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Shopping Today? I Have Some Ideas, Only One of Which is Self-Serving.

So it’s one of my twice-weekly bookstore days, and having just deleted eleven emails about Cyber Monday deals, it occurred to me that the world needed one more. Except this isn’t about Cyber Monday, except that I figure lots of you are shopping today and therefore this might be relevant. So without further ado, here’s some bookish shopping food for thought on this lovely Monday morning.

Great Idea #1: Help Victims of Sandy While You Shop. There are lots of ways to do this, but here are three I know of right off the top of my head.

1) Shop our Sandy Relief Table here at McNally Jackson. The magnificent Sarah Gerard and I had a lot of fun putting this table together, and we ordered so many titles they actually overflow onto the regular shelves where you can find tags like the one below here and there. There are books for all ages, some in paperback and some in hardcover. Can’t make it in? I made you a list for convenient interweb shopping. All proceeds from the titles below go to Sandy relief:

2) In six days on November 30th, YA for NJ is starting an amazing auction of young adult books, most of them signed, to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims. Take a minute now to mark it on your calendar, then keep an eye on the event’s Facebook page for more info. See? Not everything has to get done today.

3) I don’t know if you’re as obsessed with Nautical Stuff as I am, but if you are, there are still a few of these gorgeous Sophie Blackall prints available on Etsy. Donate to the Red Cross and get art. Win/win. I can confirm that in real life, they are even more exquisite than this picture suggests.






Great Idea #2: Shop for Bluecrowne! All right, this is my admittedly totally, totally self-serving idea. You should probably shop for Sandy relief instead, but what the heck. Become a backer of Bluecrowne, the second volume of the Arcana Project Series and get cool stuff. Want your stuff signed, personalized, gift wrapped? Let me know and it will be done.

Happy shopping, friends!


Bradbury, Bookmarks and Toadstools: A Delightfully Busy Week

After a lovely week sequestered in Bucks County with the always-entertaining Paisley Stocking Society, it’s time to leap into a busy week of Doing Writerly Stuff. Want to join me? Here’s where I’ll be:

Wednesday, July 21st

Ray Bradbury in Conversation with Sam Weller at McNally Jackson Books, 7pm

I’m not in any way involved with this one. I’m just attending, and I think you should too. Sam Weller has compiled ten years’ worth of his interviews with Mr. Bradbury into Listen to the Echoes: the Ray Bradbury Interviews. Sam Weller will be present in person to launch the book, and Ray Bradbury will be Skyping in to take questions. McNally’s event space is wonderful but very small, so if you plan to attend, you should probably show up a little early.

Reason #54 that I love Ray Bradbury is this piece of advice for writers: I have three rules to live by. One, get your work done. If that doesn’t work, shut up and drink your gin. And when all else fails, run like hell!

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, between Lafayette and Mulberry Streets, NYC 10012

Thursday, July 22nd

Book Mark Shoppe Kids’ Book Club, 6pm

I’ll be visiting Bay Ridge, Brooklyn’s BookMark Shoppe, where they’re hosting a book club discussion of The Boneshaker for ages 10-15 .  I believe I have also convinced the amazing Andrea Offermann, the illustrator behind the beautiful images in The Boneshaker, to come ALL THE WAY FROM GERMANY TO ATTEND THIS BOOK CLUB. Seriously.  (She is coming all the way from Germany, and she is coming to the book club. So it’s mostly true.) I should mention that it could not be easier to get here, so I don’t want to hear any griping from parents in Manhattan and other non-Brooklyn boroughs. Take the Brooklyn-bound R train to 86th Street and 4th Ave. Walk one avenue west to 3rd and two streets north to 84th. If you want to speed things up by taking the N to 59th and walking across the platform to the R, you’ll cut your time down even further.  Don’t be lazy. Brooklyn is calling.

The Book Mark Shoppe
8415 3rd Ave, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, 11209

Sunday, July 25th

“Writing Fantasy for Children and Teens” Panel, Toadstool Bookshop, Milford, NH, 2pm-4pm

This should be a ton of fun. I’ll be part of a panel with six authors I just love, and we’ll be talking all aspects of, well, writing fantasy for children and teens. Come out and visit! With Ellen Booraem (The Unnameables), Chris Brodien-Jones (The Owl Keeper), Leah Cypess (Mistwood), Marissa Doyle (Betraying Season, Bewitching Season), Deva Fagan (Fortune’s Folly, The Magical Misadventures of Prunella Bogthistle), Angie Frazier (Everlasting), and yours truly.

Toadstool Bookshop
Lorden Plaza, Milford, NH

So that’s my week of excitement. Hope to see you somewhere along the way! Oh, and here’s another Ray Bradbury quote to tide you over until Wednesday: All my life I’ve been running through the fields and picking up bright objects. I turn one over and say, yeah, there’s a story.