Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A Drop of Night - Zürich reading!

See the Oranges of Doom in the background? If you're one of the six people who read the earliest drafts of the book, youuuuu ... have probably forgotten by now about Oranges of Doom. But they were there. Causing doom.

(There is only one orange in the new version. P. 35, historical flashback: "We continued to chatter mercilessly. We would not cease. And after a while Mama began to weep, putting her hands to her ears, and the orange lay on the table, a knobbly spiral of peel, the rich flesh within hacked to bits.")

YOU GUYS. I'm doing one reading for A Drop of Night, in the most excellent English Bookshop in Zürich. I know most of you who read this blog are not in Switzerland, but if you are, come, please, oh, please? It would be awesome to see some familiar faces there. Solo readings are usually terrifying, unless you adore being the center of attention, which ... I don't. So if cool book friends are there it's just better, ya know? :)

Also, if you guys are Zürichers you may have heard that an absolute breach of human rights is happening and The Bookshop is moving into the upper floors of the German bookstore and being replaced by a Zara. *burns everything* This will be in May I think? I mean, they're not closing, so that's cool, but it still feels sad, because nobody needs Zara and everybody needs books. They're such a great bookstore, and I'm happy I get to do one more event in their current location.

The reading is on April 2nd, 2016, at 18:30 (6:30 PM) at The Bookshop Orell Füssli on the Bahnhofstrasse. If you came you would be awesome, and I will sign books and answer questions and such-like.

Some more things:

- I got finished copies! They're hyootiful and shiny. Greenwillow makes the loveliest books. Here are some more pictures.

Foil type! 🎶"How they shimmer, how they glimmer, those butterflies."🎶
This is the back cover. A questionnaire our heroine Anouk fills out pre-palace expedition:


- I also sent off my next manuscript! IT'S SO LONG. I've reverted into full-on shivering-in-corners until I hear back from my editor, and I fear I'm going to have to cut 40,000 words and I'm already fortifying myself for this, but wherrrrrre will I cut them?

Dat apple.
- Here's a song I've been listening to on repeat since the beginning of time, aka, January. It's very relaxing, and slightly melancholy, and apparently about the 1940's movie industry in Sedona, Arizona.


Good, no? Hope everyone's well! :) Bye!