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SHIP BREAKER gets a new cover

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 in News, Ship Breaker, Writing | 4 comments

The paperback release of SHIP BREAKER seems to be making its way into the wild, a little ahead of its official Oct. 3 release day. Here’s the new cover, with all its shiny medals, and a more adventure-oriented design. I quite like...

Some thoughts after the National Book Awards

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 in Awards, Blog, Ship Breaker, The Windup Girl | 10 comments

Above: Myself and Jennifer Hunt, my fabulous editor; My agent extraordinaire, Martha Millard, myself, and Anjula, the one who believed in me before anyone; and finally, Sara Zarr, NBA judge and previous finalist, along with myself and Jen, throwing the Little, Brown salute. I had a ridiculously good time at the National Book Awards. Lots of readings and signings and fancy dinners and fabulous company. Alas, SHIP BREAKER did not win. But, you know, I’ve won a lot of awards this year, so I’m not complaining. When you’ve eaten as much cake with as much icing as I have, it’s hard to whine about not getting a third (or...

SHIP BREAKER is a Finalist for the National Book Award

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 in Awards, News, Ship Breaker | 5 comments

This is so cool that I feel like anything I say just diminishes it. Yes, it’s an honor. Yes, I’m thrilled and overwhelmed and delighted. Three days later, I still haven’t gone back to self-loathing and doubt, which might be a record for me. I feel hugely affirmed and supported by this, particularly as I work on my current project, and I’m grateful for...

Signed copies of SHIP BREAKER, WINDUP GIRL, etc.

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 in News, Ship Breaker, The Windup Girl | 3 comments

I was out at the Southern Festival of Books last weekend, and came across a problem that I hadn’t encountered before. A book collector bought up a large amount of the stock and so some people were unable to get copies at the festival. While it’s nice to see your books in demand, you’d also prefer to see everyone have an opportunity to actually get a copy. In any case, if you’re looking for signed copies of my books, you can order them from Expressions Bookstore in Paonia, CO. Stephanie Latourette is happy to ship orders for a reasonable fee. Her contact email is expressionsbooks (AT)...

Appearing in NYC

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 in Appearances, Pump Six and Other Stories, Ship Breaker, The Windup Girl |

An update on my whereabouts as I roam the East Coast. I’m in NYC for the next few days, and will be doing some readings and signings around town. July 1, 7pm, I’ll be at McNally Jackson reading and signing SHIP BREAKER and WINDUP GIRL with Scott Westerfeld, author of LEVIATHAN (and so many other cool titles), and Jon Armstrong, author of GREY. July 3, I’ll be appearing on WBAI’s Hour of the Wolf from 5am-7am (yes, *am*, bring coffee, please, bring coffee). Should be a good time on 99.5 FM. July 6, 7pm, I’ll be reading with Nebula-nominated author Saladin Ahmed at the NYRSF Reading Series at the...

SHIP BREAKER released

Posted on May 2, 2010 in News, Ship Breaker, Writing | 11 comments

SHIP BREAKER, my debut YA novel is out in the wild. I heard that it’s been popping up in stores over the last week, but now it’s officially released. Here’s the book, with my son doing the heavy lifting: SHIP BREAKER was a chance for me to write a high-octane adventure story while still touching on themes like peak oil and global warming that fascinate me. It focuses on Nailer, a boy working scavenge on a ship breaking operation, tearing apart the last oil tankers and freighters of the Accelerated Age. It’s dirty, deadly work, and he and the rest of his crew are always one failed quota away...

I’ve sold a book!

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 in News, Ship Breaker, Writing | 33 comments

My agent tells me that I’m allowed to shout it from the rooftops. The book in question is SHIP BREAKER, a young adult novel about all of my favorite things: global warming, peak oil, genetic engineering, poverty and collapsed societies. You know, happy fun stuff. Fortunately, it’s also a ripping adventure. Joe Monti at Little, Brown is the cool guy who decided to buy it, in a two-book deal. Now, I know I’ve been talking about my other book THE WINDUP GIRL aka the “big book” mentioned in an earlier post (all 150,000 door-stopping words of it)– that one is still in the works. Should be done by the...