Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Fashionably Late Around Town

So much to blog about today... and so much time?

Yesterday was a Cayman Islands bank holiday, which really, I shouldn't have "taken" seeing as I an NO LONGER AN ACCOUNTANT but my friends were all off and wanted to go to the beach, so what the heck?

I've also been enjoying long, uninterrupted (by guilt or otherwise) stretches of reading this past weekend, and can say, right now at least, that the itch has been scratched - I was wallowing in self-pity for a while, racked with guilt over needing to do one thing or the other, taking at least a little bit advantage of the fact I live on a Caribbean island and actually going to the beach for heaven's sakes, that I really haven't indulged my reading urge of late. Like a workaholic parent, I threw money at the problem, in lieu of time, buying every book I was dying to reading, and watching it languish on my shelves. No more. We'll see how long this euphoric state lasts, but I'm confident I'm turning a page here... stop laughing.

The other promise I've made of late (to myself and my publicist)concerns this blogging regularly thing... I recall throwing at-least-once-a-week out there once. It's not that I have nothing to say (HA! my friends are wishing for the day), but it's been pretty much the same problem as reading, as in if I have one iota of free time it should be spent writing, not working out, reading, making salads, or even blogging.

So here we are, leaf turned. Though I will try and make these posts more frequent, and less verbose.

Let me start out by saying I think I've found my dream publicist. My in-house publicist is wonderful as well, but I think independent publicists and in-house ones are different breeds of publicist and shouldn't be compared. I'll be delving into that with more detail in my next installment of The Promo Diaries, for Chick Chat, the Chick Lit Writers' online chapter. Maybe with some organization, I'll get those articles up on my website one day, since I hope all you writer chicks out there will learn from my promo mistakes. Or at least get a good laugh out of them.

Heather was lovely enough to alert me to this accidental picture of Fashionably Late in a primo spot out there in California. CALIFORNIA, chicas. For a Lebanese/ Montrealer/Cayman Islander, Calie may as well be Mars. I should probably write Megan and thank her for the unintentional promo (right back at you babe: Megan Crane's book, Frenemies, just came out recently, and you can read all about it here).

The weekend I went to Miami, I'd remembered to bring along my digital camera, but not the battery, which I'd left in its charger back home. Very smart. So I can't share with you pictures of FL's appearances on tables across the Miami area, but here are some pics from Montreal...

Here it is at Paragraph, a great indie bookstore that mainly serves students at the McGill University campus across the street. If you're ever in Montreal, this is one of those well-kept local secrets - super cute bookstore with state-of-the-art adjacent cafe, on the corner of gorgeous McGill University & Sherbrooke streets, a strangely serene place for such a busy part of town. Oh, and it overlooks the lovely Mount Royal park (imagine Central Park in NYC, but bigger, carpeted in dense foliage, and on a steep hill with spectacular views of the city below)

...and at Indigo (Canada's version of Borders)

...and here's another shot at Indigo (kudos to the marketing department at TOR/Forge who were spot on with the cover: notice how well it goes with the "summer reading" theme...

...and finally, the piece de resistance, at the "New Fiction" table at Chapters (Canada's B&N)

If you happen to catch FL anywhere yourselves, please do give me a shout, as you have no idea (or maybe you do, all the more reason!) of how incredibly thrilling it is to hear.



Megan Crane said...

Thanks so much for the shout-out!

I hope we will grace more tables together for weeks and weeks to come!


Dona Sarkar-Mishra said...

I am going to check out B&N today to see if it's there on the front shelf...and if it's not, I will MOVE it there!

I ordered all my copies off amazon, so I never got to do that fangirl "My FRIEND wrote this amazing book! Yay!" thing in a bookstore.

Nadine Dajani said...

Awww - Dona.... I'm kind of a little blue I don't get to see that in person (I didn't take those pics). By the time I get back to the mainland, FL's time may have passed...

But thanks for all the support!!!

I can't wait to be ordering a ton of YOUR books for my friends : )

Nadine Dajani said...

Here, here, Megan! I'll add you to my list of blogs to watch out for. One of these days I'll get on GCC too - just waiting for a spot to free up. I had no idea it would take so long!

Anonymous said...

Your book is amazing! I am half way through and can't put it down. It appeals to everyone. As a mother of one, who is quite settled in her life, I love living vicariously through Aline and her adventures in Cuba! Can't wait for book #2, keep up the good work!

rustin said...

Congrats on the launch of your first book. I have bought the book for my mother, sister, wife....need I go on? They have all read it and loved it and are now busy spreading the word about how great it is!

Paris said...

nadine!!! i read FL and loved it!!! it was practically pried out of my hands as I finished the last page by a book-whore friend of mine. but don't worry, she will be forced to purchase her own copy.

as for your work itself...i wish i had the book to refer to exact pages and words to which i laughed and got choked-up on.

i loooove the religious references and the exaggerated way you described Ali's worries over her mom finding out about Miguel. I TOTALLY indentified with her reactions and completely knew what you were talking about when you were describing Ali's mom's expectations.

There's also the parts when Ali remembers Lebanon and the war. I don't remember Iran very much considering we left when I was 3...but my mom has many stories about the first few years after Iraq attacked. I totally got caught up in your description of the young boy who had lost his arms. It was as real to me as it is unreal to those who's definition of war is the dictionnary term. I wont go into details here considering I don't wanna freak your readers out. But I know you know...

So i'm gonna stop taking up more space here or you might ban me!! On a final note THANK YOU for giving the reader some closure with a hint of "stay tuned for more" at the end of your book!!! Such a rare thing! I hate reading books that leave you hanging at the end and yours definitely tied the end up perfectly. I am soooo happy I got you on the air even before I read the book. I KNEW it would be a hit!!!