A Series of Rather Nice Things

It has been a busy, fun couple of months. I’ve been writing books for a while (10 years since I sold my first novel!) and I’ll tell you, there have been many months in my career that have been less busy and less fun. This is to say, I appreciate the busy, fun times quite a lot.

I went to ABA Winter Institute in January. When I arrived at the Seattle airport, there were posters for The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry in the Hudson Bookstores!

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My publisher Algonquin and Litographs, a company whose products I’ve long admired, made these The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry t-shirts to give to the booksellers at Winter Institute. The entire text of the book is printed on these shirts.

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In February, I went to Toronto for a few prelaunch events for Fikry. The prelaunch party Penguin Canada threw had clever (and tasty) book-themed food.

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For the next week or so, you can listen to an abridged version of A.J. Fikry on the popular BBC 4 program Books at Bedtime. My mom is listening and she says it’s great! Here’s a picture of Frank posing with some of my favorite books for the BBC website.

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Who is Frank? Frank is the rescue pug my guy and I adopted from Pug Nation Los Angeles. He was abandoned near a park. Frank is all about love except for the part of him that is all about breakfast.

Amazingly, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is the #1 Indie Next Pick and the #1 LibraryReads Selection for April 2014. I can’t thank all the booksellers and librarians enough.

And although the book isn’t out until April, quite a few bookstores have put it on their shelves early. The Book Frog of Rolling Hills Estates, California made this display, which features a Tamerlane-reading baby!

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Finally, I’ll be on book tour beginning April 1st. Although AJ Fikry is a book for adults, my YA readers should feel free to come out, too. And please do come! I am not J.K. Rowling level popular (in case you didn’t know!), which means I usually get to truly meet the people who attend my events. Find the schedule here.

Finally, finally, it’s Spring! This is me with my girl, Edie. She came from a wonderful organization called the Mutt Scouts that is dedicated to rescuing mixed breed dogs from shelters. She is a goddess.

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Snazzy set of UK bookmarks for Fikry. For those who have already read the book: I can’t help noticing how many of the quotes are Lambiase’s!

A.J. Fikry Covers & LOVE

Guess what? I have a book out in April, and it has three English language covers, and I love them all differently.

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This is America. When I look at this cover, I think she has seen deep into my very soul. No one understands me like this cover. We are soulmates. I’d marry her, if she’d have me. This cover is by the talented Anne Winslow.

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This is UK. I love her like I love really good pens and adorable, overpriced stationery, and coffee table books. I want to go shopping with her. I want her to be my very best friend.  We text all the time. We have private jokes. The paper sculpture in the cover was commissioned by Little, Brown UK, and it is by Su Blackwell, whose work I adore!

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This is Canada. I love her like a movie that I’m dying to see despite the fact that I know I’m going to cry at this movie. It’s just my contact lenses. It’s allergies. I’ll be fine. Just please stop looking at me, and pass the Kleenex.