During her daytime hours, Meg Leder is an executive editor for Perigee Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. She grew up in Cincinnati , Ohio , but currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, with a jerk cat named after Friday Night Lights’ Tim Riggins.
Meg’s debut novel, THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, June 2016) is a Young Adult contemporary. Curated by sixteen-going-on-seventeen Penelope Marx, the Museum of Heartbreak (MoH) is dedicated to the documentation and study of the devastating, lonely-making, ass-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak. Featuring a spectrum of artifacts that chronicle the lives of the curator, her best friends, her first boyfriend, and some dinosaurs, the MoH explores the giddy confusion, inevitable sadness, and sheer joy of growing up and falling in love.
- Favorite book growing up: ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery tied with HARRIET THE SPY by Louise FitzHugh.
- Childhood aspiration: The weirdly specific profession of a cheerleader who painted pictures of roses.
- Favorite time of day/place to write: Early Sunday afternoons–anywhere with hot chocolate and/or grilled cheese sandwiches.
- Book currently reading/most recently read: Carrie Mesrobian’s PERFECTLY GOOD WHITE BOY.
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Tracking down street art in NYC and London.
- Favorite sports teams: Does figure skating count? If so, all figure skaters everywhere.
- Surprising personal fact: She’s been a guest on the Martha Stewart show twice. During one of those times, Martha told her that she was knitting a scarf for her dog Francesca with yarn made from her dog Paw Paw’s hair. She made Meg touch the scarf. It was surprisingly soft.
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