Tonight at McNally Jackson, one of my all-time favorite writers Elif Batuman and I will have a conversation about my new novel Friendship and I’ll read a chapter from the book for the first time. This is a moment I could not have imagined when I started the book several years ago and would sometimes have panic attacks in McNally Jackson because all the great books on its shelves seemed like they represented something I could never hope to accomplish. Four years, lots of credit card debt, 1.5 jobs and many temp assignments, two apartments, one cat and many, many cups of coffee etc later, I will be having a panic attack in McNally for a much more pleasant reason.
If you’re in NYC, I hope you’ll join me.
If you’re not in NYC and you are still interested in reading the book, I have a few suggestions about where to buy it, which is something people ask me about a lot! If you’ve been following me for a while you know that Emily Books and I have strong feelings about using your book dollars to directly support people who publish and sell books in a sustainable way. HOWEVS, the important thing is that you buy books. So here is my official suggestion, and this goes for every new book, not just mine:
1. Request the book at your local independent bookstore if you don’t find it on their shelves.
2. Order it online from Powell’s. If you order $50 worth of stuff you get free shipping. Two hardcovers is all it takes! Oof, I know, but.
3. Put it on hold or request it at a public library. (!) Libraries buy books if people ask them to.
4. You know, Amazon. I’m not judging you. This time. (While you’re there, check out the lol reviews from some very fun and talented-seeming men).
If you’re in D.C. or Portland I will see you there on August 4th and August 12, respectively. Otherwise, see you on the Internet.
Emily Gould and Elif Batuman, here tonight at 7 to talk about a New York that doesn’t involve magically large apartments and somehow all your friends also being your neighbors. Be there for us.
(Also, sorry Emily, but we strikethroughed your Amazon link. You (the general, book-buying you, we mean) should buy it at this local independent bookstore instead (us, we mean.))