Reader of “The Art of Floating” Makes Me Cry During Meeting

So yesterday, while I was sitting in a meeting at my day job, the note below arrived via email. It’s from someone who just read The Art of Floating. And although I’m not known for tearing up during work meetings, yesterday I did. In fact, I was so moved, I could have collapsed into an all-out ugly cry. Thankfully I somehow managed to hold it together, but, oh man, you should have seen my ugly-cry last night. Hearing from readers who read and love this book melts me. Thank you.

Here goes:

Aug 28th, 12:05pm
Dear Kristin, I have never written an author before, although I have read many books that have affected me greatly. Many things I absolutely loved in your story, The Art of Floating. Most especially, the unfailing love between the characters. Husband and wife, mother and daughter, father and daughter. I was encouraged by the respect shown for humanity and nature. My favorite part was when M and Stuart were outside watching the sky in hopes of seeing Sia floating. I loved that after Stuart carried the sleeping M into the house, he went back out into the yard to continue watching for their daughter. Either he loved his wife so much that he supported her even if he did not believe in floating, or he loved his daughter so much that he would do anything to bring her close. Maybe both. You must have a great capacity to love deeply. I long for a relationship like this. Thank you for this gift. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sob. (ugly cry for happy reasons) Sob.

 

 

Authors Fair at Haverhill (Massachusetts) Public Library: Sat, August 16, 1-3pm: I’ll Be There

Near Haverhill, Massachusetts? If so, come on out this coming Saturday, August 16, from 1:00-3:00 for the Authors Fair! I’ll be there with THE ART OF FLOATING, along with many wonderful authors. Great fun ahead!

FLOATING in the Haverhill Library

 

 

Awesome Readers, A Boxer, and Sold Out at B&N in Salem, NH

Yesterday I did a “meet & greet” at Barnes & Noble in Salem, NH. The setup?

Me. A small table with a lot of copies of THE ART OF FLOATING at the entrance to the store. Goal? Talk to folks & sell those books!

And so…

At 2:00 pm, this:

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At 3:45 pm, this:

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Huzzah! So much fun there. Awesome customers/readers, great staff and managers, and so many wonderful books! Big thanks to all!

 

 

Skyping In with Pittsburgh Book Club!

Last week a book club in Pittsburgh met to discuss THE ART OF FLOATING. I joined them via Skype. Wonderful conversation & big laughs!

Book clubs, email me if you’re interested in having me join you for a discussion! Details here.

Here’s a great screen shot of some of the book club members:

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Gorgeous Review of THE ART OF FLOATING at New Hampshire Writers’ Network

Bubble_Morgue File FreeI loved giving away two audio editions of THE ART OF FLOATING last week! Lots of fun! Thanks to all for playing!

Last weekend, over at the blog for the New Hampshire Writers’ Network, Jamie Wallace wrote a shining review of THE ART OF FLOATING that has my heart singing. Here she is, talking about FLOATING. (There’s lots more…just click here to read the entire review.)

“It has been a while since a book swept me off my feet.I had forgotten what it feels like to get so lost in a book that time slips away and chores go undone. It’s a lovely feeling. Secret. Intimate. Delicious. The temptation and the anticipation. The savoring and the rationing – how many chapters left? How many pages? I can’t wait to read the next bit, but I don’t want the affair to be over.

“I bought the book on Sunday afternoon and our whirlwind tryst was over by Tuesday night. Four hundred some odd pages devoured in a matter of hours. The story drunk down in stolen sips and unabashed gulps, leaving me intoxicated. For the two weekdays that I was entangled in the book, it was difficult to concentrate on any task – domestic or professional. I sat at the desk in my home office, feigning focus on the screen but really just counting down the minutes until I could find an excuse to sidle up to the dining room table – only a few feet away – and read just one, quick chapter. . . .”

Huzzah!

 

Giveaway! Win the Audiobook Edition of THE ART OF FLOATING!

THE ART OF FLOATING_AudioGuess what, folks? June is Audiobook Month!

Time to celebrate! And to do so, I’m going to give away two—yes, two—audio editions of  THE ART OF FLOATING! (Yep, unabridged.)

One.

Two.

Before I tell you how to enter the contest, I have a confession to make.

Ready?

I have never listened to an audiobook. (Well, except for the fantabulous Skippyjon Jones series with my six-year-old. Skippyjon is hilarious!) But in honor of Audiobook Month, I’m going to take the opportunity to change this; I’ll be listening to an audiobook. (Suggestions?!)

Want to enter the giveaway? Here’s how:

TELL ME YOUR FAVORITE SOUND IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!

(examples: your kiddo’s voice, a cow mooing, teapot whistling, the recycling guy in Shanghai calling out for electronics, etc.)

  1. leave your favorite sound as a comment right here on this blog entry

  2. tweet me about your favorite sound on Twitter (I’m @kbairokeeffe.)

  3. leave your favorite sound as a comment on my Facebook author page (Just click here.)

 

The giveaway will run from today (June 3) through midnight (EST) Friday, June 6, 2014.

Rules:

  • This giveaway is international.
  • I’ll notify the winner via email or Tweet. Winners will have 48 hours to respond before another winner will be selected. Please check your SPAM folder!
  • I’m not responsible for lost packages.

 

 

Plovers & Picnics at Awesome Book Club Gathering (aka Book Clubs Rock!)

So…I had an absolutely amazing discussion about The Art of Floating with a book club last Friday night. These women are serious…about books, reading, food, friendship, laughter & fun.

This book club has been meeting for years and years. The women read passionately and voraciously. They’re close friends who laugh and have a deep history that revolves around books, but includes so much more. At each meeting—for each book—they cook up a meal that matches the theme of the book in some way. (Last night’s was, appropriately, beachy food—chicken salad, mozzarella & tomato kebabs, wraps, coleslaw & more.)

The woman who hosted last night went all out. She made piping plovers (wee shore birds that figure prominently in The Art of Floating) from the pages of Homer’s The Odyssey (which also figures prominently).

I repeat: She made piping plovers from The Odyssey. See?

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I was floored. I’m still floored. In addition, she printed out quotes I use in the book (those from the sign outside the Unitarian Church) and hung them around the room.

A few more fun pics for you!

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Message of the Day: Book clubs rock!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Club Love!

Stack of Old BooksOn Friday night, I’ll be meeting with another book club to discuss THE ART OF FLOATING, and this one has stolen my heart! Mind you, all book clubs rock, but this one has gone over the top in marvelous ways. It is:

  1. hosting a beach-themed dinner to accompany the discussion [THE ART OF FLOATING takes place in the Newburyport (beach town) and on Plum Island (beach).]
  2. having every member make a list (as main character Odyssia Dane is a major list maker)

This is going to be so much fun. (And guess what? I’m even making my own list!)

Will update with photos after our discussion!

Cheers!

NOTE to BOOK CLUBS: If you’re interested in reading THE ART OF FLOATING, there are discussion questions (written by yours truly) at the end of the book. And I’d love to join you for a discussion, either in person (if you’re close) or via Skype/phone. Check out the “Book Clubs” page for contact info.

 

Dream: Fish Stuck on Curtain

In a deep swimmy sleep last night, I dreamed a fish was stuck to the bottom corner of a curtain. Her scales were dried out, and the fuzzy curtain gripped her. She was gasping. I filled a pot with water and immersed her (and the bottom of the curtain) in it. She swam free, released from the curtain.fish

 

 

 

Added 2 New Book Events in New England!

9780425271483_large_The Art of Floating_HIGH RESJust added two new events in New England bookstores:

  • Barnes & Noble in Newington/Portsmouth, NH (July 19)
  • Bestsellers Cafe in Medford, MA (June 7)

Check out my EVENTS page for details! Hope to see you there!