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Just a reminder, I'm in Asheville
at Malaprop's tonight at 7 p.m. with Megan Shepherd (The Madman's Daughter), Meagan Spooner (Shadowlark), April Tucholke (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea). I'm sure the store would be glad to get you a signed book, even if you can't make it. Annnd now for all those many hangovers I promised you.
Anne Ursu speaking eloquently about middle grade and getting heavy.
Laurie Anderson on her relationship with Lou Reed in Rolling Stone. See also: Patti Smith in the New Yorker.
Another wonderful column from the divine Lauren Cerand.
The Atlantic talks to several YA authors about how they approach their work. Also at The Atlantic,
Robin Wasserman talks about the impact of Stephen King's work on her.
Mette Harrison with some typically smart observations about writing and publishing.
Why Are Thousands Of People Dreaming About This Man? Two of my favoritest people in the world,
Kelly Link and Meghan McCarron, talking about the Vampire Diaries and narrative.
Eliot Schrefer's fabulous New York Times piece about writing for kids and teens, in case you missed it: "When I turned in my first officially young adult novel, my editor didn’t cut for content. He didn’t strike a single moment of sexual desire or brooding or bad language. What he did was set a pretension barometer twice as strict as adult fiction’s and started deleting every time the arrow ticked over."
Justine Larbalestier talks about romance and YA, including many smart thoughts from some of my favorite adult romance authors. Why
I have to get back to yoga.
Maud Newton's introduction to her conversation with Donna Tartt.
The most important YA posts you'll read this week: Kelly Jensen at Stacked on gender and the New York Times' bestseller list: part one and part two.
Bejeweled skeletons. And, last but never least,
Genevieve Valentine reveals the madcap awesomeness of this year's Miss Universe national costume competition. My kingdom for them to put this back in the televised program.