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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ART OF FLOATING in the Newington, NH, Barnes & Noble!

Popped into the Barnes & Noble in Newington, NH, this weekend to see if it was carrying THE ART OF FLOATING. I found it on the “New Fiction” table with loads of great company! Delighted! (Stay tuned! There may be news soon of an event there!)

on the "New Fiction" table at B&N in Newington, NH

on the “New Fiction” table at B&N in Newington, NH

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Lovely display!

Grand company!

Grand company!

NOTE: Reviewers & book bloggers, THE ART OF FLOATING is available for review. Drop me a note if you’re interested. I can’t guarantee a review copy to all, but I’ve got a few.

 

 

 

Plover Controversy Heats Up in THE ART OF FLOATING & “Real Life”

Plum Island, MA | 2013 | #PipingPlover

The piping plover controversy (featured in my new novel THE ART OF FLOATING) is heating up (once again) in beach towns from Maine to North Carolina. It’s important stuff. Big story in today’s MAINE SUNDAY TELEGRAM.

Read all about it here!

 

 

Reading at RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH on April 30!

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New Hampshire folks! I’ll be reading from & talking about THE ART OF FLOATING at the marvelous RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth this coming Wednesday, April 30, at 7pm!

Join us! Bring questions & thoughts about literature. Bring friends, neighbors, grandparents, and coworkers. Bring your love of books and good stories.

Oh, if you don’t know, THE ART OF FLOATING takes place just down the beach aways in Newburyport, MA, & on Plum Island.

See you Wednesday!

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

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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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