The Home Stretch and What's Next
The National Book Awards Longlists have been announced!
This signals a slowdown in the crazy that has been the past few months for me. Plenty of other things have been happening, but I hardly looked up from my stack of reading to pay much notice. Now, with the bulk of the work done (I'll be hashing out the short list with my fellow judges very soon!), I can take a moment to share some nice things.
First of all, I'd like to say thank you to the fine folks that chose ORLEANS as a:
ORLEANS was written for the people down South, my own mother included. I'm happy to know my love letter has reached them!
I've also learned Flygirl is a 2014 ALA Popular Paperback Selection in the category of Conflicted: Life During Wartime. It's sad to think there's a special category for this, but I am honored to be a part of the literary conversation.
I've also got a few events coming up:
If you are in the LA area, I hope you'll swing by and say hello. If you're in New York, maybe I'll run into you at the Strand Bookstore. When I was an undergrad at NYU, they claimed to have 8 miles of books. It's gone up to 18 in the intervening years. I think I could run a marathon in book miles. (I think I already have! Here's a great article on judging the National Book Awards).