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NYCC 2017: Extraordinary Enchantments

Earlier this month, Tammy joined authors Lisa MaxwellKatherine ArdenK. Arsenault RiveraS.A. Chakraborty, and V. E. Schwab at New York Comic Con, to speak on the Extraordinary Enchantments panel:

“Fantasy is the realm of idealism,” Pierce said. “Science fiction is the realm of the future. We can game out how the future is going to grow from the seeds we have now. But fantasy is about idealism, is about justice, is about the effects of the rule of law, is about the effects of tyranny, is about the effects of poverty; and we put these things in fantasy so that readers don’t feel preached at.”

Read more about the ensuing discussion here: “Fantasy is the Realm of Idealism”: Tamora Pierce in Conversation with the Female Fantasy Authors She Inspired

An Interview with SPY’S GUIDE Co-Author Julie Holderman

Congrats to Julie Holderman, Tammy’s longtime assistant and co-author of Tortall: A Spy’s Guide, for her win in the 2017 Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest! In her recent interview with Script Magazine, Julie discusses the writing process, her winning screenplay, and her beginnings as a student (and, later, a teacher) at the Alpha Workshop. About her script:

It follows two young female science students in 1890s Chicago, after the murder of their teacher. In trying to find out who killed her, they discover her shady dealings with one of Chicago’s foremost businessmen. They have to choose whether or not to bring him to justice for her murder, exposing their teacher and ruining their own future careers, or staying silent. He’s very invested in making sure they can’t say a word.

Click here to read the interview in full: Meet Julie Holderman, Winner of Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest

Fan Appreciation Project

As you can imagine, the past few years have been eventful for Tammy and her helpers. Between writing new books, making appearances at schools and conventions across the country (and even overseas!), and a few special somethings on the horizon (you’ll have to wait for the announcements…), there’s always something going on.

This is thanks to Tammy’s fans— new and old. You keep Tortall and the Circle going! Because of you, more and more people are joining Alanna, and Kel, and Daja, and Briar, and Daine, and (soon) Numair on their journeys. This newfound popularity has been a wonderful surprise— and a major adjustment. In recent years, it’s been difficult to keep up with fanmail. To be honest, we’ve fallen woefully behind.

But now we’re undergoing a big project: we’re making a concerted effort to send a response to every single fan letter that’s been sent to Tamora since 2010. That’s right: all of them!

(Though regretfully, some letters may have been lost to spam filters, so if you still don’t have a response to your letter by the time this fan appreciation project is complete, that’s the most likely culprit.)

Be sure to check this space for updates. In the meantime, thanks, all of you, for your continued support of Tammy!

Upcoming Appearances & Scheduling Change (Buffalo Street Books)

With the upcoming launch of the long-anticipated Tortall: A Spy’s Guide, Tammy and her co-authors will be making appearances at Books of Wonder (New York City), Politics and Prose (Washington, DC), and Parnassus Books (Nashville, TN). The coming months are shaping up to be very busy, so be sure to take a look at the Events page to see if Tammy’s coming to your area!

Please note that Tammy’s appearance at Buffalo Street Books (Ithaca, NY) has been moved to Saturday, December 2nd, from 2 – 4 pm.

Favorite Books of 2017 (January – May)

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Daja Named One of “Ten Empowering Female Characters in Children’s Books”

Daja gets some recognition from Guardian readers as she makes the list of Ten Empowering Female Characters in Children’s Books! Regarding her impact, Hannah Catteral says:

She has a strong sense of justice and hard work, and is always a champion for her friends. She apprentices to an older blacksmith, Frostpine, who teaches her skilled and magical metalwork, and eventually becomes a master of her craft.

In later books, as she grows older, she also falls in love with a woman, and this is treated as perfectly normal. Having grown up with Daja, her friends and their adventures, this was absolutely wonderful and unprecedented for childrens’ series at the time.

The Cover for TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER, Tamora Pierce’s First “Numair” Book, Revealed!

The Broadway Book World site has revealed the cover art for Tempests and Slaughter, the first in Tamora Pierce’s THE NUMAIR CHRONICLES three-book series about the childhood of Arram Draper, the boy who will grow up to be the Great Mage, Numair Salmalín.

Set mainly in Carthak’s Imperial University, Tempests and Slaughter tells of young Arram’s struggles to focus and control his magic, his growing friendships with the young Mage Prince Ozorne and Mage Girl Varice, and the first hints at what fate the Gods and Destiny hold in store for him. From the deadly intrigues of the Imperial Palace to the depths of the Gladiator Holding Cells, Arram will have to dig deep within his powers to protect his friends – and himself.

After years of work, Tempests and Slaughter will be out in US Hardcover on February 6, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Books of 2016

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Tamora Pierce Will Be Attending Beyond IQ in Boxborough, MA

Please Note: This is not a public appearance, and no public appearance in Boxborough is scheduled. This is a conference for Highly and Profoundly Gifted Children which Tamora Pierce attends when she’s able.

Are you a gifted child, or the parent or sibling of one or more gifted children? Do you want to spend time with other gifted children, or talk to other parents and siblings about your experiences with gifted children? Then Beyond IQ, a Conference Series For and About Highly and Profoundly Gifted Children, is worth attending for you and your HG/PG child/children.

From Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30, Beyond IQ will be held at the Boxboro Regency Hotel in Boxborough, MA. The conference features Friday Workshops for Professionals, Saturday and Sunday Conferences, and a Saturday Night Ice Cream Social. Attendees can either take advantage of special rates to stay at the hotel, or simply come during the conference itself if you live in the Greater Boston Area.

Registration is $70 a day ($65 Friday), or $130 for Saturday and Sunday, and you can register directly at the Beyond IQ Site.