Francesca Lia Block will be at Teen Book Fest on Saturday, Oct. 12 on the Classically Inspired panel in Teen'Scape at 11am. Francesca will be signing copies of Love in the Time of Global Warming at 12pm in Meeting Room B.
If you haven’t read anything by Francesca Lia Block, you are missing out. The author of over 30 books, Block fills her pages with colorful characters and a magical-realism style that has won fans all over the world. Her first book, Weetzie Bat, which was published in 1989, is often banned due to its straightforward take on sex, HIV/AIDS, and gay marriage. It is a story about individuality, love, and acceptance, set in a beautiful, magical version of Los Angeles. It won the Phoenix Award in 2009, which is given to a book that still has lasting significance, even 20 years after it was written. She is also the winner of the Margaret Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Library Association.
Block is a native Angeleno and a self-professed lover of all things Los Angeles. She often uses “Shangri-L.A.” (as she has named it) as the setting for her vividly descriptive books. In her newest book, Love in the Time of Global Warming, Los Angeles turns post-apocalyptic as Block tells the Odyssey-inspired story of Penelope (Pen). After a tsunami and earthquakes have destroyed the city, Pen takes off on a quest to find her family. Filled with misfits and monsters, love and loss, it’s a story that is sure to capture your imagination. And keep your eyes out for Block’s favorite Los Angeles landmark, The Culver Hotel, which makes an appearance.
We asked Francesca about Homer's Odyssey and her favorite place in L.A. Here's what she had to say:
1. What’s your favorite of Odysseus’s adventures in The Odyssey?
When he confronts Polyphemus, the Sirens and Circe which is why I used them all as inspiration for Love in the Time of Global Warming.
2. What is your secret superpower?
3. What’s your favorite Los Angeles landmark?
Culver Hotel which appears in Love in the Time of Global Warming.
4. What are some books that inspire you when you?
For my YA Lit class, I teach classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, The Catcher in the Rye, and The House on Mango Street.