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Ask the Author (Almost) Anything: Lindsey Leavitt, author of Going Vintage

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Lindsey Leavitt will be at Teen Book Fest on Saturday, Oct. 12 on the Make 'Em Laugh panel at 3pm in Meeting Room A. Lindsey will be signing copies of Going Vintage at 4pm in Meeting Room B.

The picture of author Lindsey LeavittLindsey Leavitt is the author of the Princess for Hire series, Sean Griswold’s Head, and most recently, Going Vintage, a story about a teenage girl who decides to start living like it’s 1962 in the wake of a technologically messy break-up.

When Mallory finds out her boyfriend has a secret online life that includes a cyber-girlfriend named BubbleYum, she swears off her phone and the internet. But when she finds her grandmother’s high school yearbook and a list of her junior year back to school resolutions, Mallory decides to take things a step further and complete the things on her grandmother’s list:

1. Run for pep squad secretary

2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree

3. Sew a dress for homecoming

4. Find a steady

5. Do something dangerous

Book cover of Going Vintage by Lindsey LeavittAs Mallory learns to sew, stuff a mushroom cap, and start a pep squad from scratch at her school, she discovers new things about herself and her family - and finds romance in the last place she ever thought of looking.

We recently talked to Lindsey about 1960s fashion, what makes her fall in love with a book, and what John Steinbeck and Louis Sachar have in common:

1. What’s one thing about 1960s fashion you wish would come back in style?

With style now, you can do whatever you want, so I can't think of anything that needs a big insurgence. I just really love the party dresses from that time--the fit, cut, fabrics, everything.

2. What about a book will make you fall in love with it instantly? And what makes you want to throw it across the room?

VOICE. I will forgive just about anything if I love the author's voice. Needs to be original, lively and insightful. I'm usually not very violent with my book collection, but I do hate when the characters have obviously become to precious to the author. I'm sure we can all think of titles where the characters get everything they want at absolutely no cost. I want characters to be bruised and damaged so the pay out in the end is earned.

3. If you could spend the day with one writer from history, who would it be and why?

Kurt Vonnegut. Because he is Kurt Vonnegut (although so far I have made a fool of myself 100% when meeting authors I idolize. There's usually a lot of tears and snot)

4. What are one or two books that inspired you when you were a teen?

East of Eden by John Steinbeck inspired me as a person and a reader, Holes by Louis Sachar (I was maybe 19 or 20 when I read this one) inspired me to write for children. I don't know if those two books have ever been lumped together, but I can remember where I was and what I felt when I read both.


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