Gem & Dixie // group tour dates & locations

I've officially been given permission to share these tour dates and locations. Most of the times are still technically TBD, but you can assume they will be in the evenings. Other than my local to Salt Lake events, I'll be with authors Becky Albertalli (The Upside of Unrequited) and Katie Cotugno (Fireworks). I'm also working on having Very Special Guests with me at the SLC events!

April 4 – The King’s English, Salt Lake City, UT, 7 pm (with special guest?)

April 11 – Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, GA, time TBA (with Becky and Katie)

April 12 – Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC, 7 pm (with Becky and Katie)

April 13 – Yeast Nashville (through Parnassus Books), Nashville, TN, 6:30  p.m.  (with Becky and Katie) TICKETED EVENT -

April 19 – Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX, 7 pm (with Becky and Katie)

April 20 – Barnes & Noble, Frisco, TX, time TBA (with Becky and Katie)

April 21 - PROBABLE but unconfirmed: Weller Book Works, Salt Lake City, UT (with special guest?)


book news: breaking hearts since 2007

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It is a little less than eight weeks until the publication of Gem & Dixie, and nearly four years since my last solo book, The Lucy Variations, was published. Four! In YA time that's like twenty years.

The latest Gem & Dixie news:

The book has been well-reviewed thus far, receiving starred reviews from Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, and Booklist. Matt de la Peña calls it "heartbreaking and honest and beautifully rendered." Sarah Dessen says it broke her heart. Aaron Starmer said it will...break your heart. Hmm, I'm detecting a theme here. You can safely assume from these blurbs that it isn't a breezy romp.

It's been named a Junior Library Guild selection, and will also be published in Turkey! 

Here is a profile and interview Publisher's Weekly did about me and the book, in which you can learn some of the backstory. (They had asked me for a non-headshot candid, and since there are very few pictures of me in my archives other than goofy selfies with my husband or friends, there I am hanging out on the Seine with awkwardly growing-out bangs.)

I'll be touring in April with authors Katie Cotugno and Becky Albertalli. Details to come very soon as everything goes through final confirmation! Meanwhile, feel free to pre-order the book if that's the sort of thing you like to do.

If you're in or near Santa Barbara, I'll be there next week doing some stuff with Westmont College, including a reading and signing that's free and open to the public on Thursday Feb 16th.

And May I Recommend

  • For a good read and cathartic cry, Nina LaCour's new YA novel, We Are Okay
  • To learn about a lesser known civil rights activist and all around inspiring woman, Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams
  • To feed your disturbing obsession with cults, if you have one like mine: Hulu's The Path
  • To feed your disturbing obsession with potatoes, if you have one like mine: Cheesy Hasselback Potato Gratin. I made this on Thanksgiving and it was super good and made great hashbrowns on subsequent mornings (and noons and evenings). Especially recommended if you have a mandolin slicer because it's a lot of dang potatoes to cut. 

A favorite Elton circa 1980s song, Breaking Hearts (Ain't What it Used to Be):

ten year anniversary makeover

Hello from my new web site, debuting approximately ten years after the publication of my first book! It's still sort of in the works as I figure out what the heck I'm doing. It's coming with a blog reboot--c'est la. 

Watch this space for Gem & Dixie tour updates, Story of a Girl movie updates, and, well, you get the idea. The key word is "updates".

Also, in 2017, I'm kicking off a newsletter using the TinyLetter platform. You can sign up here. The content is going to be a thrilling mix of deep thoughts, pop and high culture stuff I like, and pictures of me with Kevin Bacon and regular bacon. It will look a lot better than the old thing that used to mail out my blog posts.

I intend to keep the "tiny" in TinyLetter most of the time, but the first issue might be on the less tiny side as I plan to write about what I've learned in ten years of being a published author.

Until then!