I’m happy to announce that the film script I co-wrote with Brian Joseph Davis has been optioned by the amazing Tamar Halpern (director of Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, and Llyn Foulkes One Man Band), and she’s slated to direct. It’s called Personal Assistant, and it’s our take on female-focused thrillers of the late ’80s and early ’90s.
For all my French-speaking friends, The Blondes is now out in French translation, thanks to Editions Alto and translator Eric Fontaine! Get this edition here.
There have been lots of wonderful reviews and clips. If your French is good, I suggest reading them in the original language.
On peut lire les articles en français sur le livre ici:
Though the the ARCs won’t being going out for a couple more months, it’s getting closer to the The Blondes U.S. launch date next year and we already have some new reviews in from several gracious, wonderful authors.
–Margaret Atwood, @margaretatwood
“Like the literary love child of Naomi Wolf and Stephen King, The Blondes examines our cultural attitudes about beauty through the lens of a post-9/11, high-alert nightmare. The result is a spellbinding brew, both satirical and deeply satisfying.”
—Helene Wecker, author of The Golem and the Jinni
“An energetic, startling novel. Emily Schultz is a writer with a deadly sense of humor. You laugh one moment, you’re frightened the next. As unsettling as it is funny, The Blondes had me hooked from an early line: The neighbors have finished burning the hair… How could anybody not read on from there?”
—Peter Orner, author of Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge
“Sharp and fluid and legitimately disturbing. A thinking person’s apocalyptic nailbiter.”
—Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day
“The Blondes is intelligent, mesmerizing, and fearless. An entirely original and beautifully twisted satire with a heart of darkness.”
–Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Lola Quartet
“At once weird and grounded, fizzily comic and satirically serious, The Blondes takes you by surprise and keeps on surprising. Emily Schultz has a point-of-view all her own, and knows how to use it.”
– Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist
I’m pleased to see a Joyland Magazine piece has been included as a Notable Story in Best American Short Stories 2013, edited by Elizabeth Strout. Congratulations to our author Leopoldine Core, whose story “The Underside of Charm” can be read here.
Congrats also to our past Joyland contributors, Peter Orner and Maggie Shipstead, for having their other work listed as Notable.
Alice Munro won this year’s Trillium Book Award and I honestly couldn’t have been happier to just have been there, let alone on the short list for the Canadian edition of The Blondes. No one knew that night that Munro was announcing her retirement from writing but her short, perfect, beautiful speech seemed a parting message to not just writers of Canadian origin but any writer ever pushed to the margins.
I’m overwhelmed. This is truly wonderful. There are so many good writers in this country. When I began, there were fewer of us, and, well, there was some doubt as to could [there] be such thing as many? We got together, and we proved that that was wrong. There could indeed be Canadian writers, and this room fills that to such perfection. I’m so proud of you all.
Over on Joyland’s Tumblr we have a slide show of our entire trip.
Well, yours truly forgot her camera cord at home, so I cannot upload photos from the Trillium Award readings yet, but you can read a fun conversation in the National Post with my fellow nominee Steven Heighton. We jaw about our work, how it’s similar, and what we really think about being nominated.
Elsewhere, in the latest Truth & Fiction podcast, you can listen to my talk with author Roxane Gay about feminism, TV, and hiding our writing from our parents.