My main piece of news is that I have a new book out this year, on August 4th. (Librarians and other special people will be able to read it this month: I'll be at ALA Midwinter in Chicago, along with a bunch of ARCs.) I'm experiencing the usual mix of pre-pub emotions - excitement, dread, pride, looking at the cat and wishing I were a cat, etc.
Here's the cover, drawn by the artist Marcos Chin (www.marcoschin.com):
And here's a link to the book description: link
Please note that I did not call my book brilliant. But I do like the part where it says the book is about the bonds - and limits - of friendship. Though to be honest, I didn't write that either.
Other news! I'm teaching an evening writing workshop at the 92nd Street Y from mid-February through the end of March (link). It's a true workshop, which means that we'll spend most of our time discussing student work as a group. Some of my happiest hours have been spent in writing workshops. There's something magic about them. To apply, send in your work by January 16th, which happens to be my birthday. And, believe it or not, it's also my cat's birthday:
Happy New Year.