Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Delighted to announce that Library Journal gave my short story Galatea a starred review! The full text is here (my review is the last on the page).
In other news, The Guardian chose The Song of Achilles for their August book club, which included the chance to answer reader questions live for an hour. I had a great time and have never typed so fast in my life!
I’m also excited to be heading off to the Reykjavik Literary Festival next week, where I’m doing a reading and a public interview, and also taking part in the (gulp) Literary Death Match. (More details on times and places for all those on my appearances page.) One of my favorite books of the past year, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, is set in Iceland, and will definitely be coming with me. If you haven’t read it yet, I absolutely recommend it.
As I was typing the date for this post, I realized with shock that exactly two years ago today The Song of Achilles was published for the first time by Bloomsbury in the UK. I can still remember just how nervous and thrilled I was holding the hardback in my hands. I can also remember being worried that it would never find an audience. But thanks to the loveliness and generosity of publishers, booksellers, and especially readers, it did. I am so grateful–thank you.
I wish you all a very happy start to September. After the heatwaves and humidity here in Cambridge, I admit to being eager for crisper weather!