Francesca Lia Block (Los Angeles, 1962) is renowned for her groundbreaking novels and stories—postmodern, magic-realist tales that transport readers through the harsh, gritty landscapes of contemporary life to transcendent realms of the senses where love is always our saving grace.
A prolific and versatile author, Block’s oeuvre encompasses children’s picture books to adult non- fiction, although she is best-known for her young adult novels, stories, and poems.
She is the author of the bestselling Weetzie Bat series, made up by Weetzie Bat (1989), Witch Baby (1991), Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys (1992), Missing Angel Juan (1993), Baby be-bop (1995), and Necklace of Kisses (2005), all of which are published by HarperCollins.
Some of her other titles include the erotic fairy tale collection Nymph (Circlet), poetry collections How to (un) Cage a Girl (HarperCollins) and Open Letter to Quiet Light (Manic D Press), short story collections Quakeland (Manic D) and Girl Goddess #9 (HarperCollins), adult memoir Guarding the Moon: a Mother’s First Year (HarperCollins), and the mythological dating guide Wood Nymph Seeks Centaur (Bloomsbury), among many others.
She has received numerous honors, including the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award and the Phoenix Award, as well as citations from the American Library Association, The New York Times Book Review, and School Library Journal.
She lives in Los Angeles.