Tonight I went to McNally Jackson Bookstore in SoHo Manhattan New York City on my way home and heard Edan Lepucki read from her new novel California.
italicsmine is her tumblr name. @EdanL is her Twitter handle. EdanLepucki.com is her website.
If I weren’t on Tumblr I would have still heard about this book. It was “buzzed about” in publishing circles. It was notoriously withheld by Amazon as a part of their conflict with publisher Hachette. It was heavily promoted by Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report. And it’s part of the primary book club on Tumblr here.
And yet when I got to the front of the signing line at McNally Jackson, Edan recognized me, for no reason I could understand. She knew my name. She knew I was about to have a birthday. She was so already involved I felt as though I walked into an interview, or first date, or Internet club.
Then it hit me - I was a part of the same Internet club that Edan has been for years. And this relationship has only been building to this for years. It wasn’t as simple as putting it on my calendar and making a point to buy the book and get it signed (when oh so I would have wished to have already devoured this text by now) by the author, but she knew me and I knew her to an extent.
It was lovely. I wish her all the best and can’t wait to read her novel. And here’s (raising my glass as I crack the cover) to the new novelist 3.0, as we know and meet through Tumblr. Let’s be glad for that and make sure we keep reading (and buying) books.
Today’s top book news item:
The 13-book longlist for the Man Booker Prize, the U.K.’s most prominent literary award, was announced Wednesday. The prize is traditionally open to writers from countries in the Commonwealth and Ireland, but this year marks the first time the award will “recognise, celebrate and embrace authors of literary fiction writing in English, whether from Chicago, Sheffield or Shanghai.”
Opening the longlist to Americans sparked fears that Commonwealth authors would have a harder time making it onto the list, and indeed the list includes only one Commonwealth author — Richard Flanagan of Australia — and no authors from Africa or India. The winner will be announced in October. Here’s the full list:
- To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris (U.S.)
- The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Australia)
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (U.S.)
- The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt (U.S.)
- J by Howard Jacobson (U.K.)
- The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth (U.K.)
- The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (U.K.)
- The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee (U.K.)
- Us by David Nicholls (U.K.)
- The Dog by Joseph O’Neill (U.S.)
- Orfeo by Richard Powers (U.S.)
- How to be Both by Ali Smith (U.K.)
- History of the Rain by Niall Williams (Ireland)
Bone Clocks… that is all.
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Sailing down the Hudson. (at Hudson River Community Sailing)
Brooklyn sunsets 🌅 (at Northern Territory)
Wedding weekend with floral prints and Jen Doll’s hilarious memoir (by @riverheadbooks) #sundayreads (at The Berkshires)
(Vegan) chicken and waffles for breakfast #friedandtruechallenge (at Mashable)
It’s a lovely sunny Sunday for finishing up the latest #mashreads, #theGoodLordBird by #JamesMcBride. Join us on Tuesday for our live broadcast of a conversation with the author. #sundayreads (at Catskill Mountains)
Reppin’ HamCo at 8000 ft. Til next time, Machu Picchu.
One of the most amazing views from the Inca Trail — the inca ruin of Sayacmarca rising up from the clouds.
Brunch days are the best days. #nyc #queenslife