Great Barrington, MA August 31 Book signing table at the Labor Day Great Barrington Farmers Market, 9-1pm
Lenox, MA September 7 Reading and discussion at The Bookstore in Lenox with author Brendan Matthews and poet Sarah Trudgeon, 4pm
Queens, NY September 17 Panel discussion about the intersection of words and images with author Mira Jacob and photographer Beowulf Sheehan, presented as a Brooklyn Book Fest Bookends Event through LIC Reading Series, 8-10pm
Brooklyn, NY September 22 Panelist at Brooklyn Book Festival, time TBD
Westport, CT September 28 Saugatuck StoryFest, book signing and workshops, time slots TBD
Norfolk, CT October 5, Haystack Book Talks festival in conversation with Teddy Wayne about “Lives, Real and Imagined,” 12pm at the Norfolk Library
Alexandria, VA October 9, Historical fiction masterclass at ALX Community Space followed by a panel discussion with national bestseller, Angie Kim. Times TBD
Brattleboro, VT October 18-20th, In conversation at the Brattleboro Literary Festival
Greenwich, CT October 24 Lecture at Greenwich Academy (private) followed by lecture and book signing at the Greenwich Public Library (public) in the Flinn Library, 6pm
World Wide Web, October 29 She Writes webinar: “The Secret Life of Queries: How to Write Pitches, Proposals, and Agent Queries That Will Get You Past the Gatekeepers”
Austin, TX Oct. 25-26 Presenter at Texas Book Festival
St Paul, MN November 1, Reading and signing at Subtext Books, 7pm
Minneapolis, MN November 1-3 featured author for the Wordsmith Conference put on by The Loft Literary Center
Norfolk, CT November 8-11 “Risk More, Write Better” writing retreat with Courtney Maum and Alana Chernila at The Manor House in Norfolk
Litchfield, CT Nov. 21. A conversation about mothers, motherhood, and writing in celebration of National Novel Writing Month with COSTALEGRE’s Courtney Maum and MOTHERLAND’s Elissa Altman at Oliver Wolcott Library, Litchfield, CT 7pm
RECENT PAST EVENTS:
Sag Harbor, NY July 22 A morning conversation about historical fiction with MONTAUK’s Nicola Harrison hosted by Zibby Owens of the “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read” podcast, 11am at Berry & Co.
Salisbury, CT July 23 Lecture on surrealism and mother/daughter rivalry at the White Hart Speaking Series at the White Hart Inn, book signing to follow, 6pm
Chattanooga, TN July 24 Reading and signing at Starline Books, 6:30pm
Nashville, TN. July 25 Workshop on Getting Past the Gatekeepers at The Porch writing center (3-5pm) followed by a reading and signing at Ann Patchett’s Parnassus in Nashville, 6:30pm
Great Barrington, MA July 27 Reading, signing and literary chit-chat at an off-site Bookloft event (above the Chef Shop on Railroad Street!)
Kingston, NY July 31 Reading and conversation about COSTALEGRE with local author, Ryan Chapman (RIOTS I HAVE KNOWN) at Rough Draft Bookstore in downtown Kingston, NY, 7pm
Madison, CT August 2 A conversation about art and feminism with Babs Bourland at RJ Julias, 7pm
Wassaic, NY August 3 Joint event with authors Babs Bourland and Maria Hummel about art and art-making with the Wassaic Project, 3pm
Norfolk, CT July 12 COSTALEGRE lecture and book signing about the process of fictionalizing historical facts at the Norfolk Library, refreshments to be served 10:30 a.m.
Hudson, NY. July 13 Sneak peak of COSTALEGRE at Volume Reading Series at Spotty Dog Books and Ale, plus book signing 7pm
Providence, RI July 16 COSTALEGRE book launch at the Point Street Reading Series to be held at “Askew”, 150 Chestnut Street, Providence. 7-9pm
Boston, MA. July 17 Harvard Book Store, in conversation about COSTALEGRE with author Michelle Hoover, 7pm
Brooklyn, NY July 18 The Center for Fiction in conversation for the COSTALEGRE launch with author Marie-Helene Bertino, 7pm
Middletown, CT June 15 Panel on literary citizenship at Wesleyan University as part of the Wesleyan Writers Conference with Paul Morris and Libby Flores, 4pm
Madison, CT June 13 Moderating a discussion about writing between MIRACLE CREEK’s Angie Kim and DISAPPEARING EARTH’S Julia Phillips at RJ Julias, 7pm
Brooklyn, NY June 8 Discussion about money, health and other taboo topics in publishing with Maris Kreizman and Robin Benway at Books are Magic, 7:30pm
Norfolk, CT June 16 Presentation on bookmaking and the art of storytelling to Botelle Elementary kindergarten class
Portland, OR March 29th, “From Unpublished Author to Writer” with fellow panelists Jean Kwok, Juan Martinez, Julia Fierro, Barbara Jones, 12pm-1:15 Oregon Ballroom 203, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Brooklyn, NY Sunday, March 24th. Moderating preview of documentary -in-process “Pablo Neruda! Presente!” by author, translator and biographer, Mark Eisner at the Brooklyn Public Library in conjunction with HBO and women.nyc, 7:30 pm
Brooklyn, NY Thursday, January 17th, 7:30pm Book launch with fellow Putnam author John Kenney for his new novel "Talk to Me” at Books Are Magic.
NYC, NY Monday, Nov. 26, 11am Holiday book sale at podcast host, Zibby Owens with her podcast guests from the last year
NYC, NY Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 7:30pm In conversation with The Public’s programming director Drew Broussard about technology after a live performance of Hansol Jung’s new play, “Wild Goose Dreams” (Astor Place)
Norfolk, CT Saturday, Dec. 1st, 10-2pm Book selling and signing at Norfolk Holiday Fair
Hudson, NY Saturday, Dec. 8th, storytelling at “Rally in the Valley” for a Planned Parenthood fundraiser
Norfolk, CT Saturday Aug. 4th, 9-1pm Sneak-peak signing table for TOUCH's paperback release at the Norfolk Farmer's Market
Simsbury, CT Wednesday Aug. 8th, 7pm Book signing and talk for TOUCH at Simsbury Public Library
Lenox, MA Thursday Aug. 9th, 8pm Storytelling event with "Modern Loss"
Great Barrington, MA Saturday, Aug 11th, 9-1pm Signing and free writing advice in celebration of TOUCH's paperback release
Troy, NY Tuesday, Sept. 18th, 6:15pm Meeting with the Troy Book Club
Courtney is currently working on two new books. More writing than eventing at this particular moment!
NEWS FOR COSTALEGRE:
The Tin House Galley Club is open! Enter to win an early copy of COSTALEGRE!
And it’s another star for COSTALEGRE! Publishers Weekly calls it “Exquisitely crafted” and included it in its Best Books of Summer Round Up. (April, 2019)
The first trade review is in for COSTALEGRE and it’s a raving beaut! Thank you, Kirkus for calling COSTALEGRE “spare, enchanting..A lush chronicle of wealth, art, adventure, loneliness, love, and folly told by a narrator you won't be able to forget..” (April, 2019)
NEWS FOR TOUCH:
I was thrilled to have the occasion to interview a French writer I greatly admire. Check out my discussion about trauma and violence in the age of #metoo with French sensation, Edouard Louis at Electric Literature.
TOUCH is a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award!
Delighted that TOUCH made The New York Times "Paperback Row!"
A nice review of TOUCH appeared in the Hartford Courant this August.
Courtney appeared on the Zibby Owens podcast to talk all things family and the upcoming re-release of TOUCH.
TOUCH won the 2018 Green Book Festival in San Francisco. Cool!
Delighted that Sam Sacks included TOUCH in his 2017 fiction round-up as a "staunchly feminist" work.
Exciting news! Selections have been made for the third session of the collaborative creative retreat I founded called The Cabins. Learn all about our 2018 participants on The Cabins site.
I went on the Brand Hole podcast to discuss #persuasiondesign and how technology is making us become passive audiences.
Poets & Writers magazine published a piece about my favorite podcasts.
I joined up with my Belletrist family again to have a Facebook live chat with their October author, Samantha Hunt, whose story collection "The Dark Dark" has been one of my favorite reads this year. We talked birthing eye balls, effacement of the self, and a lot of other dark, dark stuff.
The Greenwich Time did a really nice article about my recent visit back to my high school, Greenwich Academy, where I talked to creative writing students about what it's like to be a woman in the literary arts.
I had a great time on the radio show "Techtonic" with Mark Hurst at WFMU discussing what the heck tech is for.
A really interesting article on tech-bros and lady-bros and lady writers in Huffington Post looks at TOUCH, and three other big novels of this summer in "The Tech Bros Will Not Save You."
TOUCH made O the Oprah Magazine's Editors' list as one of the 10 books you need to read before summer's end.
TOUCH was featured in both the New York Times' T Magazine and Sunday Styles section in a piece about literary Instagram.
Awesome ice cream social event Aug 8 7:30 with Ice Cream Books and Blue Marble Ice Cream! Info above
Bestselling author Jane Green gave a shout-out to TOUCH in the New York Times Book Review "By the Book" section! Thank you thank you, Jane!
Another awesome giveaway: you can win A LOT OF stuff! I've been a fan of Jane Iredale makeup for almost a decade. Putnam and Jane Iredale have partnered to giveaway $300 worth of product!
We did a super fun #Belletrist wrap-up with producer Karah Preiss and fellow author Tim Manley live from the Facebook offices in NYC. Check it out here-- we fielded questions about the book live.
We're running a great #giveaway with the savvy company "Beachmate" (which was founded by my friend of 20 years, Beatrice Mellick, a female entrepreneur and mother of FOUR!). All deets are on @mybeachmate Instagram. No purchase necessary to enter-- you can win signed copies of TOUCH and Beachmate bucks for you and a friend!
In thrilling news, actress #EmmaRoberts and producer #KarahPreiss chose TOUCH for their book club, Belletrist. In the NYC Facebook offices, we did an interview about their choice.
"The Happiness Project's" #GretchenRubin interviewed me about healthy (and non-healthy!) habits on her Pursuit of Happiness blog.
The fashion label MM LaFleur invited me to chat about why I don't wear caftans to book events anymore, my sympathy for David Foster Wallace's emotional support bandanna, and that one belligerent self-published dude who always comes to your book signings.
I talked with Electric Literature about why secondary dumbphones might help us curb tech addition and why #slowcommunication is poised to trend.
My publisher, Putnam Books, is running a great sweepstakes called "Book Club for One" through June 12. You can win a copy of #TOUCHthenovel, a Diptyque candle, a Turkish towel, and more!
Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA chose TOUCH as their June first edition book club pick! Hundreds of signed copies will be in store all month.
In the "Breakthrough" episode of The Brandhole Podcast, Courtney talks with fellow namer Caitlin Barrett about naming, branding, and what, exactly, a Verbal Disaster Squad is.
InStyle, The Miami Herald, BuzzFeed, 24 Hours Toronto, Fodors, Refinery 29, Bikini.com, O the Oprah Magazine, Bookstr, The Huffington Post, The Elite Daily, Time Magazine and The New York Post all selected TOUCH as one of the summer's best reads.
TOUCH made the Indie Next list for June, 2017
Going to #BEA? Enter a #self-care sweepstakes sponsored by my publisher. You'll get a copy of my book, a massage, Lyft rides, and more!
How to support your friends whose paperback has just come out:
A paperback release is a funny thing. It's the hardcover, 2.0. With very few exceptions, the story hasn't changed, but the writer's need for your support has amplified.
A paperback is a title's last chance to meet the world with its best face forward. Paperback releases give a book new opportunities to meet readers: paperbacks cost less, they are lighter, and thus, they are popular choices for book clubs and retailers who don't want to take a chance on costly hardcovers. This is the case with airport booksellers for example. Who wants to pay $26 for a heavy paperback that barely fits in their carry on? A $16 paperback, on the other hand...
But paperbacks need help to accomplish wonderful things. Here are a few ways you can help a #paperbackwriter to give her book a lift:
Buy the book for a friend If you loved the book, or even remotely liked it, get a copy for a friend! Get a copy signed and give it as a housewarming gift. Surprise your favorite barista with a special word treat. Who doesn't like to get a visit from lady literature?
Leave a positive review on Goodreads and Amazon The adage holds true here, if you don't have anything nice to stay, please stay off of the Internet. Otherwise, positive 5 star A++ reviews are welcome and much needed to keep a book in the public conversation.
Attend author events Support your local book store and the authors they are bringing out by showing up for an event. Bonus points for this being the place that you can get that housewarming gift signed!
Show the book off, online Times have changed, and social media can have a truly positive impact on a book's shelf life. Sharing photos of you and a book you enjoy on your various platforms gives a major boost to new and old titles alike. Your family and followers trust and admire you, so a social media pic is a lovely vote of confidence for a title you enjoy.
Tell the author something nice! It can be challenging—or feel a little weird—to let an author know that you enjoyed their book. You might assume they know this because you like them, and if you like them, by default, you will like their book. But a writer won't know that you enjoyed their book, let alone read it, unless you tell them. So tell them something nice!
Dabble in PR If you notice a bookstore or library isn't carrying a friend's book, let them know about it—ask them to order it! If you see a friend's book in a store but the cover isn't facing outwards, move that book to the "bestsellers" section, ASAP. Just kidding. Don't do that. That would not be right!
Spread the good word! So many books take off thanks to word-of-mouth support alone. So if you enjoyed a book, recommend it! Tell people with book clubs that they might consider choosing this great book. Pipe up when someone asks for a book recommendation. Do you know super famous influencers who could change an author's life? Maybe send the book to them! You'll have a grateful author friend for life.
Thank you, you kind people, for everything you do to support literature and publishing! Us writers wouldn't be here without you. (Truly.) xoxo Courtney