I’ve just come back from a book tour of New York organised by my US publisher, Tin House. I’ve been to America before, but never New York and I had an amazing time. So many lovely people, so many cool things, so many surprise and wonderful meetings.
I met my Tin House editor, Masie Cochran for the first time in real life (we’ve Skyped a lot). And I took my husband, Tim for his invaluable map reading, subway negotiating, stamina-keeping-up encouragement.
In four days I visited 11 bookshops, had 3 telephone interviews, 1 face to face interview, 1 Facebook live interview, 1 reading and Q&A event, 1 secret writing thingy (all will be revealed in March), lunches and dinners with lovely book people. Here are some highlights:
- Being interviewed by Jenny Offill (author of Dept. of Speculation) at McNally Jackson bookstore. She is as lovely and funny as I imagined.
- Being in The Mysterious Bookshop, and meeting a bookseller from Wisconsin who had blurbed Swimming Lessons, and just happened to be in New York and in the same bookshop as me at the same time.
- An old friend from England, who I hadn’t seen for about 15 years turning up unexpectedly at my reading.
- Meeting lots of fabulous booksellers.
- Meeting Daniel Magariel (author of One of the Boys – being published soon – look out for this book).
- Meeting the women from Book of the Month Club (Swimming Lessons was one of their December picks).
- The coolness of the ACE Hotel.
- Seeing my librarian husband look right at home in the New York Public Library.
Signed copies of Swimming Lessons can now be found at:
- McNally Jackson
- Greenlight Bookstore
- The Word, Brooklyn
- Three Lives and Company
- Barnes and Noble, Union Square
- The Mysterious Bookshop
- Book Culture, Columbus Avenue
- Corner Bookstore
- Barnes and Noble, Fifth Avenue
- Main Point Books, Wayne, Pennsylvania (she came into New York for me to sign copies)
- Community Bookstore
- Barnes and Noble, Tribeca