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Erin Bow

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TEN THINGS ABOUT ME:

1. I'm a physicist turned poet turned YA novelist.

2. I am world-famous in Canada, which is kind of like being world-famous in real life.

3. I wrote a book about Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan Polar Confederacy: THE SCORPION RULES, coming fall 2015 from Simon and Schuster.

4. I wrote a not-at-all-cute book with a talking cat in it: PLAIN KATE (called WOOD ANGEL n the UK), Fall 2010

5. I wrote a book about cat's cradles that can repel spirit zombies: SORROW'S KNOT, Fall 2013

6. All these books will make you either cry on the bus or snort milk out your nose. I am dangerous to your dignity and should be stopped.

7. I think Hufflepuff is the best house, Xander was the best Scoobie, Fiv
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Plain Kate
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This weekend I will be at the American Library Association big annual conference in San Francisco. Looking to catch me there? I'll be at the Teen Tastemakers event on Friday, the Simon & Schuster desert party on Saturday night, and the YALSA Coffee Klatch on Sunday morning. The Coffee Klatch will see me speed dating librarians. Fair warning, librarians: I've been married for eighteen year... Read more of this blog post »
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I admit to bias because of my deep personal love for the author, who helps me hide bodies, but -- GAH!!!!! Storytellers who save the world? Sign me UP.

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This book is off-the-wall fun. Sort of Battlestar Galactica meets Ten Things I Hate About You. Ezra and Kady are having the WORST day, like ALGEBRA TEST levels of bad: they just broke up, and now they have to be in class together. Then their planet i ...more
" This picture of my parents was snapped in the fall of 1983 on a Kodak 110 camera. My parents had leant me that camera ahead of a planned school field trip to Ottawa. It was the first time I was going to spend a weekend away from home..." Read more of this blog post »
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This is lined up to be Simon and Schuster's big Middle Grade title for the fall. GOOD CHOICE, S&S.

Set among the apothecaries -- and secret alchemists -- of London in 1665, this book is a perfect MG page-turner, with codes to crack and secret doo
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Scholastic Canada sent me the ARC of this (they are co-publishing with Clarion in the US). I adored the writing in ABOVE, Bobet's first novel, and so was certainly willing to give this a shot, even though my reaction to the first handful of pages was ...more
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“Hope will break the heart better than any sorrow.”
Erin Bow, Plain Kate

“No writing is wasted. Did you know that sourdough from San Francisco is leavened partly by a bacteria called lactobacillus sanfrancisensis? It is native to the soil there, and does not do well elsewhere. But any kitchen can become an ecosystem. If you bake a lot, your kitchen will become a happy home to wild yeasts, and all your bread will taste better. Even a failed loaf is not wasted. Likewise, cheese makers wash the dairy floor with whey. Tomato gardeners compost with rotten tomatoes. No writing is wasted: the words you can't put in your book can wash the floor, live in the soil, lurk around in the air. They will make the next words better.”
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“I have business to conduct in the language of fur and claw.”
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“Hope will break the heart better than any sorrow.”
Erin Bow, Plain Kate

“No writing is wasted. Did you know that sourdough from San Francisco is leavened partly by a bacteria called lactobacillus sanfrancisensis? It is native to the soil there, and does not do well elsewhere. But any kitchen can become an ecosystem. If you bake a lot, your kitchen will become a happy home to wild yeasts, and all your bread will taste better. Even a failed loaf is not wasted. Likewise, cheese makers wash the dairy floor with whey. Tomato gardeners compost with rotten tomatoes. No writing is wasted: the words you can't put in your book can wash the floor, live in the soil, lurk around in the air. They will make the next words better.”
Erin Bow

“Fantasy elevates ordinary and eternal problems of young people into stories via the language of myth. It turns “No one really knows me” into “I’ve got a secret identity.” It turns “I don’t understand why other people act the way they do” into “I’m trapped in a faerie realm.” It turns “my high school must have been built over the mouth of hell” into “my high school must have been built over the mouth of hell.”

There are certain things in life that are glorious, and they are glorious for everyone. There are more that are hard, and they are hard for everyone. We like to see these things retold, but with dragons.”
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“Be brave. Things will find their shape.”
Erin Bow, Plain Kate

“It's true that when you read YA you rarely have to read about middle-aged men having affairs. Personally I consider that a plus.”
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Sangr1a Thanks for your friendship, Erin! :)


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