as well be classified under Wednesday Narcissism, of course.)

friday nonsense, no. 10: my parents’ pre-oscar dinner menu with puns. Having seen The Help, I’m a bit worried about the dessert. Mom and Dad have been making awesomely bad food puns for years.

Hello Fellow Cinemaphiles,


Please join us for Pre-Oscar Dinner on Friday, February 25th.

Nominations are:



Eggstremely good and incredible caviar



Scallops are better than War Horse meat


Side Dish:

The Descendants ate pineapple and rice



Just say no to The Help’s Pie


Please let The punny Artist know whether the envelope will say “yes, we’re coming, but no more bad puns please” or “no way”


Mom and Dad

Friday Nonsense #2: Who votes for me to go see Breaking Dawn this weekend?

Also, you guys should check out Andrew Futral’s tracks, yo. Tell your friends.





I died when I saw this. I DIED.

I STILL can’t get over this!

I need to put this is an amazing location in my home.




Weekend at Bernie’s

Created and submitted by Edgar Ascensão

Really captures the existential dilemma of this classic cinema antihero. What is it to be alive? In what ways are we all Bernie — i.e. going through the motions of life, puppeted by some force greater than ourselves?

On a semi-related note, it is annoying that Netflix has Weekend at Bernie’s 2 for streaming but not the original.

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