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Christopher Barzak

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Christopher Barzak is the author of the Crawford Award winning novel, One for Sorrow, which was made into the Sundance feature film, Jamie Marks is Dead. His second novel, The Love We Share Without Knowing, was a finalist for the Nebula and Tiptree Awards. His third novel, Wonders of the Invisible World, is a Stonewall Honor Book. He is also the author of Before and Afterlives, which won the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Collection. His most current novel is, The Gone Away Place. He grew up in rural Ohio, has lived in a southern California beach town, the capital of Michigan, and has taught English outside of Tokyo, Japan. Currently he teaches fiction writing in the Northeast Ohio MFA program at Youngstown State University.

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Christopher Barzak I tend to not believe in writer's block as a real psychological block, so much as a period in the process of writing where a writer isn't necessarily…moreI tend to not believe in writer's block as a real psychological block, so much as a period in the process of writing where a writer isn't necessarily blocked so much as figuring out how to go forward on a story or novel. So it's a place where I'm figuring things out. I go easy on myself in these periods, because feeling guilty only makes me spin my wheels and make the rut harder to climb out of. Waiting and letting myself continue to imagine the story freely, without demanding I be necessarily at the keyboard to do this, can help get me out of most ruts. (less)
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The Gone Away Place

It’s been forever and a few days since I last posted anything on my website, but I wanted to make sure to note that today my new novel, The Gone Away Place, releases from Knopf Books for Young Readers. I’m excited as always to have a new book go out into the world, where it will hopefully find the exactly right readers who didn’t know they were even waiting for it, as well as those who have bee...

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Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak
"This is a sweet, fairytale-like book about curses and death and love. As a baby queer, I would have loved the romance, but as a middle-aged queer, that part was kind of meh for me. (Jarrod, buddy, try having your own life instead of just being a c..." Read more of this review »
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"I can't remember the last time I read a book in a single day. Reading this book was an amazing experience for me- I can't remember the number of times I had to look up from the page just to let myself think about how much I've felt like Aiden. In..." Read more of this review »
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"Este autor siempre acierta conmigo. La historia quizás sea algo juvenil, pero te acaba llegando al corazón. 6/5"
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“Don’t ever put your happiness in someone else’s hands. They’ll drop it. They’ll drop it every time.”
Christopher Barzak, One for Sorrow

“Nothing is more real than the masks we make to show each other who we are.”
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“Sometimes you've got to be able to listen to yourself and be okay with no one else understanding.”
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Christopher Karin wrote: "Somehow I missed the announcement about the film for OFS going to Sundance - Amber told me. SO CONGRATULATIONS!!! We were reminiscing about reading the book at BH2003. All of this success could not..."

Thank you!! I'm sooo excited! And somewhat still in disbelief!!!


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Karin Somehow I missed the announcement about the film for OFS going to Sundance - Amber told me. SO CONGRATULATIONS!!! We were reminiscing about reading the book at BH2003. All of this success could not be more deserved!


Christopher Lettie wrote: "Hi Christopher: Thanks for the friendship add. I enjoyed your piece in Interfictions. Best,"

Thank you so much, Letti! I always love to hear when something I wrote connected with a reader!


Lettie Prell Hi Christopher: Thanks for the friendship add. I enjoyed your piece in Interfictions. Best,


Christopher My pleasure!


Pamela Hey Christopher...Thanks for accepting my friend request.


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