A little more than a week ago my publicist and marketer called to ask if I would mind it very much if a truck delivered eighteen boxes of books to my home. It seems that Book Passage -- a very well known book store in San Francisco -- had chosen The Crying Tree for its prestigious "First Editions Club."
Book Passage describes the club this way:
"For Booklovers & Book Collector. Members of the Signed First Editions Club receive a signed first edition each month of a new work of fiction by an emerging author who we feel shows exceptional talent and promise. Many of our selected authors have gone on to win literary acclaim, among them Andrew Sean Greer, Daniel Alarcon, Nicole Krauss, Yiyun Li, Kiran Desai (2006 Booker Prize), and Junot Diaz (2007 Pulitzer), and their books have increased in value. Recent favorites include The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski, Rachel Kushner’s Telex from Cuba (a 2008 National Book Award finalist), and Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese."
Needless to say, I told Ellen and Jennifer -- Sure, go ahead. Send them..... (Actually I think I was skipping while I said this.) Anyway, I wanted to share the good news with you. I finished signing the books (which was an altogether wonderful experience) and packed them, and now I wait for a big old truck to take them away.
This is getting very fun.
You can see the full list of titles for other Book Passage First Editions picks at: http://www.bookpassage.com/content.php?id=394