2:32pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Marvel Teases Mysterious Project with YA Author Rainbow Rowell
Acclaimed YA author Rainbow Rowell is signing on to Marvel for a new project … but neither party is spilling the beans about just what, just yet.
Marvel announced that Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park and Landline, would appear at this year's Book Expo America, noting in a tweet Wednesday that the company was "excited to welcome award-winning author [Rowell] to the House of Ideas." The tweet was shared by Rowell on her account, who went on to add "WHAT AM I WRITING FOR MARVEL??? ONLY MY FAVORITE THING EVER!!! (Which I'm not allowed to talk about until tomorrow at BookExpo.)"
Marvel's official press release for its BookExpo panel, released after the tweet, offered few clues; indeed, it didn't even mention Rowell's appearance, although it did tease "some surprise Mighty Marvel Guests." The named guests in the release — Jason Reynolds, R.L. Stine and Margaret Stohl — straddle prose and comic book projects for the company, leaving the possibility open that Rowell could be writing either.
If Rowell is writing a comic book project, it will be the second time she's moved into the medium; in 2014, First Second revealed that she would be collaborating with cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks on a graphic novel in the first of a two-book deal with the publisher. (First Second notably works with long lead times, meaning the three-year gap to date is not unusual nor a sign of a project run aground.)
More details about Rowell's Marvel gig will be announced on Thursday. Book Expo America runs through Friday at the Javits Center in New York.