Once again, we partnered with Miami Book Fair to highlight the childrens’, teens’ & tweens’ programming, which includes author book signing, games and even free books! In “Miami Book Fair 2017 Young Adult Readers Series” we are celebrating the authors who will be presenting their books for young adult readers in Miami during Nov 12-19th. Learn about their inspiration for the book, what they like most about participating in the fair, when to see them at the fair…and more!
Here we celebrate author Samantha Mabry, author of the new book “All the Wind in the World” (Algonquin Young Readers), which was nominated for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature.
In the book, Sarah Jac Crow and James Holt have fallen in love working in the endless fields that span a near-future, bone-dry Southwest, a land that’s a little bit magical, deeply dangerous, and bursting with secrets. Just when Sarah Jac and James have settled in, a horrible accident sends them on the run.
With no choice but to start over on a new, possibly cursed ranch, the delicate balance of their lives begins to give way—and they may have to pay a frighteningly high price for their love.
Samantha grew up in Texas and attended college at Southern Methodist University, where she majored in English Literature, minored in Spanish, and studied Latin and Classics.
She received a master’s degree in English from Boston College, and now teaches college courses in writing and Latino literature. She is also the author of A Fierce and Subtle Poison, a 2016 Indie Next List Pick.
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5 Questions to Young Adult Book Author, Samantha Mabry:
- What was the inspiration for writing your new book, All the Wind in the World?
The inspiration for All the Wind in the World came from several sources, but two main ones: far West Texas, where it’s dry and rugged and beautiful, and an old(ish) film called Days of Heaven, which is romantic and rugged and beautiful.
- What do you want your young readers to take away?
I was a very solitary young person –an only child who lived in her head. I connected with books featuring characters who were also sort of loners. That said, I always sort of wished that something or someone would come along and shake me into action because I wasn’t the type of person to take action myself. I would like to write books for lonely girls who like to be in their head but also are called to big adventures and also perhaps fall in love or find great friends, but then they are still be able to be their strange, lonely themselves at the end of the day and have that be okay, too.
- How did you started writing books for young adults? What is it you like the most about writing for them?
There’s something indefinably rewarding about connecting with young people, or like, when I meet a young person who has been struck in a particular way by one of my books. Recently, I was at a festival in Oklahoma, and there was a young girl there from Tulsa. But she’d recently moved with her family from Tulsa from Ponce, Puerto Rico. She came as a fan of A Fierce and Subtle Poison, which is set in and basically all about Puerto Rico. So, to be able for her to find this book (my book) and for me to be able to talk to her about it was really very special. It’s these one-on-one moments that remind me why I write for young people.
- What is your advice to young writers about getting published?
Just to practice patience. I wanted all things to come very quickly: a perfectly finished book, an agent, a book deal, critical acclaim, good sales numbers. But the process of writing –not just the actual writing, but the waiting for feedback and revising and waiting for your book to release and then waiting to hear how it’s received –is very long, at times very frustrating, and not particularly linear. The process makes me very impatient, but then I try to channel that impatience into the characters I’m writing because impatient characters do interesting, sometimes smart, sometimes foolish, things.
- What do you enjoy the most about participating at the Miami Book Fair? What are you looking forward the most this year?
It’s difficult to answer this question because I’ve never been to the Miami Book Fair before –never been to Florida before, even! So, I’m looking forward to taking in all in, as well as meeting readers and all the other National Book Award nominees. It’s been a special few months for us.
When to catch Samantha at the 2017 Miami Book Fair?
National Book Foundation Presents: The Teen Press Conference
Friday, November 17 @ 10:00 am
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States
High school students from Miami Dade County Public Schools play the role of reporters as they direct questions to Finalists for the 2017 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature. Students participating as citizen journalists have been pre-selected. This session is open to those who would like to watch the event in action! Featured Authors: Samantha Mabry, Ibi Zoboi, Robin Benway. Hosted by New York Times bestselling author Peter Lerangis.
Award-Winning Readings: National Book Award Nominees and Finalists in Young People’s Literature
Saturday, November 18 @ 4:30 pm
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States
In Robin Benway’s Far From the Tree, being the middle child has its ups and downs, but for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. In Samantha Mabry’s All the Wind in the World, a couple on the run may have to pay a frighteningly high price for their love. Charmaine Craig’s Miss Burma, based on the lives of the author’s mother and grandparents, tells the story of modern-day Burma through the eyes of one family struggling to find love, justice, and meaning during a time of war and political repression. In Erika L. Sanchez’s I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, a young girl struggles to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family following the death of her sister. In Ibi Zoboi’sAmerican Street, a young Haitian immigrant adjusting to Detroit must confront a dangerous proposition.