Gabrielle Zevin's Blog

May 18, 2015

A.J. Fikry does refer to blurbs as the “blood diamonds of publishing,” but nonetheless, here are a few books I’ve enjoyed (and blurbed!)over the past several months.


My blurb: “The first rule ofDietland is you should definitely talk about Dietland. And I suspect you’ll want to. Gather your book clubs, gather all the Jennifers you know! At first you’ll think you’re reading a familiar story: a woman who works at a women’s magazine tries to lose weight. And then POW! Dietland lithely moves in w...

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Published on May 18, 2015 09:00 • 37 views

December 15, 2014

I received an amusing reader letter speculating about the connection between Proust’s madeleine and mandelbrodt.

Dear Ms. Zevin: I am enjoying A.J. Fikry enormously.Your mention of Proust raised this memory, and I thought it would interest you..

I bake mandelbrot, which my old Jewish friends from Siberia and Poland tell me is exactly like what their mothers used to bake. Also a friend XXXXtold me they are what her mama in southern Italy made. NPR reported that the madeleines in Proust’s story w...

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Published on December 15, 2014 15:52 • 123 views

November 4, 2014

Greetings People of Goodreads!

You can vote for The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (or perhaps a book you liked better) in the Fiction category of the Goodreads Choice Awards!

My favorite book I read this year is either Stoner by John Williams or The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer.
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Published on November 04, 2014 09:26 • 85 views • Tags: goodreadschoice

April 18, 2014

Win’s Acronym & a Few Notes on My Book Tour

I’ve been on book tour for The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and indeed, I’m still on book tour! Come see me at an event if you have an evening.

Many amazing things have happened to me on this book tour, and when I have a moment to catch my breath, I plan to write about a few of them. I think of the many babies in baskets I have encountered (and the one cat in a basket), the spectacular islands of Washington, the Fikry-reading Sasquatch in Anacortes, etc...

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Published on April 18, 2014 19:44 • 159 views

March 29, 2014

Audie Cornish interviewed me about The Storied Life of A.J. Fikryfor All Things Considered. She issimplya wonderful interviewer and she (and her producerJustine Kenin) could not have been kinder to me or the book. Also over at NPR, they’re asking people to name the three books that define them. You can tweet or tumblr it, using #my3books. Mine areCharlotte’s Web,Then We Came to the End, andSong of Solomon.But really, if you asked me on a different day, you’d probably get a different answer.


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Published on March 29, 2014 13:43 • 118 views

March 21, 2014

It has been a busy, fun couple of months. I’ve been writing books for a while (10 years since I sold my first novel!) and I’ll tell you, there have been many months in my career that have been less busy and less fun. This is to say, I appreciate the busy, fun times quite a lot.

I went to ABA Winter Institute in January. When I arrived at the Seattle airport, there were posters for The Storied Life of A.J. Fikryin the Hudson Bookstores!

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My publisher Algonquin and Litographs, a company whose prod...

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Published on March 21, 2014 11:00 • 94 views

March 7, 2014

Snazzy set of UK bookmarks for Fikry. For those who have already read the book: I can’t help noticing how many of the quotes are Lambiase’s!

Tagged: aj fikry, ajfikry, collected works of aj fikry, collectedworks
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Published on March 07, 2014 10:40 • 82 views

March 6, 2014

I am less interested than once I was. I suspect this is because when I was beginning to write books, I was always looking for signs that I was on the right track. The more books I’ve written, the more confidence I have that the length of the book will be revealed by the story itself.

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Published on March 06, 2014 22:53 • 58 views

Scale model of the Grand Budapest Hotel at the Arclight.

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Published on March 06, 2014 21:27 • 199 views

February 27, 2014

The lobby of my hotel reminds me of @hanscanosa staging Brecht.

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Published on February 27, 2014 21:23 • 42 views