Named a 2011 Young Adult Library Services Association “Best Fiction for Young Adults pick” for her debut novel, The Sky is Everywhere, Not Your Mother’s Book Club™ proudly presents presents highly acclaimed author Jandy Nelson sharing her latest masterpiece, I’ll Give You the Sun. With rave reviews by the likes of New York Times-bestselling authors Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi, I’ll Give You the Sunis a radiant novel which will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.
Joining Jandy is actress and audio book narrator Julia Whelan, who provided narration for Jandy’s audio recording of I’ll Give You the Sun. Julia has co-starred in Fifteen and Pregnant alongside Kirsten Dunst (1998), played Grace Manning in the Golden Globe-winning television series Once and Again (1999-2002), and was the star of the film The Secret Life of Zoey alongside Mia Farrow (2002).
No matter what, I had to see Jandy Nelson. I needed to tell her that I’ll Give You The Sun destroyed me. Rain nor shine. I was going to tell her. Absolutely imperative to my health. And see her I did.
I walked almost a mile to get to the bookstore, only because I had time to kill so I got off the train a stop earlier. (Note to self: Don’t walk the way you did. Not very safe.) And when I got to the bookstore, I was early enough that I got a very good seat.
Donuts, little sandwiches, cheese and crackers, and fruits were set up on the side. They were really delicious.
Maggie, the former Books Inc Children’s Director, introduced Jandy, and it was the sweetest introduction ever. Jandy entered the room in a sea of applause. She read the passage of Noah meeting the boy across the street. Afterwards, Julia Whelan and Jeri Lynn Cohen, a San Francisco based actress, enacted scenes that had Jude, Oscar, and Guillermo in it. It was verrry funny.
Q & A
Why Noah and Jude?
For Jandy, the characters are the first to arrive, and for I’ll Give You The Sun, Jude and Guillermo were those characters. And she soon realized that Jude had a brother. A twin brother. It just connected like a long chain. She talked about how art is another important character in this book because it is complicatedly involved in the twin’s life.
How did Jandy write the book?
She wrote I’ll Give You The Sun in a pitch black room with the curtains drawn and a sound machine blasting and ear plugs in for three years, writing the book. She felt really intimate with the characters this way. (Oh man, can you just imagine this?)
How did Jandy come up with the old wives’ tales/superstitions?
Throughout the book, specifically during Jude’s chapters, Jude has a bible of superstitions that her grandmother left her. Jandy said she made a lot of them up. She also used superstitions from her own mother and grandmother. And she pluck ideas from a 1900s book about folklore and superstitions from all over the world.
How did Jandy come up with Noah’s portraits?
Jandy said Noah’s portraits are her favorite part of writing the book because she would love to be a painter so much (if she had artistic abilities, her words). It just flashed in her head in the midst of Noah’s emotions. There’s more portraits she didn’t use for the books (which I personally would love to read).
(* I did not take these pictures. Nancy did. My own camera weren’t working. :( )
Oh man, such a longgggg line. There’s a reason why I always get in line immediately during signings. Unfortunately, I wasn’t very quick. Jandy took the time to speak to every person because it’s been a while since her first book came out. It’s not every day she gets to interact with fans.
As soon as Jandy read my name, she recognized me from Twitter! Eeeeek. She asked me if I was the person saying those sweet things about her book the other day. I was completely flustered and said no. (I was actual the person she was referring to. How many Cee’s are tweeting at Jandy? Not one except I.) I told Jandy how much I loved I’ll Give You the Sun and how it destroyed me. I told her I am impatiently waiting for 2017 to come for her next book and I would wait forever for any book of hers. (YES! You read that right! 2017! I don’t know if I can survive.) Jandy told me I was the sweetest to say these things, but it’s all true. Her books are totally out of this world!
A lucky reader will get these two signed books by the amazing Jandy Nelson!
I wanted to share the awesomeness of her, and why not do a special giveaway for one of my absolutely favorite authors? I want you all to feeeeeel the pain I felt! I want it to destroy you like it did to me!
- This giveaway is only opened to the US. (Too broke to send it anywhere else.)
- It will run from September 24 to October 9, 2014.
- You must be 13 years (with your parent’s permission) or older.
- You will be disqualified if you pick up entries you haven’t done.
- If the winner does not respond to my e-mail within 48 hours, I will have to choose another winner.
- I am not responsible for any items lost in the mail.