NoVa Teen Book Festival takes place in a high school—an odd but fitting location for an event centered on young adult fiction. This was my first year attending, and I enjoyed the community feel and intimate set up as I cozied up to long-time favorite authors like Libba Bray and new infatuations like Heidi Heilig.
I thought I was a big fairy tale buff, until I met one of my favorite authors, Naomi Novik, who totally has me beat. Novik is known for her Napoleonic-wars-but-with-dragons Temeraire series and her slavic folktale-infused novel Uprooted. This summer, I saw her on tour promoting her new book, Spinning Silver, a Rumpelstiltskin retelling. Continue reading “Author Spotlight: Naomi Novik”
Last autumn, I was lucky enough to attend a book signing by Amy Tan, promoting her new book Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir. As one of the big names writing about Asian American experiences, you may know her as the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Valley of Amazement, or even Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat. I use this “author spotlight” heading to profile authors I’ve met, new authors, diverse authors, or authors I just think everyone should know about. Below I will discuss some of the themes in Tan’s books and life that relate to diversity as well as some fun facts to paint a picture of her as more than just “that second-generation Chinese American who writes about moms and daughters.”