Swimming Lessons in New York

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


My second novel, Swimming Lessons, is published in the UKCanada, and the Swimming LessonsUSA, and Germany. Click on the country links to buy.

10 thoughts on “Swimming Lessons in New York

  1. I came to your reading at McNally, it was fab. Really loving Swimming Lessons! X c
    p.s. Community Bookstore is my local when I am in the city…thus my personal favourite

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pingback: Writer in Residence at ACE Hotel New York | Claire Fuller

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s