So, I spent quarantine
in emotional turmoil in my pajamas, figuring out iMovie, and I made a book trailer for Cinders and Sparrows! It took me 84 years, and HarperCollins made their own video, which is much snazzier and more professional, but I MADE THIS FROM SCRATCH, and it was kind of a joy, so I hope you like it.
Here it is!
On October 13th, 6PM Central Time, I’ll be doing a launch event for Cinders and Sparrows, hosted by the lovely people at the Chicago-based Barbara’s Bookstore. It’s online, so you can be anywhere in the world to join, and registering for the event will give you 10% off on purchasing the book. Hopefully I’ll see some familiar faces there, because book events are scary and online book events are even scarier.
I remember doing one with a school in Brazil where I and an alarmingly vast auditorium of middle-schoolers who did not particularly speak English tried to entertain each other for an hour, while the internet cut in and out and teachers ran frantically to and fro across the stage and actual hurricane raged outside. Good times. But now with the pandemic, online events seem to be sleek and fine-tuned, so yayyyy, I’m excited to celebrate the book launch with real people, even if we’re all in different countries.
- Cinders and Sparrows is a Kobo Best Book of the Month.
- The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books called it “A significant and foreboding mystery,” and said “Bachmann balances horror, magic, and a coming-of-age story with aplomb”, which was very nice of them. (Also ‘aplomb’. A word.) They also said readers might be sad that it’s a standalone, which was equally nice. It is a standalone, and I remember fondly the bittersweet feeling of reading a book and then finding out the author had died like sixty years ago and any further adventures were up to me to daydream about.
- There’s going to be an audiobook, narrated by Justine Eyre in a lovely English accent, with music by me, and you can pre-order it here, or get it on Audible. They’re even making CDs which are apparently still a thing.
More soon! 🙂