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Happy to announce that the Polish rights to the book have been sold. Maybe I can do an Eastern European tour soon!  
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Recently I overheard an author say that she was tired of talking to book clubs about her latest novel since she was about to publish her next one. I was of two minds when I heard this. First, the lag time between writing and publication is long, and you can very well be talking about something you...
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Debut U.S. novelist wins U.K.'s oldest book prizeCBC News Posted: Aug 22, 2011 2:35 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 22, 2011 2:35 PM ETU.S. writer Tatjana Soli won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for her debut novel The Lotus Eaters. (tatjanasoli.com)     Sharewith Add This...
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Very honored that Lotus Eaters is included in the nominated fiction books for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. The entire list is below: http://www.daytonliterarypeaceprize.org/2011-nominations.htm 1. A Thread of SkyDeanna Fei (The Penguin Press)  2. Almost DeadAssaf Gavron (...
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Geraldine Brooks
I've been working hard on revising my second novel this summer. This draft is due to my editor in the fall, which puts a deadline on it, both a good and bad thing. A certain amount of pressure is good, but there is also the panic of falling behind. Bottom line: inspiration cannot be waited for when...
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The Whale
Last summer I was traveling to promote The Lotus Eaters, spending lots of spare time in bookstores, and inevitably I ended up reading all the hot new titles. In a way, that was fun because I could compare my own impressions with new reviews coming out. A few deserved the hype — I loved Jennifer...
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Tatjana Soli
A wonderful organization, East Meets West Foundation, provides education and heathcare to needy countries, with a special emphasis on Vietnam. It's a great charity, run by people who really care, and they recently interviewed me about The Lotus Eaters for their donor newsletter: Without giving the...
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Tatjana Soli
I did an interview at Seattle's University Book Store with Book Lust's extraordinary Nancy Pearl. Nancy is a wonderful interviewer, and it was a great experience. To watch, go to this link: http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=3031108
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University of Edinburgh
Absolutely overwhelmed and honored that The Lotus Eaters is on the shortlist for the UK's James Tait Black Prize from the University of Edinburgh.  Book prize shortlist revealedThree debut novelists have been nominated for Britain’s oldest literary award.First novels by American authors Julie...
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A wonderful review of Lotus Eaters over at Planet Books. Nice to still have a few reviews trickling in: Where to start?!  Well, like the heroine Helen who did not want the war in Vietnam to end so she wouldn’t have to leave her life there I did not want this book to end.  I found myself carrying...
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Pleased to announce that Romanian rights to The Lotus Eaters have sold. 
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Joao Silva
Unfortunately, combat photographers have been much in the news lately for tragic reasons. This is a glimpse inside that world, reprinted from NYT Magazine this weekend:  This has been a grievous season for the tight-knit tribe of combat photographers. For The Times, the sorrow began last October,...
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Fascinating article about the public perception of female journalists: I was reading the feedback to the account that Anthony, Tyler, Steve and I wrote. (“Four Times Journalists Held Captive in Libya Faced Days of Brutality.”) Some comments said: “How dare a woman go to a war zone?” and “How could...
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Nancy Pearl
  I'm so honored to have The Lotus Eaters included on Nancy Pearl's list. The complete titles can be found below. NANCY PEARL'S TOP 20 BOOKS NOT TO MISS The Room and the Chair by Lorraine Adams Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker Blood Harvest by S. J. Bolton Confessions of a Teen Sleuth by Chelsea Cain...
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Tyler Hicks
Chilling story in the New York Times: By ANTHONY SHADID, LYNSEY ADDARIO, STEPHEN FARRELL and TYLER HICKS Published: March 22, 2011  As the four of us headed toward the eastern gate of Ajdabiya, the front line of a desperate rebel stand against the advancing forces of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, a car...
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