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 write books for young readers and people like me who didn't grow up. All my books will either will make you either cry on the bus or snort milk out your nose. I am dangerous to your dignity and should be stopped.
4. I needed WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS to have a happy ending, so I wrote a middle-grade book called STAND ON THE SKY
5. I needed a book with a Spock-like hero who was also a queer girl, so I wrote THE SCORPION RULES, and its sequel THE SWAN RIDERS.
6. I think cats can actually talk, but don't find us worthy, hence PLAIN KATE.
7. I hate horror, so I wrote a horror: SORROW'S K
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Erin Bow I'm not great at English-teacher kind of labels, but I am interested in villains who have actual human motivations. Real people don't set out (for exa…moreI'm not great at English-teacher kind of labels, but I am interested in villains who have actual human motivations. Real people don't set out (for example) to destroy a city just for kicks and mustache wax. They have reasons. They are wrong, of course, but they still have reasons.

It's more interesting to me as a writer and reader if the villain's reasons are ones I can relate to. I am not drawn at all to villains like Sauron or Voldemort, who simply want power, or immortality, or to watch the world burn. I like instead villains who can be cast as heroes who have gone wrong.

And so I like Linay. He is motivated by grief, love, and a desire to save his sister, with perhaps a side-helping of madness and revenge. Kate, who also feels grief, love, and the longing for family, connects to that in him. She also thinks he is terrifying and needs to be stopped. What interests me is that those two things are not a contradiction.

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Here's a round up of photos from one of the most stunning nights of my life -- the ceremony awarding the Governor General's Literary Awards. The ceremony was held at Rideau Hall -- the residence of the Canadian Head of State, the Governor General -- currently Julie Payette, an astronaut. It's an enormous stone mansion with beef eater guards and protocol officers in naval dress uniforms who walk yo Read more of this blog post »
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This is an elaborate, stylish book that demands your whole attention, and does not mix well with heavy-duty painkillers. Those painkillers probably account for my struggle to get through the first few chapters, because once I was through them I was a ...more
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So it's *possible* that the universe is enacted information, in the way that that a virtual reality is enacted code. Mathematics first, physical universe as an emergent property.

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Ooo, this one was yummy. I didn't even pick it out; James brought it home for me and it was better than a box of chocolates.

I'm a Holmes fan -- not a rabid one, and certainly not a Holmesian scholar, but I did read the original stories over and over
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Actually *I* bind my drafts, just at Kinkos. I find it easier to pretend to read a manuscript as
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“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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“Hope will break the heart better than any sorrow.”
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“At night the fog was thick and full of light, and sometimes voices.”
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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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