An evil eye cake from Ohlin’s Bakery!
It was a busy weekend, celebrating BLUE VOYAGE’s launch! Many thanks to Porter Square Books in Cambridge for hosting the Evening Edition of my two-part release party!
And thank you to Ohlin’s Bakery in Belmont for a glorious and delicious cake! This cake represents a nazar, an evil eye charm to protect against the evil eye, so hopefully we all internalized a bit of good luck.
I know something was working for me on Friday because I got through the awful Friday traffic and found a parking spot right in front of the store!
I chose to have a nazar cake and to give out small evil eye beads for party favors because the evil eye protector is important in Turkish culture and very important to Zan in the book. (When she breaks a nazar bracelet, things start to get really tough for her!) (more…)
With apologies to Joyce Carol Oates for playing with the title of her classic short story (which has nothing to do with the actual content of this post), I thought I’d take a moment to catch up here, since I seem to be everywhere but on my own blog these days! I’m mostly busy ferrying my young son to various summer activities and amusements, but in between, I’ve managed to work on revising my third book, Blue Voyage, and to get out for some fun Latitude Zero events. I’ve also left a few signed copies of Latitude Zero (and Tokyo Heist) in my wake, so if you’re interested, you can pop by any of these Boston-area stores or give them a call — they’ll happily ship signed copies.
Where I’ve Been . . .
So since I last posted, I’ve been to . . .
- Buttonwood Books (Cohasset, MA). This was such a fun panel event with writing pals A.C. Gaughen (The Lady Thief), Leah Cypess (Death Sworn), and Wendy Wunder (The Museum of Intangible Things). We had a great crowd, at least half of which were teen girls! This made us SO HAPPY. It is hard to get kids out to bookstore events in the summer — believe me, we know we’re competing against the beach and any number of activities. (We might kind of want to be at the beach ourselves). But these girls came out on a gorgeous evening, asked really sharp questions, and were just an absolute pleasure to talk with. So were their moms. Thanks, Buttonwood, for a great event!! (And a few signed copies of all our books can still be found there!)
|Buttonwood Books panel (L-R): Wendy Wunder, me hanging on A.C. Gaughen’s every word, A.C. Gaughen, and Leah Cypess. (Thanks Kevin Gaughen & A.C. Gaughen for letting me swipe your instagram shot; please don’t sue me!)
- Brookline Booksmith (Brookline, MA). Guerrilla booksigning. They kindly let me sign their stock and didn’t ask me for ID. So signed Latitude Zeros are there for the taking! (Well, buying, not taking. You know what I mean).
|Signed copies at Brookline Booksmith! Bonus sticker! So cool!
- Barnes and Noble (Burlington, MA). Guerrilla booksigning. Quite a few signed copies there, in the “New Teen Fantasy and Adventure” section, front and center!
|Keeping good company at Barnes & Noble!
I’ve also been lurking about online, and can be found on these excellent blogs, both of which offer giveaways of a signed Latitude Zero — in case you’re strapped for cash, you can swing by and take your chances here!
- I Am a Reader. I’m guest posting about research and novels that inspired Latitude Zero, and there’s a giveaway on there for a signed copy.
- Gina Damico’s blog. My author pal Gina has a brief interview with me, in which I talk about Latitude Zero (shocker!), as well as coffee, the national bird of Ecuador, and SpongeBob. If you’re sick of hearing me yak about Latitude Zero, at least do yourself a favor and swing by Gina’s blog and read it, all the archives, in its entirety, yes I’m serious, because it’s brilliant and funny (just like her novels) and I guarantee it will leave your head in a different place when you stop. (And that’s a good thing).
Where I am going . . .
Next week I’m off to NYC!!!! I’ll be at the Jefferson Market Library on Wednesday August 6, 6:00 PM, in the Teen Author Reading Night. Here’s the line-up:
Patty Blount – Some Boys
E. Lockhart – We Were Liars
Elisa Ludwig – Pretty Sly
Diana Renn – Latitude Zero
Lindsay Ribar – The Fourth Wish
Amy Spalding – Ink is Thicker Than Water
Mary G. Thompson – Evil Fairies Love Hair
If you’re near NYC, come out and join us!
(Um, is anyone actually in New York City in August? Anyone? Anyone? . . . .)