Yes, we did adopt a new friend! I had thought it was too soon after losing Stella — that maybe I needed to take some time to figure out who I am without a dog. But in these past few months, what I’ve figured out is that I’m a person who finds great joy in sharing my life with a dog. I’m a better me all around when I can be the best person to my dog. And this dog — oh, this dog is magnificent. She’s only six or seven months old. 25lbs and not likely to get that much bigger. The best guess is she’s an Australian Cattle Dog/Jack Russell mix, and that certainly tracks with her markings … [Read more...]
Book of the Year nomination for THE PEOPLE WE KEEP!
Oh, friends!!! I am completely thrilled by this news: The People We Keep is a nominee for @bookofthemonth’s Book of the Year Award! (Fun fact: the award is called The Lolly, after Lolly Willowes, which was the very first BOTM selection in 1926!) Thank you so much, @rachelbilson for choosing TPWK for BOTM and making this possible! After all the time I spent fighting for this book — for April — to be exactly what my heart told me to write, I’m just so amazed and thankful to be on this list! I’m still overwhelmed by all the love you’ve all shared with me since The People We Keep came out through … [Read more...]
Livermore, CA – Coffee & Conversation with Allison Larkin – Tuesday Sep. 14, 2021 11:00am – 12:00pm
Join us at Towne Center Books in Livermore for a morning of coffee and book talk! Tuesday Sep 14 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm Details here. … [Read more...]
3 More Ws – Katharine Clark Gray
I went to Ithaca College with Katharine Clark Gray. Even back then, her sharp intelligence and pure talent were clear and refined. I still remember sitting the dark theatre freshman year, completely astounded by her luminous performance as The Bride in Blood Wedding. One of the best things about being a creative person and growing up around creative people is getting to see how their work grows and evolves, and how they navigate the world with that creative spirit. It's a great joy to watch Katie bring her keen perspective and theatrical sensibilities to all of her creative endeavors, … [Read more...]
3 More Ws – Elizabeth Rosner
I've been a huge fan of Elizabeth Rosner's work since we read The Speed of Light for the Titles Over Tea book club at the Greece Barnes & Noble when I lived in Rochester. We had such a great book discussion about the complex relationships and the legacy of trauma, and it's one of my favorite book memories. When we moved to the Bay Area, I got to see Elizabeth Rosner read from her novel, Electric City, at Book Passage. She talked about the way she collects ideas for her book and it helped me refine my own writing process. In addition to writing achingly beautiful novels, Elizabeth also … [Read more...]
3 More Ws – Stacey Ballis
Stacey Ballis is so cool. She's the author of TEN foodie novels that are all packed with humor, heart, and the kind of food descriptions that will not only make you hungry, but convince you that you've suddenly acquired mad skills and can pop into the kitchen to whip up everything you've read about. And maybe you have acquired these skills. I learn something new from every one of her novels. And Stacey will give you the recipes. She's even written a cookbook! I'm so happy to have Stacey Ballis back for 3 More Ws. You can read her original interview here. Thank you, … [Read more...]
3 More Ws – Glen Phillips
I made it a goal to write really nice things about all the returning 3Ws interviewees, but I'm already stumped. I have written and rewritten this intro many times, and am not sure I'm any closer to matching words and feelings accurately. I'm not sure it's possible. To say I'm a Glen Phillips fan is a ridiculous understatement. As a teenager in turmoil, Toad the Wet Sprocket gave me context for my feelings. I escaped into those songs and felt like they saved me. Through Toad, a dozen solo albums, and side projects like Mutual Admiration Society, Remote Tree Children, and Works Progress … [Read more...]
ONE WEEK UNTIL PUB DAY! New Giveaway!
When I changed the number on this giveaway graphic over to a ONE today, I got the most fluttery bunch of butterflies I've ever had in my whole life. Next Tuesday -- NEXT TUESDAY -- this book I've been carrying in my heart for almost fifteen years will be on-sale wherever books are sold. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, to everyone who has pre-ordered this book or is planning to buy it or told a friend about it or offered me encouraging words. I'm so excited and deeply honored to get to share this work that means so much to me.Here's one last pre-order giveaway before the big day. This one … [Read more...]
VIRTUAL Book Tour for The People We Keep!
VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR DATES: It will be a new experience to do a virtual book tour, and while I’m sad to miss seeing some of you in person, I’m excited to get to share this experience with so many of you who live far and wide. And I cannot wait to talk with @justjuliawhelan, @juliaclaibornej, and @thereseannefowler. I have missed them all so much. 💗 Hope you’ll tune in to one — or even all three. 8/3 - 5PM PST - Rakestraw Books "Live at Home!" with Allison Larkin in Conversation with Julia Whelan (narrator of The People We Keep) Julia Whelan is an actor, writer, and narrator of over … [Read more...]
3 More Ws – Mark Erelli
I'm so excited to bring back the 3Ws interview series on this blog! Getting to ask creative people about their creativity is one of my great joys. So, in addition to bringing new artists into the mix with the original three questions, I thought it would be fun to check in with past interviewees and ask three more. I believe when music is truly thoughtful and hits the right place in our soul, it shapes our perspective. Back in 2000, I ordered Mark Erelli's self-titled album from a Signature Sounds catalog (doesn't that seem so quaint now?) and had the pleasure of attending a live show when … [Read more...]
- Next Page »