And I realized that there’s a big difference between deciding to leave and knowing where to go.
Art hurts. Art urges voyages — and it is easier to stay at home.
Sunday, March 2nd
In Conversation with Lev Grossman (THE MAGICIANS)
Monday, March 3rd
Story Crush Tour
With Katie Cotugno (HOW TO LOVE), Melissa Kantor (MAYBE ONE DAY),
So excited for Panic! (And for my tour dates with Lauren Oliver in Fairless Hills, Decatur, and Charleston!)
Q:Hi Robyn. Your book is one of the finest novels I have read in quite a while. Thank you very much for your contribution to my bookshelf, and I am looking forward to your next one with great anticipation. (P.S, thank you for the DW references. As a proud Brit and Whovian, they're always a happy treat) :)
Thank you very much, sir, and might I suggest the lavender bow tie if you are thinking of buying one for the book to wear.
Book Tour! All of the little TBoEs and I are coming for you! (If you live in MA, NY, PA, GA, or SC)
Q:I don't feel like calling you a female version of John Green or comparing any of your book and his book. You're you! Unique! Looking forward to more books!
Thank you. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, not a ‘female version’ of another writer, so it’s very strange to hear people say that, although I know they mean it as a compliment. More books from me are forthcoming. Stay tuned.
Q:How did you come up with the names of your characters? Do they have special meaning, or did you just pick them out because they sounded nice?
In college, a boy I was dating got upset when he read a short story I’d written in creative writing. The narrator was called Ezra. “You can’t use that name,” he told me, “because you know my cousin is named Ezra.” I rolled my eyes and asked what other names were “off limits.” He gave me a long list, and I told him that was the stupidest rule I’d ever heard, and the next novel I wrote would have a narrator named Ezra.
Faulkner because William Faulkner wrote about a fictitious place based on where he grew up, and because it’s a last name that doesn’t at all match the idea of a golden boy jock, and I liked the idea of a disconnect between who you thought a boy with a literary last name would be, and who Ezra was for a long time.
Cassidy’s last name, Thorpe, means Hamlet. Do with that what you will.
Phoebe is the kid sister of the group, a Catcher In The Rye reference.
The town is Eastwood, like East Egg from Gatsby.
Those are really the important ones.
“There’s a word for it,” she told me, “in French, for when you have a lingering impression of something having passed by. Sillage. I always think of it when a firework explodes and lights up the smoke from the ones before it.”
"That’s a terrible word," I teased. "It’s like an excuse for holding onto the past."
"Well, I think it’s beautiful. A word for remembering small moments destined to be lost.”