Some actual news to report this week ...
• Last weekend was the Author Tea at Hofstra where I got to interview Elinor Lipman for an audience of about 75 wonderful women. Our portion of the event lasted about 40 minutes, but Elinor was so charming and forthright and fascinating I could have gone on all day! Here are a few photos, thanks to my pal Saralee Rosenberg ...
We talked a lot about writing and a bit about her latest book, THE FAMILY MAN, which will be available in paperback any minute. If you haven't yet read this book, please get your hands on a copy and find out why Elinor Lipman is one of my favorite writers.
Special shout-out to Debbi Honorof, book columnist for Long Island Woman, who did an astounding job organizing the whole event. That's her in the picture above, between me and Elinor.
• Additional shout-outs to the other wonderful authors at the event, Maria Garcia Kalb, Cynthia Baxter and Anne Canadeo. A very impressive group! And one final shout-out to the sponsors, Hofstra University, The Transition Network and the Huntington Arts Council.
• One of the attendees was my dear friend, Susan Henderson, whose debut novel, UP FROM THE BLUE, comes out in September. Jamie Ford, bestselling author of HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET, read the book and loved it so much he predicts it will lure countless readers. Check it out.
• Happy news: my agent sold German rights to THE OTHER LIFE.
• My writing isn't particularly research heavy, but I always need to reach to reach out to a few experts for help. I've been very fortunate that some generous professionals, including doctors, lawyers, social workers, nurses, detectives and others have come forward to offer their expertise. Recently, my cousin Max Weiss, a bright and brilliant Baltimore film critic, provided valuable info for my current book, FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER. And this week I was excited to hook up with a prominent movie reviewer from a national magazine, and I'm so very grateful. Not sure if he wants to be identified, so I'll keep that under my hat for now.
A great big bow to all who have helped!
• My husband started his new job with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney this week. Woot!
Have a great weekend ...