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Friday, December 27, 2002: December Update

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It's hard for me to believe a new year is here! I hereby send very best wishes for the coming year to all of you who've been so supportive of me and The Box Children!

My biggest news is that in 2004 there will be a book out called Texas Writers, and I'll be in it. It's published by The University of Texas Press and funded by a grant through the Texas Council for the Humanities. I'm one of three 'up-and-coming' writers selected for inclusion. I just completed the interview and had my photo taken by a photographer sent up from Texas just for this. How 'bout that?

Here are upcoming dates, plus a brief report of a busy and wonderful fall promotion schedule. The book continues to sell, and the paperback (with a totally different cover) will come out next summer.

If you know of book clubs in the New York region or online who'd like to read The Box Children and would consider an appearance by the author (me), please let me know. It turns out I really love doing book clubs and the discussions are deep, meaningful, and very lively. Bring 'em on!

Upcoming events

Friday, January 3, 2003
First Friday Reading Series, The Montauk Club, Brooklyn
25 8th Avenue @ Flatbush
6:30 Wine Reception, 7:00 Reading
(Open to the public)

Saturday, January 18
Reading and signing
2 p.m., Barnes & Noble
555 Hubbard Avenue
Pittsfield, MA

April 1
National Council of Jewish Women, Teaneck NJ Chapter
Annual Book & Author Dessert Meeting
Featuring The Box Children
(not open to the public)

June 13-20
International Women's Writers Guild
"Remember the Magic" Writing Conference
Workshop Leader
Saratoga Springs, NY

Paperback edition of The Box Children comes out

September 5-7
Books, Boats, and Brushes festival
New London, CT
(Featured author)

Report of previous stuff

The Texas Book Festival (Nov. 15-17) was amazing--well-run, well-attended, and so much fun. I met Fannie Flagg and Molly Ivins and had breakfast in the Governor's Mansion. I spoke on two panels'one led by Anne Dingus of Texas Monthly, and one led by author and artist Edward Swift who lives in Manhattan and is my new favorite person. Read his book Splendora for a view of small-town Texas you won't forget. I sold tons of books by standing right by the stack of them in the selling-tent and shaking people's hands all day. Six girlfriends from childhood shared a room with me and came to every event.

The Amarillo Public Library Book and Author Dinner (Nov. 21) was a more intimate occasion, dinner for 100 at the Civic Center. I was one of 15 or so Texas Panhandle authors present, all of us with a book published in the past year. Cookbooks, family histories, romance/mystery/thrillers, you name it. They fed us dinner and then let us talk a few minutes about our work. A sweet night, and nice visits with old friends.

Two great Book Club events: Mickey Pearlman's Manhattan group (Nov. 12) and The Record Book Club in Hackensack, New Jersey (Dec. 11). It is such a moving experience for me, to be in a roomful of people who are there holding a copy of The Box Children, having read it and thought about it deeply enough to ask really good questions that make me think about what I wrote and why. Both of these groups were so prepared and lively. What a pleasure. Soon I'll be able to post the write-up of the event that The Record just published.