Author Gossip: Who’s Doing What Now

The Today Show? No problem!

A writer’s life is a bit like a goalie’s: long stretches of nothing happening punctuated by a few moments of excitement tantamount to terror. I’ve been hearing about a great deal of excitement for the writers who’ve visited Writing is My Drink in the last 9 months, and I thought it would be fun to share some of the news.

My friend Kathryn Kefauver (I wrote about her in the post about writers conferences) has a piece in the New York Times’ Modern Love column this week.  Yahoo!

Claire Dederer’s Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses is now officially a New York Times bestseller. A Seattle writer done good!

Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project is currently at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list in the category of Advice (Paperback). Woohoo!

On March 22nd John Elder Robison’s Be Different was launched.  John is busily touring around the country, entertaining audiences everywhere.  I’ve heard John gives a great reading.  If you’re in the Seattle area, come to Third Place Books on April 21st to hear John and pick up your own copy of Be Different. I’ll be there!

Candace Walsh’s Dear John, I Love Jane was named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards. Candace also lit up the Huffington Post switchboard (okay, there is no switchboard) when she posted her piece “Making the L-Word Real After the Big-D.” Go, Candace!

Jennifer Margulis, author of Why Babies Do That, appeared in a towel on French TV recently. Not every writer could pull that off! She said that although she “felt like a p*rn star, the show was actually about water conservation.”  Kind of great, right?

David ShieldsReality Hunger: A Manifesto came out in paperback in February.  If you get a chance to hear David talk, go! One of the few writers I know who can pull off the word “manifesto.”

Alisa Bowman’s Project: Happily Ever shot to number #42 on Amazon’s bestseller list (#1 in the category of marriage!) after her much talked about appearance on the Today Show. One Facebook friend said this of Alisa’s success: “It couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.” Nice!

Tsh Oxenreider’s Organized Simplicity has been #1 in the Amazon category  since its launch in November. Not bad!

Meagan FrancisThe Happiest Mom launches April 5th and is available for preorder now. Here comes the happiness!

Since being interviewed on Writing is My Drink, Kiri Blakeley has spoken about her book, Can’t Think Straight on The Today Show, appeared with Canadian media personality Shaun Prolux for his popular HIMBO online show, and was featured in New York Resident magazine. She also has a regular blog, The Bold Type, on Forbes, where she writes about popular culture. If you like sassy, this is a blog for you.

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4 Responses to Author Gossip: Who’s Doing What Now

  1. Fun to read all these updates! Thanks for including me in this impressive list. I did the towel, everyone else did the bestsellers (sigh!).

  2. Kiri says:

    Jennifer, I didn’t do the bestsellers either. Or the towel! 🙂

  3. Eve Tai says:

    Theo – As a yogi and a writer, I’d read with interest about Claire Dederer’s “Poser” in the NYT book review. Though the reviewer favored the book, I was skeptical. Did I really need to read a book about angst-y navel gazing when it came to raising kids in Seattle? And worse yet, using yoga as a vehicle for said navel gazing? But when I read your interview with Claire on the blog I was hooked. This woman spoke my language ( or practiced the same poses, as it were). As the universe would have it, I won a copy of “Poser” in your giveaway. I was blown away by how well Claire wrote about what yoga taught her. It didn’t matter that my life was nothing like hers. She was writing about life, just as it is. And the best part was that she refreshed my own relationship to yoga. And I didn’t even have to go live in an ashram to do it.

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