Win’s Acronym & a Few Notes on My Book Tour

Win’s Acronym & a Few Notes on My Book Tour

I’ve been on book tour for The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and indeed, I’m still on book tour! Come see me at an event if you have an evening.

Many amazing things have happened to me on this book tour, and when I have a moment to catch my breath, I plan to write about a few of them. I think of the many babies in baskets I have encountered (and the one cat in a basket), the spectacular islands of Washington, the Fikry-reading Sasquatch in Anacortes, etc., etc. I have bought more books than I will be able to read in my lifetime, been stuffed with pie, lefse, cupcakes, Orca-shaped cookies, and love, seen numerous friends, chatted with booksellers of every taste and constitution (quite a few A.J. Fikrys, as is probably to be expected), met readers ranging in age from toddlers to 80+,  and yes, visited twenty or thirty bookstores, each delightful in her own way. (I do not know that I will ever tire of visiting a new bookstore.) And the tour is not quite half finished!

However, the reason I write you tonight is because of an event I did earlier this week at Books Inc. in Alameda, CA. A reader handed me a letter along with a bar of admirably dark chocolate. The letter concerns the Anya Balanchine books, and it answers a question that many of you have been asking me for months (and that I have promised to answer for months): namely, what DOES Win’s acronym mean in In the Age of Love and Chocolate? She was VERY close — all but three words. My corrections are in black ink. 

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

 

Hi! I have read memories of a teenage amnesiac so many times and I love James Larkin. Please write more about him

Questions 2, 3, and 4 all involve James Larkin, the slightly Byronic, mood disordered, second love interest of Naomi, inMemoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac.

Like you—and perhaps you are the same person or perhaps you are three different people—I think about James from time to time. Every now and again, a character is a little too alive, and it is hard to remember that you didn’t know him for real. I once wrote him into a different book that I didn’t end up finishing. But I can tell you this: he is in film school at Columbia and he is all right.

He still gets depressed every now and again, but now that he is older, he is better able to deal with his moods. He thinks about Naomi occasionally, but never tries to contact her. The Christmas before senior year of college, he runs into her at the airport. She is on her way home from school; he is on his way to California to see his dad. His flight is delayed so they go into one of those terrible airport restaurants: a TGI Fridays, that type of place. They talk for about an hour—he’s getting really into cinematography; she’s pretty sure she’s going into the family business, writing. When theypart, it is with promises that they’ll keep in touch, but they don’t

When she gets home, Naomi tells her dad that she ran into James Larkin of all people.

“How’s he doing?” Grant asks.

She considers the question. Even though she has had quite a few boyfriends since James, she still worries about him. How do you stop worrying about someone you used to love? “He seemed all right,” she says.

A couple of months later, Naomi Googles him and ends up on his Tumblr. Yeah, James is totally on Tumblr, but not on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Pinterest. He’s got reasons he doesn’t like all those other social networks, and who knows how long he’ll even stay on Tumblr, right? James’s Tumblr involves screen captures of movie kisses. He’s still romantic, she thinks.

2, 3, 4/85