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Entries in Panama Hotel (3)


Books are the best gateway drugs

World Book Night US is upon us and soon 500,000 books will be given away in cities and towns all over the US. In that mix will be 50,000 copies of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet that my publisher has donated (and I waived all royalties).

The idea is for volunteer givers to pass out books to under served communities--everything from homeless shelters and prisons, to college campuses and starving college students (because honestly, if you're paying $275 for a textbook can you actually afford books to read for pleasure?)

Plus, this is an opportunity to just give books away, to share the joy of reading, to promote literacy. Speaking of, I had the privilege of meeting three students (from the US, Syria, and Romania) in an adult literacy program for whom Hotel was the first book they had ever read. How cool is that! It was an honor beyond any bestseller list.

So to do my part, I'll be at Elliott Bay Books in Seattle tomorrow with fellow author, Maria Semple, as we kick-off this wonderful, beautiful, crazy thing. And then on Weds I'll be at the Panama Hotel at 11:00am, giving away books, while they last. And some fine folks from the Wing Luke Asian Museum will be giving away books later that afternoon on the actual corner of Bitter & Sweet. Which is actually the corner of 6th & Main (which didn't sound quite as sexy as Bitter & Sweet, as far as book titles go).

Have a great World Book Night!


Bring your friends, your walking shoes. I'll bring the umbrella

It's time once again for the Brenda Novak On-line Auction of Diabetes Reseach.

Each year I offer lunch and a personal walking tour of Seattle's International District, including visits to the Wing Luke Asian Museum, Uwajimaya, the Mon Hei Bakery, and of course, tea at the Panama Hotel—for you, your family, your class, your book club, or whoever else you'd like to bring along.

Plus you'll go home with a goodie bag which will include signed copies of HOTEL and a few advance reader copies of SONGS OF WILLOW FROST. (Sneak peek, anyone?) Plus ARCs and signed books from some of my oh-so-generous writer friends.

Interested? If you'd like to bid, you have a few more days.


Guess where I am?

Enjoying the weekend in Seattle. For having no scheduled book events, I still ended up signing tons of books at the Panama Hotel and The Wing Luke Museum.

Signed books, Nooks, Kindles, maps...even somebody's library card. No cleavage or babies' foreheads.

I spent last night at Seattle's Bon Odori, which is a great street festival (and SeaFair event), tucked into a sleepy South Main St. neighborhood. The festival continues today as well.

Okay, off to catch a Mariners game. The M's have only lost...eight in a row.

Yes, I'm an optimist.