Anna-Marie McLemore

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Anna-Marie McLemore
LanguageEnglish
Genreyoung adult, magical realism
Notable worksWhen the Moon Was Ours, The Weight of Feathers, Wild Beauty
Notable awardsStonewall Book Award, James Tiptree Jr. Award
Years active2011-now
Website
author.annamariemclemore.com

Anna-Marie McLemore is a Mexican-American author of young adult fiction magical realism, best known for her Stonewall Honor-winning novel When the Moon Was Ours, Wild Beauty, and The Weight of Feathers.[1]

Personal life[edit]

McLemore is a queer Latina,[2] which she cites as one of the reasons why she writes inclusive, queer, Latinx casts.[3][4] Her husband is transgender.[5] McLemore describes her work as inspired by the fairytales and stories she grew up with and her own background,[6] which is why many of her novels feature magical-realist themes, queer characters, and Spanish and French language.[7][8] She cites Laura Esquivel's novel Like Water for Chocolate as one of the reasons she started writing[9] and names Carla Trujillo, Malinda Lo, Isabel Allende, and Federico García Lorca as some of her influences.[10][11]

Career[edit]

McLemore was named a Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Fellow in 2011.[12]

Her debut young adult novel, The Weight of Feathers, was published in 2015 by Thomas Dunne Books. It deals with themes of discrimination and marginalization[13] in a magical-realist story about black magic,[14] and includes a generational feud between Mexican-American and Romani rival families.[15] Her debut was chosen as a William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist in 2016[16] and received a starred review from Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.[17] It also was chosen for YALSA's 2016 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults list.[18]

Her second novel, When the Moon Was Ours, a magical-realist fairytale about a transgender Pakistani-American boy and a cisgender queer Latina falling in love,[19] was published in 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books. It won the James Tiptree Jr. Award[20] in 2016 and the Stonewall Honor Award[21] in 2017. It was also named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews[22] and Booklist.[23] When the Moon Was Ours received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews,[24] School Library Journal,[25] and Booklist.[23]

McLemore's third novel, Wild Beauty, about a family of cursed women and magical gardens, was published in 2017 by Feiwel and Friends[26]. It again received three starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews,[27] School Library Journal,[28] and Booklist,[29] and was also named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews[30] and Booklist.[29] Wild Beauty was nominated for a Northern California Book Award in 2018.[31]

Her fourth novel, Blanca & Roja, is a Latinx retelling of Swan Lake[32] and Snow White, about two sisters who fall in love with a boy who can turn into a bear and a non-binary teen who can turn into a cygnet.[33] It was published by Feiwel and Friends in 2018. Blanca & Roja received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews,[34] School Library Journal,[35] and Booklist[36] as well. School Library Journal named Blanca & Roja a best book of 2018.[37]

Her fifth novel, Meteor, is about two girls attempting to change their town's future while they participate in a talent competition. It's her first co-written novel, together with author Tehlor Kay Mejia, and will be published by HarperCollins in 2020.[38]

Her novels have been translated into Turkish, Italian, and Spanish.[citation needed]

She has also written several short stories and non-fiction essays for anthologies that were published with Ambush Books, Harlequin Teen, Candlewick, Simon Pulse, Soho Teen, and Algonquin Young Readers.[citation needed]

Bibliography[edit]

Young adult standalones

  • The Weight of Feathers (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015)
  • When the Moon Was Ours (Thomas Dunne Books, 2016)
  • Wild Beauty (Feiwel and Friends, 2017)
  • Blanca & Roja (Feiwel and Friends, 2018)
  • Meteor (co-written with Tehlor Kay Mejia) (HarperCollins, 2020)
  • The Deepest Red (Feiwel & Friends, 2020)

Short stories and essays

  • Magical Mayhem, edited by Douglas Rees (Ambush Books, 2012)
  • "Roja" in All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages, edited by Saundra Mitchell (Harlequin Teen, 2018)
  • "Love Spell" in Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft, edited by Tess Sharpe (Harlequin Teen, 2018)
  • "Glamour" in The Radical Element, edited by Jessica Spotswood (Candlewick, 2018)
  • "Her Hair Was Not of Gold" in Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America, edited by Amy Reed (Simon Pulse, 2018)
  • Title TBA in Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food Love, edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond (Simon Pulse, 2019)
  • Title TBA in Color Outside the Lines, edited by Sangu Mandanna (Soho Teen, 2019)
  • Title TBA in Body Talk, edited by Kelly Jensen (Algonquin Young Readers, 2020)

Awards[edit]

Won

  • James Tiptree Jr. Award 2016 for When the Moon Was Ours (Thomas Dunne Books, 2016)[20]
  • Stonewall Honor Award 2017 for When the Moon Was Ours (Thomas Dunne Books, 2016)[21]

Nominated

  • William C. Morris Debut Award 2016 Finalist for The Weight of Feathers (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015)[16]
  • Northern California Book Award 2018 for Wild Beauty (Feiwel and Friends, 2017)[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Editors, Bustle. "Anna-Maria McLemore Creates Space For Queer Latina Fairy Tale Protagonists With Her Books & Twitter Feed". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  2. ^ "The Love That Lives Here: On Queer Girls, Transboys, and Sex on the Page – YA Pride". www.gayya.org. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  3. ^ @stylehatch, Style Hatch - http://stylehatch.co |. "Q&A with Author Anna-Marie McLemore". CBC Diversity. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  4. ^ Tejeda, Valerie (2014-09-17). "Young Adult Authors Honor Hispanic Heritage Month, Share Why 'We Need Diverse Books'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  5. ^ "The Latest in Y.A. Fantasy". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  6. ^ "Interview with Anna-Marie McLemore | YARN". yareview.net. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  7. ^ THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore | Kirkus Reviews.
  8. ^ "Gender Expressions: Transgender Books, 2016". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  9. ^ "Meet the LGBTQ+ Authors Who Are Revolutionizing YA Literature". The B&N Teen Blog. 2016-03-17. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  10. ^ "New Books Oct 10, 2016". link.bookriot.com. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  11. ^ "Anna-Marie McLemore Previews Her New Book and Reveals Cover". EW.com. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  12. ^ Valenzuela, Tony (2011-07-03). "2011 Emerging Writers Retreat Fellows". Lambda Literary. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  13. ^ "Amid uncertain times, 11 new and necessary Latino books to read". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  14. ^ Kovach, Catherine. "12 Awesome YA Novels Featuring POC Protagonists". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  15. ^ "Exclusive Cover Reveal: The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore". The B&N Teen Blog. 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  16. ^ a b ALAM (2015-12-03). "2016 Morris Award finalists announced". News and Press Center. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  17. ^ Quealy-Gainer, Kate (2015-09-15). "The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore (review)". Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. 69 (2): 102–102. doi:10.1353/bcc.2015.0723. ISSN 1558-6766.
  18. ^ ALAM (2016-01-13). "2016 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults". Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  19. ^ "LGBTQ Lit for Children and Teens Comes of Age". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  20. ^ a b "2016 James Tiptree, Jr. Award « James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award". James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  21. ^ a b "Stonewall Book Awards - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award | Awards & Grants". www.ala.org. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  22. ^ "Best Teen Books of 2016 by Category | Kirkus Reviews". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  23. ^ a b "When the Moon Was Ours, by Anna-Marie McLemore | Booklist Online". www.booklistonline.com. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  24. ^ WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore | Kirkus Reviews.
  25. ^ "When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore | SLJ Review". School Library Journal. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  26. ^ "Children's Book Review: Wild Beauty by Anne-Marie McLemore. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-250-12455-5". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  27. ^ WILD BEAUTY by Anna-Marie McLemore | Kirkus Reviews.
  28. ^ "Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore | SLJ Review". School Library Journal. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  29. ^ a b "Wild Beauty, by Anna-Marie McLemore | Booklist Online". www.booklistonline.com. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  30. ^ "Best Fiction of 2017 by Category | Kirkus Reviews". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  31. ^ a b "Book Awards". NCIBA. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  32. ^ Trombetta, Sadie. "This New YA Book Is A Latinx 'Swan Lake' With Feuding Sisters — & You Can Start Reading Now". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  33. ^ "Children's Book Review: Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99 (384p) ISBN 978-1-250-16271-7". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  34. ^ BLANCA & ROJA by Anna-Marie McLemore | Kirkus Reviews.
  35. ^ "Blanca & Roja". School Library Journal. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  36. ^ "Blanca & Roja, by Anna-Marie McLemore | Booklist Online". www.booklistonline.com. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  37. ^ "School Library Journal". www.slj.com. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  38. ^ "Rights Report: Week of May 1, 2018". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2018-11-10.