Just a quick note to say that The Blondes now has a US home at St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne Books. The release will be in the spring of 2014. Expect more details soon. I’ll be reading from The Blondes at Unameable Books in Brooklyn on February 28 at 7:30PM along with poet James Arthur and writer Melinda Moustakis. Details here.
Some of you may have heard me talk about this piece I wrote for Elle about turning blond for four months and my resulting odyssey into identity. They generously let us republish it on Joyland. You can find out my entire tormented hair biography, and its influence on my novel.
I’ve just signed the contract for the French translation of The Blondes. It will be published by Editions Alto where I’ll find myself in good company with the likes of translations of Patrick deWitt, Sarah Waters, Annabel Lyon, and Rawi Hage, as well as original French novels. Watch for it in 2014.
In other news, The Blondes was placed on Quill & Quire‘s Top 5 list for best book cover design of the year. Zoomer Magazine asks me 5 questions about the inspirations for the novel. Taddle Creek publishes a new short story by me for their 15th anniversary issue.
And over at Joyland Magazine, we continue our Joyland TV series. I interview author and producer Anne Swan about her short story “Emote Control.”
Here are a few shots from the last part of The Blondes Canadian tour.
Margaret Atwood and me after the Beyond Survival panel at the Vancouver Authors Festival. (photo: Chris Cameron)
The panel: Me, Graeme Gibson, Dionne Brand, Louise Dennys, Aritha Van Herk, Margaret Atwood, Merilyn Simonds. (Photo: Chris Cameron)
The dreaded color-coded calendar that has ruled my life for the last 6 weeks.
Thank you to every host, bookstore, festival, fellow author, friend-with-a-couch. Thanks to everyone at Random House and especially publicist Sharon Klein.
The wonderful people at Hazlitt Magazine have put up a video interview they did with me about my novel The Blondes, losing one’s hair, shaving one’s hair, what hair means, not to mention horror films and other pop cultural ephemera. Thanks so much to Christopher Frey, and to actor Robert Dayton who interviews me. Watch it here.
My second attempt at being Anthony Bourdain, with advice on how not to get lost in New Jersey.
“What’s more frightening than a rabies-like plague that afflicts blonde women? Having to leave New York only to find New Jersey has become a police state. In this installment of Joyland TV, Emily Schultz, author of The Blondes, presents a travelogue where she visits the locations from her feminist reimagining of the plague novel.”