Chances are, if you have a television or work outside your home, you have seen quite a bit of Sarah Palin this week. One thing I bet you haven't seen is her likeness in cookie form. Prepare to have your mind blown by the photo below.
A little while ago I posted about an experience I had on the 2/3, during which I saw two women reading Harper titles within inches of each other. I got some awesome comments from readers, who- for the most part- insisted that it wasn't rude to ask strangers about their reading material. Overall, it seems like we all enjoy sharing what we're reading. So it came as no surprise to me when I saw this piece in the New York Times, which asked real New Yorkers to list their subway reads. Most of the titles on the list made sense to me, but I'll admit, I saw War and Peace and almost spit out my coffee. I have never, to this day, seen someone reading War and Peace on the 6, the B, or the E. Maybe nymag is right, though- Tolstoy, or a longer novel, might work better for someone who rides the F, which runs at a notoriously slow pace. What do you think of the list? Do any of our book choices surprise you?
Apologies for the strange title of this post. Over the weekend, I was headed uptown on the 2/3 train and happened to spot two women reading Harper titles, within 2 feet of each other. The first was a classic from our backlist, and one of my all-time favorite books, Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being. (If you read this blog at all, you might notice that I post about it all the time. Like here, here, and here.) The second woman was reading one of our newer titles, Who by Fire, a visceral exploration of faith and the bonds of family. I wanted to ask both women how they were enjoying their books, but I didn't want to seem odd, or rude. What do you think? Do you mind it when random strangers approach you about your reading material?
I’m back! After a blogging hiatus, I am happy to report that I’ll be posting with much more frequency. (As you can probably guess, we had lots of prep work to do before ALA)
So how was Chicago? In a word, fantastic. I had such a wonderful time seeing both new and familiar faces at the booth, and at our title presentation. And while I’m in re-cap mode, I just have to thank the angelic librarian who brought me a much-needed plate of cheese after I finished helming an author signing by myself—the little things truly do mean the most.
In case you didn’t make it to the title presentation, here’s a list of my picks for the Fall/Winter season.
If I were a character on NBC's The Office, I'd probably be Pam, with a dash of Kelly Kapoor. (You can tell I've thought about this a bit) So imagine my surprise when HarperCollins popped up on last night's episode. Awesome, right? For those of you who are fans, HarperCollins was featured as a paper customer of Dunder Mifflin. You can watch the episode, “Heavy Competition,” on Hulu.com. The first reference is about 10 minutes in.Happy Friday!