Penning and Pinning

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Above: The covers of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, taken from the author’s Pinterest page. On the left is the American cover; on the right, the German cover of the same book.

So, what do you think: Do authors belong on Pinterest? We know lots of readers who long for the days when authors were shrouded in mystery and concentrated more on the quality of their work than the content of their Twitter feeds. And believe us, we get that. But we’re also kind of addicted to the tweets of our favorite authors (like Margaret AtwoodNeil Gaiman and John Green), so saying we’re tired of celebri-authors would be pure hypocrisy. The truth is, we eat this authory social media stuff up … almost as much as we eat up their books.

But even we were surprised to hear about authors on Pinterest. We heard about this trend after being referred to the Pinterest of one of our favorite YA authors, E. Lockhart. Um, huh? What could such an image-based medium have to tell us about a wordsmith? Turns out, a lot. Lockhart has some fun boards about life in general (we really like the Kid Lit Ink board, all about tattoos inspired by children’s literature), but our favorites are the ones where she takes us behind the scenes. Like her board showing different covers from international versions of her books. Or the character inspiration boards. There’s even a board for her upcoming book, so we’re involved in the process from day one.

What do you think? Do you love this trend, or is it going to far? If you like what you see, let us know, and we’ll show you more author boards as we come across them.


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