From the Hilltops

I’m ridiculously excited to announce that my next book, The Shape of Trees, will be published by Atria under the Emily Bestler Books imprint!! (This news made possible by my fabulous agent, Stephanie Cabot!) Stay tuned for a preview page of the new book and more details on publication!  

Book Launch of the Season

Attention all Twin Cities literati! The place to be tomorrow night is at Common Good Books in St. Paul for the book launch of SIX MONTHS IN THE MIDWEST, Darci Schummer’s debut story collection. Check out the book trailer here and then head over to Common Good Books at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday night for what . . . 

The Book Bags

  Thanks again to Linda Raab, Judy Good, and the rest of The Book Bags group for inviting me to join their discussion of The Dragon Keeper. The only thing more wonderful than the lunch was the company!

Writing Process Blog Hop

Here’s a fun fact about writers. We are fascinated by the creative process and scared of it at the same time, afraid that if we examine it too closely it will vanish like some nebulous Bohr particle. So we look outward to the safer realm of other writers’ processes. We ask them where they get . . . 

I knew venom was good for me.

The same researcher who discovered Komodo dragons are venomous is now hoping to harness the power of that venom for medicinal purposes. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Dr. Brian Fry has “uncovered anticoagulant properties to Komodo dragon venom which could help stroke patients, as well as properties which drop blood pressure which could be used . . .