The Bolivian Hat is back in business.
I received an e-mail from my wonderful editor's wonderful assistant saying they'd be sending me some more ARCs of the dead & the gone. That's my wonderful editor, on the left, holding copies of my books. Her wonderful assistant is the one wearing boxing gloves. You can see from their high heel shoes how worldly and sophisticated they are.
If there's anyone out there who's interested in an ARC of d&g and hasn't yet requested one, send me an e-mail via the darling link on the left. I'll put your e-mail address in the plastic sandwich bag holding station until such time as the ARCs arrive, at which point, into the Bolivian hat they'll go, along, of course, with all the previously received ones.
Speaking of Harcourt, they were kind enough to send me detailed instructions on how to brag until my New Year's resolution to be modest takes control. They specifically said I should write a Wikipedia article about myself, since no one else was ever going to do it for me. So I'll be spending the weekend researching my life and career. What a shame Wikipedia doesn't use photographs.
While I'm still free to brag, let me show you this 2008 book discussion listing for a library in upstate New York.
The Falls, Joyce Carol Oates
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Life of Pi, Yann Martel
Digging to America, Anne Tyler
Life As We Knew It, Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Bear, William Faulkner
Assassination Vacation, Sarah Vowell
Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
To Be Decided in 2008
I sent this list to my brother, pointing out that two of the people on it had won Nobel Prizes for literature, and thus the odds on my winning one had increased. "Not by much," was his reasoned response.
Also, as a result of my near casual googling, I found the following rice game. Since I'm very sensitive about my failure to include rice during the Crazy Shopping Day section of LAWKI, I'm posting this link as a form of compensation: http://www.freerice.com/
If nothing else, by posting that link, I've increased the odds on my winning a Nobel Peace Prize.
I promise, when that happens, to be very modest about it!