Tavi Gevinson is someone I have always admired.
As an actress, creative artist, and editor-in-chief of Rookie Mag, an online publication, and digital haven for teenage girls everywhere — albeit its appeal has permeated the adult demo, too — Gevinson has become quite the charming cosmopolitan.
The 21-year-old Chicagoan is perhaps one of the brightest entrepreneurs to have created an enterprise out of her own personal pastimes: a fixation for fashion.
In many ways, Rookie is one of the leading inspirations behind my creating Paperback Paris. Just as Gevinson, I aim to provide my writers a creative safe space that allows them to grow as writers by leading fresh conversations about the books they love.
So you can imagine how elated I was to learn that Gevinson would edit a forthcoming Rookie anthology under Razorbill titled, Rookie on Love, a 288-page contributor-driven collection of stories “about the heart’s most powerful emotion.”
The anthology, which releases today (January 2), will feature offerings by 45 talented writers, including well-liked authors Jenny Zhang (author of Sour Heart), Emma Straub (author of Modern Lovers), John Green (author of Turtles All the Way Down), Margo Jefferson (author of Negroland: A Memoir) and Rainbow Rowell (author of Carry On). In addition, actress Gabourey Sidibe, R&B pop singer Alessia Cara, and a new choice musician of mine lately, Japanese-American rocker Mitski, are also on board to share their love stories.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting for this collection for a while. I’ve already ordered mine, and it is expected to arrive Thursday — just in time for weekend reading!
Rookie on Love is available to order today! (You can do so here.)