Restless Books is thrilled to be publishing the first book for young readers by Rivka Galchen, author of the novel Atmospheric Disturbances and one of The New Yorker’s “20 Writers under 40.” Her wondrous Rat Rule 79 is an adventure story starring a lonely girl named Fred. On the eve of her thirteenth birthday, after yet another fight with her mom, Fred embarks on a quest through a world of fantastical creatures, strange logic, and a powerful prejudice against growing up. With enchanting illustrations by Elena Megalos, Rat Rule 79 is an instant classic for children and adults alike.
Meet Rivka, learn how to make fortune cookies, try your hand at elephant drawing, and more at these events!
Sep. 14, 2019: Stories Bookshop (Brooklyn, NY)
Oct. 12, 2019: The New Yorker Festival (New York, NY)
Oct. 23, 2019: Wild Rumpus Books (Minneapolis, MN)
Oct. 31, 2019: Brooklyn Public Library (Brooklyn, NY)
Nov. 9, 2019: Portland Book Festival (Portland, OR)
Nov. 2019: KidsRead with The Center for Fiction (Brooklyn, NY) [date TBA]
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About the Author
Rivka Galchen is an award-winning fiction writer and journalist who loves noodles and numbers and modest-sized towns where her dad might have worked. Her work appears often in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The London Review of Books and The New York Times. She is the author of three books: Atmospheric Disturbances (Novel, FSG, 2008), American Innovations (Short Stories, FSG 2014) and Little Labors (Essays, New Directions, 2016). She has received numerous prizes and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Fellowship, The Berlin Prize and The William J Saroyan International Prize in Fiction. In 2010, she was named to The New Yorker’s list of 20 Writers Under 40. Galchen also holds an MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Rat Rule 79 is her first book for young readers.