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A Yard Sale of the Future: 2024

Check out this Yard Sale from 2024, as envisioned by Wired Magazine. Lean in and look closely...anybody need an old iPhone 8?

Wired Magazine's Found column:

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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  Read More 
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SHE'S SIGNING GALLEYS--First Fun Author Rush

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).  Read More 
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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:'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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Batman Has a Garage Sale

Even Batman, it seems, sometimes has the urge to have a garage sale (as seen in this Funny or Die website video):

Batman Has a Garage Sale.
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Lynda's Twittery Writing Advice Column #1: READ

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.
• Read for love.
• Read for money.
• Read to swell your vocabulary.
• Read to outspell spellchecks.
• Read to quote good writers.
• Read to become a quotable writer.
• Read different genres; stretch; discover.
• But be free from book-finishing guilt.
• Can you put it down? Put it down.
• Ponder why you could put it down: avoid.
• Know librarians and bookstore people, a reader's (and writer's) best friends.
• So many books, so little time.
• Do not speed-read; eschew such heresy.
• Slow-read. Savor. Study.
• Grasp the trick of each sentence. Syntax is a beautiful thing.
• Imagine your own words on the printed page.
• Your favorite book may be the next one.
• That life-changing book is in your pile.
• Who would you be without the books you've read?
• To be a writer, first:
• Read.  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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