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BookExpo, it's like Comic-Con but with fewer Princess Leias in metal bikinis

Princess Leia convention or Las Vegas librarians?I'm heading to NYC next week where I'll be tossed about that sea of humanity known as BookExpo America (BEA). I've never been, though I've attended the San Diego Comic-Con and the Frankfurt Buche Messe, so I'm envisioning this as somewhere in-between.

What will I be doing there or thereabouts? Let's see, I'll be mingling at a couple of swanky industry cocktail parties where I'm hoping to bump into the reviewer for Publishers Weekly who panned HOTEL. (I'm not mad, just curious—what's the penalty for misdemeanor assault in New York City?)

I'll also be at Random House for a Library Journal Breakfast, back at the Javits Center for an ABA Bookseller Luncheon, doing some interview-type stuff for Google and BookPage, and last but certainly not least, I'll be at the Random House booth (#2739) on Friday at 10:00 AM where I'll be (wait for it...) signing and giving away 200 advance reader copies of SONGS OF WILLOW FROST.

See you soon.


The not-so slow reveal

On the heels of the finalized cover for Songs of Willow Frost we now have (timpani roll) the full cover for the Advance Reader's Edition (ARE). What is an ARE? It's the early look at Willow, occasional typo and all, that goes out to librarians, booksellers, and lucky book clubbers—the patrons of the Panama Hotel, so to speak.

And as soon as I get my mitts on some I'll muster up some kind of contest to give them all away. Check back soon.


Your handy, dandy guide to Jamie's not-so-secret writing lair

Someone recently asked the “where do you write?” question. Here’s the answer:

  1. Halloween door-knocker, purchased eons ago. Used to ring and say, “Beeeewaaare!” but the batteries are dead.
  2. Hanging koi wind-socks. I have no idea where I got these.
  3. Poster of the story Broken Glass by Harlan Ellison. Signed by Harlan.
  4. National Geographic Map of the Pacific, circa 1943, purchased at an antique store in Oregon for $1.75.
  5. Nice email from Pat Conroy.
  6. Access info for checking on my kids’ grades.
  7. Big green jewel. Was an award from the Pulpwood Queens.
  8. Partial manuscript: Whispers of a Thunder God.
  9. iTunes, currently playing Cheap Trick: Live at Budokan.
  10. ARCs and galleys I should be reading. Also comics. Currently reading Nick Spencer’s Morning Glories.
  11. A small urn of my father’s ashes, which doubles as a paperweight. Thanks, Dad.
  12. Bumper stickers from Write Bloody Publishing.
  13. Yes, I have a chaise lounge in the middle of my office. Shouldn't everyone?
  14. Asia, current title-holder of: “World’s Laziest Dog.”
  15. KISS throw-blanket, covering a quilt that Leesha made (not pictured).
  16. Milk crate I’ve used as a printer stand since college. Leesha wants it to go away.
  17. ARC of Queen of America by Luis Alberto Urrea, which is beyond excellent.
  18. Daruma doll. You make a wish and color in one eye. No, I’m not tellin’...

Also, I sometimes write at the public library, but for the most part, my days and occasional nights are spent here.

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