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Minimal Prep for Thanksgiving

These seats look ready for a party.

When I was a kid, holidays were a big deal. Thanksgiving meant family cramming in around the tables, buffets heaped with food, a gravy boat, homemade cranberry sauce, and patent leather shoes. I loved the running around, the jolly games, the climbing under the table, the singing around the piano, and the desserts with whipped cream out of can. Sometimes, I’d get to light the candles and I’d feel magically important.

As I aged into a teenager, it was my job to help… Continue reading

Meeting Readers Near and Far

Cammie McGovern, Caragh M. O’Brien, Clifford, Carol Weston, and Eric Morse at the CT Children’s Book Fair, November 4, 2017.

Meeting readers is such a pleasure! I’ve had ample opportunities to do so lately, and I keep smiling about it. The CT Children’s Book Fair last Saturday, November 4th, was jolly and fun. I enjoyed showing drafts of the map for The Keep of Ages when little readers pointed out the changes they saw. It was also great to catch up with my friend Cammie McGovern, and meet… Continue reading

Two Book Fairs, Twice the Fun

Connecticut readers are excited for the CT Children’s Book Fair this weekend, November 4-5 in the Rome Ballroom on the UConn Storrs campus. With authors and illustrators of books from picture books to young adult novels, the fair gives readers and their parents a chance to meet the people behind their favorite reads. Marc Brown, creator of the beloved Arthur and his kid sister D.W. will be speaking on Saturday, as will Rosemary Wells of Max and Ruby fame. I’m part of Saturday’s line-up, too, with a short speaking… Continue reading

Thought Unlocked

We try to clean up and organize our thoughts when we express them so others can understand us and like us and follow our trains of thought, but in our own minds we don’t need to explain. And sometimes if we can write only purely what we’re thinking, if the mash and muddle of the confusion behind our lids could land on a page like bird bone black twigs light as pepper, they could fall into miniature runes, messages from the gods or the jungle or the fairy dust, and… Continue reading

Minute by Minute

flowersIf I could only revise novels and never have to write a first draft again, I’d be a happy camper. As it is, I’m delving into a new novel, with new characters and new terrain, and after two tries, I’ve made it past the first 100-page milestone of my first draft. I may end up cutting much of what I’ve written, but it seems solid enough to keep going, and that’s a relief.

Every morning, I return to the spot where my characters ended the day before, read the last… Continue reading

Book People in Tolland

Sarah Gorman, Caragh O’Brien, and Lucas Knight Vezina at the Tolland Public Library, September 23, 2017

I had a happy visit to the Tolland Public Library where I was invited to speak as part of the Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series on Saturday, September 23rd. Reconnecting with readers I’ve known for several years was delightful, and I relished the chance to meet new ones.

I especially enjoyed talking with relatives of students I had when I taught in Tolland and current students from the high school now. It’s exciting to know many… Continue reading

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Upcoming Events

November 4, 2017: I’m appearing at the CT Children’s Book Fair on Saturday, November 4th in the Rome Ballroom at UConn. The event is free and open to the public.

 

November 5, 2017: I’m joining Anderson’s YA Fandom Frenzy on Sunday, November 5th at Granger Middle School in Aurora, IL. Readers ages 22 and under are welcome. The event is free, but registration is required.

Caragh's Latest Favorite Reads

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Every Day
The Dog Stars
The Reinvention of Edison Thomas
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
The Fault in Our Stars
Two of a Kind
Until It Hurts to Stop


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Audio Books

The audio books of BIRTHMARKED, PRIZED, PROMISED, and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS have been released by Tantor Audio. They're available through Tantor, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Audible.com.
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