For the past two and a half months, whenever anybody asks me how I’m doing I say “I’m great, apart from this insane political situation!” I am angry and depressed. It feels weird and wrong to promote my work at a time like this. But then, as Mexican refugee poet (and 2016 Writers’ Room of Boston fellow) Ari Belathar remarked last week at Together We Rise, the purpose of an artist in times of oppression is to make art.
This insane political situation has me rearranging my #creative priorities: the most important book that is in me is no longer on the back burner. It’s a follow up to #lifewithoutenvy about how going #vegan benefits your #creativity. (Fantasizing about your future book covers never gets old!) #vegansofig #amwriting #lovetrumpshate
That said, my marvelous news has to do with art I made five years ago. Remember my children’s novel? Well, my indefatigable agent finally found a home for it. I’m speaking with my new editor at Amberjack Publishing a little less than an hour after I hit “publish” on this post.
Here’s the announcement in Publisher’s Lunch today:
Alex Award winner Camille DeAngelis’s THE BOY FROM TOMORROW, about two twelve-year-olds living in the same house one hundred years apart who form a deep and life-changing friendship using a spirit board, to Kayla Church at Amberjack, by Kate Garrick at The Karpfinger Agency (NA).
You can read more about The Boy from Tomorrow on Nova’s blog, the Main Street Vegan blog, and on its own shiny new book page. (Still trying to figure out how to make the title appear in the drop-down menu up top.) Coming to a bookstore near you on May 8, 2018!
A couple quick clarifications:
- This book is for middle-grade readers (ages 9-12, approximately), but it is intended for children of all ages, which means you and everyone you know.
- It is very much in keeping with my earlier novels—a pocket of magic inside the ordinary world, emotionally resonant (I hope!), bittersweet.
Four-plus years on submission, and now I’m hooked up with an indie press who have asked for my birthday so they can mail me a treat. Feeling very, very grateful!