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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

Tags: Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale, The Reading Life, The Writing Life

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

Tags: Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale, The Reading Life, The Writing Life


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

Tags: Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale, The Reading Life, The Writing Life

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!

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!

Meeting Fellow Amy Einhorn Books Author Eleanor Brown

July 21, 2012

Tags: Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale, The Reading Life, The Writing Life

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

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.

Blue Willow Bookshop Event-Houston

May 16, 2012

Tags: Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale, The Writing Life, The Reading Life

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)

Twitter "Head of Culture" Creates/Sends Real Letters

March 1, 2012

Tags: The Writing Life, The Reading Life


True confession:

I probably wouldn't be a writer if I hadn't been born in the computer era. Even typewriters would have taxed my patience and my A.D.D. need to fiddle with every word on the page. And editing a handwritten piece...how did they do that? But oh how I love the idea of pen and paper, the feel and texture of both.

So as a twitterer-in-training, when I heard that one of the twitter execs had her own letter press and actually wrote "real" snail mail letters, I felt my heart flutter. It wasn't just me; it was the human condition. There is something low tech about our souls, no matter how hi-tech our minds and modern tools might be. If you agree, you'll love this Wall Street Journal article by Katie Rosman about it. QUOTE: "I think there are a lot of us who live frantic, digital lives and long to make things with our hands."

Wall St. Journal: Lead Tweets at Twitter

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

February 1, 2012

Tags: Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale, Garage Sale Fun, The Writing Life, The Reading Life



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

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

January 18, 2012

Tags: The Writing Life, The Reading Life, Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale

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"

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

All About Book Covers

December 7, 2011

Tags: The Writing Life, The Reading Life, Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale


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

The Most Famous Query Letter (Set to Music)

November 30, 2011

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An agent responds to the most famous query letter of all time: The Beatle's "Paperback Writer."

(And for those who have neither memory nor interest in The Beatles song, it still gives great advice on how to write a query letter.)

"Agent Responds to Beatle's Paperback Writer."

Hook 'Em, Author-First Lines

November 17, 2011

Tags: The Writing Life, The Reading Life

(Been thinking about first lines today. Here's a tip I thought I'd share for aspiring writers, taken from a craft course taught at the 2011 Writers League of Texas' Agents Conference)

Question #1: What's the most important part of a manuscript you want to sell?

Answer: the first five pages.
And really, the first page.
And really, the first paragraph.
And really, the first sentence.

That sounds crazy, but let's just admit that this whole writing and publishing thing IS crazy. (Now. Feel better?) So, how's your hook? When was the last time you took a second look at the first page of your manuscript? Let's put this another way:

(more…)

Road Reverie

October 15, 2011

Tags: The Writing Life, The Traveling Life, The Reading Life

Tumble down my rabbit hole--a literary travel writing web experiment.

Twelve literary travel writing pieces with creative links. The fun part of a scholarly project about literature in cyberspace. Thought you might get a kick out of it.

After all, where else can you find poetic Bathroom Graffiti from an Arizona Truck Stop?

Or a Bumper Sticker Poem?

(Originally published: Kairos Journal 15.2)

A Fun, Quirky Little Q&A with Scribe

October 1, 2011

Tags: The Writing Life, The Reading Life



I just did this quirky-fun Q&A for my upcoming WLT class in Scribe. Loved it!

Hey, you never know what a writer will say when asked crazy questions...

The Scribe Q&A with Novelist Lynda Rutledge



WEEK LINK: The Blue Bookshop Door

September 18, 2011

Tags: The Writing Life, The Reading Life, Garage Sale Fun

Every old "thing" has a story, but this antique-of-a-whole-other kind has its story written all over it...

In 1925, a popular bookstore in Greenwich Village closed, but before it did, the place was a hangout for the bohemian crowd that included literary lights of all kinds--flames and flickers--and the owner asked the "usual suspects" to sign a narrow blue door at the back of the shop.

Along with icons such as Theodore Dreiser, John Dos Passos and Sherwood Anderson, the door records the "passage of forgotten poets, socialist pamphleteers, suffragists, Ziegfeld girls and multitasking oddballs," as the New York Times article put it. The door was removed by the manager and bought by the U. of Texas' famous Harry Ransom Center in 1960, after a dealer spotted an ad in the Saturday Review asking, “Want a door?” Where it was during all those years, who knows? But from 1960 to now, it had been forgotten until somebody stumbled across it in storage at the Center. You've got to love it. Everything has a story, even a blue door.

This week's New York Times Book Review section offered the article about The Blue Door from the 1920s as well as a slide show, both fascinating. (more…)

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."

The Picture Window: My Ground Zero memory

September 11, 2011

Tags: The Writing Life, The Reading Life, The Traveling Life


New York City
10/11/2001



When I think about those days now, I see a dark street in some continuous midnight.
A man in a tuxedo carrying a cello from Carnegie Hall.
The sound of a sonata behind closed doors.
A Goya by a mansion's staircase, a Shakespeare folio under glass.
A flickering television in the apartment across from my 12th floor hotel window.
Only then, do I see why I was there and where I walked an entire November night—the gaping Ground Zero gash that was once the World Trade Center. The expected images have faded, mercifully if slowly, the images everyone knows without having to go there, the ones we'll always see. But the unexpected, what the mind chooses to hold on to and where the soul finds itself again, can be a lasting surprise.

I came to Manhattan a month after 9/11 to write a book with a crisis chaplain I'd never met. At 11:30 p.m., he walked into the hotel lobby in full blue tactical uniform, introduced himself, then led me immediately to the subway. (more…)

Cherubs want to know

September 2, 2011

Tags: The Writing Life, xCherubs, The Reading Life, Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale

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

Book Town in the Middle of Nowhere

August 22, 2011

Tags: The Reading Life, The Traveling Life

Texas FM Highways 25 and 79
Archer City, Texas


Remember used bookstores? They seemed to have just vanished. I'm surprised now when I stumble on one of those great cluttered book storefronts down some urban street, find myself wandering in and wandering out hours later, smiling, discoveries under my arm.

So this boggled my mind: A dusty small Texas town full of them? This I had to see. A few years back, I'd heard that Texas literary icon Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove et al) had returned to his tiny hometown (population 1,848) at the intersection of two Farm to Market country roads in Northwest Texas, and brought his used book and "bookscouting" business with him. (more…)

Let's Fire Up This Blog

August 1, 2011

Tags: The Writing Life, xCherubs, The Reading Life, Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale

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