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Tor.com: Tamora Pierce Writes Fantasy That Changes Lives

Last month, Meghan Ball at Tor.com wrote a wonderful, personal article about her experiences with Tamora’s books, and the ways in which they’ve made an impact.

Tamora Pierce should be a household name. We should all be crowded around our TVs every Saturday night watching The Song of the Lioness show on HBO. Her works should be considered a cultural touchstone that inspire generations. Prog rock bands should be creating epic concept albums based on her stories. There should be Funko Pops of Alanna of Trebond, Numair Salmalín, and Keladry of Mindelan.

But there aren’t. (At least, not yet.)

Thank you, Meghan, for the kind words!

Read the entire article here: Tamora Pierce Writes Fantasy That Changes Lives

The Daily: Tamora Pierce book reading emphasizes the importance of YA for all audiences

If you weren’t able to see Tammy when she was in Seattle, you can still read about her University Bookstore event! The Daily has a write-up of the event, which also featured authors Rachel Hartman and Lish McBride. Check it out for some highlights of the event. As the author notes:

YA fiction, which is full of brave, headstrong, mostly female heroines who stand up to authority and earn the right to be taken seriously, has been one of the most positive forms of media that I consumed while growing up. And I still do read it, despite snide comments from adults and peers that they “don’t count” as “real” novels.

Remember: you’re never too old to read YA!

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Bustle: This Tamora Pierce Series Helped Me Understand How It Feels To Be The Only Woman In The Room

There’s a lot of advice to be found in books for women who work in male-dominated workplaces: lean in, be a girlboss, find your magic, etc. But, to be honest, I learned the most about working in male-dominated spaces from books I read while I was still a child — namely, Tamora Pierce’s fantasy novels, and especially the Protector of the Small series.

The excerpt says it all! In this article, Melissa Ragsdale over at Bustle delves into Kel’s experiences in knight training, and how they reflect some real-world challenges women face in male-dominated industries.

Click here to read it in full: This Tamora Pierce Series Helped Me Understand How It Feels To Be The Only Woman In The Room

 

KUOW: Girls can be heroes, depending on what books you read growing up

During the Tempests and Slaughter tour, Tammy made an appearance on The Record to speak with writer and columnist Lindy West. The two discussed Tammy’s early writing, the experiences that shaped her, and the stories to elevate in today’s landscape.

The only place in the 1960s where you could reliably find [female heroes] were historicals. To this day, I still reread “The Witch of Blackbird Pond” and “Mara, Daughter of the Nile.” But at the end of each, those characters were asked to come down and live the lives of proper young ladies — or wives, in Mara’s case. And they acquiesced. So I kept looking. But it was Anne McCaffrey who taught me that women could be the hero of the book.

You can read highlights, and listen to the interview here: Girls can be heroes, depending on what books you read growing up!

Some housekeeping…

While Tammy’s still on the Tempests and Slaughter tour, here’s a quick update on what’s going on around the website, and what’s on the horizon!

Book Pages Updates

When we launched the new website, the books’ pages only included links to retail giants like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. But Tammy’s a big supporter of indie bookstores, and it didn’t sit well with any of her team to just leave the options at that. So, to make it easier to support independent bookstores and small businesses, we’ve made some changes.

Every book’s page now includes new retail options. In addition to big names like iTunes and Google Play, you can now find links to Tammy’s books (when available) on IndieBound, Powell’s, Libro.fm, and– of course– Full Cast Audio!

Head to any book’s page and see the new options.

Fan Mail & Fan Appreciation Project

Between the release of Tortall: A Spy’s Guide and Tempests and Slaughter, the word ‘hectic’ doesn’t even begin to describe Tammy’s schedule. But we just wanted to assure you that your fan mail isn’t floating in a void. The Fan Appreciation Project is chugging along, slowly and steadily. Once things settle down, we’re doubling down on efforts to make sure each and every message gets a response. Yes, even the really old ones!

Just a quick reminder, though:

Upcoming Changes

Keep checking back for more updates to the site! We’ll be adding new sections to the FAQ, posting recommended reading orders (a question Tammy gets a lot!), and restoring the long-lost book excerpts. We’re also brainstorming with Tammy to come up with some fun, new features for the site.

That’s all for now!

Alpha Workshop: Deadline Approaching!

Attention, young writers! The Alpha Workshop is still accepting applications from writers between the ages 14 – 19.

From July 25th – August 5th, you’ll stay at the University of Pittsburgh (Greensburg Campus) as you take a story from its initial concept to a complete draft. Throughout, you will receive feedback and mentorship from Alpha’s staff and a roster of guest authors (including Tamora Pierce!).

Applications are due by March 4, 2018. There’s still time to apply!

Goodreads: Tammy’s Favorite Books for Traveling

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to see Tammy on the first leg of the Tempests and Slaughter tour! Though she’s resting now, in a few days, she’ll be on the road again. From the 16th – 18th, Tammy will be at Boskone, New England’s longest-running sci-fi & fantasy convention. After that, the Tempests and Slaughter tour will continue, with a stop in Brookline, MA on the 19th!

In the meantime, if you’re wondering what books Tammy’s reading between stops, you can check out this interview with Goodreads:

Pack Your Bags: The Books Tamora Pierce Is Bringing on Tour

And, if you want to see more of what Tammy’s reading, her list of Favorite Books of 2017 is up!

TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER, now available!

It’s finally here! Tempests and Slaughter is now available. And, if you’re in the Fort Collins area, you can celebrate with Tammy, as she kicks off the book tour at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church! There’s still time to RSVP. Click here for more information. We hope to see you tonight!

If you can’t make it to tonight’s event, don’t worry. There are more opportunities to come! In fact, you can find all upcoming appearances over at the Events page.