The paperback edition of Lillian on Life will be out in the UK on July 2nd, and the book has a whole new look, and new quotes from great writers too! Yowza!
It was a pleasure (and not just because of the midday wine!) to discuss Lillian, and life, and writing with the women of the American Women's Association writers group and the Thursday Book Club. Only some of us were from the US; Canada, France, Ecuador and China were also represented.
On January 30, one day after Lillian on Life came out in the UK, we had our launch event here in Singapore. Many thanks to the Alliance Française for hosting and making sure there was wine! Many thanks to Penguin Books for making sure there was food as well as books!
The opportunity to read from both the French and English versions to so many good friends and enthusiastic readers made the moment very special.
On January 14, I took a true story I wrote about how much the retirement community my parents lived in at the end of my dad's life reminded me of college, all the way down to the crushes people had on each other, and about how those crushes were welcome signs of life, and told it to a wonderful audience at Telling Stories Live here in Singapore. I'll post about it again when the audio is available!
I met the very inspiring playwright Kaite O'Reilly at the Singapore Writers Festival. We exchanged books and experiences, and bless her she now has me featured in the '20 Questions' part of her blog. Thanks Kaite!
What a thrill and honor it was to learn that Kate Atkinson enjoyed reading Lillian on Life during the summer holidays. I've been a big fan since I read Started Early, Took My Dog. She's incredibly versatile, and never quite what I expect. Here's what she said:
"I absolutely loved Lillian on Life. It was a delight. The style of it so fresh and clever and subversive and there’s something very brave about it."
Many thanks to the readers who came to The French Bookshop for the signing on the 13th, and a round of applause for Nathalie Ribette and her wonderful reading of the first chapter in French.
I will be heading down to The French Bookshop in Tiong Bahru, Singapore on Saturday 13 September to sign copies of the French edition of Lillian on Life. The lovely Nathalie Ribette will also be doing a reading for me.
Signing from 11 am to 1 pm, and the reading will be at 11 am. You can find the details in French here.
I'm thrilled that my short story, Independence Day, will be published in the July edition of Good Housekeeping (US).
More exciting news from France as the publication date gets closer. My publisher, Autrement, has featured Lillian in their special rentrée littéraire catalogue.
I've just had the title for the French edition of Lillian on Life confirmed. It's going to be called La vie de Lillian, mode d'emploi which, roughly translated means The Life of Lillian, Operating Instructions. I think it captures the feel of the book perfectly.
Very happy to let you know that the French translation of Lillian on Life will be published in August 2014.