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!
Guess 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.)
Before I tell you how to enter the contest, I have a confession to make.
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:
leave your favorite sound as a comment right here on this blog entry
tweet me about your favorite sound on Twitter (I’m @kbairokeeffe.)
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.
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?
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!
Check out my EVENTS page for details! Hope to see you there!
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!
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).
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!
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!
Now I’m going to flop into a chair, put my feet up, and breathe!
Back in January, during Kathryn Craft’s launch party on Facebook, Wendy Paine Miller won an ARC of THE ART OF FLOATING. A few days ago, after reading the book, she messaged me on Twitter. Here’s what she said:
“Finished your book tonight. I loved it! I’m really going to miss Sia! We have a lot in common…. Seriously am going to be wondering about Sia, Toad, M, Jilly…the whole crew years from now.”
Whew! Music to this author’s ears. It’s always great to get a positive review from one of the wonderful review publications out there, but it’s extra special when a review comes from a reader.
Thanks, Wendy! For reading & loving THE ART OF FLOATING!