Los Angeles! 
If you’d like an ANNA/LOLA/ISLA tote bag (one of these), here’s how to get one THIS SUNDAY APRIL 13th at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books:
(1) Print the above image. Not the one with my cat. The other one.
(2) Fill out your name and email address.
(3) Hand it to me at the festival.
If you’re one of the first ten people to hand it to me, you’ll get a tote bag! Right there and then!
If you aren’t … no worries. You’ll still have a chance to win one. I’ll place the remaining entries into a new giveaway—a drawing—and I’ll randomly select two winners. I’ll email the winners next week.
Where to find me at the festival:
• Walking around. Of course!
• 1 PM: Signing (with Rachel Hawkins) at the Penguin/Pages booth #707. This is your best bet. Please wait in the signing line and hand me your entry when you reach the front.
• 3 PM: Panel on the YA Stage with Emery Lord, Joanna Philbin, and Amy Spalding. Please do not approach me while the panel is in session, but feel free to approach me before or after.
Hope to see you soon! Los Angeles! 
If you’d like an ANNA/LOLA/ISLA tote bag (one of these), here’s how to get one THIS SUNDAY APRIL 13th at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books:
(1) Print the above image. Not the one with my cat. The other one.
(2) Fill out your name and email address.
(3) Hand it to me at the festival.
If you’re one of the first ten people to hand it to me, you’ll get a tote bag! Right there and then!
If you aren’t … no worries. You’ll still have a chance to win one. I’ll place the remaining entries into a new giveaway—a drawing—and I’ll randomly select two winners. I’ll email the winners next week.
Where to find me at the festival:
• Walking around. Of course!
• 1 PM: Signing (with Rachel Hawkins) at the Penguin/Pages booth #707. This is your best bet. Please wait in the signing line and hand me your entry when you reach the front.
• 3 PM: Panel on the YA Stage with Emery Lord, Joanna Philbin, and Amy Spalding. Please do not approach me while the panel is in session, but feel free to approach me before or after.
Hope to see you soon!

Los Angeles! 

If you’d like an ANNA/LOLA/ISLA tote bag (one of these), here’s how to get one THIS SUNDAY APRIL 13th at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books:

(1) Print the above image. Not the one with my cat. The other one.

(2) Fill out your name and email address.

(3) Hand it to me at the festival.

If you’re one of the first ten people to hand it to me, you’ll get a tote bag! Right there and then!

If you aren’t … no worries. You’ll still have a chance to win one. I’ll place the remaining entries into a new giveaway—a drawing—and I’ll randomly select two winners. I’ll email the winners next week.

Where to find me at the festival:

• Walking around. Of course!

• 1 PM: Signing (with Rachel Hawkins) at the Penguin/Pages booth #707. This is your best bet. Please wait in the signing line and hand me your entry when you reach the front.

• 3 PM: Panel on the YA Stage with Emery Lord, Joanna Philbin, and Amy Spalding. Please do not approach me while the panel is in session, but feel free to approach me before or after.

Hope to see you soon!

MONDAY BLOG: I’m giving away two *signed* advanced copies of Alexandra Duncan’s Salvage. Visit here to win. This novel is freaking phenomenal, you guys. Here’s my official blurb:

Salvage is the book I’ve been waiting for—kick-ass, brilliant, feminist science fiction. Watch out, world. Alexandra Duncan has arrived.”

Thrilled to be headed back to my favorite con. Thanks to my awesome wizard rockin’ husband Jarrod (Gred & Forge), I’ve been to every single stateside LeakyCon. We love you, Leaky friends!

THURSDAY BLOG: Depression, healing, and, yes, some very good news about Isla. At last.

My wonderful agent Kate (a.k.a. Daphne Unfeasible) has some news to share about Isla and the Happily Ever After *and* she’s giving away an ANNA/LOLA/ISLA tote bag. Visit her blog to enter to win!

Anna and Étienne by Gillian Berry. More adorable YA valentines here.

The cover for Kiersten White’s Illusions of Fate was revealed today. Isn’t it gorgeous? I blurbed THE SHIZZ out of this book:

Illusions of Fate is an absolute delight—a magical, sparkling, dangerous world with witty repartee and a romance that will light your heart on fire. Kiersten White’s best yet.”

Sadly, this book won’t be available until September. But this weekend you *can* read her very awesome, very twisty, and very thriller-y Mind Games for free. Sweet!

If you’re in the mood for Valentine’s-y read, I listed my Top 10 Romantic Books for The Guardian.

Photo by me. My kitty, inspecting a delivery of roses. (Of course he had to stick his head into this photograph!)

MONDAY BLOG: My office takes a snow day.

THURSDAY BLOG: These tote bags exist now. And I’m giving them away soon.

For my present-and-hopefully-future UK readers:

I’m so happy and proud and excited to announce that Usborne has just published Anna and the French Kiss! As an American who is one of those embarrassing, crazed, over-the-top Anglophiles, this is SUCH a thrill for me.

(I mean. Of course that’s why Étienne St. Clair has an English accent!)

Thank you to my wonderful new publisher—especially Amy, Becky, Rebecca, and Stephanie—for treating me with such kindness and enthusiasm. *And* for these chocolates that arrived on my doorstep this morning. Gorgeous, right?!

The first chapter is available to read here, and Usborne created an adorable Anna Pinterest account here.

Megan Shepherd, Victoria Schwab, and I are hitting the road. And we’re bringing friends! Come visit us at these events:

January 30: RICHMOND, VAFountain Bookstore at 6:30 p.m.

January 31: ALEXANDRIA, VAHooray for Books at 7 p.m. (with Ellen Oh!)

February 1: BETHESDA, MDBethesda Library at 2 p.m. (with Ellen Oh and Jessica Spotswood!)

Megan and I will also be in SYLVA, NC at City Lights Bookstore with Jessica Khoury on February 8th at 3 p.m.

And I’ll be joining dozens upon dozens of authors at the RT Booklovers Convention in NEW ORLEANS, LA from May 13-18th.

More events later this year!

New! Book! News!

I’m over-the-moon to announce my first anthology—as both an editor and a contributor. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories will be out THIS OCTOBER (!) from St. Martin’s Press and features holiday-themed, swoony-smart love stories from twelve phenomenal authors:

Holly Black

Ally Carter

Gayle Forman

Jenny Han

David Levithan

Kelly Link

Myra McEntire

Matt de la Peña

Stephanie Perkins

Rainbow Rowell

Laini Taylor

Kiersten White

I am so grateful to each and every author for their shared enthusiasm. I am thankful for my wonderful agent, my champion, Kate Schafer Testerman. And I’m honored and excited to be working with Sara Goodman (editor of Rainbow Rowell’s novels as well as the recently William C. Morris-award-nominated Charm & Strange), who saw everything about this project clearly and instinctively from the very first phone call. It is an absolute joy to be working with (and learning from) everyone involved.

This anthology is going to be really, really special.

Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly shared today:

Sara Goodman at St. Martin’s Press has bought a YA anthology called My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss. The collection will feature 12 romantic tales of young love by celebrated YA authors, including Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, Gayle Forman, Ally Carter, Holly Black, Kiersten White, Matt de la Peña, Laini Taylor, Jenny Han and Kelly Link. Publication is set for October 2014; Kate Schafer Testerman at KT Literary did the deal for North American rights.

And here’s a little extra from St. Martin’s Press:

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons to stay indoors and fall in love.

I’d like to extra-special thank Myra McEntire and our glorious brunch in Charleston, where the seed for this anthology was planted. And also the Hallmark Channel. Damn you, Hallmark Christmas movies! YOU ARE SO CHEESY, BUT I CAN’T STOP WATCHING YOU. I LOVE YOU. DON’T EVER STOP BEING YOU.

*ah hem*

If you’re on Goodreads, please add My True Love Gave to Me to-read HERE!

I hope reading this book will bring you the happiness and joy that working on it has brought me. I can’t wait for you to get this one. You’re gonna love it.

xo,

Steph

"I’m standing over the word BELL. It’s imprinted on the grate for Pacific Bell, the phone company. They’re everywhere, on every street. ‘See?’ I say.
'Every time I see Dolores Street, I think of you.' His words rush out. 'Dolores Park. Dolores Mission. You're everywhere in this neighborhood, you are this neighborhood.’”
Lola and the Boy Next Door. Photos & text by me. San Francisco, 2009. "I’m standing over the word BELL. It’s imprinted on the grate for Pacific Bell, the phone company. They’re everywhere, on every street. ‘See?’ I say.
'Every time I see Dolores Street, I think of you.' His words rush out. 'Dolores Park. Dolores Mission. You're everywhere in this neighborhood, you are this neighborhood.’”
Lola and the Boy Next Door. Photos & text by me. San Francisco, 2009.

"I’m standing over the word BELL. It’s imprinted on the grate for Pacific Bell, the phone company. They’re everywhere, on every street. ‘See?’ I say.

'Every time I see Dolores Street, I think of you.' His words rush out. 'Dolores Park. Dolores Mission. You're everywhere in this neighborhood, you are this neighborhood.’”

Lola and the Boy Next Door. Photos & text by me. San Francisco, 2009.