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.”
One of the first things I did when stuff started falling into place with my writing career was talk about it with people like it was all this questionable accident. “Yeah, I wrote a book and it’s being published,” I’d say, like it was nothing—not like it was easy, but like it was literally nothing. It was amazing how quickly I was willing to let go of the hard work and sacrifices I’d made in hopes the thing I wanted to happen would. When it did, I did not want anyone to be uncomfortable or, God forbid, like me less for my accomplishments. Before I gave anyone a chance to be proud of me, to celebrate with me, I wanted them to know I was so sorry first.
Eventually a friend emailed me and told me I could work that angle less and when she did, I realized how truly scared I was of claiming my part in what I made happen for me. It’s so sad so many of the accomplished, hardworking women I know struggle with owning their success. How immediately they will tear themselves out of that part of the picture because it just doesn’t look as nice with them in it.
Anyway, what I’m trying to say here is: that’s enough of that. Let’s stop.
So many women I know do this. I’ve done it myself.
I’m also very, very guilty of doing this. But the truth is, being a woman and a writer is not something to apologize for, but something to be proud of. So I’m working on lifting my chin and owning my success, instead of sheepishly acting like I’m just renting it.
Artist and architect Yusuke Oono has designed an amazing series of 40-page books that fan out into 360-degree storybooks. Can you say OMG?
Q:Hi! I literally just finished the book (I happened to read your acknowledgments page and realized that you had a tumblr,so) Quick question- why did you change some franchise names but leave others? For example, you left the HP franchise as it was, but changed the names of some video game series.
Good catch- Quite a lot of things in TBoE are made up. The town. The floating movie theater. Most of the slang they use. When Ezra mentions Harry Potter, he’s talking about something that was a big part of his childhood, and I wanted it to resonate with readers’ own experiences. When he mentions a game he’s playing on his phone, it doesn’t really matter what the game is.
ATTENTION: All artists or anyone who does anything that other people critique: You should watch this.
I love it for several reasons, but the most important one is:
- He turns the haters and their speech into a work of HIS art
- He points out that the haters don’t know THE PERSON just because they know the work.
Two really important things for anyone who makes art to remember.