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Leigh Bardugo Interview!

"Writing a heist is like trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle when you've never seen the front of the box."

 

Leigh Bardugo, author of the Grisha Trilogy, set out on her book tour this week, but was nice enough to answer a few questions about her new book Six of Crows, which takes place in the same universe as the original trilogy.

Q: In Six of Crows, you write from multiple characters’ points of view, was it difficult to develop a different voice for each character?

A: Some characters stepped on stage talking very loudly. Others were a little bit more coy. It usually takes a couple of drafts for me to really settle into a voice the way I want to. Music really helps with that too. Whenever I wrote Kaz's chapters, I'd cue up "Sinister Kid" by the Black Keys.

Q: Who was your favorite character to write?

A: Oh, definitely Matthias. He's just so intense about everything—very formal, very dedicated to remaining in control, but with all of these emotions he has no idea what to do with.

Q: Did you struggle with deciding which POV to write an event through or did it flow naturally?

A: For the most part, it was a pretty organic process. The first draft—and it was extremely rough—came together very quickly, and when I would reach the end of a scene, it was as if another character would step forward and say, "Oh, I've got this." 

Q: There are so many pieces working together in Six of Crows to create the crazy twists and turns, how did you keep it all straight?

A: By any means necessary. I wrote in Scrivener and Word. I outlined. I wrote longhand. I made charts on a whiteboard. I even put the big heist sequence in my Google calendar in fifteen minute increments. Writing a heist is like trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle when you've never seen the front of the box. 

Q: If Six of Crows were made into a film, who would you like to see cast?

A: This is always such a hard question! I've seen readers cast Joseph Gordon Levitt and Cillian Murphy as Kaz and I like both of those options. I think Kat Dennings and Hayley Atwell could both bring something special to Nina. Anthony Mackie would be great as Jesper. Nidhi Sunil was cast as Inej in a fanmade trailer and she looks very much the way I imagined Inej, though I don't know if she can act.

Q: Is it weird seeing Tumblr posts about your books?

A: Depends on the post. Do you know how long it took me to figure out the cinnamon roll meme?

Q: If you could meet any author, who would it be and why?

A: Probably J.K. Rowling. I feel like she would be just as delightful as she seems, intimidating but kind. Also, she has a castle. But if I could go back in time, Diana Wynne Jones.

Q: Do you have an ideal writing atmosphere?

A: I love writing retreats. I am never more productive than when I'm in a room full of other writers, all of us tapping away on our laptops, and occasionally sticking our heads up to ask if anyone wants coffee. A good view helps too. I was just at a house that was right on the sand. All you could hear was the waves. We'd work all day, then go jump in the sea. It was perfect.

Q: Coffee or Tea?

A: COFFEE OR PERISH.

Six of Crows was released today, September 29th, and is available to purchase in store! If you want to learn more about Leigh and Six of Crows, stop by Books Inc Opera Plaza on Oct. 4th at 2 p.m. for an author presentation, book signing, and a fun scavenger hunt!

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Stages of Reading Six of Crows

Finally getting my hands on an Early Reader edition of Six of Crows:

Reading Six of Crows Stage 1:

Reading Six of Crows Stage 2:

Reading Six of Crows Stage 3:

Finishing Six of Crows and realizing you read it in two days and now have a year to wait for the next one:

Realizing you have an event with Leigh Bardugo on October 4th:

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Highly Anticipated: DIY, Dammit!!

 

Hey, all you crafters! Joselyn Hughes, star and creator of the wildly popular DIY, Dammit! Youtube channel is coming out with her first DIY book, November 3rd! You will laugh, curse, and possibly hot-glue gun your finger to a cardboard box, but that's what this book is all about! Take a page from Joselyn's book (pun intended) and embrace your DIY, Dammit!

Check it out and preorder it today at your local Books Inc.!

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Book to Movie Adaptions!

It looks like 2015 and 2016 are big years for movie adaptions! We've already seen remakes for Cinderella and Home (originally titled The True Meaning of Smek Day), and  Me, Earle, and the Dying Girl. Of course there's also the highly anticipated follow up movies to the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Maze Runner serieses.

 

Here are a couple more to add to the list.

 

Goosebumps: It's not necessarily a movie based off one of the books, but ALL the books. Could be a fun to see to get into the Halloween spirit!

 

The Jungle Book: This isn't the Disney musical you're used to, no songs here. Take a look at the teaser for  this star-studded, live-action version:

There are countless film adaptions coming out for adults and kids, so keep an eye out for them, and of course, check out the books too!

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TeenQuake 2015

“Poetry often gets a bad rap. Boring, archaic, irrelevant. These three writers—from newbie to icon of the form—will set the record straight. Verse novels are intimate, hard-hitting, and transformative. Come for a reading, stay for a conversation about craft and book signing.” Learn more about Teenquake and Litquake here. Books Inc. and Not Your Mother’s Book Club are honored to co-present such an exciting event/program!

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NYMBC In a Flash event featuring Nicola Yoon and David Levithan

Shout out to @ravenousreader for taking this great photo of Nicola Yoon and David Levithan. Friday night's event was Everything, Everything we could have wanted. The author's clicked, had wonderful and insightful questions for each other and the ‪#‎nymbc‬ crowd was just as curious. Thank you to Nicola and David for coming all the way from NYC and L.A., we hope to have you back Another Day, and thank you for all the booklovers who came out to support! We couldn't do it without you! ‪#‎seewhatididthere‬ ‪#‎literaryhumoristhebesthumor‬

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