First of all: I’ve added a link to the online invitation to my book launch party on the Events page. If you’re reading this, consider yourself invited — it’ll be held at BookPeople in downtown Austin, February 7, 3 pm.
In other Alcestis news, my ARC giveaway via Goodreads ended yesterday — 1289 people requested an ARC, which is delightfully mind-boggling. I mailed out ARCs to the two winners today!
Very soon I’ll also have an excerpt from the novel to share with you, as well as a recording of me reading that excerpt. T. is slaving over a website redesign as I write, and I’ll be adding the excerpt and podcast as soon as the redesign is ready to go.
And now, links:
- Organizations to support in Haiti: Doctors Without Borders (MSF); Partners in Health.
- Fran Lebowitz on Jane Austen.
- Edan Lepucki describing how she and her husband decided to purge their book collection (something T. and I should probably do, too, and yet probably won’t).
- WSJ piece on the increasing difficulty of breaking out of the slush pile.
- Thought-provoking piece on the shrinking of Vassar’s creative writing program, by a graduate and former adjunct professor there.
- Amazing profile of the only professional vet in Sierra Leone, who has done remarkable things for the street dogs of Freetown and needs help to do more. Aminatta Forna‘s portrayal of the city, the dogs, the doctor, and the differences between Western models of care for animals and west African models of care is sensitive and beautiful, and heartbreaking too.