|Keris's novel Jessie ♥ NYC|
is out in July 2011
She set up a blog auction Authors for Japan which was instantly flooded with donations from authors just relieved to be able to help. People, we made £11,000 (that's USD $17.616.50 or about 763,000 Philippine pesos!!!!!).
And thank you to the folks who bid for my stuff - Brendan Gannon, Natalie Baines, and Victoria Bennion won critiques for their opening chapters; Frances Trimming and Anthony Mariano won the signed and doodled paperbacks of Tall Story. THANK YOU so much!
Though I'm a Random House author, I managed to sneak into an event at Puffin Books last night after a tip-off from friendly undercover librarian Rosie Pike.
Well, it wasn't that cloak and dagger, but grovelling does help get one invited to these things (thank you, Puffin or Penguin, whichever the case may be).
There are far far better reports elsewhere - such as over at Book Witch's blog - the book bloggers got exclusive, schmooze time in a private room with the authors. It always amazes me when I read reports of events I attended - everyone else seems to take better notes than me.
I went because I'd just read Morris Gleitzman's new book Grace - and loved it so much I posted a review on Amazon (I was Reviewer Number Two! Reviewer Number One was Jenny of Wondrous Reads - who lo and behold also happened to be there). Grace is about a girl growing up in a fundamentalist sect.
|Debut author Ruta Sepetys|
|Anna Perera, author of Guantanamo Boy|
Anna travelled to Egypt and visited communities like the one she portrays, assisted by an interpreter. "With Guantanamo Boy, I wanted to challenge the myth that torture could be justified. With this book I wanted to challenge the thinking that people from other cultures aren't anything like us."
Morris, while interviewing fathers who were being shunned by their sects, was shown a letter.
"Dear Dad,You are never going to see me again now that you are with the devil."
"In most families the developing capacity of children to think for themselves is celebrated," he said. But in Grace, the adult extremists refuse to give the children this autonomy.
'Ruta, please watch the gratuitous defecation!'
Added: I forgot to add Morris's riposte and spotted it on Bookwitch's blog- he said: "If necessary, let there be defecation!"
We are handing the world over to our children. The survival of the species depends on their capacity for optimism.