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Nova Ren Suma

Author of the NY Times bestselling THE WALLS AROUND US, A ROOM AWAY FROM THE WOLVES, and more.

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This year: moving to a new city, remembering beautiful Nana, and I guess I had a book come out or something. #topnine2018 #aroomawayfromthewolves

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#Philly is sad today, and I am especially. @capogiro_gelato closes tonight, all stores, at midnight, unless by some miracle enough money is raised to save them. I visited my local store today for what I hope isn’t my last taste... swipe to see a peek at the giant line. My last flavors: pomegranate, papaya, dark chocolate. It was so sad to see the familiar faces behind the counter and know they just lost their jobs. (Sis, if you want some pomegranate I got an extra pint and it’s in my freezer. @laurelro) 😭 at Capogiro Gelato Artisans

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My mom had her artwork shown in a Manhattan gallery for the first time! She’s been an artist in so many capacities for as long as I’ve known her (all my life!), and lately she started abstract painting, making these pieces full of emotion and color. This was a bright mood from the summer! It was so wonderful to see her artwork on the wall and see her beautiful smile. Close-ups of my favorites if you swipe! Congratulations, Mom! Love you so much! ❤️❤️❤️ at New York, New York

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OK I’ve made myself comfortable in this corner of the cafe. Now let the words flow and the synopsis make sense! #authorlife #bookproposaldue #showmyagentsomething #2018goals at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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This was my Pop Pop’s favorite picture that he took of my Nana—he was a photographer. They met when they were 17 and “courted” for five and a half years before they could afford to get married and have a place of their own, a tiny studio apartment in Inwood across from Fort Tryon Park where they could finally be together. One day I’m going to write an epic novel set in New York City inspired by both sides of my family. The Jewish side—this one—who lived in the Bronx and upper Manhattan, and the Italian side, who lived in Brooklyn until both sides moved to Long Island, where I was born. One day.

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This can be a rough time of year for authors who had books come out in 2018. End-of-year lists can make you feel hopeful, happy, sad, or unworthy, depending on if you spy your book there. But nothing can take away from a book that you are proud of, a book that came from some deep part of you. It will find its readers. You wrote it and accomplished something real, and don't let go of that. I've been mostly offline recently for personal reasons, so I haven't been sharing much news about my book. (Thank you to the places that named A ROOM AWAY FROM THE WOLVES a Best Book of 2018, and to the friends who texted me to tell me the good news about NPR on the day of my nana's funeral when I was offline. I was giving her eulogy and talking about such a fun, funny, and beautiful person, collected with memories from all her grandchildren. I hope she liked what I said.) This has been a long year full of twists and turns and disappointments and good things and new beginnings. The best part has been completely unconnected to books: my time with my baby nephew. He knows me and gets excited when he sees me and loves playing games with me and reading books with me—that's everything to me right now. It fills me with such joy. I'm not sure how much I'll be around in December, because I would like to end the year on a high note of many words written, and with my heart intact. I'll pop in and out. But thank you to everyone who has read my book and said kind things. And thank you to those of you who uplift and inspire me.

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Needed.

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#Repost @algonquinyr with @make_repost ・・・ Today is the LAST DAY to get 25% off a few of our titles when you use the code AYR18 on pageaday.com! #booksmakegreatgifts . . . #book #bookstagram #bookshelf #booklover #bookish #bibliophile #read #reading #bookaddict #booknerd #bookstagrammer #instabook #bookworm #ya #youngadult

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#Philly friends: The All But True reading series event tomorrow with @bibliogato and me at @pennbookcenter has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 11 at 6pm. Thank you for understanding. I hope to see you there.

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Rest In Peace, Nana. August 1, 1919 - November 24, 2018. She was loved.

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This has been a whirlwind publishing season for me, my busiest ever. I’m home now from my last conference of the fall for A ROOM AWAY FROM THE WOLVES and I just wanted to say a huge grateful thank-you to @algonquinyr for sending me to all these wonderful events and offering me all these opportunities to connect with librarians, booksellers, teachers, bloggers, readers of all ages, and publishing friends and fellow authors. I’ve never been sent to so many places for a book EVER (and this photo shows my collection of badges from conferences—it doesn’t include bookstore stops!), and I’m enormously thankful and so honored, even if I’m a lot tired now! Thank you, Algonquin, and thank you to all the conferences, festivals, and bookstores that hosted me. And thank you to everyone who came to meet me and get a book signed. It’s been intense for me, and I’m still so stunned it all happened and so grateful. I have ONE LAST EVENT and it’s local! #Philly, I’ll be reading in the “All But True” reading series at @pennbookcenter on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6pm. After that I’m taking a hiatus until next year. Thank you to all the friendly faces and people who supported me through this nervous time. I won’t forget you.

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So thrilled to be in conversation with @exrpan about our short story project FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology for such an important audience... an #ALAN18 ballroom full of ELA educators! The reactions from the educators in the room as we talked about #foreshadowYA made us even more excited about our project! We were so happy to talk about it and share ideas for how teachers can use FORESHADOW in their classrooms! Thank you to ALAN for inviting us, our publishers for sending us to Houston, and @dr.renzi for introducing us! 💜❤️💚🧡💙 Look for Issue 1 of FORESHADOW in January at foreshadowya.com and read Issue Zero, featuring stunning stories by @brownbookworm @samantha_mabry_tx and Nora Elghazzawi, a New Voice selected by @nicolayoon, available now! These stories will always be free online and available to all! at Houston, Texas

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Downtime between #NCTE18 and #ALAN18 = three authors getting some writing done in a hidden spot in the hotel. (I’m making slow progress!) #Repost @exrpan with @make_repost ・・・ We found a quiet spot to write. #NCTE at Houston, Texas

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While in Texas... at Houston, Texas

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Just killing time at #NCTE18 before my signing 3:30-4:30pm in Workman booth 237. You may see me wandering the convention floor... you will know me by my #foreshadowYA tote. I have FORESHADOW buttons and quote prints for A ROOM AWAY FROM THE WOLVES if you swing by my signing! 💜 at Houston, Texas

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I caved. So many writers I know have mentioned it, curiosity got the better of me. And if my experience writing my novels before this has taught me anything, it’s that I do spend an inordinate amount of time writing pages that go nowhere. 🤯 #amwriting #authorsofinstagram #storygenius #whoknows

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I’ll be at #NCTE18 and #ALAN18! Come by my signing on Friday 3:30-4:30pm Booth 237! Otherwise I’m taking every moment of downtime while there to write my new book proposal. Working hard at it to hopefully wow my agent and editor with this next project that has captured my imagination and got my heart racing. Will I see you at NCTE or ALAN? (Will you be there sneaking in some writing too?) #authorlife

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I broke my own rule and read this review, which I probably won’t do again. But it’s real! In the @nytimes book review section today! I found a copy in the PDX airport. at Portland International Airport

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