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Today we welcome Ruta Sepetys to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight! For those of you who haven’t discovered her absolutely beautiful novel, Between Shades of Gray, get thee to a bookstore! For those who have already read it, you know how excited you should be for Ruta’s new novel, Out of the Easy, out now! A master of historical novels, a skilled wordsmith and an innovative storyteller, Ruta does Penguin Teen proud and we are so grateful to have her as one of “our” authors. While we don’t recommend reading and driving, you should definitely have your BFF read Ruta’s Penguin Teen Author Spotlight aloud as you book it to your nearest bookstore!
Name: Ruta Sepetys
Novel: Out of the Easy
Available: February 12, 2013
Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? Truman Capote. He wrote his first short story at eleven. He captured human peculiarity and eccentricity so well. He also threw fabulous parties.
What’s your favorite thing about your book? My favorite thing is that so many people contributed to it. From the cover, to the title, to many parts of the text, a lot of wonderful people were involved so it’s their book, too.
If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? John Thornton from Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South. We’d crack coconuts and build a bamboo hut. I’d write ghastly poetry in the sand with a stick. He’d look smashing with an oily tan. It would be the shortest year ever.
Where do you write? Wherever I happen to be at that moment - in the car, the shower, the police station.
Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? The hidden hero, the one we’ve never heard of. That’s why I write historical fiction.
Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? Yes, I tweet @RutaSepetys
I was once reprimanded for tweeting: Pees when she sneezes.I was not referring to myself.
What is your favorite season? Summer. Oh, how I love the long days, thick heat and sleeping on the porch.
If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? Wyuna Preserve, New Zealand. I’d make Blanket Bay my home base and hike out with a picnic lunch every day. I’d take a notebook and write a novel longhand.
No computer. No internet. No phone. Oh my, can you teleport me right now?
Do you have any writing rituals? My only ritual is no hesitation. I force myself to begin writing as soon as I sit down.
What is your idea of earthly happiness? My entire family healthy, all together around the table, laughing until we cry.
What are you currently working on? I’m currently working on three things, all of which are a bit scary:
1. Preparing for the ten week Out of the Easy book tour in the US and Europe.
2. Writing book three.
3. Knocking down a house and rebuilding it.
Thanks, Ruta! We can’t wait to read book three! (Also, pictures of this house project on Twitter, please?)
Find Out of the Easy on its website.
Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive cover reveal for Ruta Sepetys’ (Between Shades of Gray) new novel, Out of the Easy, plus an exclusive Q&A with Ruta about the new book!
If you are attending Book Expo America next week, here is a list of the author signings we will be having, both in the Penguin booth and in the autograph signing area!
Booth signings (Booth #3922):
TUESDAY, JUNE 5:
Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray): 11:00 am - 12:00 pm **The first 100 in line get a special BEA edition of Ruta’s next novel, Out of the Easy, due out in Winter 2013**
Ally Condie (Matched trilogy): 10:00 am - 11:00 am **Ally will be signing Matched trilogy posters and copies of Matched paperback**
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6:
Maile Meloy (The Apothecary): 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Jessica Khoury (Origin): 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marie Lu (Legend, Prodigy): 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz (Colin Fischer): 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Curtis Jobling (Wereworld): 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Signings in Autograph Area:
TUESDAY, JUNE 5:
Andrea Cremer (Rift): 10:30 am - 11:30 am, Table 22
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6:
John Green (The Fault in Our Stars): 10:30 am - 11:30 am, Table 26
Bob Balaban (Creature from the Seventh Grade): 11:00 am - 11:30 am, Table 1
Judy Schachner (Skippyjon Jones Cirque du Ole): 11:30 am - 12:30 am, Table 26
Maureen Johnson (The Name of the Star): 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm, Table 4
Susane Colasanti (Keep Holding On): 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm, Table 25
Harlan Coben (Shelter): 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Table 17
THURSDAY, JUNE 7:
Kristin Cashore (Bitterblue): 10:30 am - 11:30 am, Table 4
Jacqueline Woodson & E.B. Lewis (Each Kindness): 10:30 am - 11:00 am
There seems to be a little bit of confusion recently about the two different “Shades of Gray” books. Hey, it’s a common mistake! :) Ruta Sepetys clears things up on NPR.
We just got some wonderful news! Ruta Sepetys’s amazing debut novel, Between Shades of Gray, has been nominated for YALSA’s Morris Award. The Morris honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. Congratulations Ruta! We’re so proud. :)
We are honored to have some of our favorite YA novels of the year nominated for the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards! Vote for them by clicking the links below:
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead for Best Fantasy & Science Fiction
Across the Universe by Beth Revis for Best Fantasy & Science Fiction
Vampire Academy Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead for Best Graphic Novel or Comic
Beth Revis, author of Across the Universe, for Best Goodreads Author
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen, and Where She Went by Gayle Forman for Best YA Fiction