Goodbye, Ice… Hello, ARCs!

Two big things happened while I was at school today, teaching 7th graders how to do a bibliography.  My husband emailed me to hurry home after school because:

1.  The ice on Lake Champlain was breaking up.  I really like to be there when this happens because it’s one of my favorite sounds in the universe.  But by the time I got home this afternoon, I was looking out at open water, and the broken-up ice had drifted north.

2.  The UPS guy had arrived with a box of advance reader copies of THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z!  I haven’t shared my cover here before because there may still be some tweaks, but since the art is final and it’s on the ARC and all….

The incredibly talented Joe Cepeda is the illustrator.  He also created the cover art for ESPERANZA RISING, so I was thrilled when I found out he’d be working on this cover, and I couldn’t be happier with the way he captured Gianna’s spirit and the feeling of autumn in Vermont.  Gianna’s release date, September 1st, doesn’t feel quite so far away tonight.

55 Replies on “Goodbye, Ice… Hello, ARCs!

  1. I posted too soon…I also wanted to say how I’ve never heard ice breaking up on a lake, but I can imagine how it sounds…like the limbs of trees breaking under the weight of too much ice?? How would you describe it?

  2. Love the cover! Cant wait to see what’s inside!

    The ice on Lake George has been gone for a few weeks now… but we’re that much closer to being on the boat. Wanna bring the family to Lake George this year?

  3. Sometimes it’s like that, but there are different, other-worldly noises, too, that are more like timpani drums, as the air escapes. It’s beautiful and haunting.

  4. Inspirational Gianna

    I was so excited to see the book cover that I finally created an account just to comment! How’s that for inspiration? I am so excited to read it. Congratulations!

  5. Congrats!!

    It is simply beautiful.
    : )
    I’m one of the fortunate people who has had a chance to read it…and you know what everybody? It is just as lovely on the inside! Way to go, Kate!

  6. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

    I can’t begin to imagine the utter fabulocity of seeing your own story nestled between the covers of a book. A real book! With an absolutely beautiful cover. Congratulations.

  7. Re: Inspirational Gianna

    Yay!! You are here on LJ! I just posted a little note for people to come say hi to you, so if you start getting hellos from strange writers, I am probably the reason.

  8. Gorgeous!

    Oh Kate, I am so excited for you! It looks fantastic. A cover worthy of such a lovely book. Smile till your cheeks hurt. Congratulations.

  9. I am woefully late to the party but–WOOT!!! The minute I saw your cover, I thought of Esparanza Rising. How exciting! Good things will happen to this book, I’m sure!