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Posts Tagged ‘Maile Meloy’

Free Samples of Indies Choice Book Award Winners

The American Booksellers Association (ABA) has revealed the winners of the 2012 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, books that show “the spirit of independent bookstores.” Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all the winners.

In an odd turn of events, brother and sister authors Maile Meloy and Colin Meloy tied for the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award this year.

ABA CEO Oren Teicher had this statement: “After a month of voting by the owners and staff at independent bookstores across the country, we have an outstanding list of winners that reflects the types of books independent bookstores champion best … We look forward to saluting the winners and honor recipients at the Celebration of Bookselling Author Awards Luncheon on June 5 at BEA.”

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Maile Meloy on Her Transition from Adult Fiction to Middle Grade Books

Many authors have transitioned from adult fiction to young adult or children’s books recently. We caught up with author Maile Meloy to find out how she made the transition and find advice for other writers.

Meloy will publish her debut children’s book, The Apothecary, on October 4th. The Apothecary was written for a middle-grade audience. Meloy (pictured, via) built her career with two novels and two short story collections for adults.

Q: What advice do you have for authors looking to make the transition from writing for an adult audience to a middle-grade audience?
A: Make interesting stuff happen. I want that from books for adults, too, but I think kids are even more demanding than adults about plot—about what happens next. I also think there’s no need to write down for a younger audience, or to leave out words that seem hard. Kids are smart.

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Maile Meloy Sells Cold War Children’s Book

Maile Meloy.pngMaile Meloy –the literary novelist who wrote Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter — has just sold her first children’s book to G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. Publication is set for fall 2011.

ICM agent Amanda Urban negotiated the deal with G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers publisher Jennifer Besser. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein from The Gotham Group will handle film rights for the upcoming book. Meloy was named one of Granta‘s Best Young Novelists, and her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Granta.

Here’s more about the book: “Set against the backdrop of the Cold War and aimed at readers ages 10-14, The Apothecary tells the story of a young girl whose life magically transforms when she moves to London and meets a mysterious apothecary in a race to save the world from nuclear war.”