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I’m a bibliophile and a library devotee.

I write about books, culture, travel, and the arts for the Boston Globe and teach writing at Boston University. Before moving to New England, I was a book reviews editor at School Library Journal in New York City.

HarperCollins will publish my first young adult novel, Even in Paradise, in fall 2014.

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Chelsey Philpot I wouldn't classify any of the research I did for "Even in Paradise" as "weird" per se. Some of it, however, is surprising.

Over the course of writing…more
I wouldn't classify any of the research I did for "Even in Paradise" as "weird" per se. Some of it, however, is surprising.

Over the course of writing "EIP," I learned the social proprieties that must be considered when addressing another person in French. I had to dig out my sophomore Latin notes and rediscover Ovid. I tackled origami and Googled how to weld found-art sculptures. I gathered bottle caps with facts and looked at real estate listings to see what size house can one buy on Nantucket these days. I asked my brother to explain the differences between various Austin Healey models. These are only some of the bizarre tidbits I gathered.

I traveled in the name of research. I went to Nantucket, the Mexican restaurant where I worked as a waitress throughout college, to my old school, and so many other places.

I suppose that the most surprising "thing" I researched for "EIP" was myself. Before I started writing, I went through my journals, reread the books I read in high school, and studied old notes to refresh my memories of physics tests, AP exams, and all the stresses and joys of boarding school life.

If you're still curious about the research and inspirations behind "EIP," you might want to check out a Pinterest page ( I put together. Once the novel was complete, I, too, was curious to figure out what went into it. (less)
Chelsey Philpot The best thing about being a writer? Everything.

Sure, there are days when constructing coherent sentences feels as difficult as writing a…more
The best thing about being a writer? Everything.

Sure, there are days when constructing coherent sentences feels as difficult as writing a dissertation, and there are nights when deadlines loom above my head like those evil monkeys from Wizard of Oz, but those days and nights are still valuable. Writing might be one of the few professions where you learn as much from failure as you do from success.

It's still crazy to me that I AM a journalist and writer. That I get to research, and daydream, and talk to people who I may never have talked to otherwise. I love meeting fellow bibliophiles, reading, outlining, revising...okay, maybe not revising.

If I had to choose, I guess I would say that what I love most about writing, the "best" thing about my career, is that I get start most mornings with a cup of coffee, my imagination, and a question: "What if?"(less)
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"Addison had plenty of heart, and plenty of room in it for other people's shadows."
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Poetry exists because there is no other way to say the things that get said in good poems except in poems. There is something about the right combination of metaphor or image connected to the business of being alive that only poems can do. To me, it makes me feel more alive, reading good poetry.Thomas Lux
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There’s plenty of room for strangeness, mystery, originality, wildness, etc. in poems that also invite the reader into the human and alive center about which the poem circles.Thomas Lux
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"Enduring picture books must be about something bigger than a mere incident. The story problem must explore some large theme or issue. It must have a kernel of truth about life and our world."
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“Even knowing, as I do now, that grace, power, and, yes, love can hide the darkest elements of the human heart, I would do it all again.”
Chelsey Philpot, Even in Paradise

“Before that night, I didn't grasp that the shadows that sometimes crossed her face weren't momentary clouds passing in front of the sun. Her deep silences were more than daydreams. And her habit of standing with her arms wrapped around her ribs was a way of holding herself together.

I didn't get there must be balance.
She couldn't hold so much life, light and joy without also containing their opposites.”
Chelsey Philpot, Even in Paradise

“Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.”
Lemony Snicket, The Beatrice Letters

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”
Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

“There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.”
Leonard Cohen, Selected Poems, 1956-1968

“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There's .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I'm likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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