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Cantankerous? Me?

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on Thursday, 04 September 2014 in Uncategorized

Again, apologies for Neglect of the Blog.  There should be a governmental agency that handles such crimes as Blog Nelglect. Maybe they would remove the Blog from my keeping and give it to Foster Bloggers?

But: hey. The movie stuff became entirely too much for one human.  Last time I posted anything, I had been to Las Vegas and was about to go to San Diego.  I did so. After that I went to LA...where in one day I did 72...count 'em...yes, 72 interviews of four minutes each, back to back. And then to NY, where I did the Charlie Rose show, the Colbert Report, and a bunch of other stuff, and also attended the movie premiere, actually donning my slutty shoes and walking on a red carpet with Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift and others.

 

Here I am, on that occasion.

I could post other photos, and go on and on, but I won't bother, because it is done with now. The movie is out there and has gotten mixed reviews, and next week it will open in Hungary, and then France and Germany and New Zealand and Australia, and who knows where else.  It will (it already has) take on a life of its own, and one of these days I will be flicking through the TV channels, and there it will be, On Demand.

It certainly kept me On Demand all summer!

But now I am On Demand to my dog, who underwent surgery (torn ACL) a week ago today and is recuperating at home...and will be for many more weeks, with restrictions on his activities. This is a dog who is accustomed to dashing about on a large enclosed piece of land; and now he is only allowed out on a leash, walking sedately, which both he and I find hard.

The first two books of my old Anastasia series are to be republished this fall, wiht new forewords by me, and I am hoping that they will acquire a new young audience of the daughters of their OLD audience, who will now be in their thirties and forties.

I hvae completed, in the little bits of time I had between movie commitments, a foreword to a new edition of the British children's book called The Wouldbegoods; and an essay for an upcoming anthology of essays about the Bible (an odd, but interesting, assignment for someone like me who is not at all Bible-oriented); and I have been to Peterborough, NH to speak in a Unitarian Church; and soon I will go down to Boston to speak to a) the Brown Club of Boston and b) the NECCAP, the New England —let me think— Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

In the meantime, I am between farm and town...houses in each place, going back and forth...  It is an exquisitely beautiful September, and I would love to be in the country; but the house at the farm has eleven room and stairs...not the right place for my rceovering dog, so we are in town in the 6-rooms-no-stairs house, and even here the bedrooms are off limits to him (beds. he likes to jump on them) so he is feeling puzzled and deprived.

OKay, one other photo:

This is pretty much the entire movie family, and I won't atempt to name them all. You can see Phillip Noyce, the director, immediately behind me; Tayor Swift a little to his left; Jeff Bridges to Phil's right, and Katie Holmes beside Jeff, with Meryl beside Katie.

These are all good, talented, smart, and interesting people. But the famly, including me, is now disbanding and all going on to other things. I do wish them all well.  Even Harvey Weinstein, who is not n the phoot; but who told The Today Show that I was "cantankerous"...which was true.

 

 

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Ron Fischman Thursday, 04 September 2014

The movie endeared you to both my kids. I asked my seven-year-old which part of the movie she thought was the best, and she said, "All of it!" My twelve-year-old son, who read the book this year in school, probably did not rise to the level of your favorite reader when he said, "Wow! This was better than the book!" I told him that in order to retain his son-of-a-writer snob credentials, that was precisely the wrong thing to say :p

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Elizabeth Wednesday, 22 October 2014

I 100% agree! ;)

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Maggie Zakem Thursday, 04 September 2014

I saw the movie this week and thought it was very well done--faithful to your novel in spite of the changes. Very high tech world there, I thought that was great! I especially enjoyed the black/white beginning, the introduction of color for Jonas, and later the intrusion of color in Fiona's black/white world as her repressed emotions began simmering. As I listened to the closing words, I remembered your blog about working and working on that part. So thank you, I appreciate your efforts as part of the team that transposed the novel into the movie.

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Lyn Crowley Friday, 05 September 2014

Just finished the book and loved it! Haven't seen the movie yet but will definitely keep reading until I'm done with the series.

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Beth Smith Monday, 08 September 2014

Dear Ms. Lowry,

I hope you have a restful September after what seemed to be a frenetically paced summer! I'm glad to hear your sweet pooch is on the mend. Perhaps this forced relaxation is just what you needed to decompress after such a marathon of interviews for promoting the Giver.
I must admit, I've been swept up in the Giver hype and am happily obsessed with the book. I forgot how much I loved it!
As a mother of a 12 and 9 year old AND as a 6th grade teacher this new obsession couldn't have come at a better time.
We are voraciously reading the Giver so that we may go see the movie as a family and then do the obligatory Venn Diagram compare/contrast that we teachers all love to do!

I wanted to let you know that your Anastasia books were my favorite as a 10-12 year old! Well, they ranked amongst my favorites with the Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume books I loved so much too! (My son and I are currently reading Blubber by Judy Blume) I look forward to reigniting that love of the Anastasia series with my daughter. Smart thinking! :)

Thanks for doing all the amazing work you do! If you ever find your way through Bloomington, IN and still do author visits, our school would LOVE to meet you in person and hear you speak! Our PTO cobbles funds together with other schools so that we may split an author's time and maximize her outreach.

Best wishes as you continue your journey!

Warmly,
Beth M. Smith
Childs Elementary
Bloomington, IN

PS. I loved your shoes on the red carpet!

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presto_largo Tuesday, 09 September 2014

I love "The Giver", so I'm kind of avoiding watching the movie. However, I think I will do it soon, especially now that I have finished reading all four books in the series.

Anyway, just sent you a long email, but I got an error message afterwards, saying that something went wrong or whatever. Ahhhh... I wasted all my effort writing such a long email, grrrr...

I really want to write to you in private because I don't want to leave a public comment with spoilers. Please let me know what I can do. Thank you!

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Isha Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Hi!
I am Isha. I am 9 years old. I am your biggest fan! I am so excited to find your website. I wrote a review about THE GIVER (http://isha-borade.blogspot.com/2014/09/book-review-giver-by-lois-lowry.html.) I love that book. I also like NUMBER THE STARS. Keep on writing for us!

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John Owen Thursday, 11 September 2014

Just finished what is now on my short list of most favorite stories...The Giver, by Lois Lowry, more specifically the Giver Quartet Omnibus, an absolutely beautiful collection of four seemingly disparate stories that come together in a magical and poignant way, a story of the human condition in a dysfunctional society with struggles, agony, loss, and eventual triumph of goodness, patience and love over all that stands in the way. A must read...magnificent!

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Maggie Friday, 12 September 2014

What is the name of the book that we are introduced to Gabriel birth mother and her story? I read the giver and someone told me that there was another book but couldn't remember the name. The Giver was great

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Rachel Wednesday, 17 September 2014

I am so excited to go and see the movie. I just recently re-read "The Giver" and it is amazing how the difference of 20 years makes. After re-reading the book I got all excited about reading the quartet of books and then I realized that they have different characters. I haven't started the second book "Catching Blue" yet and I was wondering if any of the book tells the reader what ever happens toe Jonas and Gabriel, or if you are saving that for another book?

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Joyce Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Dear Ms. Lowry,

I know you are busy regarding to the launch of your new book and of course writing books and personal stuff. I am humbly requesting you to please check your email. (My email address is joycenvillanueva@ymail.com) I know it is really hard to reach you but I am still hoping you could read this on time.

With best regards,
Joyce Villanueva

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t noble Sunday, 21 September 2014

hi ms lowry,
off topic but no email at your website; i am just now reading The Giver, find it fascinating, sincerely hope Jonas will make BIG CHANGES to the Sameness of everything, but will wait to find out (no skipping ahead!) but one quibble i have is that to my ears Lily doesn't sound 8; why didnt you make her a little more youthful in her diction and expressions; to me she sounds too grown up;
thanks for a great read, i will get the followups as well;
best wishes,
terry noble
editor of Wycliffe's Bible and Wycliffe's Apocrypha

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Elizabeth Monday, 20 October 2014

I didn't really understand your book. I mean,if it's a utopia world, then why would they get smacked on the hands like Asher? And if release is so "terrible" then why do they know about it? The Giver in my opinion, is one of the most confusing books you have written.

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sarah Sunday, 28 December 2014

Ive read the giver probably 5 times and absolutely love it. I was so afraid tge movie would beto ........whats the word. Technologically advanced. But it was wonderful!!!!!! You guys did a great job. My sister bought me the book set for x-mas. So im readimg messanger again. And will continue with the rest. But i was wondering will those book become movies also????? That would be great!!!!!Or even gossamer! Just want to thank you for these books. I wasn't a reader until i read the giver. And now ive read so much more. Oh 1 more question. ....... any book signings or visits to Chicago coming up.

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