This is me before heading out to the beach on publication day with my new book A Girl Goes into the Forest, July 16. The beaches in West Marin are wonderful to escape to, and that's exactly what I needed to do that afternoon before driving into the city later that night in preparation for the next day's book launch celebration at The Bindery.
I'll be endlessly grateful to Michelle Dotter and Dzanc Books for saying yes to my manuscript straight off, for seeing what I was too close to the book to see, for the exhilaration and work in getting the word out about "A Girl Goes."
The book was already well reviewed, and it's been wonderful (wonderful? holy understatement!) to have more reviews come in from the San Francisco Chronicle, Necessary Fiction, and Barrelhouse Magazine. New interviews at The Rumpus (thank you, Kate Milliken) and TBR (thank you, Leslie Pietrzyk).
I created a playlist for "A Girl Goes" for the Largehearted Boy, an amazing project and expedition into discovery. And the book was included on two "Most Anticipated Books" lists: The Millions and CRAFT literary magazine.
Bookmarks published 5 Great Hybrid Books, a wonderful conversation I had with Jane Ciabattari about, well, the topic (and I loved that the National Book Foundation tweeted it out!)
The book launch party was beautiful. Caille Millner is brilliant and was a brilliant interlocutor. The Bindery was SRO, with an extra crew of lovely people in the overflow room, and books sold out, and Sugartown was excellent, and the champagne delicious, and I imagine the cake and chocolates were, too, but more than all that, I felt palpably engagement of everyone. For that, there are no words. Only gratitude.
Next up: An in-conversation event Aug. 1 at Copperfield's Books with Jane Ciabattari. Come out and say hi, if you can. Please check out my other events here, which are coming up on no time.