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My First Reading

In a little less than two weeks I’m going to be reading from THE RULES OF INHERITANCE for the first time ever at Stories Books & Cafe in Echo Park with the always-fun crowd from TNB. If you’re in Los Angeles you should come out!

I’m actually pretty nervous about it. I’ve read at a couple of TNB events in Chicago before but this will be the first of many times that I’m going to be reading from my own book. I’m still deciding on which chapter to read from, and god knows what I’ll wear. I’m in that ghastly stage of getting a little thick around the middle but not looking at ALL pregnant yet. Just fat. I’m in the last days of any of my jeans fitting but definitely not qualified for full-on maternity stuff yet, so I basically just cry every time I have to find something cute to wear. It’s awesome. You should come out to the event just so you can see what I manage to cobble together from my closet.

In other fun news I found out yesterday that there is going to be an audio version of my book and that I get to record it myself! That may not be all that surprising to you but it’s actually quite uncommon for an author to record their own audio book. (Even actress Mindy Kaling of The Office didn’t get to read for her new memoir.) Needless to say, I’m going to be spending a week in a recording studio New York early next year. I have no doubt that it’s going to be hard work but I couldn’t be more thrilled about it.

Anyway, happy weekend to everyone! Hope to see you December 1st!

THURS DEC 1st; 7pm

The Nervous Breakdown brings us a night with:

Vanessa Carlisle, author of “Gorgeous Curiosity” and a contributor to “Men Undressed: Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience”

Claire Bidwell Smith, author of the memoir “The Rules of Inheritance”

Lenore Zion, author of the nonfiction collection “My Dead Pets Are Interesting”

Brad Listi, author of the novel “Attention. Deficit. Disorder.” and founder and editor of The Nervous Breakdown

Stories Books & Cafe 1716 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90026



  1. Congrats! I’d love to go to the reading – are babies allowed? LOL Also, do you know about the pregnancy “hair band” trick? Just loop a hair band or rubber band through your jeans’ button loop and around the button to make them last a little longer. I just did this during my pregnancy and it saved me – I totally understand the phase you are in right now!

    Comment by Liz on November 19, 2011 at 1:13 am

  2. Don’t worry about it you’ll charm everyone! Maybe try to wear a nice dress that’s a little loose around the tummy? You’d look beautiful in anything! Wishing you the best!

    Comment by Nermeen Campbell on November 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

  3. Oh, thanks for saying so Nermeen!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on November 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

  4. Yes Liz, totally been doing the hairband thing! It helps for sure. Would be fun if you came to the reading!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on November 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

  5. Hilarious, as ever! But far too humble: you were glowing three weeks ago and still are! Own the glow, girl! (P.S. When in fashion doubt, rock a dress.)

    Comment by Tre Miller Rodriguez on November 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

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