April 12th, 2007

Possibly weirdest idea yet for promoting a book

From Publishers Weekly online: "Author Liam Callahan worked up a sweat at an unusual event promoting his new novel, All Saints, in Glendale, Wisc. Callahan visited the local Le
Sports Club where he combined a signing with a spin class."

And it shows a very sweaty author, surrounded by other sweaty participants, still on their bikes. He's signing an autograph.

Pros: It did get him to be PW's picture of day. Probably helped it wasn't the usual "author standing with bookstore owner" or "authors from panel standing with moderator" photo.

Cons: Unless the main character is a big spinner, what does this have to do with the book?

Note to self: what other weird possiblitites for signings are there? Laundramats? Doctor's waiting rooms?



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OMG!!!

Thanks to dlgarinkle, I've learned that Shock Point is one of just 25 nominees for the ALA's Top 10 Books for Teens list. To be on the list with people like Sarah Dessen, Kevin Brooks, and Gordon Korman is amazing! With books like Life as We Knew It!

Are you a teen? Do you know one? Here's how teens vote for Teens' Top Ten Books:
1. Read now. Find the list of teen-nominated titles at the TTT site. Read as many books as possible to be ready to choose favorites.
2. Vote online during Teen Read Week (October 14-20, 20057, when a ballot containing all nominated titles will be available at the TTT Web site. Teens click its boxes to vote for their three favorite books. Any individual teen with access to the Internet can vote for TTT books, but only during Teen Read Week.
3. Watch for the list of ten winning books. In November, the national Teens' Top Ten Books will appear on the TTT Web site and on YALSA listservs and press releases.

To see the other books, click here.



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Unclean, unclean!

Does anyone have a leper bell I could borrow for a week or two?

I broke down and went to the doctor this afternoon. We're all sick, but I have the added bonus of having some weird giant sore on my nose. I had one just like it about six weeks ago.

Because my day job is in health care and I can correctly use words like "febrile" I think I can diagnose myself. Kids, don't try this at home.

Six weeks ago, I decided I had a cold sore on the edge of my nose. Since Thanksgiving, I have been under stress like you wouldn't believe. I treated it with Abreva, lysine, and Acyclovir. Eventually, very slowly, it went away.

Then we went to Europe. My daughter got sick in Paris, something I figured out only after I had finished off her baguette. I got sort of sick in London, and have been feeling kind of grotty since Saturday. We got back to the States Monday.

And yesterday the thing on my nose came back. And I decided it was impetigo.

Guess what? The doctor says it was worse than that. It's cellulitis. As in, take these horse pill antibiotics and use this topical cream antibiotic for the next 10 days. Or else.

The "or else" part looks like it could be bad. Like meningitis. When I was in college, my roommate's dad had had meningitis and his left leg dragged. Or cavernous sinus thrombosis, which causes "bulging eyes, severe headache, drowsiness or coma, seizures, a high fever, and abnormal sensations or muscle weakness in certain areas."

All I know is I feel crappy. So crappy that when the pharmacist told me I couldn't eat for two hours before or two hours after taking a pill, it seemed pretty clear to me that I was not going to be eating for the next 10 days.



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