Rebecca Serle at Skylight Books

9781250295187.jpgI’m in conversation with my friend and fellow writer, Rebecca Serle, on September 18th at Skylight Books. She is the best, and you should come because we will amuse you. And if you don’t come, we will amuse each other. But it’s better if you come. We are celebrating her new book—and first adult novel—The Dinner List. The Dinner List is magical and moving and on the Indie Next List for September.

Here’s the publisher’s synopsis:

At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends with in her utterly captivating novel, THE DINNER LIST, a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day, and the life-changing romance of Me Before You.

When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there’s a reason these six people have been gathered together.

For me, a great concept is one that makes you reflect on your own life: who would you invite, if you could invite anyone? Side note: one of my favorite mini-genres of short story is the disastrous dinner party. So many good ones. Joshua Ferris and Rebecca Lee come to mind. Would you guys read this blog if I turned it into a short story review?

By the way, it’s a writing year for me, which means I’m not doing events. Except this one! So, if you want to see my face and you live near Los Angeles, this is your only chance.

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 – 7:30pm
Event address: 
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los AngelesCA 90027

America, I will be traveling all over you!

These are my 2014 tour dates. Please come see me or I will be lonely.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

4/1: Vroman’s, Pasadena, CA

4/2: Warwick’s, La Jolla, CA

4/3: Chaucer’s, Santa Barbara, CA

4/7: Elliot Bay Book Company, Seattle WA

4/8: Village Books, Bellingham, WA

4/9: Watermark Books, Anacortes, WA

4/11: Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, Redondo Beach, CA

4/14: The Reading Bug, San Carlos, CA

4/15: Rakestraw Books, Danville, CA

4/16: Book Passage, San Francisco, CA & Books Inc., Alameda, CA

4/17: Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma, CA

4/21: Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

4/22: Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA

4/23: Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA

4/24: Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT

4/26: Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA

4/28: Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI

4/29: The Bookstall, Winnetka, IL

4/30: Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL

5/1: Joseph-Beth, Cincinnati, OH

5/6: McLean & Eakin, Petoskey, MI

5/7: Schuler Books, Lansing, MI

5/8: Watermark Books, Wichita, KS

5/12: Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL

5/13: The Bookmark, Atlantic Beach, FL

5/15: Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX

5/18: Mysterious Galaxy Book Club Day, Mission Viejo, CA

6/20-22: Nantucket Book Festival, Nantucket MA



The ALA Midwinter conference has long been a bastion for children’s and YA authors, but I noticed this year a concerted push by publishers to bring more of their adult authors to the show. Among the notable writers making appearances were:  (top left) Gabrielle Zevin (The Storied Life of A.J. Fikrey); (top left) Beatriz Williams (A Hundred Summers); and (bottom right) Rosemary Harris (The Bitches of Brooklyn) with her pal, fellow author Lindsay Faye (The Gods of Gotham; Dust and Shadow). Publishers also made plenty of ARCS available, including Peter Heller’s The Painter.

‘Tis me!

tuesday hijinks no. 10: Printers Row Book Festival in Chicago, suitcase postmortem


1. I packed my red shoes but did not wear them. They make the photo because they go well with the ARC of Because It Is My Blood.

2. I bought the print at the festival. The verse reads:

Lady Tulip, stately dame,

From across the ocean came;

Liked this country very much,

Although she only spoke in Dutch.

This puts me in mind of a few lyrics I like from a Bright Eyes song called “Road to Joy.”

I could have been a famous singer

If I had someone else’s voice

But failure always sounded better

Let’s f*** it up, boys, make some noise.