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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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talkingjustttobreathe asked:

I love you. Any advice for someone writing three books at the same time in their head, one half-typed up on a computer, the other just beginning in a notebook, and the last one a plan ages ago with half the details forgotten? And again, I love you.

I answered:

Saturday Wisdom, No. 4: Have you ever noticed that debut novelists seem to have the most advice about novel writing? I was like that once. The more books I’ve written, the less advice I have to give. Each time out has been a unique — and usually, uniquely painful — experience for me. After six books, what I know — what I know for certain — is how little I know about writing, about readers, about the vagaries of the publishing process. So, that is to say, you probably ought to ignore my advice and keep your own counsel. And yet, my deeply flawed opinion is that it is beyond difficult to write more than one book at a time, to be the servant of two masters. You at some point have to choose one idea and pour all of yourself into it. You have to be all in. The question of how to choose is an entirely different matter of course.

P.S. I thank you for the love. 

The lie, of course, is more interesting.

John Irving (via theparisreview)

Saturday Wisdom #3: a rich interview with John Irving. I liked this part:

Titles are important; I have them before I have books that belong to them. I have last chapters in my mind before I see first chapters, too. I usually begin with endings, with a sense of aftermath, of dust settling, of epilogue. I love plot, and how can you plot a novel if you don’t know the ending first? How do you know how to introduce a character if you don’t know how he ends up? You might say I back into a novel.

Saturday Wisdom #2:

You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.

Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum 

More writing advice that is not, strictly speaking, writing advice from the best student in section, and a very delightful tattoo — also not, strictly speaking, writing advice, but take it that way if you wish — from one of the most entertaining ladies on tumblr: 

rkb:

Will get a better photo later sans shadow. By Ryan at Sanctuary Tattoo, Portland, Maine. Very happy with it, arm hurts. Also, just got carded buying WATER at a tobacco store that I thought was a convenience store. You have to be 18 just to be in the store!

Saturday Wisdom: My favorite writing quote is by Samuel Beckett though it is not technically a quote about writing.The quote is from a prose piece called Worstward Ho: Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Rarely a day goes by when I have not thought of that quote upon sitting down at my desk to write. 

tatteredcover:

libraryland:

Samuel Beckett by graffiti by artist Alex Martinez, Notting Hill, England. (via server pics

Beckett was an Irish poet, playwright and novelist (1906-1989), whose works endure today.

There’s an obituary for literary agent Owen Laster in today’s New York Times. He wasn’t ever my agent - he was Judy Blume’s and Gore Vidal’s - but my first literary agent, Jonathan Pecarsky, was Owen Laster’s last assistant. Anyhow, I liked this quote:

Mr. Laster…came up with a simple explanation for his career in his 1986 interview with The Times. “I like to read,” he said. “I like books, and I like writers.”

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