Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Reality Nears

The Unnameables took another step toward being An Actual Book this week. My reaction is odd--in a lot of ways I've moved on to the book I'm working on now, so the excitement is slightly muted. Still, it's excitement, mixed with an Alice in Wonderland sense that none of this could actually be happening.

First of all, The Unnameables got picked up by the Junior Library Guild, which my editor describes as being akin to the Good Housekeeping seal of approval. Second, Blue Hill Books offered to host a reading/signing for Gail Page and me, possibly joined by a third local kidlit writer whose latest book also ships in September. Gail is in my writers' group and is the author/illustrator of the much-acclaimed How to be a Good Dog. The sequel, Bobo and the New Neighbor, is coming out exactly when The Unnameables is.

The reading will be September 25 at the Blue Hill library. I wonder if I'll be able to breathe.

By the way, the Class of 2k8 blog is doing something really, really cool this week--interviewing on-line reviewers. Recommended reading both for readers of reviews and writers of books.


Trish said...

Congratulations, Ellen! I would so love to be in Blue Hill for your reading... not only because it's so exciting, but my son was born there!

Ellen Booraem said...

Thanks, Trish! When were you in Blue Hill? We must have run into each other at some point, this area being what it is.

Trish said...

We lived in Castine during the 1990-91 school year at MMA, where my husband was finishing up his last year. We went to Pie in the Sky a few times (isn't/wasn't that in Blue Hill?) and I was there for my check-ups with my doctor and CNM, but mostly we stuck around Castine.

TJ Brown said...

Congrats:) it's an amazing ride. Enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on being picked up by the Junior Library Guild. That *is* huge. They choose great books, so it will automatically get The Unnameables noticed.