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Catastrophic Happiness comes out in paperback tomorrow! Did you want a copy? Comment below! I'll pick a winner or two or three on Friday. Would you please spread the word? It would make a good Mother's Day present, no? I mean, the fact of the word "catastrophic" makes it mind of a natural fit for any of your most festive occasions! Also, if you'd be willing to add even a very brief Amazon review, I'd be so grateful. Those matter to people (people = book$ellers).
My middle-grade novel, One Mixed-Up Night, doesn't come out until September, but if you wanted to pre-order and/or help me spread the word in any other way, I'd be so grateful. Maybe you're a librarian or a book reviewer--or maybe you know one! Full disclosure: I just reread the final manuscript, and cried. About a story I made up myself. I mean, seriously. (Fuller disclosure: the realest things about this book are taken from real life. Like, everything but the main thing, which is spending the night at IKEA.)
Stitch Camp, the book I wrote with my friend Nicole, comes out in October. This is a book that teaches kids the basics of each of the major fiber crafts--sewing, embroidery, felting, knitting, crochet, and weaving--and then offers lots of fun, cool projects to practice them on. Thanks to our brilliant friend Carolyn at Storey, the design of the book is gorgeous in an almost otherworldly way. Working on it involved lots of late-night wine-drinking and the stitching of bean bags and the cracking ourselves up over our inability to learn how to crochet. Also, lots of living rooms full of kids testing stuff for us and spilling their hot chocolate on the carpet. Bonus: tons of photographs of Birdy throughout the book! (And that's our dear friend Sahar, right there on the cover.) Please pre-order and spread the word! And also, same as above, re. librarians and book reviewers! Also craft bloggers and other craft types! Exclamation points!
Finally: I have been writing an advice column for parents of teenagers over at SheKnows. Will you please check it out and let me know what you think? Or send me a question!
Thank you for your patient indulgence of my personal kazoo-blowing.
p.s. Someone asked for this recipe for oven-roasted chickpeas! I posted it for you!
p.p.s. I said I'd post two winners of Emily's book, and then didn't! luluvision, you're the other winner. Please email me your address!