The Misshapes: Coming for Your Ereader

elisabethdonnelly:

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I cowrote an awesome book with Stu Sherman under a pseudonym, “Alex Flynn,” called The Misshapes for Polis Books which is available for your ereader of choice on Tuesday April 29th. It is the first in a trilogy!

It is a book about teenage superheroes with powers that suck. Our hero, Sarah, is trying to get into the Hero Academy of her dreams … but is she good enough? I feel like it’s a mix of Rushmore, Gilmore Girls, and The Tick. It’s funny and it’s a YA book and it’s the first in a trilogy. I can promise that you’ll fall in love with Sarah’s crush Freedom Boy (the greatest Hero of all, who takes her on a flying date) and Sarah’s badass brother Johnny, who can turn water into alcohol (which is kind of a chronic illness if you think about it too hard) and makes handmade red t-shirts that say “this is not a red shirt.”

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We have an official, single-serving website over here at The Misshapes where you can check out the first couple of chapters and order it in a variety of places.

Say hi on Goodreads.

Follow us on Facebook and you can win a t-shirt for being casually brilliant, which you are!

If you’re in New York, you can come to our book release party on Wednesday, April 30th at Housing Works with so many killer readers and you can also win a t-shirt.

Feel free to share, read, and let the world know! Any bit helps and its super appreciated.

You are the best,

Elisabeth (ie, one half of ALEX FLYNN)

"There were two people above all others who she wanted to read [Half of a Yellow Sun]: her father and Chinua Achebe. Her agent sent it to the latter without telling her, and then called her one day and told her to sit down, she had good news. Then she read Adichie his comment – “We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers” – at which she burst into tears."

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christinaaar:

“You get all this praise for your good behavior but inside you’re seething. I was fairly dutiful, and I felt that way. I’ve always loved that line from Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Revelation’: ‘Go back to hell where you came from, you old wart hog.’ In Wahpeton I was a graveyard-shift waitress who wanted to destroy my customers.”
From an interview with Louise Erdrich, one of my favorite writers, inspiring me to buy some burgundy tights.

Louise Erdrich appreciation blog.

christinaaar:

You get all this praise for your good behavior but inside you’re seething. I was fairly dutiful, and I felt that way. I’ve always loved that line from Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Revelation’: ‘Go back to hell where you came from, you old wart hog.’ In Wahpeton I was a graveyard-shift waitress who wanted to destroy my customers.”

From an interview with Louise Erdrich, one of my favorite writers, inspiring me to buy some burgundy tights.

Louise Erdrich appreciation blog.

(via color-me-damned)

What Happens When You Tell People You're Reading Only Women?

This happened to me last week at book club! (When I said I was reading only female authors and authors of color this year)

The Murderer and the Manuscript

offonatangent:

Almost exactly a year ago, I received an advance copy of a debut private detective novel, a fairly common occurrence in my professional life. But the terse biographical note on this one — “he is currently serving a life sentence” — made my investigative antenna go up, as did a cursory Google search. The result, after a few bursts of reporting and traveling and rewriting and waiting for the right moment on the schedule, appears this weekend in the New York Times Magazine.

It can be a little dangerous to delve too deeply into the story behind the story of a piece, especially if there are multiple objectives and feelings to juggle. All I can say is that I hope we hear much more from Alaric Hunt the writer and the person, but that we should never forget how Joyce Austin’s life was cruelly cut short and what sort of life she might have led.

vintageanchorbooks:

"It’s interesting as a middle minority-somebody somehow in between this great black/white rift-Asian Americans are in a fabulous position to understand a lot of what’s going on because we have entree to high WASP society and there’s no radical black meeting that could be too radical for us. That’s not to say that we could make a home in either one of those, but you can be there as a fly on the wall. That’s not true of every minority in America, and it’s a wonderful vantage point from which to comment on.”
Gish Jen in an interview about “Mona in the Promised Land”

I heart Gish Jen. Been reading her for years, and I think her books keep getting better and better.

Why I Only Read Books by Women in 2013

ashleyeleigh:

flavorpill:

Read More, “Why I Only Read Books by Women in 2013

I was looking at my Goodreads page, and most of the books I read are by women by accident. This year the only books I read written by men were some comic book trades, Silver Linings Playbook and Hemlock Grove (UGH).

Out of the 90-something books I’ve read so far this year, 9 have been by men (and three of those guys are people of color, just to throw that in).  So that’s 90% books by women!

I’m trying to be better about increasing the number of POC authors I read as well.