Lois Lowry's Blog
The word makes me feel as if I should start singing "Sweet Adeline." But here they are: the four books that now comprise The Giver Quartet.
It's surprising to see how much fatter the fourth book is than the others, perhaps because it encompasses fourteen years so there was a lot of material to cover, a lot of plot, and all the main characters from the first three books. The new jackets are quite beautiful, I think. The official publication date of "Son" is October 1st so this is just a preview.
I am preparing to go back to Massachusetts next weekend. The nights are chilly, now...I went to the funky little local department store, Reny's, and bought some flannel pajames recently. My grandsons go back to school...sixth grade and ninth grade...tomorrow. This past weekend they were here and I was pleased to see the older boy head home with a volume of Asimov stories under his arm.
I have also created...or actually hired someone to create...a bit of history. After reading the local historical society's account of the origin of this properrty, one of the first farms in the area, I hired a local creative genius to make me a sign, whihc he delivered yesterday. It is sitting in the barn because this fall the house and barn will be painted, and then the sign will go up over the door of the barn.
Thanks to Craig Jud, who made this masterpiece.
It is hard to pack up. This has been a glorious summer, with almost non-stop beautiful weather, and with lots of good company. But I'm fortunate; I go back to my other house, other town, and will be with loads of good friends there as well. I have work to do, and travel in store, and as I set out to make stops around the country in October I will be seeing lots of old friends, I think, and making new ones.