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Tuesday, November 4, 2003: Hello and Happy Autumn!

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If you are anywhere near Fort Lee, New Jersey, please come to a reading and discussion of The Box Children at the new Borders bookstore there:

Wednesday, November 12th at 7 p.m.
Borders, Fort Lee NJ

I didn't win the Violet Crown Award in Austin, but I did get some lovely stickers that say 'Finalist,' and when I returned home my husband was waiting for me with an actual violet crown which I wear proudly around the house...

While I was in Texas, I found out that the University of Texas Press is publishing a book on contemporary Texas writers, organized by the Texas Council for the Humanities. It will feature photographs and interviews, and I'll be in it as a 'rising star.' It's set to come out in mid-2004. Ramona Cearley came all the way to Brooklyn from Austin to take my picture among the notebooks and dolls that surround my writing table--what fun! I'm really honored and excited to be included.

The book that did win the Violet Crown Award is Sleep Toward Heaven by Amanda Eyre Ward, and it's a really good book. 'A luminous story of murder and desire, solitude and grace, set in Manhattan and small-town Texas.'

I hope we all have time to enjoy books, friends, and family as we enter this busiest of seasons.