Carole Geithner's Blog

December 15, 2017

Check out these just-released videos of The Conversation: Stories that Matter event about early mother loss. Filmed at HBO headquarters in NYC, this inspiring 2017 convoseries.com event featured Hope Edelman, author of Motherless Daughters, Claire Bidwell Smith, author of The Rules of Inheritance, Allison Gilbert, author of Passed and Present, Cara Belvin, founder of EmpowerHER, Rebecca Soffer, cofounder of Modern Loss, writer Gail Eisenberg, entrepreneur Jen Bilik, college student Eva Bloche, author Cynthia Whipple, documentary filmmakers Carlye Rubin and Katie Green, and author Carole Geithner.

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March 23, 2016

Today, If Only was published in Japanese!!! The title is Sayonara Mama. For those of you who don't know any Japanese, that means "Goodbye Mama." Although I lived in Tokyo for two years, I only knew "survival" Japanese, such as "Where is the bathroom," and "May I please have a glass of water." It's an odd feeling not to be able to read the book or to know how certain things translated. Fortunately, I have a lot of faith in the wonderful translator, Yoriko, who consulted with me when she needed clarification on cultural references and phrases to help it make sense to Japanese readers. What do you think of the cover on this Japanese edition?

View new Japanese cover image on imgur.com
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Published on March 23, 2016 11:58 • 92 views • Tags: japanese, new-cover-art, translation

March 21, 2016

I will be leading a 3 session workshop for adults at the Fairfield County Writers' Studio in Westport, CT. Wednesdays from 1-2:30 pm, April 27, May 4, May 11, 2016.

Come explore your feelings of loss and grief through writing in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Class will include writing prompts and optional sharing. For more information and to register.
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Published on March 21, 2016 13:03 • 93 views • Tags: ct, fairfield-county-writers-studio, grief-and-loss, westport, writing-workshop

February 8, 2016

Two sixth graders, Megan and Juliette, shared their book art with me. Aren't they talented? I love hearing from readers!


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Published on February 08, 2016 15:15 • 186 views • Tags: art-teacher, book-review, cover-art, integrating-reading-and-art, sixth-grade-reader

July 31, 2015

I was so happy to receive photos of If Only being read by members of a book group run by English in Mind, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Volunteer Perry recently led adult readers in discussions around loss, recovery, and resilience. They also read Lee and Bob Woodward's book, In An Instant, about his devastating injury while covering the Iraq war and his path to recovery.
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October 19, 2014

I woke up to an email from a 12-year-old reader that was music to my eyes and ears:

"I have so many connections with this book that while reading it, I teared up. I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely love this book. It brings back thousands of memories. I actually feel like I'm Corinna since I loss my mother back in December. It was hard but I'm still alive. I honestly think that so far, this has to be the best book I've ever read in my life."

Hearing from readers who felt moved by my writing makes the long, winding, and challenging road of bringing a book into existence all worthwhile, and it's just the motivation I needed today as I churn and shape the characters and plot of my next book!
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Published on October 19, 2014 07:05 • 122 views • Tags: memories, reader-review

July 29, 2014

One of the most fun parts of being a writer of a young adult book has been my "job" of being one of the judges in this writing contest. Here's the webcast of the inspiring awards ceremony that recently took place in NYC.
http://www.artandwriting.org/carnegie..."
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Published on July 29, 2014 18:16 • 133 views • Tags: 2014, creative-writing-contest, creativity, michelle-obama, nation-s-most-creative-teens, self-expression

May 6, 2014

TURNING THE PAGE brings authors to partner schools in DC as part of their efforts to bring books to life and support DC public school students and families. It was my honor and great fun to join the kids, parents, mentors, and teachers at Kramer Middle School for dinner and conversation last week. Students who read IF ONLY in a book group did a powerful word art project with Kori Johnson, the partnership manager at TTP, based on the similar challenges faced by the protagonist and the students. Check out this fabulous non-profit that is truly making a difference. http://www.turningthepage.org

Check out these photos!

Author Carole Geithner shares her book "If Only" with families & teachers at Kramer MS! #TTPCommunityhttp://t.co/VoFWZF25jv

— Turning the Page (@TTPageDC) May 1, 2014

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Published on May 06, 2014 08:54 • 143 views • Tags: author-events, bringing-families-together, community-nights, dc-public-schools, literacy, non-profit, reading

April 23, 2014

Recently, I received a very thoughtful and poignant letter written by a sixth grade student as part of the Letters about Literature campaign for Ohio. The Center for the Book, which is housed in the Library of Congress, asks participating students in grades 4-12 to write a personal, heartfelt, reflective letter to an author of a novel, poem, speech, or true story. Students are asked to describe what enlightenment or positive changes developed in the students' lives as a result of their reading the author's work. It was my great pleasure to read her very moving letter and respond to her. What a great idea for encouraging reading, self-reflection, and personal development!
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March 31, 2014

Scholastic Reading Clubs will be creating a paperback edition of IF ONLY, available in November 2014! Hopefully, that will make it possible for more schools to access the book.
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Published on March 31, 2014 16:36 • 143 views • Tags: book-clubs, paperback, scholastic-publishing