Desert Island Discs

I’m trying to put together a list of my Desert Island Discs (i.e. the albums I’d want to have with me if I were stranded on a desert island indefinitely). I have never come up with a final and complete list, and I’m certainly not going to do so tonight, but here’s what I’ve got […]

How to Win at New Years Resolutions

I am a big believer in New Years resolutions. I am also into birthday resolutions, Rosh Hashana resolutions, and summer resolutions: basically I will take any opportunity to try to be a better person. For 2008 I resolved to get more sleep. For 2009 I resolved to make my writing more of a priority. For […]

Read an excerpt from Once Was a Time now!

My first middle-grade novel is coming out with Chronicle Books on April 5, 2016. It’s called Once Was a Time, and here is what it looks like: Newbery Award winner Katherine Applegate called it “unforgettable.” Anne Ursu called it “boundary-breaking and timeless.” Courtney Sheinmel called it “elegant and heartwrenching.” Are you thinking, “I don’t want […]

Tonight the Streets Are Ours blog tour starts today

Hard though this is to believe, Tonight the Streets Are Ours will be in bookstores exactly two weeks from now! So today we’re kicking off my blog tour. Here’s post #1: http://readeroffictions.com/2015/09/blog-tour-interview-giveaway-tonight-the-streets-are-ours-by-leila-sales/ Because my new novel is about a blogger, I’m doing something a little different for this tour. Not only are the bloggers asking […]

Tonight the Streets Are Ours launch events

I’ll be doing bookstore launch parties for Tonight the Streets Are Ours in NYC and Boston, and I’d love to see you there! Here are the facebook invitations with details: Tuesday, September 15: Boston launch event at Brookline Booksmith Thursday, September 17: NYC launch event at McNally Jackson RSVP, and I’ll see you there!

This Song Will Save Your Life paperback release is coming!

This Song Will Save Your Life comes out in paperback on April 14. That is really soon! Here are some things that paperback edition includes that the original hardcover does not: 1) An awesome new cover! 2) A revealing interview between me and my editor! 3) Brand-new Elise-curated playlists for everything from “Best songs for […]

Upcoming events and appearances for 2015

I already have a number of book events lined up for this year. I’ll announce even more events down the line, but for now I wanted to tell you everything I know. I would love to see you at any of these bookstores, libraries, and festivals! Wednesday, March 18, 7pm The Astoria Bookshop in Queens, […]

Happy Thanksgiving from me (and from the Mostly Good Girls)

In celebration of Thanksgiving week, I’m posting here the complete Thanksgiving chapter from Mostly Good Girls. I hope your Thanksgiving celebrations are much more enjoyable than Violet’s are here. If not, then may this post keep you entertained while you read it under the dining room table, or while you sit in holiday traffic. Enjoy! […]

Remembering Zilpha Keatley Snyder

When I was in middle school, I had a lot of trouble fitting in with my classmates. In hindsight I realize that many middle schoolers feel this way, but at the time I felt like I was the only one. It seemed like everyone else had meaningful friend groups and wore the right clothes and […]

announcing the paperback edition of THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE

Macmillan will be publishing the U.S. paperback edition of This Song Will Save Your Life on April 28, 2015, and this is what it’s going to look like! The paperback edition will include an exclusive Q&A between me and my editor, and (most likely) a teaser excerpt from my next novel, Tonight the Streets Are […]