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I Must Be Dreaming

date
Jun
05
2013

Rules of Inheritance: The Movie

I couldn’t be more thrilled, or more humbled, to announce that my book is being turned into a film starring Jennifer Lawrence. You can read about it in several places online, and I’m going to paste the official press release below. This project has been over a year in the making so far, with Jennifer Read more…

date
Jan
11
2013

All This: Reflections on Atlanta

I returned from my trip to Atlanta the other day and have been trying to catch up ever since. As I write this my suitcase sits in the dining room, yet to be unpacked, and I still have a million thank you emails to write to everyone who came out to my reading on Tuesday Read more…

date
Jan
28
2012

On How I Became a Lifetime Subscriber to Entertainment Weekly

Okay everyone, we can officially call off all publicity efforts for my book. I have reached the pinnacle. No, seriously. It may sound surprising, but the one place I was really, really, really hoping my book would get a mention was in Entertainment Weekly. And yesterday it happened. I was home on the couch with Read more…

date
Jan
18
2012

My 30 Seconds of Oprah Fame

Thanks to one of my lovely blog readers, I found out yesterday that my book is mentioned in the latest issue of Oprah magazine! I actually knew this was coming, but wasn’t sure when or in what capacity. But here it is, in all it’s brief glory: My book will officially be out two weeks Read more…

date
Nov
28
2011

The First Official Write-Up

Remember last month when I expressed anxiety over having given my first interview? Well, the piece I was interviewed for just came out in the latest issue of BlackBook Magazine and I couldn’t be happier with it. It looks great and I don’t come off nearly as scattered as I felt on the phone that Read more…

date
Nov
17
2011

A New Book Cover for the Australian Version of THE RULES OF INHERITANCE

The lovely people at Text Publishing in Australia have designed a completely new cover for THE RULES OF INHERITANCE and I love it! Every time I look at it I get a little teary. My mother is going to be on the cover of my book. I cannot even express how that makes me feel. Read more…

date
Nov
03
2011

With Gratitude from New York City

It’s 10:30 on Wednesday night and I’m sitting alone in my friend’s apartment near Times Square listening to cabs honking outside and the low rumble of garbage trucks moving up and down the street. Everything about this place and these sounds bring back a hundred familiar memories, except today was a day unlike any other Read more…

date
Oct
03
2011

My Book is Going to Australia…And So Am I

I have been bursting to share this news for the last week or so: Australian publisher Text has officially acquired the rights to THE RULES OF INHERITANCE and will be publishing the book next year. In addition to putting out the book, they’re bringing me to Australia for a book tour. The people at Text Read more…

date
Sep
28
2011

On Teachers, Even Those We’ve Never Met

I’ve had a lot of great writing teachers in my life. Two of them were actual teachers, in schools with books and assignments and criticism to hand over. One was in high school and the other was in college. When I sold my memoir this year I emailed both of them to say thank you, Read more…

date
Sep
26
2011

Required Reading

Wow, I am so honored to have received this quote about my book from Darin Strauss this morning. Claire Bidwell Smith has written a beautiful book; it’s a perfectly crafted story — not about grief, but how to walk out of grief with your soul intact; it’s not a lamentaion, but a lesson.THE RULES OF Read more…