Piping Plovers, Plum Island, and THE ART OF FLOATING!

What do piping plovers on Plum Island, MA, have to do with my new novel THE ART OF FLOATING? You’ll have to read to find out. But for now, here are few photos I took last year when the wildlife refuge beaches on Plum Island were closed for the plover’s nesting season (as they are every year).

Plum Island, MA | 2013

Plum Island, MA | 2013

Plum Island, MA | 2013

Plum Island, MA | 2013

Plum Island, MA | 2013 | #PipingPlover

Plum Island, MA | 2013 | #PipingPlover

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Floating…at the Andover Bookstore

Had a terrific evening last night at the Andover Bookstore in Andover, MA! Big, energetic crowd. Terrifically passionate booksellers. A fire in the fireplace. The most awesome bookstore sign on the podium. Smart, creative questions from folks in the crowd. And lots of love for THE ART OF FLOATING.

The only tough part was that just before the event, I heard that Gabriel García Márquez had passed away. I cried a good bit…and have lots more to say about him in a future blog post…but I’m so grateful that I, and the world, had him for 87 years.

Thanks to all!

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THE ART OF FLOATING Makes the Front Page of the Andover Townsman Newspaper

Huzzah! This in yesterday. That’s me…upper left-hand corner of the paper!

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Reading at New England Mobile Book Fair

Terrific reading on April 9 at New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton, Massachusetts! Awesome audience (including the fantabulous Hank Phillippi Ryan)…

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with Dave Ambler, the events coordinator at New England Mobile Book Fair

with Dave Ambler, the events coordinator at New England Mobile Book Fair

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with Hank Phillippi Ryan, author of The Other Woman and The Wrong Girl

THE ART OF FLOATING in the Boston Public Library

Love libraries! Love Boston! Love seeing THE ART OF FLOATING on display in the Boston Public Library!

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THE ART OF FLOATING IN A BARNES & NOBLE IN NORTH CAROLINA!

Love seeing THE ART OF FLOATING on the shelf in Barnes & Noble in North Carolina! (If you spot it in a bookstore near you, please send a photo to kristin[@]kristinbairokeeffe[dot]com. I’ll post it here!)

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Guest Post in “Shelf Pleasure” | The Story Behind THE ART OF FLOATING

What prompted me to write THE ART OF FLOATING? Believe it or not, a turkey sandwich and the New York Times play significant roles. Uncover the whole story in my April 3 guest post at Shelf Pleasure.

My 1st HuffPo Books Blog Post: “9 Signs You’re An MFA Grad”

Huzzah! My first Huffington Post Books blog post has been published!

Visit: “9 Signs You’re an MFA Grad”!

(As an MFA grad, I had a heck of a lot of fun writing—and gathering gifs—for this piece!)

Check it out!

 

 

 

Pub Day of THE ART OF FLOATING!

It’s official, folks! As of today, April 1, THE ART OF FLOATING is now published and available at bookstores everywhere: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and, of course, your local bookstore!

In my heart of hearts of hearts, here’s what I’d love for you to do: Go! Run! Buy a copy! Fall in love with THE ART OF FLOATING! Share that love with anyone and everyone who will listen!

A big smooch to all those who’ve been on this journey with me: husband & daughter, family, friends, amazing agent Barbara Poelle, editor, publicists! Thank you! Thank you!

So many great things have happened along this path! Check ‘em out!

Andrew & Tully always cheering me on!

Andrew & Tully always cheering me on!

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Me at the launch celebration of THE ART OF FLOATING at the fantabulous Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport, MA!

THE ART OF FLOATING headlines in the Boston Globe North section!

THE ART OF FLOATING headlines in the Boston Globe North section!

A lovely stack of THE ART OF FLOATING at Jabberwocky in Newburyport, MA!

A lovely stack of THE ART OF FLOATING at Jabberwocky in Newburyport, MA!

And I’ve been waiting (tapping toes) for my copies of the book to arrive from Penguin, each day peeking out the window a thousand times to see if they were on my doorstep. Then last night—March 31—voila!

Copies of THE ART OF FLOATING arrive from Penguin on March 31, pub day eve!

Copies of THE ART OF FLOATING arrive from Penguin on March 31, pub day eve!

And here they are! (heart sings)

And here they are! (heart sings)

Now I’m going to flop into a chair, put my feet up, and breathe!

Whew.

Yay!

 

Friday Night Launch Party at Jabberwocky Bookshop Newburyport, MA!

This is it, folks! The big launch party for THE ART OF FLOATING. Tonight. Friday, March 28, at 7pm. At Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport, MA. Right in the town where the novel takes place.

Yep, I know that the book doesn’t officially release until April 1, but Penguin/Berkley has graciously given permission for Jabberwocky to sell copies at the event. Huzzah!

I hope to see all of you there! Yes, all of you!

And if you are inclined to buy a copy of THE ART OF FLOATING and read it, I’ll be eternally grateful. This is what it’s about really…when the story I imagined and saw in my head and spent years putting on the page reaches readers. Reaches you.

Cheers!