Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
Book publishing tends to get a bad rap when it comes to keeping up with new media. But someone at Harper Perennial knows one thing about bloggers: they like free booze and pizza. Apparently they also like edgy, lady-penned lit fic. Sunday night at KGB, I had the pleasure of hearing Heather O’Neill, author of Lullabies for Little Criminals, Sarah Hall, author of Haweswater, and Emily Maguire, author of Taming the Beast read from new novels on the kick-off night of their Lit Chick Invasion Tour. Note the word order, which is crucial– no candy pink covers or Prada slingbacks here.
Other highlights of the evening included the array of accents these writers read in, the icky-awesome Maguire line that made us all gasp, the cold pepperoni Two Boots, and putting faces with super-impressive-if-you’re-a-nerd-like-me names like Jason Boog (The Publishing Spot), and Ron Hogan and Sarah Weinman (Galleycat).
Not to mention coming home with extra copies of all three books. Send Memoirville a personal paragraph on a literary reading, gasp-inducing moment, or exciting meeting with the almost-famous, and I’ll send you one of these cool new novels as a prize. While supplies last. Which is three. Act now!