Lois Lowry's Blog

Welcome!

Categories

Recent Posts

  • Where does time go?

    Posted by Lois Lowry
    Lois Lowry
    Lois Lowry has not set their biography yet
    User is currently offline
    - 0 Comments

    Once again I start out with an apology. Time just whizzes past, doesn't it?  And as usual I have been on the road.

    First of all: New York, for the Symphony Space celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of NUMBER THE STARS (too many "of"s in that sentence, I know)  Crowded theater, lots of kids. And a wonderful moderator..or maybe she would be called interviewer...Lauren Oliver, who sat with me on stage and asked great questions.  Also, a special treat: actor Sean Astin, who owns the film rights to NTS and is very passionate about the book. He read a selection and then answered questions about a posisble film.  Like all such undertakings, it requires big $$$$ and so far that has not been forthcoing, though Sean's enthusiasm and passion...and smarts...could bring it about. Let's hope.

    After New York, I went to Clarksdale, Mississippi to speak at their public library as part of a lecture series.  The only time I have ever been in the part of Mississippi they call "The Delta"...known for its blues...and unfortunately I was not there long enough to savor the music but I did have some good food and met some terrific poeple.

    From there I went to Birmingham, Alabama, for a remarkable weekend in which I was part of a small group invited to be with the Dalai Lama. (My brother asked me if I sang "Helloooo Dalai" to him. I did not.)  He was to speak to multitides of people on the Sunday of the weekend, but I sent time with him Saturday...up close and personal...and stayed in the same hotel (and was part of a car full of people who went out late on Saturday night looking for a place to buy papayas, which His Holiness wanted for breakfast. ("I'm sorry, Whole Foods closes at 9 PM." "But we need papayas for the Living Deity." You had to be there)

    A visit to the Civil Rights Museum was very moving, and time spent...with His Holiness...in the 16th Street Baptist Church...gave one a profound sense of history, humility, and human rights.

    ...
    Oct 31 Tags: Untagged
  • Cantankerous? Me?

    Posted by Lois Lowry
    Lois Lowry
    Lois Lowry has not set their biography yet
    User is currently offline
    - 13 Comments

    Again, apologies for Neglect of the Blog.  There should be a governmental agency that handles such crimes as Blog Nelglect. Maybe they would remove the Blog from my keeping and give it to Foster Bloggers?

    But: hey. The movie stuff became entirely too much for one human.  Last time I posted anything, I had been to Las Vegas and was about to go to San Diego.  I did so. After that I went to LA...where in one day I did 72...count 'em...yes, 72 interviews of four minutes each, back to back. And then to NY, where I did the Charlie Rose show, the Colbert Report, and a bunch of other stuff, and also attended the movie premiere, actually donning my slutty shoes and walking on a red carpet with Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift and others.

     

    Here I am, on that occasion.

    ...
    Sep 04 Tags: Untagged
  • Real Estate Lust

    Posted by Lois Lowry
    Lois Lowry
    Lois Lowry has not set their biography yet
    User is currently offline
    - 5 Comments

    Yes, I have been busy. No, I don't fritter away my time reading junk novels and eating bon-bons. I actually have been finishing up a project (foreword to a British book being re-published) and doing a number of interviews, and have also been going back and forth on movie-related trips (next week, San Diego)

    But this afternoon I took a break and went to Netflix Streaming on my computer and watched a sweet little movie called "Last Love."  Beautifully photographed. Well acted by Michael Caine as an aging American professor living in Paris and mourning his dead wife.  One irritating glitch..the kind of thing no one notices except nitpickers like me...he says quite clearly early in the film that he lives in St. Germain, and indeed the neighborhood around his building LOOKS like St. Germain....but in one scene which purports to be looking toward his apartment, the camera is clearly on the Right Bank. Oh well.

    But here's the thing: I fell victim, very early on, to Real Estate Lust. I want that apartment, the one where Michael Caine lives his lonely, sad life. I have several times rented flats in Paris. But the one I want is HIS.

    And then, the longer I lusted after it, the more it began to look familar.

    And here's why. I think it is the same Paris apartment that I lusted after while watching a different movie: the 2013 movie AMOUR. 

    ...
    Jul 12 Tags: Untagged
  • Neglect, neglect....

    Posted by Lois Lowry
    Lois Lowry
    Lois Lowry has not set their biography yet
    User is currently offline
    - 2 Comments

    Yes, it is true, I have been negecting this blog shamefully, and wiht not excuses, just explanations.  Movie stuff! I have been to NYC, seen an early private screening, then joined with others* to try to re-write the final voiceover which has been a challenge...to say so much, in such limited time, I have watched and re-watched those final minutes (seconds, actually), trying to fit in not only what needs saying, but the saying of it with some intelligence and accuracy and lyricism. *I write, they tweak. They rewrite, I tweak. Words comes down from On High: make it a) edgier, b) tighter, c) ...whatever  More re-writing, more tweaking. There are test screenings, and audiences fill out cards saying..I don't know what (I don't get to see)...not edgy enough; or: I don't understand it; or: why isn't he...or: LOVE IT; or: WONDERFUL. Then it is back to the drawing board, or the computer, the teeth-gnashing, the arguing, the...and eventually (but not quite yet!) a final film emerges.

    *This is so different from writing a book, which one does all alone!

    This weekend I head to Las Vegas (where I am told it is 108 degrees (REALLY folks?) and Jeff Bridges will join me for an interview in front of a large audience of librarians at the ALA convention. It will NOT be a replay of the "where do you get your ideas?" back-and-forth but rather a provocative and stimulating array of Qs from ALA's president. Jeff and I are pretty much on the same page but I think we will have an interesting spectrum of answers, each of us drawing on our own backgrounds.

    So I have come down from the farm, in order to make my way to Boston to catch my plane to LV, and am now at my year-round home in Falmouth; and last night I got to have dinner wiht my teo grandsons.  One of them at 15 taking Drivers' Ed this summer! The other, 13, heading off soon to my alma mater, Brown University, for some serious pre-college science study. "You will be surrounded by nerds," I todl him. "Those are my people," he replied.

    In the meantime, I am caught in a quagmire of USPS disasters. I arranged (or so I thought) to have my mail forwarded, starting the beginning of June, from Falmouth, Maine to Bridgton, Maine, where I spend the summers. It is today June 26th and I have yet to get any mail at either place. I have been to both post offices. I have made countless phone calls. I have left my lament on many voice mails. Nothing. Somewhere, I am certain, there is a stack, a pile, a mountain of mail addressed to me. I picture it heaped in a dusty corner of a post office, on the floor, where passing mail carriers kick at it and mutter.

    ...
    Jun 26 Tags: Untagged
  • PLEASE, People!!!

    Posted by Lois Lowry
    Lois Lowry
    Lois Lowry has not set their biography yet
    User is currently offline
    - 19 Comments

    If you send me a letter and want a reply...or if you send me a book to be signed and returned to you...

    I NEED YOUR FULL NAME AND AN ADDRESS!!!!

     

    (and in the case of a book, I'd appreciate return postage as well)

     

    ...
    Apr 09 Tags: Untagged
  • Show all entries from Uncategorized