Thursday is VALentine’s Day & I’m giving away signed copies of both my novels, DEAR EVAN HANSEN: THE NOVEL and THE REMINDERS, as well as a handwritten, personalized Valentine’s Day card made out to you or someone of your choosing. Do these 3 things to enter: ❤️ Write me 2 lines of poetry below, completing this common refrain “Roses are red, Violets are blue...” (Rhyming not required.) ❤️ Follow me @valemmich on Instagram ❤️ Like this photo (Apologies, the card will likely arrive after V Day.) 5 Winners selected. No purchase necessary. Ends 2/12/19 at 11:59PM EST. 50 U.S./DC, Ages 14+ #dehthenovel #theremindersbook #books #bookstagram #bookworm #bookish #bookhoarder
Four best-selling authors discuss the challenges and opportunities of translating their works into new formats. Get the inside story on thriller writer Harlan Coben’s new deal with Netflix. Hear from Val Emmich, singer-songwriter, actor, and author of the best-selling book Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel, which is based on the Tony Award-winning musical. Hear the story behind the international phenomenon by A. J. Finn, The Woman in the Window, which will be released as a major movie next fall. Learn about Adriana Trigiani’s work as a television writer, producer, filmmaker, and author of a novel made into a feature film. Each guest will share insights on the literary life and what it takes to create a best seller.
Quite a few of you started following me after the book tour for Dear Evan Hansen. Since the novel is based on a musical and I happen to be a musician, it made sense for songwriters Justin Paul and Benj Pasek and I to perform songs together from the show on the road. I mostly played guitar in our traveling trio (we called ourselves Hansen), but every night I was lucky enough to get a chance to sing “If I Could Tell Her.” My rendition seemed to go over well with the crowd so I decided to record and release it. You can hear it now wherever you stream/download music. I’m no Ben Platt, but still, I hope you approve. Thank you to Benj and Justin for inviting me to give my own twist to the magical music you’ve written.
Surreal to think that halfway across the world in Italy there’s a book with my neighborhood on the cover. . Two years ago, around this time, I made a trailer for my debut novel, The Reminders, that was shot and edited by @davedoobinin and featured my daughter and me as actors. My Italian publisher chose to use a still from the trailer for the cover of their edition of the book. Someday my daughter might be impressed by this. Right now she gives zero shits. . If you missed the trailer, you can watch it now thru the link in my profile. . Book out now in Italy by @edizionipiemme
Late notice, but I'm performing a short acoustic set this afternoon THE SAINT in Asbury Park, NJ with many others to benefit Bob Colyard, a longtime regular of the venue who recently passed. https://t.co/9Z4X5wreoD
New EP available wherever you stream or download music. It’s the second installment of this Autobio series I started a few years ago. I’ve always written about my life in songs but this takes it to the extreme, mentioning real people from my past, describing events with limited poetic coloration, leaving the messy messy. The series also has me working in musical genres that I normally don’t fuck with. The cover photo is the way my night table looked fifteen or so years ago. For the kids, that contraption is called a Walkman. I’ll try to perform some of these songs tonight 10/24 on Facebook Live at 9pm EST.
Facebook Live | Weds Oct 24 | Playing songs | Talking “Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel” and “The Reminders” | Warding off general sadness | Tune in free | 9PM EST For those near NYC, I’ll be talking DEH novel, signing books & singing songs in person on Fri Oct 26 Little City Books in Hoboken, NJ at 7pm. #dehnovel #theremindersbook
Autobio, Pt 2 comes out tomorrow 10/19, but if you preorder I'll send you the album tonight! The EP will be free to stream everywhere tomorrow. But if you like extra stuff, for a $5 purchase, you get a high-resolution download with 6 bonus tracks (acoustic versions, demos, outtakes) and a digital booklet featuring lyrics, song trivia, and unreleased photos. http://valemmich.bandcamp.com/album/autobio-part-two
I’m looking for a strong reaction when I read. Books that make me laugh. Books that make me cry. If a book can do both, it’s all over, confetti falls from the ceiling. I’ve won. I’ve stumbled onto something special. That was my goal for THE REMINDERS—to write a novel that blended comedy and tragedy. Not all of the books pictured here strike that balance, but each helped me find the right emotional timbre for my story. . There are two books that are equally meaningful to me that aren’t pictured here because the first was an eBook and the second a library loan. One is ‘A Single Man’ by Christopher Isherwood, which is lyrical and heartrending. Isherwood masterfully captures the zombie-like existence that is life after loss. The other is ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ by Jonathan Tropper. Tropper’s novel begins with the line: “Dad’s dead.” The first line in my book is: “Dad forgot me.” That was an accident. Or was it? Hanging with the Foxmans is like spending time with my own dysfunctional family—only here, after all the laughs, I get to walk away with no hard feelings. . THE REMINDERS out now in paperback.
My birds are landing! I've received visual proof that this one just touched down in Salt Lake City. Still time to order yours. Offer ends tomorrow Monday 9/24 at midnight (the end of Monday, not the start.) Giveaway details: Order The Reminders in paperback from your favorite retailer and I'll send you a handmade origami bird with a personal note on it. Makes for a great one-of-a-kind bookmark for your book. Email your receipt to info(at)valemmich(dot)com.