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Cecil Castellucci Author 2013

Short Bio

Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, First Day on Earth, The Year of the Beasts, Tin Star and Odd Duck. Her picture book, Grandma’s Gloves, won the California Book Award Gold Medal. Her short stories have been published in Strange Horizons, YARN, Tor.com, and various anthologies including, Teeth, After and Interfictions 2. She is the YA editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus and a two time Macdowell Fellow. She lives in Los Angeles.

Long Bio

Cecil Castellucci is the author of  novels for young adults.  Boy Proof , The Queen of Cool and Beige all on Candlewick Press.  Rose Sees Red, First Day on Earth  on Scholastic Press.   And The Year of the Beasts on Roaring Brook Press. Her first Graphic Novel The Plain Janes launched the DC Comics Minx imprint and she was awarded the 2007 Shuster Award for best Canadian Comic Book Writer.  It was followed up by the sequel  Janes in Love, which was nominated for the 2008 Shuster Award. Her first Picture Book,  Grandma’s Gloves won the California Book Award Gold Medal for juvenile literature.

Her short stories have appeared in various places including Strange Horizons, Tor.com, YARN and the anthologies, Teeth, The Eternal Kiss, Geektastic (which she co-edited), Dear Bully, Interfictions 2 and After.  Her books have been on the American Library Association’s (ALA’s) BBYA, Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Great Graphic Novels for Teens lists, as well as the NYPL Books for the Teen Age and the Amelia Bloomer list.

In 2009 she was commissioned by ECM+ to write the libretto for an original opera with music composed by Andre Ristic, Les Aventures de Madame Merveille  which premiered in Montreal on May 6th & 7th 2010 and features art by Cameron Stewart, Michael Cho, Pascal Girard and Scott Hepburn.  It was remounted in Montreal in Winter 2011.

She is the recent recipient of two Macdowell Fellowships and the Launchpad space science workshop.

Her first stories for children were published in the Los Angeles Times Kids Reading Room and for many years was an active Read Aloud volunteer at Mayberry Elementary School in Echo Park.

Performances pieces that she has written and conceived of include; “The Shirt and Other Awkward Stories”, “The Ladies Room”, “My Heart, The Whore”, “Seven Women/Seven Sins” and “Dear Friend.”  “Spinster”, a collaboration with author / performer Jen Sincero was performed in October 2005.  Her first play “Westward Expansion” debuted in Fall 2006 at the Alliance Repertory Company in Los Angeles.

She has participated in the Lincoln Center Directors Lab West and the Banff Centre for the Arts “Writing with Style” program and had both writing and directing assistantships at the Taper. Cecil was a founding member of the Alpha 60 film club. Alpha 60 was a club dedicated to discovering narrative voice and encouraging creative endeavors in film. Other activities included field producer on MTV’s Big Urban Myth Show and Director of Recreating Radio at the Museum of Television and Radio (now known as the Paley Center). In 2006 she wrote and directed her first feature film “Happy Is Not Hard To Be.”  It debuted in Los Angeles at the Alternative Screen series at the Egyptian Theatre.

She currently hosts the monthly Teen Author Reading Series at the LAPL Central Library  and is the YA editor for the new Los Angeles Review of Books and the Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus.

Upcoming books in 2013 include a hybrid book for young readers, Odd Duck, illustrated by Sara Varon, and Tin Star, book one in a new Sci Fi series.

In addition to  writing books, she writes plays, makes movies, does performance pieces, and still occasionally rocks out.   Born in New York City to French Canadian parents, she is a citizen of  both America and Canada.  Currently, she lives in Los Angeles.

*photo by Laurent Castellucci

6 Comments

  Jane wrote @

Why Are you not writing anymore?
I loved you books,The Plain Janes And Janes in Love since my name is Jane

  castellucci wrote @

hey there Jane!

I am writing more books! My last novel Beige comes out in paperback in a few weeks. And this year I co edited the anthology Geektastic with Holly Black and have short stories in the anthology Sideshow and Eternal Kiss as well as Interficitons 2. Look for a new novel in 2010 called Rose Sees Red.

As for the Janes. The Minx line on DC Comics was ended and so there won’t be any more Jane adventures. Thank you for loving those books. And keep the name Jane loud and bright!

  RainingIce wrote @

hi there^^
are you planning to write sequels to any of your novels? you’ve got me hooked!

  castellucci wrote @

The only book that has a sequel is The PLAIN Janes. The sequel is called Janes in Love. Other than that, so far, no plans for any sequels. But I do have plans for more novels that hopefully you will enjoy. Rose Sees Red comes out on Scholastic in 2010.

  Jennifer Graves wrote @

I was so sad to here there won’t be anymore Jane novels. I am looking forward to reading the Geektastic anthology( I learned about on Lisa Yee’s blog).
p.s. I love how active the YA community is out there in SoCal. Don’t you want to come to Las Vegas?


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