First Books…

…was awesome! After my initial fear of embarassing myself on the radio, I relaxed and enjoyed the day. KFAI’s Write On Radio was fabulous, and I enjoyed listening to my fellow authors, Kao Kalia Yang and Salvatore Scibona, read excerpts from their books and discuss their work. I think we had a productive and interesting discussion.

After KFAI, we had a lunch with current and prospective MFA students in the McNamara Alumni Center, and I had a great time getting to know Kao and Salvatore, as well as the students, and I also had a chance to catch up with the faculty (always fun). The chocolate cake had some phenomenal icing.

At 7:30, each author read for 10 minutes or so, and then we had a panel discussion with some editors and publicists from Graywolf and Coffeehouse Presses. I have to say, I was a little bereft that my editor and publicist were out in Berkeley, but overall it went well and I felt like I learned a lot since both Kao and Salvatore’s books have been out for awhile, and they have more experience with publishing and publicity in general.

One of the best moments of the day was when a young woman approached me to talk about my book and asked me to sign it for her. She told me my book had helped, and she was glad I wrote it, and it really meant a lot to me. One my main goals in writing Purge was to help others who struggle with EDs, and to show them that they aren’t alone, and if I’ve helped one person, it’s made it all worthwhile.

It was a good day. I wish I could spend everyday talking about books and reading.

Next up on the publicity circuit is my guest spot on Twin Cities Live next week. The perennial question of what to wear strikes again…