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Cat Winters

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Cat Winters is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author of five novels for teens: IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, THE CURE FOR DREAMING, THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY, ODD & TRUE, and THE RAVEN'S TALE. She has been named a Morris Award finalist, a Bram Stoker Award nominee, and an Oregon Spirit Book Award winner, and her young adult novels have appeared on Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist best-of-the-year lists, as well as numerous state lists. She is also the author of two novels for adults, THE UNINVITED and YESTERNIGHT, and she contributed to the young adult horror anthology SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS. Her debut picture book, CUT!: HOW LOTTE REINIGER AND A PAIR OF SCISSORS REVOLUTIONIZED ANIMATION, written as C.E. Winters, will ...more

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Cat Winters I love hearing from Portlanders who enjoyed seeing the city represented in the novel! I used various research methods to learn what life was like in 1…moreI love hearing from Portlanders who enjoyed seeing the city represented in the novel! I used various research methods to learn what life was like in 1900 Portland. Thankfully, organizations such as the Oregon Historical Society and the University of Oregon Libraries have preserved countless historical documents that can be easily read both online and at research archives, so I spent a great deal of time sorting through photos and papers from the past. I also read through scanned copies of The Oregonian from the specific dates used in the novel, which was EXTREMELY helpful in researching daily life in the city during that moment in time. Being a local, I traveled through the city and photographed the historical sites that still exist, as well as the tiny fragments of reminders of long-gone sites (such as the Portland Hotel, which formally stood at the site of Pioneer Square). I also read various books about the city, including Portland: People, Politics, and Power, 1851-2000, by Jewel Lansing, and Wicked Portland: The Wild and Lusty Underworld of a Frontier Seaport Town, by Finn J.D. John. To learn about the local suffrage movement in the late 1800s, I pored over Yours for Liberty: Selections from Abigail Scott Duniway's Suffrage Newspaper, edited by Jean M. Ward and Elaine A. Maveety.

You can catch a little bit more about my research on a recent episode of Oregon Art Beat that aired in October: http://www.opb.org/television/program....

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Cat Winters I'm currently working on a few projects. My next book will be an adult novel called THE UNINVITED (HarperCollins, August 2015), and I'm waiting for th…moreI'm currently working on a few projects. My next book will be an adult novel called THE UNINVITED (HarperCollins, August 2015), and I'm waiting for the last of the edits for that one. Also in the works are a short story for the YA horror anthology SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS (Penguin, August 2015) and a third YA novel, THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY(Abrams, Spring 2016). Plus I've just started writing a top-secret new book. (less)
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Now Available: CUT!

My debut picture book biography, Cut!: How Lotte Reiniger and a Pair of Scissors Revolutionized Animation, is now available! Matt Schu is the illustrator, and his drawings spectacularly bring Lotte's real-life world of early-1900s art and cinema to life, while also paying tribute to the exquisite use of shadow of light in Lotte's films. 

Who was Lotte Reiniger? She was the creator of the oldest

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“Don’t ever worry what the boys who don’t appreciate originality think of you. They’re fools.”
Cat Winters, In the Shadow of Blackbirds
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“Why can't a girl be smart without it being explained away as a rare supernatural phenomenon?”
Cat Winters, In the Shadow of Blackbirds

“I love that books allow us to experience other lives without us ever having to change where we live or who we are.”
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“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
Madeleine L'Engle

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
George Eliot

“I nearly always write just as I nearly always breathe.”
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

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Join critically acclaimed debut author Cat Winters for a discussion group in celebration of her 2013 release, IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS. This group ...more
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Cat Winters Thank you so much, Kim! I'm thrilled you enjoyed it. Your note made my day!


message 3: by Kim

Kim Thank you for your friendship! In the Shadow of Blackbirds is the best book I've read in a very long time. Absolutely loved it and can't wait for your next book!


message 2: by Cat

Cat Winters Genie wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request :)
Your novel In the Shadow of Blackbirds looks fantastic and I can't wait to discover more of your work"


Thank you, Genie! :)


Eugenia (Genie In A Book) Thanks for accepting my friend request :)
Your novel In the Shadow of Blackbirds looks fantastic and I can't wait to discover more of your work


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