Publishers Weekly Top 10


Exciting to see The Art of Waiting listed as a top ten pick for fall in Publishers Weekly’s memoirs and biographies category. I was especially happy to be on the list with Mike Scalise, whose excellently-titled memoir The Brand New Catastrophe is coming soon from Sarabande. I met Mike at Bread Loaf a few years ago and still remember being captivated by the funny/serious excerpt he read there. His book came to press in an interesting way, a little like Mattaponi Queen–through a contest. Mike won the Center for Fiction’s Christopher Doheny Award, which “recognizes excellence in fiction or nonfiction on the topic of serious physical illness by a writer who has personally dealt or is dealing with life-threatening illness, either his or her own or that of a close relative or friend.” Here’s hoping that Mike will come to North Carolina for an event early next year.

Speaking of events, I’m working with Graywolf to plan my fall book tour and have plans (so far) to go to Atlanta, Chicago (with Eula Biss!), D.C., Minneapolis, and Austin. Hoping to add Boston and New York to the list. More soon!

(Above: Bea is very into the idea driving these days, and often asks me, when we get into the car, “Can I drive?”)




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2 responses to “Publishers Weekly Top 10

  1. Patricia Hoppe

    All good to know! Glad you may go to NY…..hope Jocelyn and Wini can come help you celebrate your new book. Let us know dates so we can plan to be present. Love to you, Pat

    • Belle Boggs

      Thank you, Pat! That would be wonderful! I think it may be mid-September, around September 18? I’ll keep you posted! Looking forward to the MQ book chat by Skype July 20!

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