Cecily von Ziegesar on Gossip Girl, New York social tribes and her new novel
The Sunday Salon with Alice-Azania Jarvis
I absolutely loved Cecily von Ziegesar’s Cobble Hill. It’s really funny and quirky and smart without being heavy-going; full of subtle social satire and astute observation. It was particularly pleasing as Cecily is best known for writing the Gossip Girl books, which in turn launched the hugely successful TV show - and I was a mega Gossip Girl fan when I was younger. I loved our interview, which took place late last year the day after Joe Biden was announced as the President Elect - we chatted about everything from her background as a trainee ballerina, how running helps her writing, what it was like having her books become such a small-screen juggernaut and why it took so long to finish Cobble Hill. By the book here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/cobble-hill/cecily-von-ziegesar/9781398704350 Twitter: @cesvonz / @aliceazania Instagram: @CecilyvonZiegesar / @aliceazania Edited by Chelsey Moore
Cecily von Ziegesar wrote the book series Gossip Girl that inspired the hit TV show (Xoxo). Her recent novel, Cobble Hill, is just as entertaining. She talked to Zibby about how being a grown up doesn't mean you always act like one, being able to intimately write New York-based stories as a native Manhattanite, and learning to poke fun at yourself.
Cobble Hill by Cecily von Ziegesar, read by Pete Simonelli
Click here to buy: Coming soonFrom the author of GOSSIP GIRL comes this funny, fresh story about four messed-up families trying to hold it together - and hold on to each other - while their lives go up in flames...-----In the eclectic Brooklyn neighbourhood of Cobble Hill, the lives of four married couples and their children are about to flip from complicated to combustible...Mandy is so underwhelmed by motherhood that she's faking a debilitating disease to get the attention of her ex-boyband celebrity husband Stuart. There's the unconventional new school nurse, Peaches, who Stuart secretly has a crush on, and her disappointing husband Greg, who wears noise-cancelling headphones - everywhere.A few streets away, Roy, a well-known British novelist, has lost his way with his next novel - and his marriage to Wendy, who knows exactly where she's going. Around the corner, Tupper struggles to salvage his career and to pin down his elusive artist wife Elizabeth. She remains...elusive.Throw in two hormonal teenagers, a ten-year-old pyromaniac and a lot of hidden cameras, and Cobble Hill becomes an explosive mix of egos, desires and secrets.Let the neighbours gossip... What's the worst that can happen?-----'Surprisingly tender . . . breezy, witty, and compulsively fun to read' Kirkus Reviews'Calling all Gossip Girl lovers: get another dose of the drama with this new book that follows four families in a trendy Brooklyn neighbourhood' Good Housekeeping
Gossip Girl: All I Want Is Everything by Cecily von Ziegesar
Mean Book Club
This week we read Gossip Girl: All I Want Is Everything by Cecily von Ziegesar. Released in 2003, this third book took the Gossip Girl series to the NYT bestseller list for children’s chapter books. Turned into a popular CW show in 2007, this book is “the perfect book for any teen who wants something more than normal realistic fiction.” So it must be good, right? Wrong.Mean Book Club is four ladies (UCB, BuzzFeed, College Humor, Impractical Jokers) who read, discuss and whine about NYT bestselling books that have questionable literary merit. It's fun. It's cathartic. It's perfect for your commute. New podcast (almost) every Tuesday!Here’s the book list for Season 8:- [ ] Neon Prey by John Sandford- [ ] Gerald’s Game by Stephen King- [ ] Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar- [ ] The Girls by Emma Cline- [ ] TB 12 Method by Tom Brady- [ ] The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman- [ ] Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach- [ ] Flowers in the Attic by V. C. AndrewsSend any future book suggestions to email@example.com! Follow us on the socials @meanbookclub!Rate, like, subscribe, and check out our Patreon page at patreon.com/meanbookclub to become a true patron of the mean arts.CREDITS:Hosted by Sarah Burton, Clara Morris, Johnna Scrabis, & Sabrina B. Jordan.Produced and edited by Sarah Burton.Special thanks to FSM Team for our theme song, "Parkour Introvert." You can get it here: https://www.free-stock-music.com
We speak with Cecily von Ziegesar about her new novel Dark Horses. She is the author of the bestselling Gossip Girl series, which was made into a television show, and also assisted on the series The It Girl. We then talk with Joseph Finder about his new novel, Guilty Minds. He is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve previous novels, including The Fixer, Paranoia, High Crimes, Buried Secrets and Killer Instinct, which won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel.