In the Whirlwind


It's been amazing out here. Long and grueling,, but incredibly rewarding and humbling. It's been so awesome to see you and meet you, new friends and old palls. The booksellers and stores on this West Coast jaunt have been so enthusiastic and supportive. I can't tell you how gratifying that's been.

A few unexpected treats since we last chatted: a new friend brought me pictures of Quicksilver Messenger Service from the 60s; our daughter's college roommate joined us at an impromptu book signing on Bainbridge Island, we saw BOTH ends of a rainbow at once on Puget Sound between our ferry and the shore; a manager at Elliott Bay Books told me not to expect 60 people at my reading -- and 60 people showed up!

Lots of other cool things: Cindy's brother Billy came back from Iraq while we were here; so enjoyed the ninja signing stops all over San Francisco and Seattle, meeting the awesome singer Tara Linda who wrote a song based on Teresita (link below)!

And NPR!!!

in the interest of making this easier for everybody, here are a few links for your amusement:

Was thrilled to be interviewed for Weekend All Things Considered. We had a wonderful chat and you can hear it here. 

Honored to blog for Powell's last week. Proud of these little essays. You can read them here.

The lovely accordion babe Tara Linda wrote a song about Teresita. I'll post it when I get home but until then, you can read about her here.

I'm hosting an open mic benefit tonight for Fishtrap, my beloved writing conference in NE Oregon (details below in the events section). I'll be teaching a workshop there this summer and their fellowship application process has started. You should apply

I've been fortunate that Queen of America has been featured in nearly every major newspaper that still runs boom reviews (Thank you Seattle, Miami, Philadelphia and others that picked up e syndicated reviews from the LATimes and San Francisco Chronicle). I really liked this one from Portland's Willamette Week. You can read it here.

and in the interst of fairness, and for the conversation, the Washington Post Review.


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Book club members have been some of my most enthusiastic and careful readers. I’m thrilled to share my work with you, answer your questions and tell you some of the stories behind the stories. This is our spot, just for us. Here, we can chat:  If I’m nearby, I’ll come and visit your club. Otherwise, we can Skype, talk over the phone or email. Sometimes, I’ll send surprises or hold contests.

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