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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Update: THE SPIRIT GAME and THE CAGED GRAVES!


I am currently entrenched in editorial revisions for THE EIGHTH DAY, due May 13 — the day before THE CAGED GRAVES releases — so I’m going to keep this update brief.

THE SPIRIT GAME will be showcased in the Not Short On Talent market screenings at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival (May 15 to 26, 2013). According to director Craig Goodwill, “Not Short On Talent is a collection of five 90-minute programs destined to screen at the Cannes Market and at the Festivalโ€™s Short Film Corner venue. The initiative is designed to increase the international exploitation of new short films and to promote short film talent to international buyers and festival programmers.”

Meanwhile, THE CAGED GRAVES was named a Junior Library Club selection, which is a pretty big thing. It’s one of the earliest awards given to a book — usually before the release — and is often considered a bellwether of success. This is pretty cool! I’ve also seen some early reviews: Kirkus said, “This unusual romantic mystery stands out” and Publisher’s Weekly called it “an absorbing, atmospheric, and dense work of historical fiction.” 

Dense is a compliment in this case, right?  I hope so!

16 Responses to Update: THE SPIRIT GAME and THE CAGED GRAVES!

  1. WHOOT! for The Spirit Game. I love that promotional poster. So cool! You must be thrilled.

    Major congrats on The Caged Graves being chosen. You definitely deserve it. <3

  2. Dianne, you amaze me. Really. You do.

    Keep rocking your writing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Big congrats, Dianne! So excited for you. And you’re an inspiration to keep persevering.

  4. Joy Preble says:

    So thrilled for all this news!! Keep it going!

  5. Linda G. says:

    Oh, congratulations! You must be over the moon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Oh, my gosh, Dianne. How does that make you feel to have a film based on one of your books going to Cannes? Reading that gave me the shivers for you!

  7. Good luck with the revisions, Dianne. All this momentum is inspiring. AND congratulations on the award. You failed to mention that in all our correspondence! So exciting!!!!

  8. mshatch says:

    Well, I can’t say as I’m surprised by the award. I’m reading my gorgeous signed copy again and enjoying it just as much as the first time around ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Maria says:

    Congratulations Dianne! Wonderful news!

  10. I would love to see this film. Looking forward to Caged Graves, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. That’s so cool!! Well done on the award for The Caged Graves and you’re going to Cannes to see the film, right???? I hope the answer is yes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Oh, WOW,

    How awesome, Dianne. CONGRATULATIONS! I can’t wait to get my copy and read it. I’ve loved the premise since the first time you us of your contract many moons ago.

    SO great to see how far it has come and where it’s going … THE SKYIES THE LIMIT!

  13. lol I think dense is a good thing here.

    Congrats on all these news. Wow, Dianne, you’ve got a lot going on.

    *sends you chocolate for your revision cave*

  14. Mary Waibel says:

    Congratulations, Dianne! That is such exciting news. I’m so happy for you!

  15. Tonja says:

    Congratulations!! Wow.

  16. Congratulations all the way around! Well, you already know I’m a fan, but calling your book a “dense work” sure is a peculiar choice of words. But yeah, I’m sure it’s meant as a compliment.