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Banned Books Week is Here! September 25 - October 2, 2010

I have been lucky enough to receive wonderful emails and messages from people who have read The Beautiful Between. I’m honored anytime someone has taken the time to read the book, and even more so when they then take the time to tell me what they thought about it – whatever their feelings on the novel might have been.

A few months ago, however, I received a note that really threw me for a loop. A reader didn’t approve of some of the language used in the book, and wrote that this was not a book that she could, in good conscience, recommend teens read. She suggested that I was unaware that plenty of teens don’t talk like that, and that I might have used my book as an opportunity to show teens that they can communicate without any “bad” language.

I was, at first, somewhat apologetic, and wrote her an email explaining that it was never my intention to offend anyone with the language in the book; that I had been trying to simply tell an honest story, and that while I understood that many …

Videos

When The Beautiful Between came out, I was lucky enough to do a few readings and events, and a few of them were actually recorded. But then, of course, months went by and the recordings were unavailable. But finally, a few weeks ago, the video of my event at the Barnes & Noble on Manhattan's Upper East Side actually became available on their website! (I may, or may not, have checked the BN website every week or so to look for myself.) I'm so excited to have this to share - I hope you like it (and why didn't anyone tell me that I needed to cut my hair?!)
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The Coolest Cake in the World

So this past Tuesday was my book’s official pub date, but it turned out that Monday, May 10th, was the much more exciting day. First, on Monday morning, I found out that The Beautiful Between was reviewed in Publishers Weekly (this is my favorite part): “Sheinmel makes an impressive debut with an absorbing tale of unlikely friendship, loss, and family secrets…the intriguing and well-defined characterizations will keep readers riveted.”

But Monday became even better that afternoon because the folks at my office threw me a surprise party in honor of The Beautiful Between. They even had a cake with the book’s cover somewhat magically reproduced in frosting.


Now, I made my boss promise me that I wouldn’t have to speak at the party, because I was totally embarrassed, but if I had talked, I think I would have said something about how much I love Random House Children’s Books, how lucky I feel to work there, how much my life has improved – personally and professionally – since I began working…

The Beautiful Between: Readings & More

Well, May 11, 2010 is nearly here and The Beautiful Between hits bookstores tomorrow! I’m waiting until tomorrow night to check out the book at my own local bookstore. My boss had the idea that we should get to the bookstore at 5:11p.m. (it being 5/11/2010), and take a picture of me holding the book with a clock showing the time. I don’t know if we’ll be that precise, but if we do end up taking any pictures I’ll be sure to post them here.

Most importantly, I have a few book events coming up and I wanted to post the details.

For those of you in the New York City area, please save the date for my very first New York City book-reading, on May 28th at the 86th street Barnes & Noble (right in the middle of my old neighborhood!).

My second New York City reading will be June 6th, this one featuring my sister, Courtney, reading from her new book, Sincerely, at Books of Wonder on west 18th street. Visit Courtney online at CourtneySheinmel.com.

And, for those of you in New Jersey, I also have a…