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Invite an Author

Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

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May 2013

Caroline Leavitt

Photo © Jeff Tamarkin.

Name:

   Caroline Leavitt

Email:

     carolineleavitt@gmail.com

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Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

I am so happy to be highlighting another author from BCCLSLand! This time our author is a Hoboken resident.

It gives me great pleasure to present an old friend and wonderful writer, Caroline Leavitt, as BCCLS Invite an Author for June 2013.

Caroline Leavitt is the author of Girls In Trouble, Coming Back To Me, Living Other Lives, Into Thin Air, Family, Jealousies, Lifelines and Meeting Rozzy Halfway. Various titles were optioned for film, translated into different languages, and condensed in magazines. Her ninth novel, Pictures of You, went into three printings months before publication and is now in its fourth printing. A New York Times bestseller, it was also a Costco "Pennie's Pick," A San Francisco Chronicle Editor's Choice "Lit Pick," and was one of the top 20 books published so far in 2011, as named by BookPage. Pictures of You was also on the Best Books of 2011 lists from The San Francisco Chronicle, The Providence Journal, Bookmarks Magazine and Kirkus Reviews. Her new novel, Is This Tomorrow, will be published May 2013 by Algonquin Books. Her 11th novel, Cruel Beautiful World, will be published sometime in 2014-1015 by Algonquin Books.

Her essays, stories, book reviews and articles have appeared in Salon, Psychology Today, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, Modern Love in the Sunday New York Times, People, Real Simple, New York Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Parenting,The Chicago Tribune, Parents, Redbook, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and numerous anthologies.

She won First Prize in Redbook Magazine's Young Writers Contest for her short story, "Meeting Rozzy Halfway," which grew into the novel. The recipient of a 1990 New York Foundation of the Arts Award for Fiction for Into Thin Air, she was also a National Magazine Award nominee for personal essay, and she was awarded a 2005 honorable mention, Goldenberg Prize for Fiction from the Bellevue Literary Review, for "Breathe," a portion of Pictures of You. As a Screenwriter, Caroline was a 2003 Nickelodeon Screenwriting Fellow Finalist, and is a recent first-round finalist in the Sundance Screenwriting Lab competition for her script of Is This Tomorrow.

Caroline has been a judge in both the Writers' Voice Fiction Awards in New York City and the Midatlantic Arts Grants in Fiction. She teaches novel writing online at both Stanford University and UCLA, as well as working with writers privately.

Caroline has appeared on The Today Show, Diane Rehm, German and Canadian TV, and more, and she has been featured on The View From The Bay.

She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, New York City's unofficial sixth borough, with her husband, the writer Jeff Tamarkin, and their teenage son Max.

On ‘Is This Tomorrow?

"…this tale of domestic suspense builds to a shocking climax and will appeal to anyone immersed in suburban lore."

Library Journal

"Leavitt has a way of crafting the loveliest novels out of tragedy. Like its predecessor, Pictures of You (2011), her latest work, set mainly in the 1950s, turns on a single fateful incident: the disappearance of 12-year-old Jimmy Rearson. Though Leavitt eventually reveals what happened to Jimmy, in a closure that provides little in the way of solace, it’s her examination of loss, grief, and disappointment that will engross reader."

Booklist

Take a look in the BCCLS catalog (really…go look now) and see the eclecticism of Caroline’s writing. While there is no charge for a visit, Caroline does not drive so she asks that you 'provide transportation.'

I’ve got ARCs of ‘Is This Tomorrow’ so don’t hesitate to ask me for a few for your book clubs.

Email Caroline and book her for a visit to your library: carolineleavitt@gmail.com and take a look at her website: http://carolineleavitt.com/

Caroline has lots to talk about!

Warmest regards,

Arlene