November 14, 2016
Dark Life – Japanese
I *love* the illustrations from the Japanese edition of Dark Life!!
They captured what I was imagining perfectly. The book is published in two parts and illustrations are scattered throughout both of them. Here are just a few…
Ragdale is an artists & authors’ retreat in Lake Forest, IL and heaven on earth imo. So I was incredibly honored when my husband, Bob, and I were invited to participate in Ragdale’s 10th Annual Novel Affair. The event brought together authors, artists, and members of the community for a weekend of creativity and conversation all in support of the Ragdale residency program. I met so many interesting people and had so much fun, I didn’t want the weekend to end. Luckily, I’ll be back at Ragdale in February 2017 for three blissful weeks of uninterrupted writing time. I’m counting the days!
Front row: Thomas H. Cook, Casey Sherman, Anne LeClaire, Lisa Genova, Sabina Ott
Back row: Jeffrey Meeuwsen, Charles Finch, Aleksandar Hemon, Jane Hamilton, Kat Falls, Indira Johnson, Gail Tsukiyama
June 5, 2014
If you’re in the Chicago area and looking for something to do this weekend, come out for the Printers Row Lit Fest. I’m on a Saturday panel but that aside, there’s a lot going on!
Printers Row Lit Fest 2014
Writing for Teens and Tweens
Saturday 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Hotel Blake/Burnham Room
Young Adult writers Kat Falls, author of “Inhuman,” Julie Halpern, author of “The F-It List,” and Susan Nussbaum, author of “Good Kings Bad Kings” discuss writing for the YA audience with moderator Nara Schoenberg.
(Tickets are required for this event)
April 27, 2014
The “Building Fantastical Worlds and Dystopias” panel at C2E2
Jaleigh Johnson, Joelle Charbonneau, Demitria Lunetta, and me!
March 30, 2014
March 28, 2014
I have a couple of upcoming events in the Chicago area:
April 12 (Saturday) 2 PM:
YA panel with Joelle Charbonneau (The Testing), Kat Falls (Inhuman), Elizabeth Fama (Plus One), and Demetria Lunetta (In the After).
“Testing Dark Waters: Stories of Unhappily Ever Afters”
The Book Stall at Chestnut Court
811 Elm Street
“YA writers of dark fantasy take us on adventures that are beyond our imagination but closer to real life than we might want to think. At this event, learn where they get their ideas, what it is like to a published author, and behind the scenes details of these novels. Copies of their books will be available for purchase at the event, and there will be a opportunity to ask questions and have books signed.”
April 27 (Sunday) 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM:
YA panel at C2E2
Dystopian societies, post-apocalyptic scenarios, enhanced abilities, and deadly creatures both human and other, make the future a not so safe place to be. Join authors Joelle Charbonneau (The Testing Trilogy), Kat Falls (Inhuman), Jaleigh Johnson (The Mark of the Dragonfly), and Demitria Lunetta (In the After) as they discuss what it takes to survive in the future worlds and fantastical alternate realities they’ve created.
January 22, 2014
Bob Sirott & Marianne Murciano make radio interviews fun!
If you want to hear me talk about Inhuman, my writing process & the YA book market in general, here’s the link to the broadcast: Kat Falls and the Young Adult Book Market
January 20, 2014
Kicking off the new year with an interview in the Chicago Tribune!
December 9, 2013
Chicago Sun Times interview with a front page teaser!
December 4, 2013
November 14, 2013
Inhuman was chosen for the American Booksellers Association’s 2013-2014 Kids’ Winter Indie Next List, which features the top 10 children’s titles for the winter publishing season organized by age group. All Next List picks are based on nominations from independent booksellers across the country. “This futuristic tale begins amidst a zombie-like apocalypse that has rocked the United States. People aren’t turning into zombies as we know them, but rather gradually take on animal characteristics until they become feral and lose their humanity completely. Delaney Park has grown up on the side of a massive wall that keeps the remaining uninfected humans safe from the feral beasts, but when she finds herself on the other side of the wall, she realizes that some of these ‘beasts’ may be more human than anyone knows.” —Madison Butler, Liberty Bay Books, Poulsbo, WA
September 28, 2013
The “Dystopia & Beyond” panel at Anderson’s YA Lit Conference. Panels can be intimidating, but this gang was so much fun to hang with!
September 22, 2013
At SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Association) Tradeshow in New Orleans yesterday with authors Eric Barclay and Judy Blundell.
September 22, 2013
Please join me at the Evanston Public Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, to celebrate the release of my new book, Inhuman.
Click here for more information about the event: Book Release Party with Kat Falls
September 11, 2013
My publicist, Sheila Marie Everett, and editor, Nick Eliopulos, holding the new hardcover of Inhuman! Nick has assured me that my copy is in the mail. I can’t wait!! 🙂
August 5, 2013
How much do I love The Loft librarians at the Evanston Library? So very much!
They are hosting a book release party for Inhuman on September 26th at 7pm. If you’re local, I hope you’ll come by.
July 23, 2013
I have three upcoming author events:
September 20-23 in New Orleans: SIBA Trade Show
I’ll be on a panel at The Southern Independent Booksellers Association Trade Show with four other authors who have books coming out this fall.
Friday, September 20, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Dark Places: Poverty, Rural, Feral, & Gothic, Southern Style – Oak Alley
Moderated by Lucy Daniels, Walking With Moonshine
Diane Chamberlain, Necessary Lies (St. Martin’s Press)
Kat Falls, Inhuman (Scholastic)
Kathleen Kent, The Outcasts (Little Brown)
John Thompson, Love & Lament (Other Press)
I will be participating in the moveable Author’s Feast on Friday, October 4 from 7:30-9:30pm and signing books after the dinner.
October 19, 10am to 5pm in DeKalb, IL: STEMfest
STEMfest is held annually at Northern Illinois University and celebrates innovations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Open to the public. STEMfest Reads brings in authors to speak with teens about the science behind the fiction. Other activities include:
- Investigate lasers up close with our hands-on Laser Lunacy displays, includes navigating a laser maze.
- Dare to explore the Spooky Science of our hugely popular Haunted Physics and Creepy Chemistry Labs.
- Check out the STEM Book Fair where you can preview science and engineering titles for readers of all ages.
- Get creative in the Tech Play Ground as you make your own music, animations, videos, and more.
- Observe sunspots and see how a telescope works.
- Check out the ultra-high-mileage vehicle (1265 mpg!) and other vehicles designed by NIU students.
- Observe robotic devices from the Winnovations Robotics Team.
- See a selection of snakes, reptiles, and other creepy crawlies from the Midwest Museum of Natural History.
- Get blown away and see how wind can be used as a source of energy.
STEM Teen Read: Throughout the year, teens read science fiction books, participate in fun, interactive online programs, and then meet up virtually or live at Northern Illinois University for free discussions and Q&A sessions with experts who explain the science behind the fiction. While reading each book, teens can participate in virtual chats, find cool science articles and videos, connect with other teen science fiction fans, and share questions and fan fiction stories with other readers and experts. All STEM Teen Read programs and events are free and you or your school or library group can join to access information and resources on any book at any time.
Inhuman is the featured book for October, 2013
June 30, 2013
I had a wonderful time at this year’s American Library Association Conference, which happened to be in Chicago!
June 3, 2013
For anyone interested in screenwriting, I’m going to teach a class at StoryStudio in Chicago called Screenplay in a Year starting Wednesday, September 11, 2013. The course is limited to 12 people, so if you’d like to register, you should contact StoryStudio asap.
June 3, 2013
The advanced reader copies of Inhuman went out last week at BEA with the new cover. I love it!
Beauty versus beasts.
In the wake of a devastating biological disaster, the United States east of the Mississippi has been abandoned. Now called the Feral Zone, a reference to the virus that turned millions of people into savage beast-men, the entire area is off-limits. The punishment for violating the border is death.
Lane McEvoy can’t imagine why anyone would risk it. She’s grown up in the shadow of the great wall separating east from west, and she’s curious about what’s on the other side – but not that curious. Life in the west is safe and comfortable . . . just how she likes it.
But Lane gets the shock of her life when she learns that someone close to her has crossed into the Feral Zone. And she has little choice but to follow. Lane travels east, completely unprepared for what she finds in the ruins of civilization . . . and afraid to learn whether her humanity will prove her greatest strength or a fatal weakness.
February 17, 2013
I was honored to learn that Dark Life has been nominated for the 2013-2014 Golden Sower Award, which is Nebraska’s Children’s Choice Literary Award.
October 18, 2012
I was honored to share the stage last night with 66 other writers with Chicago ties and Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the 2012 Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner. The event raised $1.5 million for the Chicago Public Library!
October 8, 2012
Here’s a preview of the cover (which I love!) and synopsis of my new book, Inhuman, which comes out Spring 2013.
Beauty versus beasts.
In the wake of a devastating biological disaster, the United States east of the Mississippi River has been abandoned. Now called the Feral Zone, a reference to the virus that turned millions of people into bloodthirsty savages, the entire area is off-limits. The punishment for violating the border is death.
Lane McEvoy can’t imagine why anyone would risk it. She’s grown up in the shadow of the great wall separating east from west, and she’s curious about what’s on the other side – but not that curious. Life in the west is safe, comfortable . . . sanitized. Which is just how she likes it.
But Lane gets the shock of her life when she learns that someone close to her has crossed into the Feral Zone. And she has little choice but to follow. Lane travels east, risking life and limb and her very DNA, completely unprepared for what she finds in the ruins of civilization . . . and afraid to learn whether her humanity will prove her greatest strength or a fatal weakness.
June 10, 2012
June 5, 2012
The Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Lit Fest is this upcoming Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 6pm. All events are free and open to the public.
I am going to be a panelist on Young Adult Isn’t Writing Down with Erica O’Rouke, Adam Selzer and Julie Cross, moderated by Joelle Charbonneau, 2:45 p.m. Sunday, The Mash Stage.
Should be fun. Please come out if you’re in the area.
May 2, 2012
Just found out that Dark Life is a South Carolina Junior Book Award nominee for grades 6-8. This is the 6th state book award it’s up for this year!
April 28, 2012
April 24, 2012
Got more happy news tonight — Dark Life has been nominated for Minnesota’s Maud Hart Lovelace Award, grades 6-8, for the 2012-2013 school year.
April 23, 2012
I’m honored and thrilled over this: Dark Life is one of five books nominated for Ohio’s Buckeye Children’s Book Award in the Grade 6-8 category.
Ohio students nominate their favorite books (published within the last two years) from January 1 to March 10. The top five nominations in each category are announced in the spring, so that teachers, librarians and students can read the books over the summer. Voting starts on September 1 and the winners will be announced on December 1.
March 18, 2012
I just learned from a new facebook friend that Dark Life has been nominated for the 2013 Georgia Children’s Book Award! Once again, school kids in grades 4 – 8 are the final judges. Love that!
February 10, 2012
Dark Life has been nominated for two more state book awards!
Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award. A committee of eight carefully selects 30 books to comprise the DCF Master List. After reading at least 5 books from the list, Vermont students in grades 4-8 vote for their favorite titles the following spring. http://www.dcfaward.org/
Missouri’s Truman Readers Award. Again, it’s schoolchildren who make the final decision. In this case, Missouri middle school/junior high kids vote for their favorite book from a list of nominated titles. http://thelibrary.org/teens/bltruman.cfm
January 30, 2012
Dark Life has been nominated for Illinois’ Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award for 2013!!
My favorite part – the award winning book is the one voted “most outstanding” by IL school kids in grades 4 through 8.
January 18, 2012
Article in Evanston’s “Round Table”
January 9, 2012
January 7, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2 pm, The Loft, Main Library
Evanston Public Library
The Loft: Third Floor East: Main Library
1703 Orrington Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
“Meet Kat Falls, Evanston resident and author of the wild-ride dystopic YA science fiction books, Dark Life and Rip Tide. Falls will talk with teens about the ideas that launched her books, discuss the process of writing, and answer your questions during this exciting author visit. For fans of The Hunger Games, The Water Wars, and Carbon Diaries 2015 and anyone who likes cautionary futuristic tales jam-packed with action. Ages 11 & up; parents welcome.”
October 27, 2011
I’m attending the Tweens Read Book Festival in Pasadena, TX this weekend, which should be fun. I’m on a panel about middle grade adventure books. My co-panelists are: Mathew Kirby (another Scholastic author!), Andrea White, and Lisa Mcmann. www.tweensread.com
October 25, 2011
I will be on a panel at the 2012 AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair in Chicago Saturday, March 3rd, 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Who Doesn’t Want to Be Popular?: Adventures in Teaching With, For, Around, and Through Commercial Fiction.
Lori Rader Day, Scott Blackwood, Kat Falls, Tod Goldberg, Mary Anne Mohanraj
The writing is what matters—or is it? The longstanding argument between literary and genre writers proves that, sometimes, it’s about more than the words on the page. Writers and teachers of both commercial and literary fiction discuss how that battle plays out in the creative writing classroom. Should students be allowed to write whatever they want? How do we teach students who write in genres we don’t read? What lessons might come from genre-bending? What resources do we turn to?
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