Hello all!

IMG_9253It’s August 2nd, which means THE SMALLER EVIL is now officially out and in the wild. It’s a book I love for all its strangeness and questions; its moral ambiguity and its pursuit of what it means to belong. The main character, Arman, is tasked with figuring out whether the source of his unhappiness is internal and external. Is something wrong with him? Or is it his environment?

I was speaking just yesterday with someone about the ways in which the scientific method allows us to understand our physical, measurable world. Philosophy, on the other hand, allows us to understand the rest of our experiences, the universal, the esoteric, and the unique. Perhaps, then, psychology is a mix of the two–an understanding of where the physical and the abstract come together to make us who we are. Arman’s conflict is in integrating these parts of himself, as well as understanding his own values. It’s a conflict I know I still grapple with. I imagine we all do.

I am so very grateful for everyone who made this book come to life. To Michael Bourret, Andrew Karre, Anne Heausler, Ryan Gesell, and everyone at Dutton and DGLM–thank you! Thank you also to all my readers–you are the best.

Lastly, if you are in the Bay Area, please come to THE SMALLER EVIL launch party! It will be this Saturday, August 6th, at 4:00 pm at Mrs. Dalloway’s in Berkeley. Much fun will be had.




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DELICATE MONSTERS wins the 2016 Northern California Book Award

IMG_8639I was thrilled a few weeks ago to learn that DELICATE MONSTERS had been nominated for this year’s Northern California Book Award in the Children’s Literature for Older Readers category, along with Tamara Ireland Stone’s fabulous EVERY LAST WORD, Sabaa Tahir’s gorgeous AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, and Kate Schatz’s amazing and beautifully illustrated RAD AMERICAN WOMEN A-Z: REBELS, TRAILBLAZERS, & VISIONARIES WHO SHAPED OUR HISTORY…AND OUR FUTURE! (illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl).IMG_8639

I was lucky enough to get to attend the award ceremony this past weekend in San Francisco, and it was such a special event. Having grown up in Berkeley, in a writing household, it was wonderful to be surrounded by that community and to feel connected to the unique literary world that exists in our neck of the woods. There’s really nothing like Northern California, and to have the chance to hear Fred Cody Award recipient Susan Griffin talk about the political significance of creating literature and the role it plays in our democracy, was nothing short of inspiring.


I was stunned, of course, when DELICATE MONSTERS won–oh, it’s such a tough, dark, book, but it holds so much of my heart–and somehow stumbled my way through a flustered speech. More than anything, I am so very thankful for everyone at Poetry Flash, the Northern California Book Reviewers, the Women’s National Book Association, PEN West, and the San Francisco Public Library for all of their hard work in making these awards happen, and for making me feel like a valued part of the community I grew up in. This is my home.


YALLWEST schedule and more

Hello! This is a quick post with information on where I’ll be this weekend at YALLWEST in Santa Monica. My schedule will be as follows:


Signing: 12 noon

Panel: 1:00 pm
Humanities Building
Why do some writers choose to reflect their personal experiences in their books, while others use fiction to explore something completely new or different?
Moderated by Stephanie Kuehn, with John Corey Whaley, Brandy Colbert, Alex Gino, Julie Murphy, Sarah Burnes, Jo Volpe, Jodi Reamer, Erin Stein, Richard Abate



Panel: 1:00 pm
North Gym
Writers talk the tough stuff in fiction.
Moderated by Nicola Yoon, with Heather Demetrios, Stephanie Kuehn, Jennifer Niven, Robin Benway


Signing: 3:00 pm


Hope to see you there!


Other than that, it’s been a whirlwind month of travel and writing and rabbits. I had a great time both at AWP and at the Deschutes Public Library Teen Lit festival (pictured below).




I’m also getting super excited about the audiobook for The Smaller Evil that is being produced by the amazing folks at Listening Library. I can’t wait to hear the characters through a different medium.



A March hare, a blurb, COMPLICIT’s release day, and more


So far it’s managed to rain the entire month of March. Seeing as I’m in California, that’s been a good thing. Our hills are green; our Sierras white. Other good things have happened this March, too. My daughter, my mother, and I recently traveled to Turlock for the state Rabbit and Cavy Convention (cavies are guinea pigs). My daughter shows her Netherland dwarf and does 4-H showmanship (where she’s judged on how she presents her rabbit), and we also got her a new rabbit: a broken baby Polish buck she has named Harlequin (broken refers to his color). He is darling.

Even more good things:

  • The Smaller Evil got a beautiful blurb from the amazing Laura Ruby, for which I am very thankful. I admire her writing so very much, so it’s a huge honor for me that she had such nice things to say about my new book:
“Suspenseful and enigmatic, bristling with Stephanie Kuehn’s vivid prose and sharp-eyed characterizations, THE SMALLER EVIL kept me guessing till the very last page.  I immediately flipped back to the first page to read it again, and so will you.”

— Laura Ruby, Printz Award Winning Author of BONE GAP

  • Finally, the paperback of Complicit releases today! I’m so excited for this edition to be out in the world. This book takes place in my own backyard, so it’s one I can’t help but think of often–when I look out at Mt. Diablo and the tule fog, or when I walk down College Avenue in Berkeley and see kittens in the pet store window. It’s close to home in so many ways, from proximity to adoption and much, much more.



Here’s to the rest of March and all its darling hares (and cavies)!







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