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We are kicking off Monday with fantastic news: join us in welcoming acclaimed writer Lidia Yuknavitch to Riverhead Books! Many of you have fallen in love with Lidia’s writing, whether through her works of thrilling fiction like The Book of Joan, or her powerful memoir The Chronology of Water. You may also know her from her powerful TED talk “The Beauty of Being a Misfit.” We’ll be publishing her next two works of fiction. The first of these books, This Is Not a Flag, a revelatory group portrait of marginalized Americans in personal crisis, will be published in the spring of 2019. The second, an epic novel entitled Thrust, traces the stories of four characters in the 19th and 21st centuries in a fictional chronicle of the creation of a colossal female statue designed as a national symbol, inspired by the story of Frédéric Bartholdi and the Statue of Liberty. This weekend we asked Lidia a few of our most burning questions, and this is what she said:

What’s the best thing about being a misfit?

The best thing about being a misfit is our unstoppable ability to reinvent ourselves from seeming nothingness or rubble. We have the ability to shape-shift, to ever-become. We’ve had to, since we didn’t fit in the first place, or because we get continually ejected, or because we feel alive only at the edges of things. That’s not nothing. People could learn things from us: How to endure, how to come apart and reconstitute in the face of despair. No one has gotten anywhere without falling to pieces along the way … and misfits carry this story in our bodies.

 What gives you hope?

Well, when it comes to hope, I’ve stopped looking up. I don’t find it in superheroes or gods, saviors, leaders, or celebrities. What gives me hope happens at ground level—maybe even dirt level. Worms are some of the most hopeful creatures on earth.

What gives me hope is the way people create light even inside brutality. How children survive war and go on. How victims of violence manage to emerge and thrive. What gives me hope is the kind of kinesis created through artistic collaboration. Art gives me hope, as it’s a form of expression that can interrupt and counter the destruction that comes from consumer culture, and the politics of a death-driven culture (anti-planet, anti-existence, anti-love). Love gives me hope—especially a kind of reimagined, radicalized love, one that pulls away from the hubris of the individual and moves toward sustaining the planet and each other and animals and ecosystems. The emerging voices and bodies and art of women, people of color, LGBT people, indigenous people, and so-called “outsiders” (ex-cons, ex-junkies, people with mental health or physical differences, poor people, people outside of economy or academia or most institutions) give me hope—the kind of hope that says maybe, just maybe, the story can finally turn.

What’s your favorite statue?

This question makes me so overly nerdgasm excited I almost can’t answer it. Let me calm down. Okay. It’s a 4-way tie:

The Winged Victory of Samothrace. (I put a lock of my hair at the base of this one.) St. Joan at Nôtre Dame de Paris. (I’ve licked this one.) The Ecstasy of St. Teresa, by Bernini. (I left a tiny poem on this one.) Edvard Eriksen’s The Little Mermaid. (Visiting her—swimming to her—is on my bucket list.) I mean, look at them! Gaaaaaahhhh. There’s one other statue I’m obsessed with, but that’s another story. Ahem.

Who’s a favorite artist of yours who’s not a writer?

Another nerdgasm. Wait … you mean choose one? Joan Mitchell and Louise Bourgeois—although maybe Louise doesn’t count, because she wrote some wonderful little stories to accompany her drawings.

Tell us one amazing thing about swimming.

In water, you go both forward and backward in time, which is to say you leave what we pretend is time and enter something interdimensional, something more like the cosmos. You go back to your breathable amniotic origins, and you go forward toward a weightless recognition with all matter and energy. Maybe it’s like being a star in space. A lifedeath liminality. But maybe I’m just, you know, weird.

 What else should we know that we might not?

I sleep with four small stuffed monkeys. Yes, it gets crowded. Tell no one.

 Cats or dogs? And why?

Well, let me pre-empt the hate first by saying that cats are the slyest, smartest, wiliest, most hilariously passive aggressive creatures on earth. Okay? But dogs, man. Dogs all the way. Who else do you know that would roll around on their backs and bellies in the grass with you? I mean, maybe Walt Whitman, but who else? No one, that’s who. A dog will follow you out to the middle of the ocean if you bring a stick with you. A dog will stick by you if you’re freezing to death in a Game of Thrones episode. A dog will sleep on your grave if you loved them right in life. Who else would do that? Someday we will figure out how to repay them for what they have given us.

perfect places (just another graceless night)

[VIEWS—for those of you interested in a bit of sloane & nora’s backstory & what is really the backbone for everything in the show, heres their first night together. @turnandchasethewind & i are writing this whole big story together so u can talk to olivia abt the kids too]


to unravel a torment you must begin somewhere
—louise bourgeois


everything is dark blue and you can see the stars, so it’s a good time to tell the truth. also, you’re really drunk, and you’re lying on your back next to nora, who smells like peonies and impossibly a little like confectioner’s sugar. the tiny tennis ball stick and poke she pressed into the skin just above your elbow stings, but that might be because you keep touching it, hard enough to hurt: things still move so fast around you sometimes; the world is heavy and aching and beautiful; it’s hard to tell, when you’re very empty or very full, what exactly is real.

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TCR AU #1: Your Lie in April

Hey everyone!

Because I talked about it once, I’ve decided I’m going to talk about (and provide some headcanons and spoilers!) about this AU!

Because I usually like to stick as close to the source material as possible when doing AU’s, all you can expect in writing is a little bit of dialogue changes and a bit of different behavior.

Now here’s where in lies my problem!

Who plays who?

Baron: Baron will definitely be playing Kousei, the main character boy. It’s a definite and there’s nothing else around it.

Haru: It’s a toss up, really. Depending on what kind of story I want to go for, Haru might be Kaori or Tsubaki.

Louise: Again, another toss up. Louise will either be Kaori or Tsubaki. I’ll go into detail down below.

I haven’t labeled the other potential characters (Toto, Muta, Hiromi, Tsuge, Persephone) due to the fact that I haven’t figured out what kind of story I want to go for.

Y’see, (spoilers) at the end of the series, it’s semi-implied that Tsubaki and Kousei get to together after Kaori dies. And while I do like the idea of Haru being teased a bit for telling a single lie in April (her name does mean Spring), I’m hesitant making her act like Kaori because it’s not really like Haru. Well, the end of the movie is definitely like her, but not the beginning.

But I think Haru would make a good Tsubaki for Baron’s Kousei. I’d like to have Haru dealing with her unrequited love for Baron while he falls for someone else. I guess this is another version of my “The Beginning of the End” AU xD

However, I think Louise would be a definitely amazing Kaori. But given that her and Baron are originally creations made together, Louise playing Tsubaki would make sense as well.

I guess we’ll take a vote!

Haru as Kaori?
Louise as Kaori?

In regards for the others, depends on what everyone wants. I think I’d make Persephone as Watari, the boy Kaori has a “crush” on.

Toto could be Emi, the black-haired rival pianist of Kousei.

And Muta could be Takeshi, the blond-haired rival pianist, who’s little sister seeks Kousei out as a pianist teacher.

Muta/Takeshi’s little sister will probably be Hiromi, though imagining Hiromi developing a crush on Baron is semi-hilarious to imagine, so it might be someone else [that she gets a crush on].

I’m also going to change the backstory, just so it fits more with who the characters are. I don’t want to go into too much detail about, mostly because I want to see if there’s an interest in this.

But the general story will remain the same-:

Baron was a child prodigy in regards to the piano, but after the death of his overly-strict and abusive mother, Baron gave up the piano to live a life of monochrome.

It isn’t until Baron’s childhood friends invite him on a sort-of double date, which is where he meets a violinist that’s free spirited and brings color back into his life.

Through this, Baron finds love!

What do you guys think? Want a full summary?

this morning in assembly at school we had a half hour talk on the time-space continuum in doctor who viewed from Emmanuel Kant’s perspective and then when we finished singing our hymn the TARDIS was lifted from the ground and one of our teachers stepped out dressed as the doctor and pretended he had just landed in the 21st century