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on Thursday, 02 February 2017 in Uncategorized

Well, no, This isn't really about Buddhist teachings.  It's about books.  I've been in this business a very long time...my first book for young people was published in 1977...and although all of my 40+ books are still technically in print, some of them are undergoing a refurbishing so that they will have an appeal for a new young audience.  The Anastasia series, for example, has new jackets (and in one case, a different title) and some of the new editions have introductions by me...it was actually fun to re-read them and think about how things have changed, or to reflect on why I wrote what I did so many years ago. And it has been gratifying to hear recently from adult women who are glad to see the series again, and to be reminded of how they loved them when they were young, and who tell me now they have daughters to whom they'll introduce the books.

And oh my goodness, Caroline Tate! Here is a new jacket for a re-edition of THE ONE HUNDREDTH THIG ABOUT CAROLINE. I wrote three books about Caroline and her brother, J.P., and later regretted not having connected the titles, so that many readers or fans didn't realize that they were a series...or at least a trilogy. Now, for this new edition, they have indicated that on the jacket by adding the collective title THREE ABOUT THE TATES. (Two more yet to come! I have a hard time choosing my favorite; all three are really fun midde-grade books. Caroline is 11; her brother is 13).

 

Another that has recently been repackaged is one of my favorites: STAY (subtitled "Keeper's Story") which is a first-person narrative of the life of a very special dog.

I'm amused now, given the current times, by re-reading the opening passage of STAY:

     I was born in the gutter and grew up in poverty, stealing and begging in order to survive. Then, through chance and circumstance, combined with (forgive my immodesty) a keen wit and a glorious appearance, I rose to grand heights of fame and affuence. Finally I retired to a quiet life in the country surrounded by loved ones.

    My story sounds familiar. Perhpas I remind the reader of someone who might once have run successfully for high pubic office.


You can tell that the language in this book is somewhat sophisticated...perhaps Dickensian...and requires a fairly sophisticated reader. But it is great fun, and has charming illustrations.

Woof.


 

 

 

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Miriam Thursday, 02 February 2017

Aw, I was hoping from the title that maybe there would be a new Anastasia book or story. Hope springs eternal :)

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Nancy Rose Steinbock Friday, 03 February 2017

Dear Lois,

I cannot find an email contact for you. Below, please find a note I wrote to you below but which was rejected as being a non-valid site any longer.

Dear Lois,

During this past summer, you graciously wrote back to me when I asked if there was the possibility of you coming to visit my lab in Venice, Italy where we use The Giver. Of course, I understand that you do not make such trips!

I do have a question, however. I read The Giver when it first was published and now, as I go through the text with students, I am wondering if I am imagining that there was a description of an older gentleman who actually went through the 'release' process. I remember a beautiful description of music, images, etc., during the process. . .am I wrong?

Hoping you are well during this winter period. I"m looking forward to returning to live and work in America in May, after a number of years here in Venice.

With all best wishes,

Nancy

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Lois Lowry Monday, 06 February 2017

Nancy: you can email me by going to my website www.loislowry.com and clicking on EMAIL ME on the righthand side.
I am not at home and do not have a copy of the book...which I wrote 25+ years ago!...with me, so I can't check. But I seem to recall that there was a description, by an elderly woman, of the "release" of one of her friends.

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Jeff Lesperance Monday, 06 February 2017

Hello Mrs. Lowry,
My son is on the couch, watching tv, sneezing, blowing his nose and generally feeling miserable. I took a sick day to be home with him as he is not quite ready to go back to school. After making breakfast for the both of us, he retired to the couch and I retired to my big, comfortable chair to finish "The Giver Quartet". I finished drying my eyes before I sat down to write this.

Although I have been a avid, life-long reader, I have never written to an author regarding their work. But your work touched me and moved me very deeply.

I am forty-eight years old, and for the last three years I have been working towards fulfilling my own dreams of being published one day. Your style of writing spoke to me in ways that made me look at my own work again, to review it, to think about it in different ways....and to continue to keep writing.

I have a full-time job, a two-and-a-half-hour round-trip commute, a wonderful wife, two children, a beautiful home, a faithful dog, friends, family...and virtually no time to write! I find the time when and where I can, often very early in the morning or late at night. I have no illusions about my chances of being published, nor do I have any illusions about my chances of making a living as a writer. All I have ever wanted was to write a story that would move the reader, to get them so involved in my story and characters that they would find putting the book down almost impossible....like I did with your four books.

Thank you.

I am also happy to tell you that my daughter, who is thirteen and also an avid reader, picked up your quartet this past weekend. She saw me reading it and wanted to know more about it. I let her read the start of "The Giver" and she was hooked. Now that I'm done, I'm sure your four books will give her so much joy...as well as a great deal to think about.

I am looking forward to reading more of your work...starting with "Number the Stars" as soon as I can get to my local bookstore!

Thank you, and all my best to you.

Jeff

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Lois Lowry Monday, 06 February 2017

Thank you, Jeff. Responses like yours are immensely gratifying to a writer. I do wish you the very best with your own writing.

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