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Live Chat, TODAY, 4 to 5 p.m. EDT

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

This live chat has now ended. Replay it, below, to get to know author Tom Sweterltisch and his first novel, Tomorrow and Tomorrow, coming in July (digital review copies available on NetGalley and Edelweiss), which Stewart O’Nan calls, “rich, absorbing, relentlessly inventive.”

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 Live Chat with Thomas Sweterlitsch, TOMORROW AND TOMORROW(05/07/2014) 
3:45
Nora - EarlyWord: 
We will begin our live online chat with Thomas Sweterlitsch, author of TOMORROW AND TOMORROW in about 15 minutes
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:45 Nora - EarlyWord
3:46
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Here’s the cover of the book…
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:46 Nora - EarlyWord
3:46
Nora - EarlyWord
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:46 
3:47
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Below is a special video message that Thomas recorded for Penguin First Flight members:
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:47 Nora - EarlyWord
3:47
Nora - EarlyWordNora - EarlyWord
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:47 
3:49
Nora - EarlyWord: 
A blurb from Stewart O’Nan:

Simultaneously trippy and hardboiled, Tomorrow and Tomorrow is a rich, absorbing, relentlessly inventive mindfuck, a smart, dark noir... Sweterlisch's debut is a wild mashup of Raymond Chandler, Philip K. Dick and William S. Burroughs, and, like their work, utterly visionary."--Stewart O'Nan author of "The Odds"
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:49 Nora - EarlyWord
3:58
Nora - EarlyWord: 
We’re glad to see so many chat participants gathering. You can send your questions through at any time. They'll go into a queue, and we'll submit as many of them as we can to Thomas before the end of the chat. Don’t worry about typos – and please ignore any that we commit!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:58 Nora - EarlyWord
3:58
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I see that Thomas has joined us -- welcome!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:58 Nora - EarlyWord
3:58
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Hello!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:58 Thomas Sweterlitsch
3:59
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
And feel free to call me Tom!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:59 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:00
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Say hi again, Thomas!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:00 Nora - EarlyWord
4:01
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Hello!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:01 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:01
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
My avatar looks like I'm standing in a wheat field, even though it's really just a shrub in my side yard...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:01 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:02
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Also, feel free to call me Tom!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:02 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:03
Nora - EarlyWord: 
There you are! I wanted to see your photo so I could note you look a bit different than you do in the video.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:03 Nora - EarlyWord
4:03
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Ah, you must mean the beard. Yep, it comes and goes. For the record--I'm fully bearded right now (hockey playoff season).
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:03 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:05
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Those of you out there, please say hi to Tom!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:05 Nora - EarlyWord
4:06
[Comment From Ref. LibrarianRef. Librarian: ] 
Hey, Tom -- loved the book!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:06 Ref. Librarian
4:06
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Happy Wednesday Tom.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:06 Guest
4:06
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Thanks!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:06 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:06
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
And a happy Wednesday to you, too!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:06 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:06
[Comment From PDPD: ] 
Hi Tom! Great book!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:06 PD
4:06
[Comment From Kids LibrarianKids Librarian: ] 
Hope you've got Spring there, Tom!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:06 Kids Librarian
4:07
[Comment From LucyLucy: ] 
HI to Tom from the Midwest and personally I like the beard. :-)
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:07 Lucy
4:07
[Comment From Sue DSue D: ] 
Good afternoon from St. Charles, Mo
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:07 Sue D
4:07
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Thanks, PD!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:07 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:07
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Yes, Kids Librarian, it is full-on Spring here in Pittsburgh. Started out with a massive thunderstorm but not the sun's shining. Perfect weather.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:07 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:07
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
All right, Lucy!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:07 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:08
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Tell us about the cover – it doesn’t look very science fiction-y. Was the intentional?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:08 Nora - EarlyWord
4:09
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Good question, Nora. That's right--I think the flipped bottom Tomorrow is meant to convey a sort of feeling that there might be a mind-bending mystery at play...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:09 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:10
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
But at the same time, I know Putnam is interested in promoting this book as a mystery/thriller and a "literary" novel as much as a sci-fi book, so they probably stopped short of being "too sci fi"...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:10 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:10
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
I love the cover quite a bit--I like that they used the skyline of Pittsburgh, though a few astute friends noticed that the picture itself is reversed!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:10 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:11
Nora - EarlyWord: 
For those that spot the flipped skyline, that could also read as mind-bending.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:11 Nora - EarlyWord
4:11
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Haha, that's right! All part of the plan.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:11 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:11
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I'm amused by how different the British cover is.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:11 Nora - EarlyWord
4:12
Nora - EarlyWord
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:12 
4:12
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Looks almost like a spy novel!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:12 Nora - EarlyWord
4:12
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Yes, very different. I think the American cover focuses on the "post apocalyptic" moments of the book; the British cover seems to focus on the "man in danger" aspect.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:12 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:13
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Every time I see that British cover I try to place who that guy is.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:13 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:13
[Comment From LauraLaura: ] 
The British cover reminded me of the "Taken" movie posters with Liam Neeson on them.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:13 Laura
4:13
[Comment From LucyLucy: ] 
Perhaps the Brit cover was trying to present/focus on a noir aspect?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:13 Lucy
4:14
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Laura, oh yeah! I definitely see that!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:14 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:14
Nora - EarlyWord: 
This is your first book, but not your first published work, right?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:14 Nora - EarlyWord
4:14
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
I think you're right, Lucy. Definitely reads more "thriller."
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:14 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:14
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
First book, yes. I've published a few short stories, all science fiction, on-line.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:14 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:15
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Did you set out to write science fiction, or did that evolve from the story you wanted to tell?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:15 Nora - EarlyWord
4:15
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
I think genre should evolve from story--but it just so happens that all the good stories I come up with are science fiction!...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:15 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:16
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
So, yes--all my ideas for future projects have a sci-fi element to them.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:16 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:17
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Does all of this talk about genres really matter?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:17 Nora - EarlyWord
4:18
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
"Genre" is a strange thing--especially right now. The only time I get frustrated by the genre question is when some people rank certain genres lower in importance than others.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:18 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:18
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
We're living in a moment when "high-art" and "low-art" are mashed together--maybe really starting with Warhol, but also in things like "Superflat" art/Murakami. It's an exciting time to write "genre."
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:18 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:19
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Ah, and then there's the favorite back-handed compliment -- "rises above genre"!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:19 Nora - EarlyWord
4:20
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
That's right!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:20 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:20
[Comment From Kids LibrarianKids Librarian: ] 
Have you ever thought about writing a YA book?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:20 Kids Librarian
4:21
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Thanks for the question, Kids Librarian! I've had an idea kicking around in my head about the Homestead Steel Mill Strike that I think could make a good YA book; but honestly, my writing tends to be fairly "R" rated, so I'll probably just stick with adult fiction.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:21 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:22
[Comment From Kids LibrarianKids Librarian: ] 
Interesting -- do you find the "R" rated stuff essential?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:22 Kids Librarian
4:23
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
I think that material should flow from story/character. So, R rated stuff is never strictly-speaking essential, and some of my short stories are pretty clean.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:23 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:23
Nora - EarlyWord: 
You seem adept at online chatting, Tom -- you mentioned to me that you had some background for that. Tell us about it.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:23 Nora - EarlyWord
4:24
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
That's right, Nora--a handful of years ago I was the person at our library who manned the "InfoEyes" virtual reference desk. The chat interface was very similar to this one...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:24 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:25
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
We'd have people from all over the country pop up on the screen and ask questions--I'd find myself (in Pittsburgh) trying to track down answers about very local information in other states!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:25 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:26
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Did your experience working reference affect how you shaped the story or the character of Dominic?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:26 Nora - EarlyWord
4:27
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Absolutely. I have often thought about getting an MLIS degree specializing as an "archivist." ...And as I started thinking of ways that Dominic could access information he needs, my touchstone was always library work...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:27 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:28
[Comment From Sue DSue D: ] 
Those questions still happen at our very regular reference desks. Out of state or snow birds calling.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:28 Sue D
4:29
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
In earlier drafts of the novel I had TONS of sections about how exactly the Archive works, how it was connected to the Library of Congress. I was modeling it off the Library for the Blind services, ultimately run by the National Library Service/LOC. I even had an application for the Archive at one point.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:29 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:29
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
That's right, Sue D--even on the phones!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:29 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:30
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I enjoyed how you combined the familiar with the futuristic, letting me figure out some things (hey! That taxi doesn’t have a driver!) You really have to trust the reader to do that.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:30 Nora - EarlyWord
4:31
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Driverless Taxi--shout out to Total Recall...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:31 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:31
[Comment From PDPD: ] 
Really interesting take on SF. Did you live there? Did you ever eat at Memphis Minnie's :-)?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:31 PD
4:32
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Hi PD! Actually, I've never been to SF. I'm very familiar with Washington DC and Pittsburgh, but when I got to that last section I wanted to explore a city completely virtually (Google Street View), so that I could "flip" it in my mind: Pittsburgh the virtual city that I actually live in; SF the real city in the book that I'm exploring only virtually...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:32 Thomas Sweterlitsch
 
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Now THAT was living through Dominic!
  Nora - EarlyWord
4:33
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Plus, SF is where Vertigo takes place, which was one of the earliest and deepest influences on Tomorrow and Tomorrow.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:33 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:34
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Several of the authors we’ve had in this program have purposely set their books a bit in the past because they find today’s technology gets in the way of telling their stories -- for instance, communications are speeded up by email and you can find out things via Google, which can make it difficult to introduce tension. Your book does the opposite, with technology leaping ahead.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:34 Nora - EarlyWord
4:35
[Comment From Joe, MD LibrarianJoe, MD Librarian: ] 
I KNEW you knew D.C. well, but you def. had me fooled about San Fran Cisco!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:35 Joe, MD Librarian
4:35
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Great question, Nora. I often wonder at how common cell phones/the internet are in real life, but how infrequently they appear in fiction...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:35 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:36
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Hi Joe! That's good to hear!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:36 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:36
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Re: cell phones: in some ways, I think it's the kind of problem that happens in Shakespeare, where you just want the characters to talk to each other to make all their problems go away...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:36 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:37
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
So the challenge as a writer has to be how to make the dramatic tension fit around current/future technologies. I have Dominic Google a lot of information, and in my plot I have a lot of that information "corrupted" so he can't find it out right away...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:37 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:37
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Also, funnily enough, I was a very late adapter to smart phones/mobile devices--I didn't have a cell phone until after this book was finished, so I was completely inventing what it's like to live with this stuff.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:37 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:38
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Re: San Francisco. I just had a couple of close friends move to SF, so hopefully I'll make it out there soon!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:38 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:38
Nora - EarlyWord: 
That is so amazing. I've gotten used to avoiding what I call "device zombies" on the streets of NYC.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:38 Nora - EarlyWord
4:39
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Full confession: I was a device zombie a little earlier this afternoon.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:39 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:40
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I was struck that Dominic seems to not only mourn his wife, but the city of Pittsburgh itself. As someone who lived in NYC during 9/11, that's very evocative. I remember a news report that astronauts on the space station could see the smoke rising and one sent a message that "I just want the folks in New York to know their city still looks very beautiful from space." — I couldn’t figure out why, but that bought me to tears. (Speaking of technology — I wasn’t sure if I remembered this correctly, so I googled it and got the exact quote!)
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:40 Nora - EarlyWord
4:41
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Sense of place is so vital to a good novel (speaking as a reader). So, I wanted Dominic to be as much in love with the past city as he was with his past life...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:41 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:42
[Comment From Pam, Kansas Lib.Pam, Kansas Lib.: ] 
It also made med think of how we mourn the old new Orleans.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:42 Pam, Kansas Lib.
4:43
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Interesting, Pam. In Pittsburgh, there is a very, very heavy sense of nostalgia for the way things once were (before the Steel mills left).
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:43 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:44
[Comment From Pam, Kansas Lib.Pam, Kansas Lib.: ] 
How scary is it to write about your family and your city disappearing?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:44 Pam, Kansas Lib.
4:45
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Good question, Pam. (I should Google this quote, but I'm going to wing it)--I once read a quote where an author suggested that you write about what horrifies you, so the emotion comes through. This book is basically a check list of my personal fears.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:45 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:46
Nora - EarlyWord: 
How did TOMORROW AND TOMORROW end up getting published?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:46 Nora - EarlyWord
4:46
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Welp, interesting question. Do you know the author Stewart O'Nan?He's been a favorite of mine for many years--I've read just about ever book he's written. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh but lived much of his life in New England...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:46 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:47
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
A handful of years ago, he moved back to Pittsburgh--and I was struck by thinking this world-famous writer, who is one of my favorites, lives very close to me...(Pittsburgh's a small place)...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:47 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:47
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
So I did something completely out of character and wrote him a fan letter...That letter led to him reading a short story of mine, called The City Lies Within...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:47 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:47
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
He wrote back very enthusiastically about the short story, saying it's only problem is that it should be a novel...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:47 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:47
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
So I made it into the novel that became "Tomorrow and Tomorrow." He got my foot in the door with his agent, but then the agent rejected the book...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:47 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:48
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
So I spent the next full year rewriting the entire book. When I approached the agent again, he accepted! (There were many other bumps and details along the way).
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:48 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:49
[Comment From Joe, Maryland LibrarianJoe, Maryland Librarian: ] 
You mentioned publishing stories online. Do you think librarians are doing a good job of handling e-material?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:49 Joe, Maryland Librarian
4:50
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Hi Joe, wow--great question. I think libraries are making great strides to work with a format that will either become the core of the library's mission, or put library's out of business...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:50 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:51
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
I know the Carnegie Public Library System here is making e-material a major focus of what the library is. I think that's a smart move. At the Library for the Blind, we reached an interesting point where we could circulate cassette books one at a time, or put almost every title on one flash drive and circulate it once. Interesting times.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:51 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:51
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I read the book has been optioned for a movie — that must have been exciting!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:51 Nora - EarlyWord
4:52
[Comment From LucyLucy: ] 
But to receive such encouragement based from a fan letter, how grand! I can see how that would inspire you to take the leap into writing a novel. Congratulations on it's publication, by the way.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:52 Lucy
4:52
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Hi Lucy--you wouldn't believe how excited I was! I remember my hands shaking as I opened his envelope back to me. We've since met, and he's a truly great, honest and friendly guy.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:52 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:53
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Hi Nora--that's right! It was optioned for a movie by Sony. I was working the reference desk on a particularly slow afternoon, when my agent called. He basically said, "all right, let me explain what's happening right now..."
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:53 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:54
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Of course, an option doesn't mean that the movie will be made! But, fingers crossed!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:54 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:55
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Let us enjoy the fantasy of getting that call at the reference desk! Did you scream!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:55 Nora - EarlyWord
4:55
Nora - EarlyWord: 
We're getting close to the end, so get your final questions in!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:55 Nora - EarlyWord
4:55
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Here's a last one from me:
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:55 Nora - EarlyWord
4:55
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Privacy is a big issue in Dominic’s world. Many librarians have told me that they are shocked by how willing the general public is to hand over their information. Have you seen that, too?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:55 Nora - EarlyWord
4:57
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Yeah, I've definitely seen that. I think we're struggling with the idea of privacy, what it means, how it can help/hurt us. Even I admit, that one of my reactions when it was learned the NSA can read my email, was, "welp, they're going to be pretty bored..." That being said, here at CMU they demonstrated facial recognition software that can scan you and find out all sorts of info about you--I find that very creepy.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:57 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:58
Nora - EarlyWord: 
If librarians want to contact you for appearances, how can they reach you?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:58 Nora - EarlyWord
4:58
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Best way to contact me--about anything at all--is my email: Letterswitch @ gmail!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:58 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:59
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Great handle! Thanks for talking with us, Tom. Looking forward to your book's publication.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:59 Nora - EarlyWord
4:59
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Thanks for chatting, everyone! It was great to "meet" you all!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:59 Thomas Sweterlitsch
5:00
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Reminder to everyone -- This chat will be archived on the Penguin First Flights page on EarlyWord

http://penguindebutauthors....
Wednesday May 7, 2014 5:00 Nora - EarlyWord
5:01
Nora - EarlyWord: 
The book is coming out on July 10

If you’re a librarian and aren’t yet a First Flights member, you can still access digital readers copies until publication day on Edelweiss and NetGalley.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 5:01 Nora - EarlyWord
5:01
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Click below to join the Penguin First Flights program:

http://penguindebutauthors....
Wednesday May 7, 2014 5:01 Nora - EarlyWord
5:02
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Goodbye, everyone, and thanks for your questions!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 5:02 Nora - EarlyWord
 
 
 Live Chat with Thomas Sweterlitsch, TOMORROW AND TOMORROW(05/07/2014) 
3:45
Nora - EarlyWord: 
We will begin our live online chat with Thomas Sweterlitsch, author of TOMORROW AND TOMORROW in about 15 minutes
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:45 Nora - EarlyWord
3:46
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Here’s the cover of the book…
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:46 Nora - EarlyWord
3:46
Nora - EarlyWord
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:46 
3:47
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Below is a special video message that Thomas recorded for Penguin First Flight members:
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:47 Nora - EarlyWord
3:47
Nora - EarlyWordNora - EarlyWord
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:47 
3:49
Nora - EarlyWord: 
A blurb from Stewart O’Nan:

Simultaneously trippy and hardboiled, Tomorrow and Tomorrow is a rich, absorbing, relentlessly inventive mindfuck, a smart, dark noir... Sweterlisch's debut is a wild mashup of Raymond Chandler, Philip K. Dick and William S. Burroughs, and, like their work, utterly visionary."--Stewart O'Nan author of "The Odds"
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:49 Nora - EarlyWord
3:58
Nora - EarlyWord: 
We’re glad to see so many chat participants gathering. You can send your questions through at any time. They'll go into a queue, and we'll submit as many of them as we can to Thomas before the end of the chat. Don’t worry about typos – and please ignore any that we commit!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:58 Nora - EarlyWord
3:58
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I see that Thomas has joined us -- welcome!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:58 Nora - EarlyWord
3:58
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Hello!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:58 Thomas Sweterlitsch
3:59
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
And feel free to call me Tom!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:59 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:00
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Say hi again, Thomas!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:00 Nora - EarlyWord
4:01
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Hello!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:01 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:01
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
My avatar looks like I'm standing in a wheat field, even though it's really just a shrub in my side yard...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:01 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:02
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Also, feel free to call me Tom!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:02 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:03
Nora - EarlyWord: 
There you are! I wanted to see your photo so I could note you look a bit different than you do in the video.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:03 Nora - EarlyWord
4:03
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Ah, you must mean the beard. Yep, it comes and goes. For the record--I'm fully bearded right now (hockey playoff season).
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:03 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:05
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Those of you out there, please say hi to Tom!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:05 Nora - EarlyWord
4:06
[Comment From Ref. LibrarianRef. Librarian: ] 
Hey, Tom -- loved the book!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:06 Ref. Librarian
4:06
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Happy Wednesday Tom.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:06 Guest
4:06
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Thanks!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:06 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:06
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
And a happy Wednesday to you, too!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:06 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:06
[Comment From PDPD: ] 
Hi Tom! Great book!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:06 PD
4:06
[Comment From Kids LibrarianKids Librarian: ] 
Hope you've got Spring there, Tom!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:06 Kids Librarian
4:07
[Comment From LucyLucy: ] 
HI to Tom from the Midwest and personally I like the beard. :-)
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:07 Lucy
4:07
[Comment From Sue DSue D: ] 
Good afternoon from St. Charles, Mo
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:07 Sue D
4:07
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Thanks, PD!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:07 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:07
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Yes, Kids Librarian, it is full-on Spring here in Pittsburgh. Started out with a massive thunderstorm but not the sun's shining. Perfect weather.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:07 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:07
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
All right, Lucy!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:07 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:08
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Tell us about the cover – it doesn’t look very science fiction-y. Was the intentional?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:08 Nora - EarlyWord
4:09
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Good question, Nora. That's right--I think the flipped bottom Tomorrow is meant to convey a sort of feeling that there might be a mind-bending mystery at play...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:09 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:10
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
But at the same time, I know Putnam is interested in promoting this book as a mystery/thriller and a "literary" novel as much as a sci-fi book, so they probably stopped short of being "too sci fi"...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:10 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:10
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
I love the cover quite a bit--I like that they used the skyline of Pittsburgh, though a few astute friends noticed that the picture itself is reversed!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:10 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:11
Nora - EarlyWord: 
For those that spot the flipped skyline, that could also read as mind-bending.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:11 Nora - EarlyWord
4:11
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Haha, that's right! All part of the plan.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:11 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:11
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I'm amused by how different the British cover is.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:11 Nora - EarlyWord
4:12
Nora - EarlyWord
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:12 
4:12
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Looks almost like a spy novel!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:12 Nora - EarlyWord
4:12
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Yes, very different. I think the American cover focuses on the "post apocalyptic" moments of the book; the British cover seems to focus on the "man in danger" aspect.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:12 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:13
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Every time I see that British cover I try to place who that guy is.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:13 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:13
[Comment From LauraLaura: ] 
The British cover reminded me of the "Taken" movie posters with Liam Neeson on them.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:13 Laura
4:13
[Comment From LucyLucy: ] 
Perhaps the Brit cover was trying to present/focus on a noir aspect?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:13 Lucy
4:14
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Laura, oh yeah! I definitely see that!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:14 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:14
Nora - EarlyWord: 
This is your first book, but not your first published work, right?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:14 Nora - EarlyWord
4:14
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
I think you're right, Lucy. Definitely reads more "thriller."
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:14 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:14
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
First book, yes. I've published a few short stories, all science fiction, on-line.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:14 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:15
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Did you set out to write science fiction, or did that evolve from the story you wanted to tell?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:15 Nora - EarlyWord
4:15
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
I think genre should evolve from story--but it just so happens that all the good stories I come up with are science fiction!...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:15 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:16
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
So, yes--all my ideas for future projects have a sci-fi element to them.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:16 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:17
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Does all of this talk about genres really matter?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:17 Nora - EarlyWord
4:18
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
"Genre" is a strange thing--especially right now. The only time I get frustrated by the genre question is when some people rank certain genres lower in importance than others.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:18 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:18
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
We're living in a moment when "high-art" and "low-art" are mashed together--maybe really starting with Warhol, but also in things like "Superflat" art/Murakami. It's an exciting time to write "genre."
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:18 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:19
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Ah, and then there's the favorite back-handed compliment -- "rises above genre"!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:19 Nora - EarlyWord
4:20
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
That's right!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:20 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:20
[Comment From Kids LibrarianKids Librarian: ] 
Have you ever thought about writing a YA book?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:20 Kids Librarian
4:21
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Thanks for the question, Kids Librarian! I've had an idea kicking around in my head about the Homestead Steel Mill Strike that I think could make a good YA book; but honestly, my writing tends to be fairly "R" rated, so I'll probably just stick with adult fiction.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:21 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:22
[Comment From Kids LibrarianKids Librarian: ] 
Interesting -- do you find the "R" rated stuff essential?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:22 Kids Librarian
4:23
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
I think that material should flow from story/character. So, R rated stuff is never strictly-speaking essential, and some of my short stories are pretty clean.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:23 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:23
Nora - EarlyWord: 
You seem adept at online chatting, Tom -- you mentioned to me that you had some background for that. Tell us about it.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:23 Nora - EarlyWord
4:24
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
That's right, Nora--a handful of years ago I was the person at our library who manned the "InfoEyes" virtual reference desk. The chat interface was very similar to this one...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:24 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:25
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
We'd have people from all over the country pop up on the screen and ask questions--I'd find myself (in Pittsburgh) trying to track down answers about very local information in other states!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:25 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:26
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Did your experience working reference affect how you shaped the story or the character of Dominic?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:26 Nora - EarlyWord
4:27
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Absolutely. I have often thought about getting an MLIS degree specializing as an "archivist." ...And as I started thinking of ways that Dominic could access information he needs, my touchstone was always library work...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:27 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:28
[Comment From Sue DSue D: ] 
Those questions still happen at our very regular reference desks. Out of state or snow birds calling.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:28 Sue D
4:29
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
In earlier drafts of the novel I had TONS of sections about how exactly the Archive works, how it was connected to the Library of Congress. I was modeling it off the Library for the Blind services, ultimately run by the National Library Service/LOC. I even had an application for the Archive at one point.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:29 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:29
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
That's right, Sue D--even on the phones!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:29 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:30
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I enjoyed how you combined the familiar with the futuristic, letting me figure out some things (hey! That taxi doesn’t have a driver!) You really have to trust the reader to do that.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:30 Nora - EarlyWord
4:31
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Driverless Taxi--shout out to Total Recall...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:31 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:31
[Comment From PDPD: ] 
Really interesting take on SF. Did you live there? Did you ever eat at Memphis Minnie's :-)?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:31 PD
4:32
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Hi PD! Actually, I've never been to SF. I'm very familiar with Washington DC and Pittsburgh, but when I got to that last section I wanted to explore a city completely virtually (Google Street View), so that I could "flip" it in my mind: Pittsburgh the virtual city that I actually live in; SF the real city in the book that I'm exploring only virtually...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:32 Thomas Sweterlitsch
 
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Now THAT was living through Dominic!
  Nora - EarlyWord
4:33
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Plus, SF is where Vertigo takes place, which was one of the earliest and deepest influences on Tomorrow and Tomorrow.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:33 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:34
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Several of the authors we’ve had in this program have purposely set their books a bit in the past because they find today’s technology gets in the way of telling their stories -- for instance, communications are speeded up by email and you can find out things via Google, which can make it difficult to introduce tension. Your book does the opposite, with technology leaping ahead.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:34 Nora - EarlyWord
4:35
[Comment From Joe, MD LibrarianJoe, MD Librarian: ] 
I KNEW you knew D.C. well, but you def. had me fooled about San Fran Cisco!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:35 Joe, MD Librarian
4:35
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Great question, Nora. I often wonder at how common cell phones/the internet are in real life, but how infrequently they appear in fiction...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:35 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:36
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Hi Joe! That's good to hear!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:36 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:36
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Re: cell phones: in some ways, I think it's the kind of problem that happens in Shakespeare, where you just want the characters to talk to each other to make all their problems go away...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:36 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:37
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
So the challenge as a writer has to be how to make the dramatic tension fit around current/future technologies. I have Dominic Google a lot of information, and in my plot I have a lot of that information "corrupted" so he can't find it out right away...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:37 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:37
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Also, funnily enough, I was a very late adapter to smart phones/mobile devices--I didn't have a cell phone until after this book was finished, so I was completely inventing what it's like to live with this stuff.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:37 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:38
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Re: San Francisco. I just had a couple of close friends move to SF, so hopefully I'll make it out there soon!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:38 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:38
Nora - EarlyWord: 
That is so amazing. I've gotten used to avoiding what I call "device zombies" on the streets of NYC.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:38 Nora - EarlyWord
4:39
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Full confession: I was a device zombie a little earlier this afternoon.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:39 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:40
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I was struck that Dominic seems to not only mourn his wife, but the city of Pittsburgh itself. As someone who lived in NYC during 9/11, that's very evocative. I remember a news report that astronauts on the space station could see the smoke rising and one sent a message that "I just want the folks in New York to know their city still looks very beautiful from space." — I couldn’t figure out why, but that bought me to tears. (Speaking of technology — I wasn’t sure if I remembered this correctly, so I googled it and got the exact quote!)
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:40 Nora - EarlyWord
4:41
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Sense of place is so vital to a good novel (speaking as a reader). So, I wanted Dominic to be as much in love with the past city as he was with his past life...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:41 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:42
[Comment From Pam, Kansas Lib.Pam, Kansas Lib.: ] 
It also made med think of how we mourn the old new Orleans.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:42 Pam, Kansas Lib.
4:43
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Interesting, Pam. In Pittsburgh, there is a very, very heavy sense of nostalgia for the way things once were (before the Steel mills left).
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:43 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:44
[Comment From Pam, Kansas Lib.Pam, Kansas Lib.: ] 
How scary is it to write about your family and your city disappearing?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:44 Pam, Kansas Lib.
4:45
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Good question, Pam. (I should Google this quote, but I'm going to wing it)--I once read a quote where an author suggested that you write about what horrifies you, so the emotion comes through. This book is basically a check list of my personal fears.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:45 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:46
Nora - EarlyWord: 
How did TOMORROW AND TOMORROW end up getting published?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:46 Nora - EarlyWord
4:46
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Welp, interesting question. Do you know the author Stewart O'Nan?He's been a favorite of mine for many years--I've read just about ever book he's written. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh but lived much of his life in New England...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:46 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:47
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
A handful of years ago, he moved back to Pittsburgh--and I was struck by thinking this world-famous writer, who is one of my favorites, lives very close to me...(Pittsburgh's a small place)...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:47 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:47
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
So I did something completely out of character and wrote him a fan letter...That letter led to him reading a short story of mine, called The City Lies Within...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:47 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:47
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
He wrote back very enthusiastically about the short story, saying it's only problem is that it should be a novel...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:47 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:47
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
So I made it into the novel that became "Tomorrow and Tomorrow." He got my foot in the door with his agent, but then the agent rejected the book...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:47 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:48
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
So I spent the next full year rewriting the entire book. When I approached the agent again, he accepted! (There were many other bumps and details along the way).
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:48 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:49
[Comment From Joe, Maryland LibrarianJoe, Maryland Librarian: ] 
You mentioned publishing stories online. Do you think librarians are doing a good job of handling e-material?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:49 Joe, Maryland Librarian
4:50
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Hi Joe, wow--great question. I think libraries are making great strides to work with a format that will either become the core of the library's mission, or put library's out of business...
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:50 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:51
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
I know the Carnegie Public Library System here is making e-material a major focus of what the library is. I think that's a smart move. At the Library for the Blind, we reached an interesting point where we could circulate cassette books one at a time, or put almost every title on one flash drive and circulate it once. Interesting times.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:51 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:51
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I read the book has been optioned for a movie — that must have been exciting!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:51 Nora - EarlyWord
4:52
[Comment From LucyLucy: ] 
But to receive such encouragement based from a fan letter, how grand! I can see how that would inspire you to take the leap into writing a novel. Congratulations on it's publication, by the way.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:52 Lucy
4:52
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Hi Lucy--you wouldn't believe how excited I was! I remember my hands shaking as I opened his envelope back to me. We've since met, and he's a truly great, honest and friendly guy.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:52 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:53
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Hi Nora--that's right! It was optioned for a movie by Sony. I was working the reference desk on a particularly slow afternoon, when my agent called. He basically said, "all right, let me explain what's happening right now..."
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:53 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:54
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Of course, an option doesn't mean that the movie will be made! But, fingers crossed!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:54 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:55
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Let us enjoy the fantasy of getting that call at the reference desk! Did you scream!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:55 Nora - EarlyWord
4:55
Nora - EarlyWord: 
We're getting close to the end, so get your final questions in!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:55 Nora - EarlyWord
4:55
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Here's a last one from me:
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:55 Nora - EarlyWord
4:55
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Privacy is a big issue in Dominic’s world. Many librarians have told me that they are shocked by how willing the general public is to hand over their information. Have you seen that, too?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:55 Nora - EarlyWord
4:57
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Yeah, I've definitely seen that. I think we're struggling with the idea of privacy, what it means, how it can help/hurt us. Even I admit, that one of my reactions when it was learned the NSA can read my email, was, "welp, they're going to be pretty bored..." That being said, here at CMU they demonstrated facial recognition software that can scan you and find out all sorts of info about you--I find that very creepy.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:57 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:58
Nora - EarlyWord: 
If librarians want to contact you for appearances, how can they reach you?
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:58 Nora - EarlyWord
4:58
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Best way to contact me--about anything at all--is my email: Letterswitch @ gmail!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:58 Thomas Sweterlitsch
4:59
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Great handle! Thanks for talking with us, Tom. Looking forward to your book's publication.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:59 Nora - EarlyWord
4:59
Thomas Sweterlitsch: 
Thanks for chatting, everyone! It was great to "meet" you all!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 4:59 Thomas Sweterlitsch
5:00
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Reminder to everyone -- This chat will be archived on the Penguin First Flights page on EarlyWord

http://penguindebutauthors....
Wednesday May 7, 2014 5:00 Nora - EarlyWord
5:01
Nora - EarlyWord: 
The book is coming out on July 10

If you’re a librarian and aren’t yet a First Flights member, you can still access digital readers copies until publication day on Edelweiss and NetGalley.
Wednesday May 7, 2014 5:01 Nora - EarlyWord
5:01
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Click below to join the Penguin First Flights program:

http://penguindebutauthors....
Wednesday May 7, 2014 5:01 Nora - EarlyWord
5:02
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Goodbye, everyone, and thanks for your questions!
Wednesday May 7, 2014 5:02 Nora - EarlyWord
 
 

Sign Up NOW for Author Events At Book Expo

Friday, April 25th, 2014

The AAP has just announced its roster of events exclusively for librarians, to be held at the upcoming Book Expo America, which runs Wednesday, May 28, through Saturday, May 31.

Below are those that require advance registration. Fellow procrastinators — don’t wait. BEA events are selling out fast (both LJ ‘s Day of Dialog and SLJ‘s are already sold out, before the full line-up of panelists have been announced).

Details on all eight programs are here BEA 2014 — AAP Events for Librarians. Below are those that require registration:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28TH, 6:30 pm.
Eighth Annual BookExpo America Adult Librarians’ Dinner
Co-hosted by AAP and LibraryReads
Yale Club, NYC (52 Vanderbilt Avenue, Grand Ballroom

So We Read On9780143126683_f9440

We are particularly excited about this one because it’s hosted by one of our favorite reviewers, Maureen Corrigan of NPR’s Fresh Air and because it features the author of a book that’s been getting GalleyChat buzz, Joel Dicker, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (Penguin Books, 5/27). Full list of authors here – BEA 2014 Adult Librarian Dinner Invitation.

Register your interest to attend HERE. AAP will confirm if they are able to meet your request.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28TH, 7:00 pm.
Third Annual BookExpo America Children’s Librarians’ Dinner
Co-hosted by AAP and School Library Journal
Princeton Club of New York (15 W. 43rd Street, James Madison Ballroom)

9781423178651_3537f  0803741715_94edb

The panel of seven authors includes John Rocco, author of the 2012 Caldecott Honor Book, Black Out. His forthcoming book is Blizzard (Disney/Hyperion, 10/28) and B.J. Novack, who has recently been moonlighting as an author. He will publish his first book for kids this fall, which will, of course, be non-traditional, The Book with No Pictures(Penguin Young Readers/Dial, 9/30). Full list of authors here — Third Annual BookExpo America Children’s Librarians’ Dinner Invitation.

Please register your interest to attend HERE, AAP will confirm if they are able to meet your request.

THURSDAY, MAY 28TH, 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm.
Annual BEA Librarians Author Lunch
Jacob K. Javits Center, Room 1E12-13

9780670025596_1691b  9781473506350

Features a hot group of authors, including Deborah Harkness, Garth Stein, and Kathy Reichs. Full list   here — BEA 2014 AAP Adult Librarian Lunch Invitation.

Please register your interest to attend HERE,. AAP will confirm if they are able to meet your request.

Live Chat With Laura Marx Fitzgerald, UNDER THE EGG

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

The chat has now ended, you can read it below.

Join us to receive galleys and get to know new authors. If you are not already a member, you can sign up here: Penguin Young Readers program

 Live Chat with Laura Marx Fitzgerald, UNDER THE EGG(04/23/2014) 
4:44
Nora - EarlyWord: 
We will begin our live online chat with Laura Marx Fitzgerald, author of UNDER THE EGG in about 15 minutes
Wednesday April 23, 2014 4:44 Nora - EarlyWord
4:45
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Meanwhile, here’s the cover of the book…
Wednesday April 23, 2014 4:45 Nora - EarlyWord
4:45
Nora - EarlyWord
Under the Egg, Cover
Wednesday April 23, 2014 4:45 
4:46
Nora - EarlyWord: 
And excerpts from the reviews…
Wednesday April 23, 2014 4:46 Nora - EarlyWord
4:46
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Betsy Bird, Fuse 8 (School Library Journal)
Betsy selected UNDER THE EGG as a featured review (full review here -- http://bit.ly/1ia1Ngn

“When they tell you that the book is “From the Mixed-Up Files meets Chasing Vermeer” I suggest you not believe them. Yes, there is a famous piece of art and yes there is a mystery, but the mystery in this book is so much stronger than any art-related children’s book mystery I’ve read before that everything else just pales in comparison .. Uniquely readable, entirely charming, and a pleasure from start to finish. Debuts this good are meant to be discovered.”
Wednesday April 23, 2014 4:46 Nora - EarlyWord
4:47
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Kirkus Reviews
“This debut novel weaves art appreciation, restoration and dating techniques, and bits of history from the Renaissance and World War II into a fast-paced mystery. As the novel opens, 13-year-old Theodora Tenpenny explains her thrifty hobby of collecting trash from the city streets and turning it into useful objects. Then she recounts what happened merely three months ago: She found her adored grandfather, Jack, lying bloodied on a city street and heard his dying exhortation to "Look under the egg." Theodora, who has spent her life living with her emotionally incapacitated mother and her crusty, artistic, capable grandfather, knows she must follow this clue in order to become the family's next breadwinner. (Readers must suspend disbelief regarding social services in Manhattan.) Fortuitously, Theodora befriends Bodhi, also 13 but a member of a family of Hollywood celebrities. Theodora's knowledge of art history and Bodhi's skills in acting and in technology enable the girls to puzzle out the importance of Jack's final words.”
Wednesday April 23, 2014 4:47 Nora - EarlyWord
4:48
Nora - EarlyWord: 

Kirkus Reviews

“This debut novel weaves art appreciation, restoration and dating techniques, and bits of history from the Renaissance and World War II into a fast-paced mystery. As the novel opens, 13-year-old Theodora Tenpenny explains her thrifty hobby of collecting trash from the city streets and turning it into useful objects. Then she recounts what happened merely three months ago: She found her adored grandfather, Jack, lying bloodied on a city street and heard his dying exhortation to "Look under the egg." Theodora, who has spent her life living with her emotionally incapacitated mother and her crusty, artistic, capable grandfather, knows she must follow this clue in order to become the family's next breadwinner. (Readers must suspend disbelief regarding social services in Manhattan.) Fortuitously, Theodora befriends Bodhi, also 13 but a member of a family of Hollywood celebrities. Theodora's knowledge of art history and Bodhi's skills in acting and in technology enable the girls to puzzle out the importance of Jack's final words.”

Wednesday April 23, 2014 4:48 Nora - EarlyWord
4:48
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
I just ordered it today!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 4:48 Guest
4:49
Nora - EarlyWord: 

Booklist -- Starred review

“Smart and determined, down-to-earth and insightful, Theo makes an engaging narrator as she follows a winding trail of discovery. Along the way, Fitzgerald includes a good bit of art history, which becomes as interesting as the interplay between the two friends … Readers who loved E. L. Konigsburg's From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1967) and Blue Balliett's Chasing Vermeer (2004) won't want to put this one down.”

Wednesday April 23, 2014 4:49 Nora - EarlyWord
4:50
Nora - EarlyWord: 

And, Horn Book wrote about an aspect of the book that ties into a recent film --

Horn Book Magazine

After delving into her grandfather's military past -- he was one of the famous Monuments Men — [Theo] realizes the mystery stretches all the way back to Nazi Germany and Hitler's fine-art plundering. Fitzgerald moves beyond the all-too-familiar conventions of the "X marks the spot" story line to offer a gripping mystery with high stakes and moving historical context…

Wednesday April 23, 2014 4:50 Nora - EarlyWord
4:51
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
I'm about 2/3 of the way through and really enjoying the story - can't wait to share it with tween readers.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 4:51 Guest
4:56
Nora - EarlyWord: 

Glad to see so many chat participants gathering. You can send your questions through at any time. They'll go into a queue, and we'll submit as many of them as we can to Laura before the end of the chat. Don’t worry about typos – and please forgive any that we commit!

Wednesday April 23, 2014 4:56 Nora - EarlyWord
4:59
Nora - EarlyWord: 

Laura has joined us -- welcome!

Wednesday April 23, 2014 4:59 Nora - EarlyWord
4:59
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Hi! So glad to be here!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 4:59 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:00
Nora - EarlyWord: 

And Lisa is here, too1

Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:00 Nora - EarlyWord
5:00
lisa von drasek: 
Are we ready to rock, Nora?!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:00 lisa von drasek
5:00
Nora - EarlyWord: 

I see several others out there -- please say hi!

Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:00 Nora - EarlyWord
5:01
[Comment From Deborah BaldwinDeborah Baldwin: ] 
Loved this book! What is the Guided Reading Level for this book?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:01 Deborah Baldwin
5:01
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I know Penguin has suggested 8-12yo, but I really wrote it with 10-14yo in mind.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:01 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:02
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
In terms of a "letter" level, I'm not sure. Maybe Lisa, our librarian can suggest?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:02 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:02
lisa von drasek: 
Dewey: -Fic-; Int Lvl: 3-6; Rd Lvl: 4.9
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:02 lisa von drasek
5:02
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Well, there ya go.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:02 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:03
[Comment From shighleyshighley: ] 
Students really appreciate it when we can share insights from an author
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:03 shighley
5:03
[Comment From Deborah BaldwinDeborah Baldwin: ] 
Thank you!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:03 Deborah Baldwin
5:03
[Comment From Deborah BaldwinDeborah Baldwin: ] 
Wondering if this would be a good independent read for Third Graders for a mystery unit... or better for a read aloud.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:03 Deborah Baldwin
5:03
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
shighley, I love talking about the process behind the book, so ask anything that intrigues you!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:03 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:03
lisa von drasek: 
Deborah,
You know your class best. What have you been reading to them now?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:03 lisa von drasek
5:04
Nora - EarlyWord: 
There's a great Resource Guide on Laura's site ...
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:04 Nora - EarlyWord
5:04
Nora - EarlyWord
UNDER THE EGG Discussion Guide
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:04 
5:04
[Comment From SarahSarah: ] 
I think this will be a great title for book discussion! What type of research did you do to prepare to write the book?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:04 Sarah
5:04
Nora - EarlyWord: 
UNDER THE EGG Resources
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:04 Nora - EarlyWord
5:04
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Just a plug that it's aligned with the Common Core.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:04 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:05
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I did tons of reading on every subject touched on in the book:
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:05 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:05
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
everything from art history to backyard chicken raising!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:05 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:05
[Comment From Deborah BaldwinDeborah Baldwin: ] 
I am excited to check out the Discussion Guide. What motivated you to write this book?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:05 Deborah Baldwin
5:05
[Comment From Deborah BaldwinDeborah Baldwin: ] 
Sounds like maybe a Read Aloud for Third Graders. Thank you!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:05 Deborah Baldwin
5:05
lisa von drasek: 
repeating Sarah's question What type of research did you do to prepare to write the book?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:05 lisa von drasek
5:05
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Two big helps: a book (and documentary) called The Rape of Europa
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:05 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:06
[Comment From Jenna GoodallJenna Goodall: ] 
Hi Laura and everyone! Loved the book. My co-workers do, too! :)
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:06 Jenna Goodall
5:06
[Comment From shighleyshighley: ] 
What background knowledge do you think would be most helpful for the students?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:06 shighley
5:06
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
The documentary is even appropriate for kids. It's about the Nazi plundering of Europe, and has many moving firsthand testimonials.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:06 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:07
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
re: What motivated me to write the book . . . I'd wanted to write an art history mystery for a long time --
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:07 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:07
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
kind of From the Mixed Up Files meets The Westing Game (my two favorite childhood books)
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:07 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:07
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I was also thinking a lot about pioneer and Great Depression era living. This was post the 2008 stock market crash . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:07 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:08
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
which gave me the idea for the characters of Jack and Theo, who are living a kind of homesteading lifestyle in the middle of glittering Greenwich Village
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:08 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:08
[Comment From Jenna GoodallJenna Goodall: ] 
Are you thrifty like Theo?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:08 Jenna Goodall
5:08
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I am! I am embarrassed to say how much of my wardrobe has been salvaged from the streets of Brooklyn . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:08 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:08
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
And now I regret telling you all that . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:08 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:08
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
In terms of what background a kid needs to read the book . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:08 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:09
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I would say none!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:09 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:09
[Comment From Noreen TrotskyNoreen Trotsky: ] 
How long did it take you to write this book?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:09 Noreen Trotsky
5:09
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I wrote the book for complete novices to art history . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:09 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:09
Nora - EarlyWord: 
But, you do offer great resources on your site ...
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:09 Nora - EarlyWord
5:09
Nora - EarlyWord
Under the Egg, Resources
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:09 
5:09
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
and included the character of Bodhi as the sort of stand in for the reader.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:09 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:09
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
She is coming to the world of art as newly as any middle school reader would be.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:09 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:10
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
(Is newly a word?)
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:10 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:10
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Oh yes, I LOADED my website with resources on EVERYTHING:
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:10 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:10
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Raphael, the Renaissance, researching your own relatives' holocaust or military records. Even a pickled beet recipe!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:10 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:11
lisa von drasek: 
I was going to disagree with you about prior knowledge but actually the book inspired further research on my part.!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:11 lisa von drasek
5:11
[Comment From NJ School LibrarianNJ School Librarian: ] 
Love the opening line – “It was the find of the century. Or so I thought at the time.” Did you have to work hard for that, or did it come easily?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:11 NJ School Librarian
5:11
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Noreen, I started noodling the idea for the book in 2009. Started writing in earnest in 2011, and sold it in 2012.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:11 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:11
[Comment From Deborah BaldwinDeborah Baldwin: ] 
What character from the story do you most identify with?...Why?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:11 Deborah Baldwin
5:11
[Comment From shighleyshighley: ] 
Sure, as in newly-minted...?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:11 shighley
5:11
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
NJ School Librarian: That line came to me as soon as I had the idea for the book! . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:11 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:12
[Comment From NJ School LibrarianNJ School Librarian: ] 
How hard was it to sell the book?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:12 NJ School Librarian
5:12
[Comment From SarahSarah: ] 
Often first novels are a bit autobiographical. What else do you have in common with the characters?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:12 Sarah
5:12
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I wonder now if it was really the right fit, but I couldn't let it go! Glad to hear it resonated with you.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:12 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:12
[Comment From Deborah BaldwinDeborah Baldwin: ] 
Opening line is a great hook!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:12 Deborah Baldwin
5:13
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Deborah: I am a lot like Jack, except I can't even hammer a nail. I guess I aspire to be like Jack. I have the same sense of independence . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:13 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:13
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
But like Theo, I need to be forced to connect to my community. Her journey was kind of written to remind myself to do the same.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:13 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:14
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
And I had to do the same to write the book. So many pieces of the book are there b/c I started asking "What does an x-ray room look like? What happens if you walk into Sotheby's with a painting?" So many people gave me advice and information.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:14 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:14
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
NJ School Librarian: I was insanely lucky. I had three agent offers within a week of submitting, and sold the book a week after submitting to publishers.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:14 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:14
lisa von drasek: 
I was thinking about how independent Theo is...how capable...Do you think that it is realist that a kid this age with a Mom barely grasping reality could hold the household together?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:14 lisa von drasek
5:15
[Comment From MI LibrarianMI Librarian: ] 
This may sound out of left field -- but, I’m always curious about dedications. Yours is to Eleanor – who is that?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:15 MI Librarian
5:15
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
The key to understanding Theo:
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:15 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:15
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
You have to remember that Theo was raised by a man who quit school early to support his mom and sister in the Depression.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:15 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:15
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
He had a job starting at the age of 8
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:15 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:16
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
so Jack never thought it was too much to ask Theo at the age of 13 to run a household.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:16 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:16
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
A huge inspiration in this vein for Theo was Mattie Ross from True Grit.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:16 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:16
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
MI Librarian: Eleanor is my daughter!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:16 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:17
lisa von drasek: 
have you pickled beets?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:17 lisa von drasek
5:17
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
(In an aside, Eleanor Roosevelt lived in a house with connecting doors in NYC, just like Theo.)
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:17 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:17
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I have never pickled beets. I tried to make sauerkraut once that ended disastrously.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:17 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:17
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Unlike Theo, I love beets.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:17 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:17
[Comment From SarahSarah: ] 
I noticed in your bio that you have two children. Does that mean you are working on another book to dedicate to the other child? What are you working on next?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:17 Sarah
5:18
[Comment From Deborah BaldwinDeborah Baldwin: ] 
Who was your inspiration for Jack?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:18 Deborah Baldwin
5:18
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Yes, I'm working on another art history mystery. This one is about kids who solve an art heist (much like the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist of 1990), but uncover a much darker mystery behind the theft . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:18 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:18
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I will have to dedicate that to my son.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:18 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:19
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Jack was largely inspired by a brilliant but irascible professor I had named Jack Stillgoe.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:19 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:19
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Sorry, that should be John Stillgoe
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:19 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:19
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
http://www.people.fas.harva...
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:19 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:20
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
He taught and wrote about the American landscape -- by which meant everything we see around us . . . not just art.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:20 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:20
lisa von drasek: 
you had mentioned the enormous amount of research that you had done to "get things right" in the book. Did you get it all on "google?" she asked knowing that wouldn't be possible.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:20 lisa von drasek
5:20
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
He would pick up catalogs and manhole covers and old Coke advertisements and have us "Look closer!" -- trying to decode what they were saying to us.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:20 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:20
[Comment From pwbaltopwbalto: ] 
I know people my age (40's) who grew up in Manhattan and are independent like Theo, but it seems kids growing up there now are not as much. Did you grow up in NYC?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:20 pwbalto
5:20
[Comment From SarahSarah: ] 
Your website is lovely and easy to navigate for teachers and librarians. Thanks for providing so many resources!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:20 Sarah
5:21
[Comment From shighleyshighley: ] 
Will this chat be archived in some way so that I can remember all of these great insights to share with students?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:21 shighley
 
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Thanks for asking! The chat will be archived on the site -- http://penguinyrauthors.ear... -- it will be up right after we finish. You can find the previous two chat there as well.
  Nora - EarlyWord
5:21
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I did get a lot on Google. Google is great for people like me who love wearing pajamas on the couch.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:21 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:21
Nora - EarlyWord: 
You must have also spent a lot of time at the Metropolitan Museum...
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:21 Nora - EarlyWord
5:21
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I also went to places like the Met's library, the Center for Jewish History, spent LOTS of time at the NYPL and Brooklyn Public Library.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:21 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:21
Nora - EarlyWord
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:21 
5:22
[Comment From Deborah BaldwinDeborah Baldwin: ] 
Did the book Monuments Men influence you at all?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:22 Deborah Baldwin
5:22
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Sarah, I'm glad you like the website! Thanks!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:22 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:22
[Comment From MI LibrarianMI Librarian: ] 
The book came out last month -- any interesting reactions?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:22 MI Librarian
5:22
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
pwbalto, I grew up in small college towns. . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:22 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:22
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
But I had the same experience: walking to school by myself, riding bikes while my parents had no idea where I was as a kid. I think so many of us grew up that way and miss that for our own kids.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:22 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:23
lisa von drasek: 
did you have a favorite librarian growing up?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:23 lisa von drasek
5:23
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Deborah: I used the MOnuments Men book as a key part of my research and was stunned to discover that George Clooney was making it into a movie!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:23 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:23
[Comment From pwbaltopwbalto: ] 
The bigger museums have terrific collections databases on their sites. You have to look sometimes, they can be hard to find. - :paula
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:23 pwbalto
5:23
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
It was fun to see everything come to life on the big screen.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:23 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:23
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
pwbalto: I agree entirely, and I use those databases a lot.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:23 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:24
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Ah yes, I had a favorite librarian:
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:24 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:24
[Comment From Jenna GoodallJenna Goodall: ] 
I loved the librarian in this book! Yay for breaking stereotypes. :)
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:24 Jenna Goodall
5:24
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Mrs. Jeffers at the Norman OK library. I especially loved her b/c she nominated me to go to Okalhoma City and help present the Sequoia Award to Bill Wallace for A Dog Called Kitty.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:24 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:25
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
As you can tell, like Theo, I was a library frequent flyer even then. :-)
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:25 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:26
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Jenna: I used to live in Williamsburg Bklyn where there were so many hipster MLIS types! Living there, Eddie seemed more like a librarian stereotype than the cardigan-wearing bespectacled octogenarian!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:26 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:26
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Proud library moment:
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:26 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:26
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I got a notice from the Brooklyn Public Library recently honoring me as a "Power User" = I've checked out more than 1000 books.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:26 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:27
lisa von drasek: 
Instead of the classic children's book trope of getting rid of all the grown ups, you have populated the book with idiosyncratic adults.
can you talk about that?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:27 lisa von drasek
5:27
[Comment From Deborah BaldwinDeborah Baldwin: ] 
How do you think all of that reading influences your writing?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:27 Deborah Baldwin
5:28
[Comment From pwbaltopwbalto: ] 
The one quibble I've seen from other librarians is the stain on the street at the beginning of the book. Was that a big decision on your part to put that in?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:28 pwbalto
5:28
[Comment From NJ School LibrarianNJ School Librarian: ] 
Will your next book deal with Renaissance art, too?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:28 NJ School Librarian
5:28
[Comment From pwbaltopwbalto: ] 
*stealing Power User idea*
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:28 pwbalto
5:28
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Wow, so many questions! Hang on!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:28 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:29
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Idiosyncratic adults is what I love about living in NYC!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:29 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:29
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
That's the true diversity of the city. And I love how they come together and mix it up here.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:29 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:30
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I did have to engineer a way for Theo and Bodhi to wander the streets w/o parents herding them into cello lessons, and their backgrounds permitted that.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:30 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:30
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I also wanted kids to know how many adults are out there who can help them scaffold unique learning experiences for them, if that doesn't sound too wonky.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:30 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:31
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Deborah: Simply put, I am not that creative or original. I can't come up with ideas staring at a blank screen . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:31 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:31
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I get all my ideas from reading, and then find ways to twine them together into a story.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:31 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:31
[Comment From SarahSarah: ] 
You mentioned some classic mysteries that inspired you. Were you inspired by any modern stories? Maybe because of the common NYC setting, I was reminded of When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead as I was reading.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:31 Sarah
5:31
[Comment From Bklyn’erBklyn’er: ] 
You live in Brooklyn -- are you able to give your kids a sense of independence, or are you forced to "helicopter"?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:31 Bklyn’er
5:32
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
pwbalto: I dunno. There's something about all those mysterious stains on the street that suggest stories of their own.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:32 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:32
[Comment From DaisyDaisy: ] 
We're librarians! We LOVE wonky!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:32 Daisy
5:32
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
It didn't bother me, but apparently it bothers some. Sorry for that!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:32 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:32
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
NJ School Librarian: The next book will encompass paintings from across periods and genres. . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:32 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:32
lisa von drasek: 
anybody out there doing Mock Newberys? Under the Egg lends itself to rich discussions.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:32 lisa von drasek
5:33
[Comment From Deborah BaldwinDeborah Baldwin: ] 
I'm thinking your "power" status is helpful for readers who dream of and work toward being a writer as well.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:33 Deborah Baldwin
5:33
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
They will be real paintings (that are actually in other museums around the world) -- as opposed to the fictional painting in EGG.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:33 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:33
[Comment From pwbaltopwbalto: ] 
Not me, and not kids, but I wondered if it was a deliberate choice, to go ahead and be like, "reminders of death are all around us".
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:33 pwbalto
5:34
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Sarah: Yes! I was very out of touch with kid lit when I started writing EGG . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:34 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:34
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
And someone recommended WHEN YOU REACH ME. It was a big influence.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:34 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:34
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Bklyn'er: My kids are young, so it's hard to give total freedom, but . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:34 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:35
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I'll do things like let them ride their scooters to the end of the block and wait on the corner for me to catch up . ..
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:35 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:35
lisa von drasek: 
We haven't talked at all about Theo's economic situation as a driving force in the novel. Thoughts from the gallery?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:35 lisa von drasek
5:35
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
And so many times, an adult will stop and say, "whose children are these?!?!" as if they've been abandoned.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:35 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:35
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
And then I think about my father in law who grew up in Irish part of Queens, and was sent at age 5 to the pub with a bucket to bring home beer every day.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:35 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:35
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Different times. :-)
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:35 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:36
[Comment From pwbaltopwbalto: ] 
@lisa - I LOVE the idea of an impoverished family living sub rosa in the Village. Wishful thinking on yr part Laura?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:36 pwbalto
5:37
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
pwbalto: I don't know if I was that profound when I was writing it. :-) Maybe it's just being a New Yorker and seeing so many things happen so quickly on the streets . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:37 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:37
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
pwbalto: Yes, somewhat! . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:37 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:37
[Comment From Deborah BaldwinDeborah Baldwin: ] 
I think Theo's economic situation is not so far from some kids today. Offers good perspective exploration and discussion opener.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:37 Deborah Baldwin
5:37
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
. . . The New Yorker in me refuses to feel sorry for Theo being left with a whole townhouse to manage . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:37 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:38
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I always felt: "The Tenpenny's own their real estate outright! That's the NYC dream!"
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:38 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:38
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
But seriously . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:38 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:38
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
The fact that the Tenpenny's owned their house really does divide Theo from the many truly impoverished children in NYC.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:38 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:39
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
And that's what gave Jack his independence. No matter what, he had a roof over his head. He just had to keep it there.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:39 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:40
lisa von drasek: 
If I was going to pick a director for the film it would be Wes Andersen.

Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:40 lisa von drasek
5:40
[Comment From pwbaltopwbalto: ] 
It's wild to have this kind of pioneer lifestyle smack dab in the middle of the city. Makes it kind of a May Amelia novel and Harriet the Spy rolled together.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:40 pwbalto
5:40
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Lisa: Yes, I can see that. It's the quirky shabby WASP lifestyle.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:40 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:41
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
pwbalto: I live in Brooklyn on the 6th floor with a balcony . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:41 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:41
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
and my balcony overlooks our neighbor's yard filled with chickens and a kitchen garden.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:41 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:41
[Comment From Bklyn’erBklyn’er: ] 
That "pioneer life style in the city" is similar to the spirit of Williamsburg. All those pickle makers!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:41 Bklyn’er
5:41
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
This urban homesteading thing is really taking off! But Jack started it out of necessity of course.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:41 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:42
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Bklyn'er: Oh yes. All of this was coming together when I was writing. . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:42 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:42
lisa von drasek: 
oh yes, I really miss the Farmacy in Carroll Gardens with its Brooklyn made goodies.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:42 lisa von drasek
5:42
[Comment From Bklyn’erBklyn’er: ] 
Gotta admit, I dream of having a supply of fresh eggs.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:42 Bklyn’er
5:42
[Comment From pwbaltopwbalto: ] 
I had 3' of sidewalk in Park Slope and I grew enough peppers to make hot sauce every year!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:42 pwbalto
5:42
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
And I think the crash of 2009 drove people to that even more. There was (still is?) a greater interest in self-sustainability, in the independence that comes from doing things yourself.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:42 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:43
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
(That said, I am the world's most hopeless homestead. Can't even put up shelves.)
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:43 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:43
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Farmacy!!!!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:43 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:43
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I thought of having my book launch there, but did a bookstore instead.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:43 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:43
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
FYI: Farmacy is a fantastic, old fashioned soda counter that is also ridiculously local/organic/sustainable/etc.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:43 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:44
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
They make their own organic artisanal marischino cherries.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:44 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:44
lisa von drasek: 
http://brooklynfarmacy.blog...
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:44 lisa von drasek
5:44
[Comment From pwbaltopwbalto: ] 
Pit bulls ate my chickens here in Baltimore, I'll never do it again. Sorry for going OT Lisa!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:44 pwbalto
5:44
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Yikes!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:44 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:45
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I had a baby hawk land on our balcony once. Even the city is still the wild sometimes.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:45 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:45
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Went to the site and discovered Farmacy has a book coming ...
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:45 Nora - EarlyWord
5:45
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Ooooooh, now I can make my own mararschino cherries!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:45 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:45
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
(Please note: I will never make my own maraschino cherries.)
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:45 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:45
lisa von drasek: 
I think we all drifted a bit. Back to the book and Laura. I love reading first novels. I feel an ownership and discovery of an author. Laura, will you be doing any in person class visits? Do you Skype?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:45 lisa von drasek
 
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Thanks for getting us back on track -- sorry for adding to the distraction with that cover image!
  Nora - EarlyWord
5:45
Nora - EarlyWord
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:45 
5:46
[Comment From pwbaltopwbalto: ] 
We have all the rural predators and the urban ones too. :(
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:46 pwbalto
5:46
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
YES! I love doing class/school visits, and I'm scheduling them now
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:46 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:46
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Skype as well
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:46 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:46
lisa von drasek: 
how would a librarian set up a visit from you?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:46 lisa von drasek
5:47
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I'm excited to announce that I'm building some exciting presentations that talk about art history discoveries that inspired the book . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:47 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:47
[Comment From pwbaltopwbalto: ] 
Yes Laura will you be at BEA.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:47 pwbalto
5:47
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
with lots and lots of great visuals . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:47 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:47
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Also bilding a presentation called Under the Egg: Fact vs. Fiction . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:47 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:47
[Comment From Deborah BaldwinDeborah Baldwin: ] 
Will you be making it out to the Pacific Northwest?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:47 Deborah Baldwin
5:48
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
. . . that talks about what parts of the book were rooted in research, in stranger-than-fiction true stories, and what parts I fictionalized
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:48 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:48
lisa von drasek: 
In your research for the book, what was the most surprising thing that you learned?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:48 lisa von drasek
5:48
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
With the wonders of technology, I should be able to share these presentations even via Skype
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:48 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:49
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
To set up a visit, you can contact me directly via the Contact page on my website:
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:49 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:49
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
LauraMarxFitzgerald.com
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:49 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:49
lisa von drasek: 
was there anything cool that you found out but you edited out for length or that it didn't further the story?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:49 lisa von drasek
5:49
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Or contact Penguin's Young Reader's speakers division, and they will contact me as a go between
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:49 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:49
[Comment From MI LibrarianMI Librarian: ] 
Did your own kids influence the characters of Theo and Bodhi and if so, how"
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:49 MI Librarian
5:49
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Deborah: I would love to make it to the PNW! My parents spend every summer in Vancouver, so it wouldn't be hard to persuade me to join them.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:49 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:50
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Hmmm, Lisa, interesting questions . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:50 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:50
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Well, I don't know if this was cool . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:50 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:50
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
But in the original end of the story, Theo eats Artemisia the chicken for Thanksgiving dinner!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:50 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:51
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
My vegetarian editor was horrified
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:51 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:51
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
And begged me to spare her
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:51 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:51
lisa von drasek: 
thank your editor for me, please
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:51 lisa von drasek
5:51
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
So I relented. But really, I felt that Theo was a practical farm girl at heart and would not hesitate to put a fat hen on the table for dinner.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:51 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:51
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
lol, Lisa.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:51 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:52
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Yes, it was probably the right call!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:52 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:52
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
To be honest, my kids are NOTHING like Theo or Bodhi
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:52 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:52
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Bodhi was actually inspired by my college roommate.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:52 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:52
lisa von drasek: 
to the gallery... last questions for Laura
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:52 lisa von drasek
5:52
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
She wasn't the daughter of movie stars, but was from a wealthy family in California and had the same irreverence but up-for-anything optimism that Bodhi has.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:52 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:54
lisa von drasek: 
Laura, could you post that Raphael painting from yesterday?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:54 lisa von drasek
5:55
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Hold on:
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:55 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:55
lisa von drasek: 
Do you have a picture of yourself as a young girl?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:55 lisa von drasek
5:55
[Comment From MI LibrarianMI Librarian: ] 
Oh, wow -- of COURSE Bodhi would be based on someone other than your kids! Here's a dumb question -- why did you want to write a book and did you set out to write a middle grade book?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:55 MI Librarian
5:55
[Comment From Deborah BaldwinDeborah Baldwin: ] 
When is your next book due to be published?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:55 Deborah Baldwin
5:55
Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:55 
5:56
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Funny story about this painting -- in the book, Lydon thinks this is the painting Theo has. It's been missing since the war, and is the most important missing painting in the world.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:56 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:56
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
It's a Raphael self portrait.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:56 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:56
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
But after my book was off to publication, it was reported found in an undisclosed Swiss bank vault!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:56 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:56
Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:56 
5:57
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Here's me as a kid.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:57 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:57
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Wishing I could get back to a book.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:57 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:57
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Deborah: I think my book is due out next fall, but that depends on my getting my draft done on time . . . hmmmm . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:57 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:57
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
MI Librarian: I can't say I was always driving to write a middle grade book. . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:57 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:58
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
I just had an idea, and that idea was a middle grade idea!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:58 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:58
lisa von drasek: 
what were you reading when you were 9 and 10?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:58 lisa von drasek
5:58
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
But my mother would be horrified by any book with sex, drugs, drinking, or rock and roll, so I'll be writing MG for a while to come . . .
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:58 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:59
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
My favorite, favorite books in no particular order:
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:59 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:59
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
The Borrowers
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:59 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:59
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
All of a Kind Family series
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:59 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:59
[Comment From MI LibrarianMI Librarian: ] 
You look much happier today. Are you?
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:59 MI Librarian
5:59
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:59 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:59
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
The Westing Game
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:59 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:59
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Little House series
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:59 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
5:59
Nora - EarlyWord: 

Hurrah for THE BORROWERS!


Sorry to say, we're almost out of time.

Thanks so much, Laura and Lisa. And thanks to our participants for so many great questions.

Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:59 Nora - EarlyWord
5:59
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
MI Librarian: Yes, I am much happier now that I am a BPL Power User!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:59 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
6:00
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
This was so much fun! Thank you, everyone!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 6:00 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
6:00
lisa von drasek: 
Thanks for joining us today!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 6:00 lisa von drasek
6:00
[Comment From Deborah BaldwinDeborah Baldwin: ] 
Thank you!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 6:00 Deborah Baldwin
6:00
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Laura -- I didn't reveal this before, but I majored in Art History, so found your book particularly fun. Thanks for the insights.
Wednesday April 23, 2014 6:00 Nora - EarlyWord
6:00
Laura Marx Fitzgerald: 
Thanks, Nora!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 6:00 Laura Marx Fitzgerald
6:01
Nora - EarlyWord: 

This chat will be archived on the Penguin Young Readers page on EarlyWord:

http://penguinyrauthors.earlyword.com

Wednesday April 23, 2014 6:01 Nora - EarlyWord
6:01
[Comment From Jenna GoodallJenna Goodall: ] 
Thanks, Laura!
Wednesday April 23, 2014 6:01 Jenna Goodall
6:01
Nora - EarlyWord: 

If you enjoyed our chat with Laura, tell your colleagues about this program and look for the next book in the program,

The Last Wild by Piers Torday

Wednesday April 23, 2014 6:01 Nora - EarlyWord
 
 

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Saturday, April 19th, 2014

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Arbuthnot

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An accompanying exhibit, Rejoice the Legacy! is open through May 14, 2014.

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Live Chat with Debut Author
Celeste Ng,

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Our Live Chat has concluded. To sign up for the program and join future chats, go to the Penguin Debut Authors Program.

(more information here).

 Live Chat with Celeste Ng, EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU(03/26/2014) 
3:08
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Getting ready for our live online chat with Celeste Ng, author of EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU, coming from The Penguin Press in June.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 3:08 Nora - EarlyWord
3:08
Nora - EarlyWord
Wednesday March 26, 2014 3:08 
3:34
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Below is a special video that Celeste recorded to introduce herself to you...
Wednesday March 26, 2014 3:34 Nora - EarlyWord
3:42
Nora - EarlyWord: 
You are welcome to enter questions at any time. We will try to get to all of them in the hour. Don't worry about typos (and please forgive any on our part!)
Wednesday March 26, 2014 3:42 Nora - EarlyWord
3:43
Celeste: 
Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be here!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 3:43 Celeste
3:44
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Hey, Celeste! Glad to know you're in the house. We'll begin chatting in about 15 minutes.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 3:44 Nora - EarlyWord
3:45
Celeste: 
Looking forward to it!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 3:45 Celeste
4:00
Nora - EarlyWord: 
HI Everyone -- we're ready to start!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:00 Nora - EarlyWord
4:00
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Unfortunately, it seems the comment section is running slow...
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:00 Nora - EarlyWord
4:01
Nora - EarlyWord: 
If comments are not coming through, I may ask you to email me.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:01 Nora - EarlyWord
4:01
Nora - EarlyWord: 
But, let's get started. Welcome, Celeste!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:01 Nora - EarlyWord
4:02
Celeste: 
Thanks, Nora! And hi, everyone!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:02 Celeste
4:02
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I see some people gathered -- please say hi to Celeste!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:02 Nora - EarlyWord
4:04
Nora - EarlyWord: 
OK -- I don't see any comments coming through, so there may be a problem. You can email questions an comments to me -- Nora AT EarlyWord DOT com.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:04 Nora - EarlyWord
4:04
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Let's start with an advance question about your intro video.

One of our program members wants to know how you created that great painting based on the Annie Dillard quote. She says she wants to do her own version of one of her favorite quotes.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:04 Nora - EarlyWord
4:05
Celeste: 
Oh, thank you! I'm happy to tell you how I did the painting.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:05 Celeste
4:05
Nora - EarlyWord
Celeste's Image of a Quote from Annie Dillard
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:05 
4:05
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Here's what it looks like...
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:05 Nora - EarlyWord
4:05
Celeste: 
The painting was inspired by the work of an artist called Lauren DiCioccio (http://laurendicioccio.com), who lays clear plastic over pages from magazines and covers the letters with tiny dots of paint.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:05 Celeste
4:05
Celeste: 
I wanted to use a quote that had special meaning to me and make it beautiful.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:05 Celeste
4:05
Celeste: 
I wrote the quote out on the canvas very lightly, in pencil. Then I got 26 different colors of paint and assigned each letter a color--
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:05 Celeste
4:06
Nora - EarlyWord: 
oops - a bunch of greetings just came in -- will post them...
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:06 Nora - EarlyWord
4:06
[Comment From LucyLucy: ] 
Good afternoon from the Midwest; looking forward to the chat session
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:06 Lucy
 
Celeste: 
Hi Lucy! Nice to meet you!
  Celeste
4:06
Celeste: 
And then I made a blotch of paint over each letter, using the appropriate color. So if you look REALLY closely, you can see the letters very faintly beneath the paint.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:06 Celeste
4:06
[Comment From Sue DSue D: ] 
Hello - I really enjoyed the video Celeste created. My kids horned in and asked me to play it again. They enjoyed it too!!!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:06 Sue D
 
Celeste: 
Ha! Thank you, Sue! So glad you (and your kids) enjoyed it.
  Celeste
4:06
[Comment From LucyLucy: ] 
HI, Celeste
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:06 Lucy
4:06
[Comment From AnneAnne: ] 
Hi Celeste -
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:06 Anne
 
Celeste: 
Hi Anne--welcome and thank you for coming!
  Celeste
4:06
[Comment From CatherineCatherine: ] 
Glad to join you for this author chat! Can't seem to log in to twitter.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:06 Catherine
4:07
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Sue -- sounds like you have some very cool kids!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:07 Nora - EarlyWord
4:08
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Celeste -- I love the telling details in your book, like the heartbreaking moment when Hannah reaches for her mother’s hand and she doesn’t see it. How did you develop that? Is it natural, or did you consciously work on it?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:08 Nora - EarlyWord
4:08
Celeste: 
I've always been drawn to details, and in fact they've always been a big pat of my writing.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:08 Celeste
4:08
Celeste: 
My early stories were probably about 98% detail and 2% plot.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:08 Celeste
4:08
Celeste: 
I've always felt that details aren't just "details"--in a lot of ways, they *are* the story.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:08 Celeste
4:09
Celeste: 
And details help especially with writing about children--those details reveal what they may not be able to verbalize.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:09 Celeste
4:10
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I found it especially effective in portraying children -- it's those details that reveal what they may not be able to verbalize.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:10 Nora - EarlyWord
4:10
Celeste: 
Yes, *exactly!*
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:10 Celeste
4:10
Celeste: 
Those details can put us right into a child's mind.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:10 Celeste
4:11
Nora - EarlyWord: 
And then, for adults, sometimes what we articulate is not what we really feel!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:11 Nora - EarlyWord
4:11
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Another advance question about the video -- from Boston Librarian:

Tell us about the “major structural” changes you mention in the video.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:11 Nora - EarlyWord
4:12
Celeste: 
The first draft of the book was in multiple parts--
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:12 Celeste
4:12
Celeste: 
2 chapters in one time period, then 3 chapters of Marilyn in college, then 3 chapters of James in college, etc.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:12 Celeste
4:12
Celeste: 
That didn't work, so I tried braiding the timelines together--
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:12 Celeste
4:12
Celeste: 
And it took me a long time to figure out how to move back and forth in time, so that past and present made sense together.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:12 Celeste
4:13
Celeste: 
Was that not clear from the diagram? :)
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:13 Celeste
4:13
Celeste: 
(I'm looking at it now, and it kind of bewilders ME...)
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:13 Celeste
4:13
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I'm afraid that the Legal Seafood Menu was much clearer!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:13 Nora - EarlyWord
4:13
[Comment From CatherineCatherine: ] 
As the title suggests, the characters have trouble verbalizing their thoughts and communicating with each other.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:13 Catherine
 
Celeste: 
Catherine, that's a great point--there's so much that these characters leave unsaid, to each other and to themselves.
  Celeste
4:14
Celeste: 
While writing the novel, I kept asking other writers what they'd done, and got vague answers. Now I understand why--we're all just muddling around until things click into place.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:14 Celeste
4:14
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Did you realize you needed to make that change, or did it come from your editor.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:14 Nora - EarlyWord
4:14
Celeste: 
I realized it. The parts of the story weren't coming together the way I wanted them to.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:14 Celeste
4:15
Celeste: 
Fortunately, when I thought I'd gotten it right, my editor agreed!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:15 Celeste
4:15
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I like Catherine's comment about the title. How did you come up with it?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:15 Nora - EarlyWord
4:16
Celeste: 
It came to me in the first draft, as I was roughing out the final scene--it's an echo of one of the final lines of the book.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:16 Celeste
4:16
Celeste: 
It struck me that it really applied to the whole book, and might work as a title.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:16 Celeste
4:16
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I was wondering, as a parent, how are you able to write about something as horrible as a child disappearing. Didn't it scare you?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:16 Nora - EarlyWord
4:17
Celeste: 
It terrified me!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:17 Celeste
4:17
Celeste: 
But that's usually my approach to writing-- I often find myself writing about the things that scare me most.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:17 Celeste
4:17
Celeste: 
It's almost a way of exploring things I hope never to experience in real life. "What would this be like? How would I respond?"
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:17 Celeste
4:17
Celeste: 
I think that often, we write (and read) about horrible things, as a way of stretching ourselves emotionally without going through the experience--an empathy exercise.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:17 Celeste
4:18
Nora - EarlyWord: 
That may also be why we are willing to read books that scare us in some way.

What else have you written?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:18 Nora - EarlyWord
4:18
[Comment From CatherineCatherine: ] 
I think you're quite brave, Celeste, to examine the things that many of us would prefer not to think about.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:18 Catherine
 
Celeste: 
Thank you, Catherine. I'm always happy when readers are willing to read books about things that scare *them*, as well.
  Celeste
4:19
Celeste: 
I've written a bunch of short stories, and some essays--all of which fall under the same category of "exploring things that scare me."
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:19 Celeste
4:19
Celeste: 
And two extremely awful "novels," when I was about 13 and 15, which are consigned to a locked file cabinet.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:19 Celeste
4:20
Nora - EarlyWord: 
How did you get this one published?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:20 Nora - EarlyWord
4:20
Celeste: 
My route was pretty traditional: I started it in grad school, worked on it for 6 years while holding various strange, ill-paying jobs--
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:20 Celeste
4:21
Celeste: 
And then, when it was finished, my agent was able to sell it to the Penguin Press. I was very lucky, in short.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:21 Celeste
4:21
[Comment From LucyLucy: ] 
Were those early novels also explorations of things which scared you?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:21 Lucy
 
Celeste: 
Lucy, they weren't--they were more fantasy/wish fulfillment, like "What if I lived in Colonial America?" (which I thought was a cool time period, at 13). That's one of many reasons they didn't work, I think. :)
  Celeste
4:23
[Comment From A First Flights MemberA First Flights Member: ] 
I found these charachters staying with me and that I was thinking about them long after I had closed the book. Have they stayed with you?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:23 A First Flights Member
 
Celeste: 
Thank you--what a kind thing to say! I'm so glad to hear that. They *have* stayed with me; it's hard to spend 6 years with anyone and not have them work their way into your brain on some level.
  Celeste
Celeste: 
I do miss them, now that the book is done.
  Celeste
4:23
[Comment From CatherineCatherine: ] 
I experienced a very palpable sense of sadness reading this novel. The lost dreams and potential--and the issues of abandonment, alienation, and otherness--really got to me. There's a lot in this story for readers to relate to.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:23 Catherine
 
Celeste: 
Thank you, Catherine (or perhaps I should say, I'm sorry). One of the things I hope the book will do is get readers thinking about otherness, and alienation, and what it's like to be an outsider in some way.
  Celeste
4:24
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I agree, Catherine. I was very moved by another telling detail; the quotes Marilyn had marked in her mother's cookbook and what it said about her. Where did THAT come from, Celeste?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:24 Nora - EarlyWord
4:25
Celeste: 
The cookbook itself is based on my mother's own Betty Crocker cookbook from the 1960s-- which actually had all of that commentary in its recipes. I didn't make those up.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:25 Celeste
4:25
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I wondered if you had made them up, but we have proof that you didn't...
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:25 Nora - EarlyWord
4:26
Celeste: 
I saw them one day while idly flipping through the cookbook, and they just stuck with me. Eventually they found their way into the novel.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:26 Celeste
4:26
Nora - EarlyWord
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:26 
4:26
Nora - EarlyWord: 
That word "behooves" just kills me!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:26 Nora - EarlyWord
4:26
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Here's the one about preserves...
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:26 Nora - EarlyWord
4:26
Nora - EarlyWord
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:26 
4:27
Celeste: 
Those quotes really startled me. And they were all throughout the cookbook--which came out in 1968, by the way. (I backdated it for the novel, so that Marilyn's mother could have it.)
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:27 Celeste
4:27
Nora - EarlyWord: 
And here's the cover of the book -- some of you may still have it in your libraries!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:27 Nora - EarlyWord
4:27
Celeste: 
We tend to think that the era when women were expected to just cook and sew for their families was long ago--but it wasn't actually that long ago. Just a generation or two ago... It's so easy to forget that.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:27 Celeste
4:27
Nora - EarlyWord
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:27 
4:28
Celeste: 
It's strange to say, I actually adore that cookbook. It represents a lot of things that bother me deeply, but at the same time, it belongs to my mother's. It's a complicated object with a complicated personal history.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:28 Celeste
4:28
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Amazing that it came out in 1968 -- that summer students were getting their heads beat in for protesting the war in Chicago -- such disparate strains in the culture at the time!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:28 Nora - EarlyWord
4:28
[Comment From LucyLucy: ] 
I have a copy of this edition in my kitchen and still use it :-)
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:28 Lucy
 
Celeste: 
My mom still uses hers! In fact she won't let me have it because she still uses it as a reference.
  Celeste
4:28
[Comment From CatherineCatherine: ] 
I had one of those Betty Crocker cookbooks and thought it was the bible--it was a required textbook for a home economics class I took in high school!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:28 Catherine
4:29
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I was wondering about the use of the term "Oriental" in your book. It's a fraught term, but of that time. Did you feel strange using it?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:29 Nora - EarlyWord
4:29
[Comment From AndreaAndrea: ] 
I still use my Betty Crocker book. It doesn't have quotes in in , but I did find a four-leaf clover. Perhaps I was hoping it would bring me good luck since my mother really never taught me to cook.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:29 Andrea
 
Celeste: 
Andrea, I love that story.
  Celeste
4:29
Celeste: 
I did feel strange using the term "Oriental." It's a complicated term, as you point out, and not one I use myself...
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:29 Celeste
4:29
Celeste: 
But it would have been inaccurate to use the term "Asian," as we might today.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:29 Celeste
4:29
Celeste: 
And in many ways I also wanted to startle the reader, to jolt them by using a term we don't see much now, as a way of asking them to think about its usage and its implications.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:29 Celeste
4:30
Nora - EarlyWord: 
That also makes me wonder why you chose this particular time period. You're too young to have known it personally.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:30 Nora - EarlyWord
4:31
Celeste: 
Yes, I grew up in the 1980s--so I was *just* after this time period. But my family lived through it, and my childhood was really colored by that experience.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:31 Celeste
4:31
Celeste: 
It was the right time period to explore some of the issues I saw this family grappling with--race and ethnicity, being in a "mixed" marriage, women's roles and opportunities.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:31 Celeste
4:31
Celeste: 
And I was surprised, in writing the novel, how much of the '70s in particular had carried into my childhood: we had rotary phones, record players, all of that. Maybe my family was a throwback? It didn't feel foreign to me.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:31 Celeste
4:33
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I wonder if some people identify with their parents' time periods more than with their own?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:33 Nora - EarlyWord
4:34
What time period do you feel shaped you?
The one I grew up in
 ( 33% )
My parents' time period
 ( 0% )
Both
 ( 50% )
None; I am my own person
 ( 17% )

Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:34 
4:34
[Comment From AndreaAndrea: ] 
First lines are critically important to engage the reader. Did you always have the first line or did it come to you later in the writing process?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:34 Andrea
 
Celeste: 
The first line came in the last draft, actually!
  Celeste
Celeste: 
The original first line was "At first they don't know where Lydia has gone."
  Celeste
Celeste: 
But in the last draft, I wanted it to be more decisive, and to not withhold information from the reader.
  Celeste
Celeste: 
Funnily enough, though, I recently looked back at my very first notes--and I found that when I started writing the proto-draft, I'd started it with "Lydia dies: that's the first thing" and then scrapped it. So the opening kind of came full circle.
  Celeste
4:34
Celeste: 
There's an interesting theory about immigrant families--that in many ways the children sort of get stuck half in the current time and half in the older generation's time period.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:34 Celeste
4:34
Celeste: 
I don't know if that's true, but it's interesting to think about.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:34 Celeste
4:37
Nora - EarlyWord: 
"Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet." IS much more effective and let's the reader in on what happened. Were you afraid to show your hand so early?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:37 Nora - EarlyWord
4:37
Celeste: 
Yes, I was really afraid of "giving too much away" in the early drafts.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:37 Celeste
4:38
Celeste: 
But in the later drafts I realized that the real story is not "Where is Lydia?" but "How did this come to happen?"
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:38 Celeste
4:39
Celeste: 
In the new draft, you know several important things by the end of the first chapter--
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:39 Celeste
4:39
Celeste: 
That Lydia is dead (and where she is), and that Marilyn had also gone missing years before.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:39 Celeste
4:40
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Speaking of Marilyn, I wonder what readers think of that event. Here's another poll.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:40 Nora - EarlyWord
4:40
What did you think of Marilyn leaving?
Surprised by her ambition
 ( 0% )
Understood why
 ( 67% )
Revealed her disconnection
 ( 33% )
Sorry she had to return
 ( 0% )

Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:40 
4:40
[Comment From AndreaAndrea: ] 
I love the first two sentences. It just mde me want to find out the whys, how and whos. It certainly didn't give too much away for me
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:40 Andrea
 
Celeste: 
Thank you, Andrea! That's great to hear.
  Celeste
4:41
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I agree with Andrea; the mystery was how it happened and not so much what happened.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:41 Nora - EarlyWord
4:41
Nora - EarlyWord: 
According to our poll, more people feel their lives were shaped by both their own time period and their parents'. I feel this is true for me, too.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:41 Nora - EarlyWord
4:41
Nora - EarlyWord: 
It seems like James’s wish for his children to have friends is a good counter to their mother’s demand for popularity. Yet, interestingly, you show how heavily each can weigh.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:41 Nora - EarlyWord
4:42
Celeste: 
Yes, I think the real burden is not the particular expectation, but the pressure such a loaded expectation carries with it.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:42 Celeste
4:42
Celeste: 
It's so hard to disappoint your parents. I wonder how many things people do to try and avoid that.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:42 Celeste
4:43
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Why did you choose the daughter, rather than the son, to bear the burden of the mother’s career expectations?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:43 Nora - EarlyWord
4:43
Celeste: 
Marilyn’s expectations are so closely tied up with gender--it made more sense to me that she’d look to Lydia to fulfill those dreams.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:43 Celeste
4:43
[Comment From AndreaAndrea: ] 
I think we all try to please, esppecially our parents. Who wants the burden of that disappointment?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:43 Andrea
4:43
Celeste: 
It wouldn’t have been as revolutionary, or as difficult, for Nath to become a doctor, nor would it have meant as much to Marilyn, I think.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:43 Celeste
4:44
[Comment From Sue DSue D: ] 
Are you planning on touring with your book? If so, where? and are you coming to the Midwest? Say St. Louis??
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:44 Sue D
 
Celeste: 
Sue, I am! I'm working out the tour with my publisher now.
  Celeste
4:45
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Do I get the feeling you're in St. Louis, Sue?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:45 Nora - EarlyWord
4:45
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Are there other ways for librarians to reach you?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:45 Nora - EarlyWord
4:45
[Comment From Sue DSue D: ] 
Yup
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:45 Sue D
4:45
Celeste: 
Currently I have events planned in Boston, NYC, Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, and Ann Arbor--
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:45 Celeste
4:46
Celeste: 
but I'll be working to arrange more. St. Louis would be lovely!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:46 Celeste
4:46
Celeste: 
Right now, you can contact me (or my publicist) directly through my website: celesteng.com.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:46 Celeste
4:46
[Comment From AndreaAndrea: ] 
Where in Houston? I'm there.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:46 Andrea
 
Celeste: 
Andrea, I'll be at Brazos Bookstore!
  Celeste
Celeste: 
It would be lovely to meet you--if you come to the reading, be sure to say hi!
  Celeste
Celeste: 
Oh, the date would probably help. It's tentatively scheduled for July 17, time TBA.
  Celeste
4:46
Celeste: 
There will be a page for book clubs up there soon, with a book club kit that Penguin is designing (we're actually putting it together right now!).
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:46 Celeste
4:46
Celeste: 
And I'll be available to visit book clubs as well, in person locally or via Skype.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:46 Celeste
4:47
Celeste: 
Oh, and all of my events are also listed on my website. (Or will be when I get the details!)
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:47 Celeste
4:47
Nora - EarlyWord: 
We're nearing the end of our chat -- just a few more minutes to get your questions in.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:47 Nora - EarlyWord
4:49
[Comment From LucyLucy: ] 
Oh, will let our book discussion leaders know about the forthcoming book club kit!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:49 Lucy
 
Celeste: 
Lucy, thank you! Please do! It'll have some goodies in there--a playlist, some articles, likely a vintage recipe, and more.
  Celeste
4:49
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Right; I feel this book has rich discussion material for book clubs.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:49 Nora - EarlyWord
4:50
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Speaking of the characters living with you -- I keep wondering how Hannah and Nath grow up. What about you, Celeste? Do you see them as being able to escape the weight of their parents expectations?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:50 Nora - EarlyWord
4:50
Celeste: 
I hope so! I hope that this experience will make their parents more aware of the demands they make on their children...
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:50 Celeste
4:51
Celeste: 
..and make Nath and Hannah more understanding and tolerant of their parents, as well.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:51 Celeste
4:51
[Comment From LucyLucy: ] 
Plenty of 'issues' to talk about along with the cookbook tie in - book club heaven! :)
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:51 Lucy
 
Nora - EarlyWord: 
What a thought! Everyone could learn to cook eggs "husband style"!
  Nora - EarlyWord
4:51
Celeste: 
I tend to think the only way to survive a family tragedy is to grow closer together.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:51 Celeste
4:52
Celeste: 
And I love all of these characters--so that's what I hope will happen for them.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:52 Celeste
4:53
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I am very curious about the character of Jack. I saw the surprise about him coming in a way, but was still surprised. How did you come up with him?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:53 Nora - EarlyWord
4:53
Celeste: 
He was there from the beginning. In the early draft, this neighbor kid kept showing up--
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:53 Celeste
4:54
Celeste: 
--and at a certain point I realized how he fit into their story.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:54 Celeste
4:54
Celeste: 
Jack is actually one of my favorite characters in the book. Am I allowed to say that?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:54 Celeste
4:55
Celeste: 
I feel like I just picked a favorite child.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:55 Celeste
4:55
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Ha! I don't think it's like kids -- I think you CAN have a favorite!

Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:55 Nora - EarlyWord
4:56
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I hear that so often from writers -- that characters "show up" and demand to be in the book. Is it supernatural?
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:56 Nora - EarlyWord
4:56
Celeste: 
For me, it's probably more "subconscious" than "supernatural"--
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:56 Celeste
4:57
Celeste: 
In a lot of ways, writing is kind of an act of faith.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:57 Celeste
4:57
Celeste: 
Your brain puts all these things together and you have to trust that they do, in fact, all fit together somehow.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:57 Celeste
4:57
Nora - EarlyWord: 
We are ending in a just a few minutes. Had to get in this comment from Lucy, envisioning the book club...
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:57 Nora - EarlyWord
4:57
Celeste: 
Or that the character who just keeps showing up and insisting he belongs actually has a role to play.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:57 Celeste
4:57
[Comment From LucyLucy: ] 
I can hear the members discussing which style of eggs their husbands prefer ... :-)
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:57 Lucy
 
Celeste: 
Ha! I love it.
  Celeste
4:58
Nora - EarlyWord: 
We do have to end now. Thanks so much Celeste, for your thoughtful answers.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:58 Nora - EarlyWord
4:58
Celeste: 
Thank you so much, Nora! And thank you to all for chatting!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:58 Celeste
4:59
[Comment From LucyLucy: ] 
"... an act of faith." Your own 'commitment' to the story ...
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:59 Lucy
 
Celeste: 
Lucy, exactly.
  Celeste
5:00
Nora - EarlyWord: 
And thanks to all of you out there for joining us and for your great questions.

This Chat will be archived here on the site.

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And, watch for the ARC of the next title in the program, Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch.
Wednesday March 26, 2014 5:00 Nora - EarlyWord
5:00
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Bye everyone!
Wednesday March 26, 2014 5:00 Nora - EarlyWord
 
 

Watch Celeste’s video message for Librarians.

Live Chat with Debut Author Samuel Gailey

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Wednesday’s Live Chat is with the author of Deep Winter (more information here).

Below, listen to Nora’s audio interview with Samuel.

 Live Chat with Samuel Gailey DEEP WINTER(02/12/2014) 
3:46
Nora - EarlyWord: 
We will begin our live online chat with Samuel Gailey, author of Deep Winter in about 15 minutes.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 3:46 Nora - EarlyWord
3:47
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Meanwhile, here’s the cover of the book…
Wednesday February 12, 2014 3:47 Nora - EarlyWord
3:47
Nora - EarlyWord
Wednesday February 12, 2014 3:47 
3:47
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I just received the hardcover of the book and those letters just glow against the black and white background!
Wednesday February 12, 2014 3:47 Nora - EarlyWord
3:48
Nora - EarlyWordNora - EarlyWord
Wednesday February 12, 2014 3:48 
3:50
Nora - EarlyWord: 
A summary of Deep Winter -- "In the small town of Wyalusing in eastern Pennsylvania, a woman is found brutally murdered one winter night. Next to the body is Danny Bedford, a misunderstood man who suffered a tragic brain injury that left him with limited mental capabilities. Despite his simple life, his intimidating size has caused his neighbors to ostracize him out of fear. So when the local bully-turned-deputy discovers Danny with the body it’s obvious that Danny’s physical strength has finally turned deadly. But in the long, freezing night that follows, the murder is only the first in a series of crimes that viciously upset the town order—an unstoppable chain of violence that appears to make Danny’s guilt increasingly undeniable. With the threat of an approaching blizzard, the local sheriff and a state trooper work through the pre-dawn hours to establish some semblance of peace. As they investigate one incident after another, they discover an intricate web of lies that reveals that not everything in Wyalusing is quite what it seems."
Wednesday February 12, 2014 3:50 Nora - EarlyWord
3:52
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Some quotes from the pre pub reviews -- Booklist -- "...so brilliantly done, so artfully underwritten with not a word wasted, that readers may hate themselves for letting this grim narrative trap them in its coils." Kirkus -- "Gailey writes visually, rendering the characters and action both vivid and alive. Publishers Weekly -- "a moving picture of a man, often referred to as 'retard,' who becomes a moral compass. "
Wednesday February 12, 2014 3:52 Nora - EarlyWord
3:53
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I’m happy to see several chat participants gathering already. You can send your questions through at any time. They'll go into a queue, and we'll submit as many of them as we can to Samuel before the end of the chat. Don’t worry about typos – and please forgive any that we commit!
Wednesday February 12, 2014 3:53 Nora - EarlyWord
4:03
Samuel W. Gailey: 
Hello everyone. Looking forward to your questions and discussing DEEP WINTER.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:03 Samuel W. Gailey
4:03
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Hey, Samuel. Thanks for joining us. Participants -- say hi to Samuel.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:03 Nora - EarlyWord
4:03
[Comment From LilyLily: ] 
Hello!
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:03 Lily
4:04
Catherine - Penguin: 
Hi Samuel, thanks for joining!
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:04 Catherine - Penguin
4:04
Samuel W. Gailey: 
Hello, Lily and Catherine. Thanks for being the first to reply.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:04 Samuel W. Gailey
4:05
[Comment From trishap00trishap00: ] 
Still Deep Winter here first day in a long time above freezing and only for about a hour how about you guys
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:05 trishap00
4:05
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Definitelt! We’re facing yet another snow storm here in the East – feels like the atmosphere of Samuel's book. Bet he's glad he is now living in L.A.

We received some questions in advance. This one is a good place to begin:

I loved the immediacy and intensity the narrative had, with the action occurring over a twelve or eighteen hour period, with various people hunting down Danny. Was that always the plan or did the shortening of the manhunt evolve over time?
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:05 Nora - EarlyWord
4:05
Samuel W. Gailey: 
Sorry to share, but its 80 degrees out here.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:05 Samuel W. Gailey
4:06
Samuel W. Gailey: 
I always envisioned keeping the manhunt contained over a short period of time. I felt that it raised the stakes, created more tension and built better momentum, not giving Danny much time to think – just react.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:06 Samuel W. Gailey
4:08
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Another advance question is about Taggart, the state trooper who comes in to try to help with the case. The question:

The character of Taggart didn't seem to fit well into the narrative for me. What was your goal in creating that character?
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:08 Nora - EarlyWord
4:08
[Comment From Kimberly BowerKimberly Bower: ] 
Hi
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:08 Kimberly Bower
4:08
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Hi Kimberly -- thanks for joining!
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:08 Nora - EarlyWord
4:08
Samuel W. Gailey: 
Great question. Taggart represents an outsider to the story setting. He is not part of this extremely isolated community, and I hoped his perspective into this rural world would be intriguing. I also wanted his struggle with addiction, his doubts and guilt, to contrast those of Sokowski's alcoholism. Whereas Sokowski’s addiction goes unchecked, Taggart wrestles with right and wrong.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:08 Samuel W. Gailey
4:10
Nora - EarlyWord: 
There's a lot of addictions in this story -- adds to the sense of isolation. You grew up in a small town. Did you have that sense of isolation?
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:10 Nora - EarlyWord
4:11
[Comment From Palm DesertPalm Desert: ] 
Does Taggart represent a midpoint between the extremes of Sokowski and Lester?
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:11 Palm Desert
4:11
[Comment From StephanieStephanie: ] 
Hi Samuel, just wondering if you still live in a small town? Do you think this is small town mentality to stereotype large people as menacing or is it more widespread?
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:11 Stephanie
4:11
Samuel W. Gailey: 
Let me speak to the isolation question first...
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:11 Samuel W. Gailey
4:12
Samuel W. Gailey: 
In a community like the one I grew up in (Wyalusing, PA), it’s so far detached from other urban centers that you really have the sense of isolation—being removed from everyone else. I wanted to carry that over to my story, to have my characters trapped in a place in which their only rescue would come from within.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:12 Samuel W. Gailey
4:13
Nora - EarlyWord: 
This photo of Wyalusing really shows that...
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:13 Nora - EarlyWord
4:13
Nora - EarlyWord
"This is the road that Danny Bedford walks to reach the ice pond and in other key scenes of Deep Winter.":.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:13 
4:14
Samuel W. Gailey: 
Good observation, Palm Desert. Yes, Taggart is somewhere in between Sokowski and Lester, in terms of his addiction and as a law officer.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:14 Samuel W. Gailey
4:15
Samuel W. Gailey: 
I no longer live in a small town. Far from that...I'm in Los Angeles...
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:15 Samuel W. Gailey
4:16
Samuel W. Gailey: 
I think Danny would be on the fringe anywhere, but he certainly stands out more in a small town. It's easier to be invisible in a big city.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:16 Samuel W. Gailey
4:17
Nora - EarlyWord: 
What was your inspiration for Danny?
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:17 Nora - EarlyWord
4:18
Samuel W. Gailey: 
Growing up, I knew a kid who was much bigger than the rest of us—taller, heavier, stronger—with an unchecked volatile side about him. He was quiet and kept to himself—he walked the hallways alone, ate by himself, always sat in the back of the classroom...
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:18 Samuel W. Gailey
4:18
Samuel W. Gailey: 
Later in life I discovered he took his own life, and that always stuck with me. As an adult, I look back and realize nobody understood him. I'm not sure anyone even tried to. This real-life character, along with wanting to explore the concept of a child trapped in a man's body, inspired Danny. I wondered what would happen to someone like that if they were accused of a violent murder.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:18 Samuel W. Gailey
4:19
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I feel like we've all known characters like that, trapped for whatever reason by the perceptions of others.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:19 Nora - EarlyWord
4:20
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Danny is rescued by a magical deer. It was a touching image, but the deer struck me as a surprisingly supernatural element in an otherwise grittily realistic story. What made you put her in the story?
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:20 Nora - EarlyWord
4:20
Samuel W. Gailey: 
Yes, absolutely. These are the kind of characters that I've always been drawn to in literature.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:20 Samuel W. Gailey
4:21
Samuel W. Gailey: 
Hunting is a part of everyday life in the area that I grew up in. And almost every hunter that I knew growing up, had a huge respect for the land and wildlife, especially deer....
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:21 Samuel W. Gailey
4:22
Samuel W. Gailey: 
After I wrote the book, I learned that in some cultures a deer symbolizes the combination of gentleness with strength and determination; being in touch with innocence and one’s inner child; as well as moving through obstacles with grace...
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:22 Samuel W. Gailey
4:22
Samuel W. Gailey: 
That could not describe my main character, Danny Bedford, more closely. He’s a child-like man in large body being hunted by a town full of people for a gruesome crime he may or may not have committed. Strange and magical how the subconscious mind works.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:22 Samuel W. Gailey
4:23
Nora - EarlyWord: 
You have this photo of a deer on your site; it embodies that sense of grace and strength...
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:23 Nora - EarlyWord
4:23
Nora - EarlyWord
Photo by Sam Gailey
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:23 
4:25
Nora - EarlyWord: 
How were you able to write the gruesome scene of Mindy's murder? I have to say it was tough to readl
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:25 Nora - EarlyWord
4:26
Samuel W. Gailey: 
I believe that violence should make people uncomfortable...
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:26 Samuel W. Gailey
4:27
Samuel W. Gailey: 
I am a big fan of suspense thrillers and mysteries. Some of my favorite books have dark content and violence, and part of me tapped into that psyche. I have never been a firsthand witness to this kind of violence, but I have been around some domestic violence that perhaps I drew from and expanded upon when it came to writing the scene. Also, as part of the creative process, I let the characters take over and allow them to guide the writing to a certain extent...
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:27 Samuel W. Gailey
4:27
Samuel W. Gailey: 
I wanted the scene itself to play out slowly. Create a build of bad things to come. Sokowski didn't arrive at Mindy's trailer planning to kill or even hurt her. It was an escalation of events. He felt provoked and in his condition of inebriation, he spiraled out of control.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:27 Samuel W. Gailey
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Nora - EarlyWord: 
I straight-out hated Sokowski, but this sounds like you had some sympathy for him.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:28 Nora - EarlyWord
4:28
[Comment From JenniferJennifer: ] 
Hi! Sorry to be late
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:28 Jennifer
4:29
Nora - EarlyWord: 
No worries; always room for more, Jennifer!
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:29 Nora - EarlyWord
4:29
[Comment From trishap00trishap00: ] 
Wow you could be living here in rural KY
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:29 trishap00
4:30
Samuel W. Gailey: 
In regards to Sokowski, I believe most of us are born into innocence, but then it’s our environment that ultimately shapes and defines us. When creating Deputy Sokowski, I didn’t want to merely have a character that was born corrupt. I think like all people that veer off the path of morality, there is a reason for it...
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:30 Samuel W. Gailey
4:30
[Comment From JenniferJennifer: ] 
I liked the pacing and thought having the narrative cover one day was very effective. Was this the original plan or did the shortened timeline develop as the book went along?
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:30 Jennifer
4:30
Samuel W. Gailey: 
Sokowski’s mother abandoned his family when he was a kid. His father took his own life. Sokowski has a physical deformity. All these things manifest and fester, shaping someone like Sokowski, who never had the moral compass to get him back onto a path of righteousness.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:30 Samuel W. Gailey
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[Comment From AnneAnne: ] 
I agree with Nora - did not like Sokowski and really did not like that he used his position to be an even bigger jerk - but loved the storyline
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:31 Anne
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Samuel W. Gailey: 
Hello to Jennifer and Trisha. Thanks for joining.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:31 Samuel W. Gailey
4:31
[Comment From trishap00trishap00: ] 
And yes that is usually how a lot of domestic violence is. At least the ones I had to respond too.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:31 trishap00
4:31
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I love that Palm Desert makes the following comment -- I thought this, too!
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:31 Nora - EarlyWord
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[Comment From Palm DesertPalm Desert: ] 
Found it odd that Lester the State Trooper reads Charles Bukowski.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:32 Palm Desert
4:32
Samuel W. Gailey: 
Thanks, Anne. He definitely abused his position and power.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:32 Samuel W. Gailey
4:32
[Comment From Palm DesertPalm Desert: ] 
Was Sokowski a pot grower as another sign of his corruption?
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:32 Palm Desert
4:33
Samuel W. Gailey: 
Well, Bukowski was a drunk...a very brilliant drunk...but they did have that addiction in common.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:33 Samuel W. Gailey
4:34
Nora - EarlyWord: 
The dislike of Sokowski is growing ...
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:34 Nora - EarlyWord
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[Comment From @bookclubreader@bookclubreader: ] 
Sorry to be joining so late. The book was quite a read. I was struck by the loneliness and desperation of so many of the characters. How they had been rejected. And Sokowski was the most depraved character I've come across in a long time.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:34 @bookclubreader
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Samuel W. Gailey: 
Thanks Palm Desert. Sokowski saw the potential to make money off of pot, but he does craves power and respect as well.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:35 Samuel W. Gailey
4:35
[Comment From JenniferJennifer: ] 
Danny will forgive the town and its people, but can Wyalusing be redeemed?
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:35 Jennifer
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[Comment From trishap00trishap00: ] 
Most jerk cops demand respect and use their power over people to get it. Give the good ones a bad name
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:36 trishap00
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Samuel W. Gailey: 
Jennifer, in my heart, I felt Wyalusing was redeemed by the good characters that reside there. Danny is someone who is emotionally and intellectually stunted, yet somehow unintentionally transforms the lives of those around him.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:37 Samuel W. Gailey
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Nora - EarlyWord: 
Back to my obsession with the deer -- is this going too far? I had the sense that Mindy had returned as the deer to help Danny.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:38 Nora - EarlyWord
4:38
Samuel W. Gailey: 
In regards to Bookclubreader's comment, I revisit the themes of loneliness and desperation in all my writing.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:38 Samuel W. Gailey
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[Comment From trishap00trishap00: ] 
Aww me too Nora
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:39 trishap00
4:39
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Guess we're just two softies, Trish!
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:39 Nora - EarlyWord
4:39
[Comment From bookclubreaderbookclubreader: ] 
I agree about the redemption, Samuel. The townfolk needed to see Danny through another lens, which they eventually did.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:39 bookclubreader
4:39
[Comment From LibraryLessLibraryLess: ] 
RE Response to Jennifer--Yes the ending scene in the diner makes it clear the town was changed.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:39 LibraryLess
4:39
Samuel W. Gailey: 
Wow. Never thought of it in that way. But I love when readers interpret stories in their own way.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:39 Samuel W. Gailey
4:40
Samuel W. Gailey: 
Libraryless, glad you walked away from the story knowing that.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:40 Samuel W. Gailey
4:41
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Deep Winter is coming out next week. Now that you are so close to publication date, has anything surprised you about the process?