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

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

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.) Read More 
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Google Art Project & a Gilded Age Mansion Peek

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

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

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Putnam Spring/Summer 2012 Catalog is OUT

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.
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All About Book Covers

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

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My Very First Web Interview

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." Read More 
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Cherubs want to know

April 2012: Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale.
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When is a Yard Sale 1,223,200 yards long?

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

The World's Longest Yard Sale
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Let's Fire Up This Blog


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.
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