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Entries in Holidays (6)


Give someone a signed book. Because no one wants a signed fruitcake

'Tis the season for Seattle 7 Writers annual Holiday Book Signing. Held at the beautiful Phinney Neighborhood Center, the event features readings, book signing, and mingling with beloved and bestselling Northwest authors: Jim Lynch, Erik Larson, Garth Stein, Erica Bauermeister, Stephanie Kallos, Kevin O’Brien, Jennie Shortridge, Carol Cassella, Randy Sue Coburn, Laurie Frankel,  Bob Dugoni, Sean Beaudoin, Dave Boling, Lynn Brunnelle, Suzanne Selfors, Deb Caletti, Boyd Morrison, Bernadette Pajer, Bharti Kirchner, William Dietrich, Mike Lawson, Tara Austen Weaver, Kaya McLaren, Clare Meeker, Peter Mountford...and yours truly.

Books will be available for purchase onsite from Santoro’s Books, and all authors on hand to sign and personalize them for holiday gifts. Plus there will be fresh baked goods by Seattle7Writers’ members, and author readings every fifteen minutes.

Proceeds support TeamReads and the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

Also, please bring your gently used books to donate for our pocket library program.  Your books will go to food banks, homeless shelters and juvenile detention centers, where they are deeply appreciated!

Seattle 7 Holiday Book Signing: November 17, 3-6pm @ Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle, WA


Twas the night before Christmas

Well, technically speaking, it’s 12:15 AM (just peeked at the clock) but I haven’t slept and am in full “Santa Mode.” Where are these elves that people speak of? If you see them, send them my way, as I have to don a headlamp and set up volleyball net in the front yard. In the wind, no less. Wish me luck.

Santa-wise, we’ve gone a little crazy in the realm of music in that we bought the music-playing children all new toys—a synthesizer, a double-neck guitar, and a digital drum kit (Lucas is tired of everyone yelling at him when he’s practicing). Plus we splurged on a PA system and a pair of microphones, for the complete garage band.

Speaking of music, here’s my favorite Christmas carol—The First Noel, arranged ala Pachelbel’s Canon.

Bookwise, it’s been a splendid year. Hotel has spent its second year on the NYT bestseller list, and will soon be available in 32 languages. Whodathunkit? 

As far as the new book it looks like 2013 is the soonest. The aforementioned Whispers of a Thunder God has been shelved in favor of the new book, with the working title, Summer’s Willow Frost. I’m hoping to have the new new book off to my editor come March/April.

And I have more book events in the works: Villanova, Savannah, Battle Creek, Maine, Delaware, and more to come.

Okay, enough of a respite. It’s back to wrapping, assembling, stuffing of stockings, and making sure the turkey isn’t frozen as solid as a curling stone.

Cheers, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah—much love and peace to all.

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