Guided by a love of writing that actually began as a love of typing -- discovered while playing on her grandmother's IBM electric typewriter at three years old -- Gabrielle Zevin writes novels that are intended for young adults but appeal to the youthful spirit in all of us. In our interview, she reflects, "Books are incredibly powerful when we are young -- the books I read as a child have stayed with me my entire life."
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New York, New York
Date of Birth:
October 24, 1977
Place of Birth:
Poughkeepsie, New York
A.B. in English and American Literature, Harvard College, 2000
Gabrielle Zevin's official web site
|Our Book Club Pick|
"In many ways, Elsewhere is out of this world," say our editors. "Within this pleasant, inviting place, so much like Earth, no one gets sick or grows old. In fact, everyone is growing younger. For 15-year-old Liz Hall, who arrives in Elsewhere after her demise, aging backward is not a happy prospect. Like any living teenager, she wants to turn 16, not 14; yearns to fall in love, not reenter infancy. Gabrielle Zevin's first teen novel about being dead offers keen insights about living."
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|An Author's Advice|
|"Everyone gives writers lots of advice, but the only honest advice is to do whatever works," Zevin confides in our interview. "The process is different for everyone. Write a lot. Read even more. But really, anything goes. And don't ever Google yourself."|
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Readers who enjoyed the time-bending love stories of The Time Traveler's Wife and The Confessions of Max Tivoli will find themselves enchanted Zevin's poignant novel. While she actually completed Elsewhere first, Margarettown is her first published work.
|Little House in the Big Woods|
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Zevin recalled a happy memory of one of her early favorite books, Little House in the Big Woods: "My dad bought it for me at the mall when I was five, and I remember feeling really proud that he thought I was mature enough to read a book with chapters." Read our interview with Zevin to learn more about the books that have inspired her, including:
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