Anna-Marie McLemore

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Anna-Marie McLemore
Place of birth California, USA
Pronouns they/them[1]
Gender identity bigender[1]
Occupation author

Anna-Marie McLemore is a Mexican-American author of young adult fiction magical realism, best known for their Stonewall Book Award-winning novel When the Moon Was Ours, as well as Wild Beauty and The Weight of Feathers.[2]

McLemore has loved stories their entire life, although their dyslexia made reading difficult. They began writing in highschool and were encouraged by some of their teachers.[3]

McLemore is a queer Latinx,[4] which they cite as one of the reasons why they write inclusive, queer, Latinx casts.[5][6] Their husband is transgender.[7] McLemore describes their work as inspired by the fairytales and stories they grew up with and their own background,[8] which is why many of their novels feature magical-realist themes, queer characters, and Spanish and French language.[9][10] They cite Laura Esquivel's novel Like Water for Chocolate as one of the reasons they started writing[11] and names Carla Trujillo, Malinda Lo, Isabel Allende, and Federico García Lorca as some of their influences.[12][13] McLemore was named a Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Fellow in 2011.[14]

Their debut young adult novel, The Weight of Feathers, was published in 2015 by Thomas Dunne Books. It deals with themes of discrimination and marginalization[15] in a magical-realist story about black magic,[16] and includes a generational feud between Mexican-American and Romani rival families.[17] Their debut was chosen as a William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist in 2016[18] and received a starred review from Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.[19] It also was chosen for Young Adult Library Services Association's 2016 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults list.[20]

Their second novel, When the Moon Was Ours, a magical-realist fairytale about a transgender Pakistani-American boy and a cisgender queer Latina falling in love,[21] was published in 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books. It won the James Tiptree Jr. Award[22] in 2016 and the Stonewall Honor Award[23] in 2017. It was also named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews[24] and Booklist.[25] When the Moon Was Ours received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews,[26] School Library Journal,[27] and Booklist.[25]

McLemore's third novel, Wild Beauty, about a family of cursed women and magical gardens, was published in 2017 by Feiwel and Friends[28]. It again received three starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews,[29] School Library Journal,[30] and Booklist,[31] and was also named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews[32] and Booklist.[31] Wild Beauty was nominated for a Northern California Book Award in 2018.[33]

Their fourth novel, Blanca & Roja, is a Latinx retelling of Swan Lake[34] and Snow White, about two sisters who fall in love with a boy who can turn into a bear and a nonbinary teen who can turn into a cygnet.[35] It was published by Feiwel and Friends in 2018. Blanca & Roja received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews,[36] School Library Journal,[37] and Booklist[38] as well. School Library Journal named Blanca & Roja a best book of 2018.[39]

Their fifth novel, Dark and Deepest Red, is a split-timeline story based on the fairytale The Red Shoes, set in 1518 Strasbourg and 2018. The book was published in January 2020.[40] It was while creating this novel that McLemore realised they are nonbinary.[41]

Their sixth novel, Miss Meteor, is about two girls attempting to change their town's future while they participate in a talent competition. It's their first co-written novel, together with author Tehlor Kay Mejia, and will be published by HarperCollins in 2020.[42]

Their novels have been translated into Turkish, Italian, and Spanish.[citation needed]

They have also written several short stories and non-fiction essays for anthologies that were published with Ambush Books, Harlequin Teen, Candlewick Press, Simon Pulse, Soho Teen, and Algonquin Young Readers.[citation needed]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Young adult stand-alones

  • The Weight of Feathers (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015)
  • When the Moon Was Ours (Thomas Dunne Books, 2016)
  • Wild Beauty (Feiwel and Friends, 2017)
  • Blanca & Roja (Feiwel and Friends, 2018)
  • Meteor (co-written with Tehlor Kay Mejia) (HarperCollins, 2020)
  • Dark and Deepest Red (Feiwel & Friends, 2020)

Short stories and essays

  • Magical Mayhem, edited by Douglas Rees (Ambush Books, 2012)
  • "Roja" in All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages, edited by Saundra Mitchell (Harlequin Teen, 2018)
  • "Love Spell" in Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft, edited by Tess Sharpe (Harlequin Teen, 2018)
  • "Glamour" in The Radical Element, edited by Jessica Spotswood (Candlewick, 2018)
  • "Her Hair Was Not of Gold" in Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America, edited by Amy Reed (Simon Pulse, 2018)
  • "Panadería ~ Pastelería" in Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food Love, edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond (Simon Pulse, 2019)
  • "Umbra" on Issue 7 of Foreshadow: A Serial YA Anthology (2019)
  • "Turn the Sky to Petals" in Color Outside the Lines, edited by Sangu Mandanna (Soho Teen, 2019)
  • Title TBA in Body Talk, edited by Kelly Jensen (Algonquin Young Readers, 2020)
  • Title TBA in Fantastic Worlds: Impossible Places, edited by Dhonielle Clayton (Random House Children's Books, 2021)

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Twitter bio, accessed 5 April 2020
  2. Editors, Bustle. "Anna-Maria McLemore Creates Space For Queer Latina Fairy Tale Protagonists With Their Books & Twitter Feed". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-11-10.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. Cary, Alice (January 2020). "Author Interview - Anna-Marie McLemore, author of Dark and Deepest Red". Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  4. "The Love That Lives Here: On Queer Girls, Transboys, and Sex on the Page – YA Pride". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  5. @stylehatch, Style Hatch - |. "Q&A with Author Anna-Marie McLemore". CBC Diversity. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  6. Tejeda, Valerie (2014-09-17). "Young Adult Authors Honor Hispanic Heritage Month, Share Why 'We Need Diverse Books'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  7. Giles, Jeff (11 November 2016). "The Latest in Y.A. Fantasy". Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  8. "Interview with Anna-Marie McLemore | YARN". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  9. THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore. Kirkus Reviews.
  10. "Gender Expressions: Transgender Books, 2016". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  11. "Meet the LGBTQ+ Authors Who Are Revolutionizing YA Literature". The B&N Teen Blog. 2016-03-17. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  12. "New Books Oct 10, 2016". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  13. Serrao, Nivea (6 January 2017). "Anna-Marie McLemore previews Wild Beauty: See the cover reveal". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  14. Valenzuela, Tony (2011-07-03). "2011 Emerging Writers Retreat Fellows". Lambda Literary. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  15. González, Rigoberto (30 November 2016). "Amid uncertain times, 11 new and necessary Latino books to read". NBC News. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  16. Kovach, Catherine. "12 Awesome YA Novels Featuring POC Protagonists". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  17. "Exclusive Cover Reveal: The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore". The B&N Teen Blog. 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  18. ALAM (2015-12-03). "2016 Morris Award finalists announced". News and Press Center. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  19. Quealy-Gainer, Kate (2015-09-15). "The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore (review)". Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. 69 (2): 102–102. doi:10.1353/bcc.2015.0723. ISSN 1558-6766.
  20. ALAM (2016-01-13). "2016 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults". Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  21. "LGBTQ Lit for Children and Teens Comes of Age". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  22. "2016 James Tiptree, Jr. Award « James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award". James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  23. "Stonewall Book Awards - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award | Awards & Grants". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  24. "Best Teen Books of 2016 by Category". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  25. 25.0 25.1 "When the Moon Was Ours, by Anna-Marie McLemore | Booklist Online". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  26. WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore | Kirkus Reviews.
  27. "When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore | SLJ Review". School Library Journal. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  28. "Children's Book Review: Wild Beauty by Anne-Marie McLemore. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-250-12455-5". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  29. WILD BEAUTY by Anna-Marie McLemore | Kirkus Reviews.
  30. "Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore | SLJ Review". School Library Journal. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  31. 31.0 31.1 "Wild Beauty, by Anna-Marie McLemore | Booklist Online". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  32. "Best Fiction of 2017 by Category". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  33. "Book Awards". NCIBA. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  34. Trombetta, Sadie. "This New YA Book Is A Latinx 'Swan Lake' With Feuding Sisters — & You Can Start Reading Now". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  35. "Children's Book Review: Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99 (384p) ISBN 978-1-250-16271-7". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  36. BLANCA & ROJA by Anna-Marie McLemore. Kirkus Reviews.
  37. "Blanca & Roja". School Library Journal. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  38. "Blanca & Roja, by Anna-Marie McLemore". Booklist Online. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  39. "School Library Journal". Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  40. "Dark and Deepest Red". Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  41. @LaAnnaMarie (14 January 2020). "I figured out #IAmNonbinary in the middle of DARK AND DEEPEST RED's production process. Which meant realizing why I related gender-wise not only to Lala & Rosella, the brown girls of my Latinx heart, but also to medieval trans boy apprentice Alifair & science nerd boy Emil" – via Twitter.
  42. "Rights Report: Week of May 1, 2018". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
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