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?”)