newsletter issue #9; look at this bookmark



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I haven’t invaded yalls inboxes in OVER A MONTH. Who knew maintaining a newsletter wasn’t going to make my priority to-do list? :) Also, there are a bunch of you who would be receiving this for the first time, so I think it’s fair to apologize in advance

In the gone month, things have really kicked up in high gear (is that right? Is that how you say that? Sorry idk car terminologies) with MONSTERS BORN AND MADE. So, breaking tradition, I’m gonna have to bullet point this newsletter. Ramblings next time, in case anyone’s dying to hear what’s been going on in my mind*
  • FIRST, the advanced reader’s copies are now starting to make their way into the world. E-ARCs are available on Netgalley and Edelweiss.
  • MONSTERS also became the top most requested book in the Teens & YA category, Scifi & Fantasy category, and made the front page of all the books requested on Netgalley. Seriously, what the fuck is life??? Thank you for your enthusiasm for this book omg???
  • For those of you who don’t know, advanced copies are, well, for advanced reviews. The two websites mentioned above are where booksellers, librarians, educators, readers etc can request for the book and the Powers That Be accept or reject, depending on their mood**
  • The physical copies will also be going out very, very soon. Next month, I think. I’ve seen some of the Stuff that’s going out with those–and I’m SO envious. I can’t wait for the ARCs to reach readers!!
  • I also have, uhm, some really great news coming very soon!!! Like, pretty sure later this month! Consider yourself in the know :wink wink:
  • Also a second secret news that probably won’t be out for a while but OH MY GOD
  • I’m really wondering if I’m even allowed to say half this stuff now that I’m writing it down
  • In any case, MONSTERS BORN AND MADE is so close to crossing 5000 adds on Goodreads, and when it does I’m gonna do a giveaway of a pre-order of the book + another ‘22 debut!! So, please tell your friends and have ‘em add it! Thank you :)
  • Speaking of giveaways, the winner of the one I held in January was Gauri S, and thank you to everyone for entering. I realized way later I should’ve mentioned the date it ends, which was the end of the month. You always learn something new huh
**No I’m not mad that I wasn’t approved for Holly Black’s Book of Night at all.
  1. Every Coming-of-Age Story is an Apocalypse Story: As a reader and writer of coming-of-age stories, and a fan of apocalypse stories, this was so interesting. Like, yes, we know that for the longest while generations have been arriving in the midst of disasters after disasters but to call them by the name of their disaster instead of the pop-culture labels like Millenials and Gen Z is so revelatory of who we are.
  2. Why Read Fiction in a Bad World?: If you’re not on Twitter, first, bless you. Second, there was quite A Thing going on a few weeks ago when someone started Discourse on why anyone would read fiction instead of non-fiction when so much is happening in the world. By so much, they meant Ukraine-Russia. And, of course, everyone reminded them of so much ALREADY going on way before. SO, why won’t we read fiction or do whatever? You know.
  3. A Poem (and a Painting) About the Suffering That Hides in Plain Sight: NYT does this close reading interactive article type of thing, and I absolutely love them, so I had to include this one where they dissect the poem Musée des Beaux Arts by W.H. Auden.
In the end, defending the reading of fiction is difficult because one invariably ends up merely describing fiction, which is tautological; or the defense becomes too narrow or factional, as when Nabokov excommunicates writers of what he calls “topical trash.” Perhaps, then, the question of the purpose or value of fiction is better left alone. There are a thousand reasons why sitting on your ass reading Middlemarch or Invisible Man or Don Quixote is a perfectly good way to spend your time, no matter what is going on in the world.
My fellow ‘22 Debut and Editor Sibling Kayla Cottingham’s sapphic horror YA My Dearest Darkest is out now! It’s super scary and gay. I love it so much. It’s also Barnes & Noble’s monthly YA pick for April, so it’s the perfect time to check it out!
Kayla Cottingham | MY DEAREST DARKEST out now!

After summoning a mysterious creature under their school, shy pianist Finch and head popular girl Selena must team up to banish the horror they've unleashed.

  1. Only A Monster by Vanessa Len: MY DUDES. This is the YA 16-year-old me would have been obsessing and losing sleep over. Now-year-old me did too. Vanessa has written a super inventive time-travel historical fantasy and I, for one, cannot wait for the sequel!
  2. Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel: I finally got a chance to read this and Vaishna is an amazing storyteller. This book, in the vein of feminist myth retellings like Madeline Miller’s Circe, follows Kaikeyi, a queen vilified in the Hindu epic Ramayana. It was at once truly original and super revelatory. I’m so excited to see more from Vaishna!
Love and light. Take care <3 Monsters Born and Made: 9781728247625: Berwah, Tanvi: Books
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