A Writer’s Survival Guide, Sunday, September 10, 4:30 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. (Brooklyn)
Description: At a past Slice conference Francine Prose explained how she balanced writing with motherhood: from the time her sons boarded the school bus to the time they returned, she wrote. Junot Díaz told the Wall Street Journal that he sometimes writes sitting on the edge of the tub: "My ex would always know I was going to write because I would grab a notebook and run into the bathroom." Balancing writing with the rest of life is often so overwhelming, it can seem that those who succeed know a secret the rest of us missed. Whether we are parents, students, employees, or just plain procrastinators (or a combination of these roles), it's often a constant struggle to find the time and the right place to write. So, how does the writing ever get done? A group of authors reveals how they manage to block out time for their work without compromising other life essentials. Glean tips on how to find time in overcrowded schedules and how to optimize productivity when you do steal those precious moments for your work. (See Slice Conference for details)
Brooklyn Book Fest, panel on The Science of Intimacy, Sunday Sept. 17, 2pm (Brooklyn)
When you can “swipe right” on a possible partner on an app, it’s clear that the modern world of relationships is completely new, and somewhat terrifying. Yet, in the worlds imagined by Courtney Maum (Touch), Weike Wang (Chemistry), and Alissa Nutting (Made for Love), love gets even more unusual. The potential dawn of the post-sexual, the internal battle of falling out of love with one’s studies, and a newly-single woman living with her father and her unconventional sex-doll step-mom create the backdrop for this conversation on the new meaning of intimacy. Moderated by Tony Tulathimutte (Private Citizens). (See Brooklyn Book Fest for details)
- 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.
- TOUCH received a rave review in The New York Times! It's also a New York Times Editor's choice!
- "The Happiness Project's" #GretchenRubin interviewed me about healthy (and non-healthy!) habits on her Pursuit of Happiness blog.
- Domino Mag chose TOUCH as one of 6 books you should pack on your honeymoon, and Pure Wow chose TOUCH as one of the top 6 books about NYC.
- TOUCH was mentioned in two stories about what celebrities are reading this summer: in W Magazine and Hello.
- 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.
- LitHub chose "The Cabins" as one of 5 retreats to attend this summer, and spoke with Courtney about why she founded it. They're also sharing the first chapter of TOUCH here.
- 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!
- Applications for my multidisciplinary creative retreat, #TheCabins are open now through June 1st. Find out more here.
- Publisher's Weekly chose TOUCH as one of 40 "Buzz Books" for 2017. You can download a free excerpt by clicking here! They also gave it a starred review.
Saturday, September 10
Slice Literary Writers Conference
"Writers Survival Guide" panel, 4:30 pm
Sunday, September 17
Brooklyn Book Festival
79 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Sunday, October 15, 1pm
Brattleboro Literary Festival
In conversation with Emma Smith-Stevens, author of "The Australian"