But first a word from our sponsors.
Okay, a lot of words. And I don't have any sponsors.
I'm delighted to report that Harcourt now has a discussion guide for Life As We Knew It, with one for the dead and the gone on its way. I've put a permanent link to it on the ever more crowded right side of the blog. If you scroll all the way through, you'll see an itty bitty version of Marci's photograph of me. But you might want to linger and read some of the questions while you're there.
Also on the right side of the page, I've added some words of praise from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for d&g that Google was nice enough to lead me to this morning.
I've added something to the list of things I'm doing at ALA. In between autographing for Harcourt and autographing for Scholastic, I'll be doing a taped radio interview, conducted by Susan Raab. The interview will be posted as a downloadable podcast as part of the University of Connecticut’s “Teachers for a New Era” program, which is sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation. Teachers across the country can access the interview and use it in classrooms, etc. It’ll also be available via i-Tunes.
That's mostly copied off the e-mail I was sent about it. It's way too complicated for me to remember on my own. Actually it was the i-Tunes part that set my heart aflutter. Not only can't I carry a tune, tunes run away at the very sight of me. And yet, there I'll be on i-Tunes. What a land we live in.
Now onto the Bolivian Hat part of this entry. Approximately ten minutes ago, UPS was nice enough to deliver twenty-two copies of the Listening Library audiobook of the dead & the gone (read by Robertson Dean).
I have a dozen people/places to give copies to, and I probably should keep a few just in case (in case of what I don't know but there might be something), but even if I give away eleven, keep one for myself, and stash four in honor of just in case, that leaves six that the Bolivian Hat can handle for me.
Here's the deal. If you or your library or school is interested in a free d&g audiobook, send me an e-mail via the cute little link on the top right side (or just copy my e-mail address), and let me know. If six or fewer want one, then you'll all be happy. If more than six of you want one, I'll put your e-mail addresses in the Bolivian Hat (currently in residence on the bathroom wall, and very excited at the thought of seeing some action), and pull out six names.
It's Thursday almost evening now, so I'll keep the Bolivian Hat open through Wednesday night, June 25. If I pull your e-mail address out of the hat, I'll e-mail to let you know and to ask for an address to send the audiobook to. I'll try to send some (or all) off by next Friday, since I'll be going to ALA Saturday, and won't see a post office again until July 1.
So if you're interested in listening to 8 hours and 51 minutes of the book the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said was, "utterly gripping...almost impossible to put down," then e-mail me and the hat.
If you're not interested, please don't tell me. The Bolivian Hat is very sensitive to rejection!