March 9th, 2015

AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES cover!

A lot of things have finalized as AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES trucks along to its publication date (last week of September in Canada! October 6 everywhere else!). So I’m really pleased this morning to be able to show you not just the front cover for AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES:

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–but also the absolutely gorgeous full jacket:

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Basically it is beautiful, that bird has no head, its headlessness is great, I have no idea how it caws, and I’m excited.

November 6th, 2014

Release date, title changes, and Roadstead Farm

So I did say, at one point, that I’d pass it on when I had more news on a street date for On Roadstead Farm. Well, I have more than that.

We always sort of knew On Roadstead Farm was a title that wouldn’t see print: It gives a little too much of the wrong impression about what this book is. So after a lot of serious and dedicated work here, at Clarion Books, and at Scholastic Canada, I give you the following:

My second novel’s official title will be An Inheritance of Ashes, and it’ll hit shelves in Fall 2015.

Booyah.

June 26th, 2013

Readercon schedule!

As promised in my last post!

Readercon (aka, Most Wonderful Time of the Year) goes down in a few weeks in Burlington, MA.  Behold the schedule!

Thursday, July 11

9:00 PM    F    Apocalypse Then. Leah Bobet, Maureen F. McHugh, James Morrow, Romie Stott (moderator), Sabrina Vourvoulias. In a 2012 interview published in the Boston Review, Junot Díaz told Paula Moya, “I always say if people [in the Dominican Republic] know about anything they know about the end of the world. We are after all the eschaton that divided the Old World from the New.” In this sense many worlds have ended, with a bang or a whimper. What can authors of post-apocalyptic stories learn from past apocalypses like the 1994 Rwandan genocide or the fall of Imperial Rome, and why are there so few works that present real-world events in this light?

Friday, July 12

1:00 PM    F    The Silent History: A Killer Serial. Leah Bobet, Samantha Henderson, Maureen F. McHugh, David G. Shaw (leader), Graham Sleight. The Silent History (http://www.thesilenthistory.com) bills itself as “a new kind of novel,” a serialized story told in weekday installments over the course of six months. In addition to the daily first-person narratives there are also “field reports,” reader-created first-person accounts in the story’s universe that are tied to specific locations. Rather than distract, these elements immerse the reader in the world of the story. How can non-standard narrative structure, serialization, geolocation, and audience participation serve as a blueprint for future novels?
4:00 PM    E    Autographs. Leah Bobet, Howard Waldrop.

 

Saturday, July 13

1:00 PM    G    Authorial Metanarrative. Leah Bobet (leader), Lila Garrott, Theodora Goss, Glenn Grant, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Sonya Taaffe. A number of authors build in subtle links between otherwise unconnected works. A link may not be something as literal as a common character or name; perhaps, instead, there’s a repeated trope or event. Leah Bobet, discussing Patricia A. McKillip’s works in a 2011 blog post, described this as writing “epic poetry, and the whole of [McKillip's] output is the poem.” How do such links affect a reader’s interpretation of or approach to a body of work, and what motivates authors to link their works together?

Suggested by Leah Bobet.

3:00 PM    NH    Mythic Poetry Group Reading. Mike Allen, Leah Bobet, C.S.E. Cooney, Gemma Files, Gwynne Garfinkle, Andrea Hairston, Samantha Henderson, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Rose Lemberg, Shira Lipkin, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Dominik Parisien, Caitlyn Paxson, Julia Rios, Romie Stott, Sonya Taaffe, JoSelle Vanderhooft. Over the past decade, speculative poetry has increasingly turned toward the mythic in subject matter, with venues such as Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit, Mythic Delirium, Stone Telling, Cabinet des Fées, Jabberwocky, and the now-defunct Journal of the Mythic Arts showcasing a new generation of poets who’ve redefined what this type of writing can do. This reading will feature new and classic works from speculative poetry’s trend-setters.

9:00 PM    NH    Reading: Leah Bobet. Leah Bobet. Leah Bobet reads from a work to be determined.

So this basically looks to be awesome, and I have more than a little prep to do before the weekend itself hits (ie, what I’m reading, which may be from On Roadstead Farm.)

Do I see you there?

June 12th, 2013

I wrote the last words on ON ROADSTEAD FARM yesterday morning.

It feels good.  Here, look:

Finish pic!

 

I will be spending the next little while cleaning my Deadline House (TM) and seeing some concerts and otherwise doing things that aren’t writing books.

April 3rd, 2013

And finally, some news you’ve (okay, I’VE) been waiting for…

It’s in Publishers Marketplace, and that makes it true, so:

My second young adult novel, On Roadstead Farm, will be published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, with editor Anne Hoppe, who’s also edited Melissa Marr, Merrie Haskell, Garth Nix, and Terry Pratchett (!).

What is this book even about?  Have some unofficial cover copy I just wrote up right now!

Hallie Hoffmann has spent her sixteenth summer trying desperately to keep her family farm together.  Her sister, Marthe, is pregnant, and her brother-in-law Thomas marched in the spring to war against the Wicked God Southward–a war which ended at midsummer when a normal man turned hero, the mysterious John Balsam, cut out the Wicked God’s heart and disappeared.

The trouble is, so has Thom.

When a mysterious war veteran from the north asks to hire on for the winter, Hallie sees her chance to keep Roadstead Farm alive–and to apologize to her sister for a summer of fighting by protecting their home.  But the Wicked God’s twisted creations aren’t far behind: monstrous animals whose touch sucks the life from flesh, trees, or stone.  Because the kindly Heron has the one thing everyone in the world wants: The knife that somehow killed a God.

And all hell is coming after him.

So basically it’s a post-epic fantasy, post-apocalyptic, literary dustbowl novel with bonus! Creepy Spider-birds and dealing with people’s war PTSD and a good helping of kissing.  Like you do.

Street date when I have one.  :)

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