Today is the publication date for Find the Good, which means it's for sale everywhere-- I hope. I also saw the audio book, they arrived at the Babbling Book store in Haines last week, but I haven't listened to myself yet. I'm not sure I can. It's weird to hear yourself, but you might prefer to be read to, and it's great for people who like to listen to books while commuting or gardening and who can't see well enough to read. Also, please join me at the library tonight from 5-7 for the launch party, and I'll read you some of the stories in the book in person.
Tomorrow (April 28th) is the big book launch day, and the party at the Haines library 5-7, and then I'm off on tour Friday, first in Palmer at Fireside Books on Saturday, then Powell's in Portland Monday, the Ketchikan Library Wednesday, and then Old Harbor books in Sitka Thursday. ( The whole tour schedule is on my home page..) I am a little nervous, as the early reviews are good, but what does that mean? Nothing, actually. I'm lucky I have a steady friend who leans toward Buddhism.
How does "the author" spend the two weeks prior to book launch day -- April 28th? The flu and a colonoscopy! (Do not laugh.) I'm in Juneau, and had "the procedure" yesterday afternoon and (thank goodness) won't need another one for ten years. (Yay!)
So today I'm celebrating all day with sweet baby James. (More later at nap time.) Have a great Thursday!
Since this has been a whirlwind few days, with my new book, Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-town Obituary Writer, coming out as a a kind of surprise-- I had thought it would be unveiled like magic April 28th, but that was not the case-- I figured I'd give you a great thought on obituaries.
Old phonebooks needed
Your old Phonebook donations will be appreciated at the American Bald Eagle Foundation. As enrichment we have been giving our raptors old phonebooks to tear up and they seem to love it... Our owl Sarah the Great Horned Owl has been sitting on hers! Thank you!!
It's here! The Find the Good tour schedule for the spring tour is done- I will post it properly on my site too, but know some of you are planning your May and would like a head's up. Also, the May 2nd Palmer, Alaska dinner with Fireside Books is ticketed and limited, so please sign up early at the store. It's a fun way to celebrate National Independent Bookseller's Day and to show appreciation for one of Alaska and the Northwest's finest bookstores.
Tuesday, April 28th Launch Party 5:00pm Haines AK Public Library
Can you tell I have the flu? "Whatever"? Honestly.
I read an article about Ronald Reagan and dementia that said one researcher who studied Reagan's word choices while he was in office concluded that his growing use of vague nouns like "stuff" and "thing" should have flagged doctors that he was Alzheimer's bound. Great. I can't even think in sentences right now.
I have the flu, I think. Achy, sore throat, nasty cough, sleepy. I came down with it right after an annual post-health fair check-up when I assured my new doctor that I never get sick, and that she will only see me about once a year, and always in April, as that's when I care most about my health, or more accurately, mortality, since this is the month I was hit by a truck and almost killed, and the month my mother died, and so it's also the time of year when I'm pretty sure that the swollen muscle in my arm is not from swimming too hard on Friday but rather a potentially fatal blood clot.
The Mexican quintet Metales M5 (they were great, "fabulous" even as my friend Nancy would say) managed to fly out today in all this wind and rain. The little airline office at the airport was like a scene from a Marx Brothers movie when they arrived, trying to squeeze in out of the storm with a tuba, French horn, trombone, about ten trumpets, and five big suitcases into a room jammed full of texting snowboarders plugged into iTunes and their big board bags and duffels strewn every which way. Just another April day in Haines full of shiny happy people. Seriously.