“There are people who encounter the book who are surprised by its political nature. Maybe that did play a role [in winning the Newbery], because we are living in interesting times, when the ramifications of false and manipulated narratives are becoming apparent and we all have to figure out what we’re going to do about that. I’m glad to help kids think about how people can take facts that are true and spin stories that are not true. They have to be able to analyze that to exist and thrive in the world as it is now.”
—Kelly Barnhill, author of 2017 Newbery Medal winner The Girl Who Drank the Moon, told Kirkus
“Reality has outstripped fiction by such lengths that I am no longer sure how to do my job.”
—G. Willow Wilson, author of novels, comics, and The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam,in the wake of President Trump’s immigration ban, on Twitter
“I had my hand inside Snuffleupagus. I’ve had a private lunch at the White House, and I don’t think it was as cool as getting to run Snuffleupagus.”
—Brad Meltzer, on the varied pleasures afforded a bestselling author, in the New York Times. Known for political thrillers and mysteries, Meltzer is currently continuing work on the I Am series for Dial Books for Young Readers (I Am Abraham Lincoln, I Am Martin Luther King Jr., etc.).
“She refuses to have an author photo on the jacket. Not because she’s vain, but she thinks writers should not be judged on their looks, good or bad.”
—Elisabeth Calamari, Penguin Press publicist, regarding Homesick for Another World author Ottessa Moshfegh, in the Austin Chronicle.
“Milo has every right to say what he wants to say, however distasteful I and many others find it to be. He doesn’t have a right to have a book published by a major publisher, but he has, in some bizarre twist of fate, been afforded that privilege. So be it. I’m not interested in doing business with a publisher willing to grant him that privilege.”
—Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist, who pulled her forthcoming book, How To Be Heard, from Simon & Schuster, in a statement to Buzzfeed. Gay acted in protest of the publisher’s reported $250,000 book deal with Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos.
Megan Labrise writes “Field Notes” and features for Kirkus Reviews.