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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 (

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.


Rebecca- I'll also be at ALA and hope to finally meet you! Can't wait to read the new book. I shall grab an ARC before they disappear. :)
Barbara said…
I heard rumors about this book a few months ago ...and am pleased to know that the rumors have been confirmed. Hope that I'll be able to obtain an ARC - crossing fingers.
Let's stock up on thermals & down-filled outerwear - Chicago here we come!
Steven Cain said…
Sweet! I can't wait! Wish I was a Librarian. And happy early birthday!

Rebecca Stead said…

thanks so much guys (and to the Chicago-bound, yes, let's find one another!)
Amy B. said…
I. Can. Not. Wait.

That is all I have to say. : )
Unknown said…
Wow! The cat has grown so much since we last saw him! Congrats on the new book.
Sondy said…
Yay! This will be the first ARC on my list to look for!
CathyB said…
Rebecca - I just finished GOODBYE STRANGER. It's spectacular. I emailed Wendy my effusive comments and hope she can share them with you.

Cathy Berner
Blue Willow Bookshop
Houston, TX
Rebecca Stead said…
Thank you so much, Cathy - your words mean a lot.
Rebecca Stead said…
Thanks so much to all of you for the encouragement!! And yes, the cat is large. The other day he got duct tape stuck to his whiskers on one side (my husband stepped on my son's glasses and they had five kinds of tape out on the table . . .).
Now he is a bit asymmetrical, but still adorable.
(Both the cat and the boy.)
SF Javagirl said…
We are wearing out our copies of your other books, so we're so happy to hear another is on the way.

Thank you for putting your beautiful imagination down on paper!

-- Collette, Ike, and Flynn (Fans in San Francisco, CA)
Unknown said…
I'm a mom of a middle schooler in Brooklyn. Thought you'd like to know I stayed up til 1:30am finishing your new book last night (this morning)! So different from the other two, which I also loved. Thanks! How do you do it? :)