Tonight I went to McNally Jackson Bookstore in SoHo Manhattan New York City on my way home and heard Edan Lepucki read from her new novel California.
italicsmine is her tumblr name. @EdanL is her Twitter handle. EdanLepucki.com is her website.
If I weren’t on Tumblr I would have still heard about this book. It was “buzzed about” in publishing circles. It was notoriously withheld by Amazon as a part of their conflict with publisher Hachette. It was heavily promoted by Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report. And it’s part of the primary book club on Tumblr here.
And yet when I got to the front of the signing line at McNally Jackson, Edan recognized me, for no reason I could understand. She knew my name. She knew I was about to have a birthday. She was so already involved I felt as though I walked into an interview, or first date, or Internet club.
Then it hit me - I was a part of the same Internet club that Edan has been for years. And this relationship has only been building to this for years. It wasn’t as simple as putting it on my calendar and making a point to buy the book and get it signed (when oh so I would have wished to have already devoured this text by now) by it’s author, but she knew me and I knew her to an extent.
It was lovely. I wish her all the best and can’t wait to read her novel. And here’s (raising my glass as I crack the cover) to the new novelist 3.0, as we know and meet through Tumblr. Let’s be glad for that and make sure we keep reading (and buying) books.