Category Archives: Dogs

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!

hudson bookstores fikry

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.

litographs tees

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.

canadian party food fikry

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!

book frog display

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.

gabi and edie

One of the more absurd ways a book quote of mine has ever been used. Also, I didn’t personally say this – a dog character in Elsewhere did.

friday nonsense, no. 9: my dog, nico, would rather not pose with my mom’s portrait of him.

tuesday hijinks #2: last week at the CBC Extreme Trivia Challenge. I’m at Scholastic — hence the big, red dog — but still managing to represent for my paperback publisher Square Fish. 

Nico is contemplative over the demise of Borders.

In 2006, Elsewhere won the Borders Original Voices Award, which came with a generous check and a copy of the book entombed in lucite. Thank you, Borders, and adieu. 

Miscellany Bonanza: Starring a Ridiculous Picture of My Dog in a Hat


“My Dog in a Hat”

Also, a nifty feature in the Chicago Tribune where a reader reviews The Hole We’re In.

And finally, an agreeably prickly quote on criticism from Graydon Carter in the NY Times Book Review‘s review of Martin Amis’s new novel:

“Writing, remember, is the only art in which the creator is publicly judged by people who do precisely the same thing, but as a rule less well.”*

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*I assume this may be a reference to a different quote that was in Martin Amis’s memoir, Experience. Graphic dentistry passages notwithstanding, Experience is one of my favorite books about writing. The pencil mark is someone else’s and should be ignored. I had scanned this quote years ago to e-mail to a despondent writer friend, which is why I happen to have it around.