a new artifact

After practically exploding with impatience after seeing the squeeing from my publisher about how pretty the book is, I have received an actual physical copy of 13 rue Thérèse.  After so many years, it has finally leapt out of my head and materialized.  Here it is, a dream image made real.  Amazing.

My husband is next to me right now, flipping through it like it’s a…  it’s a BOOK.  Holy shit.

It is really beautiful, smashing work on the part of the publisher.  The colors, visuals, texture of the paper, everything.  It is truly the object I imagined it might be.  It even smells nice!

I am going to go around carrying this thing everywhere like a child with a security blanket.  When the whole box of them comes, I will have to celebrate in some cathartic way.  Maybe pile them up on my desk and snort them like Al Pacino in Scarface?  Damn, no: too big to snort.  Pour them out on my bed and roll around naked in them?  Wait–ow–too many corners.  Hmmm.  I’ll have to figure out something.  I can’t believe this thing exists!

Here it is, just-a-existin’:

Other cool stuff: this article on Shelf Awareness about the awesome website, and a wonderful review of the book on Alison’s Bookmarks that made me feel all squishy.  Okay, bye!  I have to go hug my baby some more.

10 responses to “a new artifact

  1. i’m so pleased for you, elena. your firstborn is gorgeous.

  2. When do you go on…Book tour?!🙂

    • No tour, I’m just starting to book readings around the Bay Area. I might get to travel if I’m invited to stuff, like that cool charity thing in Indianapolis in April I put on my “events” page.

  3. So exciting!!! Looking forward to getting my hands on a copy.

  4. And the smell of one’s own book! I hadn’t even THOUGHT of that wonder!
    Congratulations!

  5. You did it!!!

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