Guess Who Turned Six Months Old Today???
Oh Learning Not to Drown, it feels like just yesterday that I was anxiously awaiting your arrival, pacing my office with on the phone with my editor, agent and publicist, obsessively checking Goodreads for any reviews, preparing for a my very first book signings and parties with.. itchy skin and an upset stomach… as well as brand new sharpies. And look how grown up you are now!
Maybe it was because of the sheer amount of people who came to welcome you into this world or maybe it was from the lack of sleep when you arrived, but I kind of forgot to post pictures here of your first week in this world. It’s a good thing, actually, I was so wrapped up with being in the moment of having my debut novel come out that I forgot to chronicle your arrival.
So to celebrate your 6th month birthday I am finally posting pictures of your release week.
We started off on March 31st at Book Soup, where I did a reading, discussed Learning Not to Drown, and signed some books. The surprise of the evening was seeing my friend Edward Santazio. Edward and I used to work at Pottery Barn together a hundred years ago, and now he’s using his talents as photographer. He took these lovely photos (with the exception of the one he’s in. That one Mike’s handiwork):
The morning of April 1st, my husband and I went on Good Day LA to talk a bit about Learning Not to Drown and what life looks like for us as a creative couple:
Our good friends, Lisa Ling and Paul Song, hosted my book release party at their home in Los Angeles. Innis Casey Photography is responsible for all of these great pictures:
Then I headed to New York to celebrate with some of the most important people: my agent and the staff at Atheneum and Simon and Schuster. I am forever grateful to each and every person who made bringing my novel into this world a reality – and so we drank wine and ate delicious food and they even put up with me reading a little bit.
While I was in New York, I also stopped by Book Court to do another reading and signing.
Back in Los Angeles, I wrapped up my book launch with a signing and speaking at the LA Times Festival of Books.