We’re just three days out from the UK publication date of A Burnable Book, which will appear on January 30 from HarperCollins, and on February 18 from HarperCollins/William Morrow here in the U.S. (If you haven’t read anything about the book yet, you can look at this week’s post on KillerReads and this blog post from last year.) I’ve been thrilled with the reception the novel has received in the pre-publication trades and press, including a nice write-up by in The Sunday Times of London and a Starred Review in Publisher’s Weekly. It’s social media saturation time, too, with lots of activity on Facebook and Twitter, and my official author page should be live later this week. I’ll have a national book tour starting the week after the US launch, with stops in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Boulder, Chapel Hill, Pittsburgh, Boston, Washington DC, and several other places, and I’m busily writing up guest posts and interviews for blogs, magazines, and on-line forums, including a piece for Slate co-written with Simon Vance, the narrator of the US audiobook.
During all of this flurry of pre-pub activity I’ve felt truly and deeply blessed by the good wishes and kind words of friends old and new. I remember the moment in May 2012 when I got the call from my brilliant agent, Helen Heller, telling me we had an offer: I was ironing a shirt (something I do about twice a year) in a hotel room in Kalamazoo, Michigan prior to my panel at the International Congress on Medieval Studies. Weeping, screaming, and disbelieving followed–and now, over eighteen months later, The Thing Itself is about to shake into life. Nerves are on edge, even canine nerves, for despite her unconditional love, the harshest of critics disapproves of all the medieval obscenity and moral ambivalence that somehow crept into the book (see above). But she’s deep into the story and loves the maudlyns, and all the stuff about cheese and meat. I hope you will too, and thanks to everyone for the support and good wishes as A Burnable Book makes its way into the world!