Q&A with Meredith Zeitlin, author of "Sophomore Year is Greek to Me"

Meredith Zeitlin will be joining us at our 112th St. location on Thursday, July 9th at 7pm for a discussion of her book, Sophomore Year is Greek to Me. Meredith is the author of two books for young people (so far!) and a regular contributor to Ladygunn Magazine. She's also a voiceover artist who can be heard on commercials, cartoons, and TV shows. She lives in Brooklyn like everyone else. 

We'd like to thank Meredith for taking the time to answer some of our questions!

How did you come to write Sophomore Year is Greek to Me?

I had a friend who mentioned that when she was a kid she used to live in Greece with her extended family for months at a time, during the school year. I thought that was such an interesting idea, to be IN school but not at YOUR school. Since the friend was Greek, I figured I’d make my character Greek, too - especially because, with all the recent economic issues in that Greece in the last few years, there would be plenty for my character to discover and explore on her journey. I also wanted to continue writing the world I created for my first book (Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters) but through the eyes of a new main character. 

What are you currently reading?

I'm usually reading a few different books at the same time; right now I'm wrapping up the His Dark Materials trilogy and Sarvenez Tash's new book, Three Day Summer.  Very different novels, but both totally engaging. Also I just finished The Martian by Andy Weir, which was just brilliant. Next I'm going to read All the Light We Cannot See

Do you have a personal favorite book of all time? If so, can you share it and tell us why?

This is an impossible question - I love so many books, for so many different reasons. But if I have to pick just one, it would be The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I think it's a perfectly written, perfectly executed novel. And no, I haven't seen the movie (and I never will).

Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to the publication of?

Yes! I'm desperately impatient for the next Flavia de Luce book, the second book in Libba Bray's Diviners series, the final book in Justin Cronin's The Passage trilogy, and another installment of Claire DeWitt's adventures from Sara Gran. 

What’s next? Any upcoming book projects in the works that you can tell us about?

Ha - good question. Beats me. I am the worst procrastinator, especially about writing! I do have a few things rattling around in my brain, but haven’t started working on anything yet. One likely idea is for a Junior Year book told from the perspective of Kelsey’s friend from FY, Lexi Bradley. Maybe I’ll start on that after I finish answering this question… ?


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