Lynda Rutledge

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Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale wins 2013 Writers League of Texas Fiction Prize

September 4, 2013

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Happy to announce that Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale has won the

2013 WRITERS LEAGUE OF TEXAS Book Award for Fiction.

Honored beyond words.

For a complete list of finalists and winners in other genres, click here:

2013 Writers League of Texas Book Awards


Faith Bass Darling's on Vacation in Martha's Vineyard

August 31, 2013

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Was just sent this snapshot via a Martha's Vineyard vacationer...

...a gift shop with one table of books:

See it?

Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale is in good literary island company, eh?

Southwestern American Literature Journal Review

June 2, 2013

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Spring 2013 Southern American Literature


My inner professor is very proud that my novel Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale was reviewed in a fine academic journal, American Southwestern Literature. Frequent book reviewer Dr. Herb Thompson of Virginia's Emory & Henry College reviewed it for the Spring 2013 issue. Thanks, Prof. Thompson, especially for calling it "one of the best books you've read in awhile."

Texas Library Association -2013 Lariat List Winner

April 29, 2013

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VERY happy to announce that Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale has been named to the Texas Library Association's LARIAT LIST as one of the 25 Best Novels published in 2012!!!

Here's the entire winning list for others you might enjoy (because if you can't trust a librarian who can you trust, right? Bless them all.)

Texas Library Association's 2013 Lariat List Award Winners

Southern Living Magazine "Book Report"

April 24, 2013

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Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale was the subject of a "Book Report" in the April edition of Southern Living Magazine that even got a plug in for what is probably the biggest antiques fair in the country. An excerpt:
This Texas author's debut novel has us gearing up for the 45th annual Round Top Spring Antiques Fair this month. Set in Bass, Texas, the book centers around the wealthiest woman in town who after 20 years of hiding, comes out with a yard sale where Tiffany lamps and Louis XV clocks are sold for pocket change. There's high society drama and debaucherous family secrets that make for an enthralling Sunday read...."

Book Club Fun-Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale and Moi

March 23, 2013

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Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale and I have been having lots of book club fun, be it Skyping, Call-ins, or In-Person events. (See info about it on "For Book Club" page) Crazy fun!

Sometimes one of the members brings a camera, and sometimes even writes about it on their book club blog. That's what happened with the Round Rock New Neighbors Book Club that has been meeting at their local Barnes & Noble bookstore for 20 years. Here's one of the photos. link to an album of the fun as well as Claudia Harbert's wonderful review of the event. Thanks, Claudia and Frank Campbell!

And thanks to the dozens of book clubs I've had the honor of attending virtually and in-person this year! More to come!

Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend Panel

January 21, 2013

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Pulpwood Queens Book Club Girlfriend Weekend
Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale was chosen for the 2013 Pulpwood Queens Book Club Girlfriends Weekend where hundreds of book club members from the 500+ chapters across the country descend on Jefferson, Texas to meet and hear 35 authors talk about their books while having a good time with their fellow book clubbers. Here I am on a panel with Kara McLaren and Amy Hill Hearth with their books "How I Learned to Sparkle Again" and "Miss Dreamsville." The panel was a hoot. Thanks to Kathy Patrick, founder of the Pulpwood Queens who chose Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale for its June main selection as well as for Girlfriends Weekend!

November Book Club Pick-Phoenix's Arcadia News Book Club

November 25, 2012

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Thanks to Phoenix's "Arcadia News" Book Club for choosing "Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale" for their November Club Pick. Looking forward to some Skyping Fun with the gang on Thursday, Nov. 29!

2012 Texas Book Club Festival FUN: PANEL

October 28, 2012

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Great FUN at the Texas Book Club Festival: PANEL-10 a.m. Oct. 27

Taken By Surprise: Two Novels about Second Chances--Contrary People by Carolyn Osborne and Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge

Full house in Capitol Room 2010e. I'm looking all offiicial and serious...and approved by the Seal of Texas.

For your Listening Pleasure: Here's an NPR.org/KUT-FM radio interview run the week of the Fest:

MORNING EDITION at KUT-FM Radio Interview: Texas Book Festival-Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale


Southern Book Festival-Nashville FUN-Panel 2

October 15, 2012

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http://www.humanitiestennessee.org/programs/southern-festival-books-celebration-written-word
Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale and I were invited to be a part of the famous Southern Book Festival in Nashville this October and we were on TWO PANELS.

Southern Book Festival Panel #2:
"Pulpwood Queen Present Royal Southern READS
Oct. 13, 11 a.m. Nashville Legislative Branch

-with Pulpwoodqueen Kathy Patrick
-Lynda Rutledge "Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale"
-Jenny Wingfield "Homecoming of Samuel Lake"
-Robert Hicks "Widow of the South"
-Amy Hill Hearth "Miss Dreamsville"

Southern Book Festival-Nashville FUN-Panel 1

October 15, 2012

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Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale and I were invited to be a part of the famous Southern Book Festival in Nashville this October and we were on TWO PANELS. Here's the first one--to a packed house:

Southern Book Festival Panel #1:
Oct. 12, NOON, Nashville Public Library

"Of Saints, Garage Sales, and Astronauts: 3 Debut Southern Indie-Next Southern Novelists
-Amy Franklin-Wills "The Lost Saints of Tennessee"
-Lynda Rutledge "Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale"
-Lydia Netzer "Shine Shine Shine"
--with moderator Gail Kerr Nashville news columnist

OOH LA LA: "Le dernier vide-grenier de Faith Bass Darling"

September 29, 2012

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The FRENCH translation (the French rights were sold to Actes Sud of Paris) of Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale is out and it seems, wonderfully, that the French like Texas-born Faith Bass Darling.

May I present: "Le dernier vide-grenier de Faith Bass Darling"

In fact, as you can see from this cover, they even have made 70 year old Faith QUITE sophisticated and attractive in what seems to be their vision of what she might have looked like in your rich young days. For those who have not read it (YET?), Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale has a rather essential French connection, if you will, opening and closing with a French relic from Louis XIV's court that happens to have found its way to the Darling mansion over the centuries--and as the story opens, out on the front lawn being sold at her "Last Garage Sale." So I truly love that the French have embraced it. In fact, here's a link to a nice Review in the French Marie-Claire magazine. If your French is as rusty as mine, here's a rough translation of their nice words (Google mangles it beyond redemption):
Hours before the last day of 1999, a divine revelation convinces Faith Bass Darling, she will not see the 21st century. So she decides to sell her rich inheritance: antiques, furniture, and precious jewels on her lawn for a few dollars. Is Faith losing her mind? This stunning first novel by Lynda Rutledge, Texas journalist, talks about the role of objects in our lives, separation in our family ties, and time slipping away.

Merci, ya'll.

Thank You, Atlanta Librarians!

September 11, 2012

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"Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale" was an Atlanta Library Bestseller this summer.

THANK YOU, ATLANTA!

SKYPE Book Club Summer Fun

September 2, 2012

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Part of the BIG FUN of being a 21st CENTURY novelist is you can actually "visit" Book Clubs anywhere, everywhere, anytime, if they invite you. Seriously.

You either pick up the phone ("Call-in") or click on over via your computer with "Skype" and voila! THIS I DID NOT KNOW. Now if the wine didn't have to be virtual, too, I'd be even happier.

I've been having great fun this 1st summer of "Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale" doing both with a dozen or so book clubs across the country in New Jersey, Alabama, Ohio, Texas, and Tennessee who bought the hardback or the ebook, instead of waiting for the paperback, and asked me in on the discussion fun. A writer's gotta love that. And I have.

Thanks to all ya'll. Looking forward to more. Got a book club this fall? This sound like fun? I'd be honored. Check out the "For Book Clubs" webpage for contact info. (Here's what the St. Agnes Belles Lettres Book Club of Memphis sent me to show of the shindig they threw in honor of my little East Texas-set fable. )

Tattered Cover Bookstore Blog's VIDEO interview

August 8, 2012

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FAITH BASS DARLING'S LAST GARAGE SALE had fun in DENVER in late July, making the Denver Bestseller List. Tattered Cover Bookstore, one of the biggest and best independent bookstores in the country hosted a signing and reading of it, after which I was asked if I'd liked to do a video interview for their blog.

"Sure...." I said, with my best deer-in-the-headlights look.

Here's the result for your entertainment: Two short "vlogs"--one is all about the novel, the other is about publishing and advice to writers.

Video Interview with Denver's famous Tattered Cover Bookstore's Blog

PBS' Antiques RoadShow-Antique Inspiration for Novel

August 4, 2012

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We read about such stories everyday: A comic book found at a garage sale is worth $48,000. An ugly lamp is an authentic Tiffany worth $100K. A cracked vase turns out to be a rare Egyptian urn somebody's grandfather swiped during World War I from North Africa.

If you've read Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale, you'll know that antiques are actually characters themselves and play a pivotal part in the story that unfolds at a rich old woman's garage sale on the last day of the Millennium.

A rolltop, a dragoon, 44 Tiffany Lamps, an heirloom wedding ring, a museum-quality elephant clock...all are there for the buying. Cheap.

This is why we love Garage Sales and why we dream of being the next big find on PBS' Antiques Roadshow Episodes. Antiques Roadshow has made people clutch their hearts on spotlight episodes since 1995 and has become part of the nation's psyche. And I don't mind admitting that watching this show was one of the varied inspirations for Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale from your friends at Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam who brought you "The Help."

This episode about a Tiffany "fish" lamp worth $100,000 impressed me so much that a fish Tiffany found its way into my character Faith's Sale (where, by the way, the Tiffanys are going for a $1).

PBS' Antiques Roadshow Episode-TIFFANY FISH LAMP--$100,000 FIND.


Meeting Fellow Amy Einhorn Books Author Eleanor Brown

July 21, 2012

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One of the MOST fun aspects of writing a novel is getting to meet other novelists you admire. And here's a pic to prove it! Here I and Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale are, posing with fellow Putnam/Amy Einhorn Books author Eleanor Brown, author of the bestseller The Weird Sisters (that she's holding) at my Tattered Cover Bookstore event in Denver this month. So great that she dropped by. We sent the photo to our editor/publisher Amy Einhorn for a little novelist fun.

Tattered Cover Bookstore Event: DENVER/Highland Ranch-JULY 19

July 21, 2012

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Tattered Cover Bookstore Event: DENVER

Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale and I had a great time at Tattered Cover Bookstore, Highland Ranch. Honored to be considered for hanging...that is..to be hung...on that author's dream of a bookstore's wall. Click below for all the fun info:

Tattered Cover Event-Highlands Ranch, Colorado JULY

2012 Writers League of Texas Conference Faculty FUN

June 22, 2012

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Writers League of Texas Conference June 22-24
HONORED to be part of the 2012 Writers League of Texas Agents Conference faculty-an opening panel for my debut novel "Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale" and teaching a craft-session: "How's your Hook-First Page."

Texas Writers? Ya'll coming? Hope to see you there.

Here's a list of the rest of the faculty, agents included:

2012 WRITERS LEAGUE OF TEXAS AGENTS CONFERENCE

Look at the BOOK

May 31, 2012

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"Kindles & Cocktails" Book Club with a good book
LOOK: Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale is a cover girl!

Look at the book this New Jersey book club group is holding for a local magazine story entitled "Top Shelf" about Good Summer Reads. They'd already chosen it for their book club before a local indie bookstore added it to the picks offered for the article, which is terrific.

THANKS, "Kindles & Cocktails" book club! Our Skype was fun.

What if Antiques Could Talk?

May 21, 2012

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I’ve come to believe writers don’t have ideas, ideas have writers. And the one that inspired my novel Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale occurred to me so long ago, it had to bide its time until I figured out what it wanted to say to me. You see, years ago, my mom, who still lived in our old two-story house full-to-busting with stuff that five kids left behind, began having garage sales. I found this out, living thousands of miles away by that time, when she called to tell me she’d sold, for a dime apiece, my long-forgotten stash of comic books yellowing in the back of one of her closets (My dad owned a drugstore; I had hundreds).

“Do you want the money? “ she asked.

“No, Mom, that’s ok,” I said, “keep it.”

But I felt suddenly, inexplicably sad. I remember laughing at myself, surprised by my feelings. Why was I so attached to those old things? Heaving a nostalgic sigh, I shrugged it off. Then, not a month after that, I heard the first Superman comic book sold for a million dollars, and I knew exactly what I was feeling: shock. And awe. And sadness that I didn’t own that comic book.

I was already watching PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” series with the rest of the world, mesmerized by the spotlight sections–the “omigod” stories in which, garage-sale finds were treasures unaware. Or the stories revealing that Granny’s chamber pot, say, was worth a fortune, the grown grandchild admitting to using it as an ashtray, and the fun speculation of whether the family keepsake gets kept or sold. I began to think not just of an object’s value, but its history, its provenance—its own “life story” often consisting of dozens of lost human life stories. How objects live on after their owners vanish with the memories that made the objects valuable, and how poignant that was in such a human way.

And that’s when the ah-ha bolt of inspirational lightning struck. What if our antiques could talk? I glanced at my granny’s antique bookcase in my office.

“Hey,” I asked it, “what would you say?”

My spouse and my dog both looked at me askance, but since this sort of behavior from me was not all that unusual, they let it pass, although I think they both secretly paused to see if I got an answer. Later, I learned the bookshelf was not really my grandmother’s; it was my great-grandfather’s, a sheriff in the little Texas town in which my family lived for a century. And then I really wanted the bookcase to talk. Alas, it kept mum. But that long-ago garage sale idea gave me a poke: Garage Sales + Antiques = Hmmm. Are we possessed by our possessions? Or are we possessed by our memories of them? Or both? Glancing at my granny’s bookshelf, I realized it does talk to me in it own way, as all our most precious possessions do. Don’t they?

(***Guest Post on SheReads.org where Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale is this month's selection. CLICK HERE to read more and enter for a giveaway during May.

Blue Willow Bookshop Event-Houston

May 16, 2012

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FUN, fun, fun at Blue Willow Bookshop event, especially with Valerie's Garage Sale Rum Punch.

Thanks to everybody who came out!

Here's a link to Blue Willow Bookshop, a great and successful independent bookstore in the Houston area:

Blue Willow Bookshop May Event

Book Launch Event!

May 11, 2012

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Book Launch Event at BookPeople Bookstore, Austin

April 30, 2012


We had a great time. Champagne, munchies, literary chit-chat and a nice crowd. Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale was #3 on Bookpeople's April Bestsellers List.

Wish you were there!

Book Launch Party SNAPSHOT

May 10, 2012

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Snapshot of the BookPeople Book Launch FUN!

Here's a link to BookPeople, Austin's incredible independent bookstore:

Austin's BOOKPEOPLE.

Another Book Launch SNAPSHOT

May 9, 2012

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Another snapshot of the BookPeople Book Launch FUN!

Former Writers League of Texas' director Cyndi Hughes and I as we wax deeply literary during her interview of me at our BookPeople Book Launch Party.

Of 1st Lit Loves: Nancy Drew, Harper Lee, and the "Easy" Faulkner

May 8, 2012

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When I was a kid, the only time I wasn’t trying to break my little tomboy neck every single day was when I was reading, which was also every single day: I devoured Superman comic books from my Dad’s drugstore and all the Hardy Boy and Nancy Drew mysteries at my small town’s Carnegie Public Library. And they led me to "The Phantom Tollbooth," "Tom Sawyer," "A Wrinkle in Time," then "To Kill a Mockingbird" and beyond. But I wasn’t one of those kids that cherished one book; I cherished them all. It was the fact of reading, the new worlds I entered every day that mattered.

I read my way to a B.A. in American Literature, where my required reading was the classic Southern literature that would haunt my style and story-telling psyche when I began my own writing: Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, the stories of Flannery O’Connor and Eudora Welty, the “easy” William Faulkner such as “As I Lay Dying,” and the “hard” Faulkner, like “Sound and the Fury,” which I hated as a reader/later appreciated as a teacher/and much later surprisingly loved as a writer. These are in my ear and in my voice. I love them still.

And what of favorite books by modern writers? The touchstones on my own modern writing journey? There’s Pat Conroy’s "The Water is Wide" and Marilynne Robinson’s "Housekeeping" for language, Lee Smith’s "Oral History" for voice, and Larry McMurtry’s "Lonesome Dove" for sense of place, Amy Hempel’s "At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom" for brevity, and Margaret Atwood’s "The Handmaid’s Tale" for fearlessness. They keep reminding me what can be done with words. But my literary first love were those empowered kids’ series that made me first love the imaginary world of words as much as the real one.

(**written for "Literary First Loves" column SheReads.org Online Book Club. For more including a GIVEAWAY of Texas goodies as well as a signed copy of the novel, CLICK HERE)

Cherubs Announce the Good News!

April 26, 2012

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"Faith Bass Darling's
Last Garage Sale
"
is finally open for business.


I now can say, with a nice little hallelujah, the much-loved phrase that gladdens the heart of any novelist: "Now on Sale at a Bookstore Near You."

(PLUS these fine online store links-CLICK HERE)

Spread the word, if you would be so kind....

Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage-An "IndieNextPick" May List

April 5, 2012

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Love those independent bookstores!

Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale has been named to the The May 2012 "IndieNext" Great Reads List.

Truly proud to be on it.

The IndieNext List is a dozen or so chosen titles from across publishing by Indiebound, the independent bookseller's association. Click on the link below for more good reads for the month. These people know a good read:

The May 2012 IndieNext Great Reads List

GOODREADS.com and LIBRARYTHING.com Galley Giveaway thru Feb. 29

February 1, 2012

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BE the FIRST on your block to attend "Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale."

Are you a member of GOODREADS.COM or LIBRARY THING? Both of them are winding down their Galley Giveaway Countdown for Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale." My publisher has put 25 copies up for early grabs. All you have to do is enter. It closes Feb. 29. (And if you're not a member, maybe this is a good reason to join?) C'mon over and check it out ASAP. Because you know how the good stuff always goes first at garage sales:

GOODREADS.COM GALLEY GIVEWAY COUNTDOWN: Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale

SHE'S SIGNING GALLEYS--First Fun Author Rush

January 24, 2012

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Now THIS was writer's-dream fun: Signing galleys at the American Library Association's Winter conference in Dallas. They handed me a red sharpie and I went for it for two hours.

I guess everybody likes a free book, even if it's a galley.

Now for the words inside to grab them and hold on....(every writer's hope).

FIRST SIGNING: Galleys This Saturday, Jan. 21, at ALA DALLAS

January 18, 2012

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GALLEY SIGNING/GIVEAWAY
MIDWINTER ALA MEETING
DALLAS Convention Center
Penguin booth 10-11 a.m.

I'll be signing and giving away galleys (ARCS-Advanced Reader Copies) THIS Saturday. In honor of the librarians I'm about to meet, here's a fascinating article about public library innovations I'd bookmarked for use some day. Today's the day. From unusual design to the Library of Congress on the web, here you go:

Brainpicking.com's "Public Library Innovation"

GALLEYS ARE HERE: "Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale" all dressed up

January 13, 2012

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Galleys (also known as ARCs-Advanced Reader Copies) just arrived. Yes, I'm smiling.

And even more fun, I'll be signing and giving away these gorgeous pre-book "books" on Saturday, Jan 20, from 10-11 a.m. in Dallas at the MidWinter American Library Association convention to those most marvelous keepers of the reading flame: Librarians.

"Don't they look great?" (she said, smiling and nodding at photo.)

Google Art Project & a Gilded Age Mansion Peek

December 27, 2011

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Van Gogh's "3 Books"
Seen the latest Google feature called: Google Art Project?

If you're like me, and happen to be the type of museum-goer who inches near to see the paint globs up close and personal when the guard isn't looking, this site's for you. It's the next best thing to being there. You can zoom in closer than real life ever allows without face time with museum personnel.

My favorite: NYC's Frick Collection. Why? (more…)

Library Journal's Fiction Preview: "Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale"

December 16, 2011

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Hey, look: It's the novel's first print mention--in Library Journal's Fiction Preview for May 2012. (It's in fine company with other May books mentioned, too, from what I saw. Full article link is below.)
Rutledge. Lynda. Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale. Amy Einhorn: Putnam. May 2012. 304p. ISBN 9780399157196. $25.95. POP FICTION
It’s the last day of the millennium, and wealthy Faith Bass Darling surprises everyone in Bass, TX, by emerging from 30 years of seclusion to start selling off all her possessions. It gives folks a chance to investigate both the Bass family saga, crucial to their town, and larger questions about how we are shaped by memories, possessions, and the hope of a second chance. A debut novel snatched up by the editor of such favorites as Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, so watch; it’s seen as a fun yet thoughtful read, which would make it great for reading groups. - by Barbara Hoffert Editor, LJ Book Review

Library Journal's Fiction Preview-May 2012

Putnam Spring/Summer 2012 Catalog is OUT

December 15, 2011

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Putnam's Spring/Summer Catalog 2012 is out.

We are on page 46.

Looks mighty nice!

Booksellers, are you out there? ;)

Those nice Putnam-Penguin salespeople might be dropping by.

All About Book Covers

December 7, 2011

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My cover's done. And ain't it beauty? The frustrated artist in me LOVES book covers.

It's not a stretch to say that while you can't judge a book by its cover you darn well can mess up its sales potential by being ugly. Covers are supposed to not only intrigue the passerby (There's something called the "airport test," I'm told. Will a passerby take a second glance at a cover of a book someone's reading?) but also attempt to suggest the story in an image.

They were originally "dust covers," and some people still call them that, which tickles me a little since we all love covers so much that who even thinks about taking them off to read 'em. And oddly they may be one of the biggest reasons I resist an e-reader.

For fun, here are some links about book covers. First is a New York Times article about covers that WEREN'T chosen--designers' favorites that just couldn't be used. You decide why:

The Cover Not Chosen

Next, here's one from the UK's Guardian about the possibly first book cover ever:

The First Book Cover

And here's on from Los Angeles Times about an actual art show showing classic cover art and the titles that might have been if the titular characters' genders were reversed:

The Classic Book Covers ReImagined

My Very First Web Interview

September 13, 2011

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The nice writing gang behind "What Women Write" invited me over this month for my first web interview:

What Women Write BLOG-CLICK HERE:

"Lynda Rutledge stops by
to chat about her soon-to-be-released Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam novel Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale and the craft of writing."

Cherubs want to know

September 2, 2011

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April 2012: Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale.

When is a Yard Sale 1,223,200 yards long?

August 31, 2011

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When it's 695 miles from Michigan to Alabama. Yeowwza. Talk about an All-American yard sale:

The World's Longest Yard Sale

Let's Fire Up This Blog

August 1, 2011

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HI.

I read somewhere that the least a blogger should do is be either helpful or entertaining. Or both.

In that spirit, with the aid of my own experience and an attitude my high school teachers awarded by sending me out to sit in the hall, I'm starting with a post about the writing life. Here's how Mr. Charles Bukowski, legendary free spirit who I bet spent a little banished time in school hallways himself, explains it via poets.org:

 Charles Bukowski's "so you want to be a writer"

Enjoy, feel the burst, pass it on.







Want To Be a Writer?
Lynda's twittery writing
advice column


Column #1:
READ.

Want to be a writer?
• Read.
• Read.
• Did I mention you should read?
• Read cereal boxes, read ads, read old magazines in waiting rooms, read good books, read bad books, read everything, anytime, anywhere.
• Read so much your mind's awash with words...
[CLICK HERE for the rest:]

Lynda's Twittery Wrtg Advice Column #1


Other advice columns:

•Jot
•Repeat
•Travel
•Fail
•Whine
•Laugh
•Listen
•Write
•Resist