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Monday, December 10, 2012

'Tis the Season to Be Busy . . .


Aside from the usual December chaos of preparing for TWO holidays (we do both Hanukkah and Christmas in our house), here's what I've been up to lately! 

1. Hanging out at Pawing Through Books! This great book blog is hosting a 25 Days of Christmas Extravaganza: 25 days of holiday-themed author interviews, guest posts, and giveaways! My interview posted yesterday; read it here! There's also a TOKYO HEIST giveaway, which ends 12/31/12, midnight EST. Thanks, Peggy and Lisa, for having me on your blog!

2. Chatting with the Boston Athenaeum, one of the country's oldest private libraries! They wrote an article about me and TOKYO HEIST for their December Authors feature. You can read the article here. (And if you're in the Boston area, or visiting, do stop by the library for a tour sometime! The first floor is open to the public, and it's the best place in the city to curl up with a book!)

3. Visiting schools! I've met with some students in Boston, and am spending the day at a high school in Hampton, New Hampshire tomorrow. Last Thursday I had an amazing time at the Chenery Middle School (Belmont, MA) Winter Book Fair, singing books with Julie Berry, Jack Farraiolo, Erin Dionne, and Erine Moulton. This was my first book fair, and I was astounded by the turnout. I signed more than 50 books in two hours. Wow! Collectively, we helped raise a lot of money for the library, who received a percentage of book fair sales. The library relies entirely on the Winter and Spring book fairs to raise money for new books. It felt really great to work for such an important cause, and to meet with such an enthusiastic reading community. I met so many great kids, including several aspiring novelists. One girl has written six novels already! (Go, Shira!)

4. And for something a little offbeat (or, hopefully, ON beat . . . ) I'm preparing for a taiko drumming show! I've been taiko drumming for almost three years now. The group I study with, Odaiko New England, will be putting on a Winter Showcase this Saturday at 5:30 in Woburn, MA (a suburb of Boston). I'm performing in two songs. If you're in the Boston area, looking for a fun alternative to the Nutcracker and other traditional holiday entertainment, come check it out! (Bring earplugs -- it's noisy!)

What about you? Are you doing anything offbeat or unusual this holiday season?


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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Signed Tokyo Heist Swag for Holiday Gifts

Thinking of buying Tokyo Heist this holiday season, maybe as a gift for the art-lover, mystery-lover, or manga-lover in your life?

If you are purchasing the book for a gift, as my way of saying thanks (thanks!!), I will happily send you a signed bookplate, a signed bookmark, and crime scene tape!

The bookplate is on elegant acid-free paper, can easily be pasted into the book, and shows the famous Japanese woodblock print "The Wave" by Hokusai. There's room for my signature and, if desired, a short personal message for the recipient.

I'll also throw in some Tokyo Heist crime scene tape! It matches the tape on the cover, and is official police-grade tape (not that it really matters). The tape makes a nice wrapping for the book, and it can be reused for decoration in a school locker, on a bedroom wall, or across your front door. Mystify your neighbors!

Here's a photo shoot with the crime scene tape modeling on and beside the actual book:

If you'd like these free items to jazz up your gift of Tokyo Heist, please use the form on my Contact page and send me an email with your name and mailing address, and anything else I might need to know (such as the gift recipient's name if personalization is requested). Sorry, this giveaway is limited to the U.S. and Canada only, due to the cost of postage.

If you happen to live near Boston and you'd like to get these things in person, my next signing is this Thursday, 4:30-6:00, at the Chenery Middle School in Belmont. I'll be taking part in their Winter Book Fair along with an amazing lineup of authors -- Jack Farraiolo, Erin Dionne, Erin Moulton, and Julie Berry. We'll be talking books, signing books, and selling books to benefit the school library. If you're in the area, come on by and put your holiday book-buying dollars toward a good cause!


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