Showing posts from June, 2011

Summer Writing, Will Have Me A Blast

As many of you know, I divide my writing year into four quarters and take a step back from the nets and author visits to write during the summers and winters. I'm working on a YA anthology for called OPEN MIC, a collection of funny pieces about growing up on the margins of race and culture, and writing a middle-grade novel about a boatman's daughter in Bangladesh.

In July I'll be teaching classes on dialog and writing between cultures at the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua, a vocational dream come true. And in August we celebrate our silver wedding anniversary, a personal dream come true. I am a blessed and grateful woman.

I haven't been a very good blogger lately, what with two graduations, college launches, and other major life milestones, but I'll be back on the Fire Escape in September with renewed energy and vision (I hope) to write, read, and chat about life "between cultures." Enjoy the beauty of summer, friends.

It's Thank You Note Season

I did my last author visit of the 2010-2011 school year yesterday and am happily reading snail mail thank you notes from students. Here are three I opened this week. The first is from a seventh-grader in Dorchester, MA, and the second two are from fifth-graders in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where I visited virtually via Skype.

Which Kid/YA Book Folk To Follow On Twitter, Mitali?

Glad you asked. I've compiled several lists of key people since I started using Twitter, so feel free to use them to start following folks like crazy:
139 independent booksellers56 Kid/YA book editors
44 Kid/YA literary agents16 advocates for multicultural Kid/YA books33 literacy champions55 book bloggersGot  suggestions or additions? Leave them in the comments, and I'll add them to my lists.

An Interview With Uma Krishnaswami, Author of THE GRAND PLAN TO FIX EVERYTHING

Today I'm delighted to host my über-talented friend Uma Krishnaswami, on blog tour for her recently released middle-grade novel, THE GRAND PLAN TO FIX EVERYTHING (Atheneum, 2011). But before we spend time with Uma, here's an introduction to her newest sparkling tale ...

"Full of references to Bollywood movie traditions and local customs, this is a delightful romp with a fresh setting and a distinctive and appealing main character." — Kirkus, starred review

"Krishnaswami perfectly captures movie-star infatuation, best-friendship, geographical displacement, and youthful determination in this exuberant blend of American tween life and Indian village culture." — PW, starred review

ABOUT THE BOOK: Eleven-year old Dini loves movies—watching them, reading about them, trying to write her own—especially Bollywood movies. But when her mother tells her some big news, it does not at all jive with the script of her life she has in mind. Her family is moving to …