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Unbound Worlds: How a Lady Knight Prepared Me for America in 2017

[T]here are certain ugly truths about the world that children and teens will grow into that books like The Hate U Give and the Protector of the Small series address – issues readers will eventually face in one form or another.

In a thoughtful and sobering article, Feliza Casano at Unbound Worlds shares her experiences with Tammy’s books, and the lessons she took from them. You can read it all here: How a Lady Knight Prepared Me for America in 2017

LA Review of Books: Growing Up Female

If you’re a fan of Tammy’s, you may be able to relate to this article in the LA Review of Books! In Growing Up Female, Josephine Wolff  delves into the “thread of pragmatic feminism” in Tamora Pierce’s books, beginning in the very first adventures of Alanna, and continuing in heroines like Daine and Kel.

It’s an intense and cult-ish thing to discover Pierce’s books as a young girl. Pierce is a fantasy writer beloved by many readers who do not consider themselves fantasy fans. This is because, for all their sorcerers and dragons, her books, at their core, are about young women growing up and figuring out who they are: how to be weird and stubborn and heroic and angry, how to deal with getting their periods, how to control their tempers, how to handle jealousy, how to decide whether to sleep with their best friends or their teachers, how to prevent pregnancy, how to navigate romantic relationships with men many years their seniors, how to challenge and defeat men many years their seniors, how to be women who don’t conform to the rigid expectations of their (entirely imaginary!) world and time.

Check it out here!

 

2018 Book Tour & Convention Schedule

With the February 6th release of Tempests and Slaughter coming soon, 2018 is gearing up to be an exciting (and BUSY) year! The Tempests book tour will take Tammy to Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and both coasts– plus, she’ll be at conventions like Boskone, Conbust, BayCon, and the Teen Book Festival.

Check out the updated schedule to see where Tammy will be over the next few months. New events are added as they’re scheduled, so keep checking back!

Tamora Pierce’s io9 Interview

io9: Let’s start with the new book, Tortall: A Spy’s Guide. Why do this kind of in-world expansion/set of information?

Tamora Pierce: People are always asking me—and if not me, friends of mine who know the universe well—details that don’t normally get included in the books, or details of story that haven’t come out yet. I was talking with my editor at Random House about just a basic dictionary or travel guide, or something of the sort that would have just bits and pieces that people would like that was pretty much insider information. I’d seen that there were several books of that kind that had come out at that point and I thought, “Yeah, we can do this.” That was my first mistake.

(There’s even a little tidbit about the upcoming Numair Chronicles in there…)

Unbound Worlds Interview

Earlier in October, Tammy spoke with Unbound Worlds at NYCC 2017. In addition to talking about the writing process, she speaks frankly about the feminist themes in her books:

I write female heroes, by and large, and I write female characters taking action when action is needed. I write female characters undertaking tasks that are often described as tasks women can’t do. I write realistically as I can how they would go about undertaking those tasks in a way that people in our world would understand without ringing any false notes. I was raised a feminist. My mother was a feminist.

Check out the full interview here: Tamora Pierce: ‘No is Not a Word You Should Tell Me’

Interview with Leigh Bardugo

Last week, bestselling author Leigh Bardugo interviewed Tammy for Parnassus Books’s AuthorsIRL blog. The two go into the world of Tortall, the writing process, and the future of Tammy’s books– and the YA genre as a whole:

As times have changed, I’ve tried to bring more variety in my characters to my books. It’s important that readers feel part of my universes—there’s too much exclusion and battering in this one.

Read the whole interview here: Leigh Bardugo Interviews YA Legend Tamora Pierce

(And, if you’re in the Nashville, TN, area, be sure to stop by Parnassus Books this evening to meet Tammy and her Spy’s Guide co-author, Julie Holderman!)