This year, a collection of fantastic authors agreed to contribute to the “These Words Matter” segment. Again, some of my favourite authors appeared.
The “These Words Matter” segment has grown the way I hoped it would. From getting signed bookplates and bookmarks from contributors (Kathy, Ami, and Lauren G, thank you!), to getting my very first ARCs for the segment (thank you, Holly, Lauren G and Elly!), “These Words Matter” has amounted to so much more than I ever expected it could be.
Earlier this year, just after I finalized the 12 contributors for 2016, I went into a bookstore and searched the shelves. As you can imagine, I was incredibly humbled and a little awestruck by the number of titles by authors who had/were going to have written right here, for “These Words Matter.” 24 amazing authors have contributed, and we’ve got another 12 lined up for 2017.
I’m looking forward to another year of reading, writing, and talking with all of you. Thank you so much for hanging out with me. Hoping I’ll see you in the new year…
These Words Matter to Ami: The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin
Ami Allen-Vath is the debut author of Liars and Losers Like Us, which was published on March 22, 2016. Liars is about Bree Hughes, a 17-year-old girl who is faced with guilt when another student commits suicide.
Jennifer E. Smith is the author of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between (2015), The Geography of You and Me (2014), and This Is What Happy Looks Like (2013). Jen’s contribution to Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories was released May 17, 2016.
These Words Matter to Lauren: A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry
Lauren Gibaldi is a public librarian who’s been, among other things, a magazine editor, high school English teacher, and bookseller. Her books include The Night We Said Yes, Matt’s Story, and her latest novel, Autofocus (June 14, 2016).
These Words Matter to Holly: The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
Holly Smale is the #1 best-selling, award-winning author of the Geek Girl series. The latest instalment to the series, Head Over Heels, was published April 7, 2016. Holly was a contributor for “Four Young Adult Authors Share Why They Write Funny YA Books,” which was Bree’s Bustle debut.
These Words Matter to Lauren: Redwall by Brian Jacques
Lauren Oliver is the author of the YA bestselling novels Before I Fall, Panic and Vanishing Girls, and the Delirium trilogy (which are New York Times and international bestselling novels). A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU’s MFA program, Lauren is also the cofounder of the boutique literary development company Paper Lantern Lit.
These Words Matter to Angelica: The Dog of Pompeii by Louis Untermeyer
Angelica R. Jackson is a writer and avid naturalist living in California. In 2012, she started Pens for Paws Auction, which features critiques and swag from agents and authors to raise money for a no-kill, cage-free cat sanctuary. Her debut novel is Crow’s Rest (May 12, 2015), a darkly funny young adult urban fantasy.
These Words Matter to Jennifer: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Jennifer Niven is a full-time writer (as of 2000). She’s written eight books, including All the Bright Places (2015) and Holding Up the Universe (October 4, 2016). This year, Jennifer’s All The Bright Places was a Zoella Book Club pick!
These Words Matter to Jenny: Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson
Jenny McLachlan got her start writing Flirty Dancing while teaching English to high school students. She was quickly signed by Bloomsbury to write the four books in The Ladybirds series, the latest of which came out on March 10, 2016.
These Words Matter to Katie: The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin
Katie Cotugno is the New York Times Bestselling author of 99 Days, How To Love, and Fireworks (April 11, 2017). She studied Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College and received her MFA in Fiction at Lesley University.
These Words Matter to Sarah: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Sarah Everett is the debut author of Everyone We’ve Been (October 4, 2016) and a second untitled novel that she is still hard at work on (both from Knopf/Penguin Random House). She currently lives in Canada where she attends graduate school and writes YA novels.
2016’s Most Viewed Contributor
These Words Matter to Elly: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Elly Blake is the debut author of Frostblood (January 10, 2017). After earning a BA in English literature, she held a series of seemingly random jobs, including project manager, customs clerk, graphic designer, reporter for a local business magazine, and library assistant.
Get ready! The first contribution for 2017 to “These Words Matter” will appear here on the third Monday of January!