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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, Simon & Schuster Fall 2015
4. I wrote a not-at-all-cute book with a talking cat in it: PLAIN KATE (called WOOD ANGEL in the UK), Scholastic Fall 2010
5. I wrote a book about cat's cradles that can repel spirit zombies: SORROW'S KNOT, Scholastic 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
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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…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.

(And don't get me started on Talis.) (less)
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Last fall, CBC Books asked students from coast to coast to give us a glimpse of the great Canadian novel of the year 2167, presenting how current-day trends and issues have evolved in 150 years. Over 2,400 young writers wrote the first page of that novel. A dedicated team at CBC books narrowed it down, and then it was my happy job to read the best of them. Next Monday we will announce the two w... Read more of this blog post »
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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.

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Osip Mandelstam was one of the four great poets of 20th century Russia. I came across him because one of the other poets, Akhmatova, is one of my all-time favorites, and I was told I really could not set about memorizing her Requiem without knowing m ...more
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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.”
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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.”
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.”
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“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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