Congrats to friend of the blog Chris Coake. He's been chosen for GRANTA's 2007 Best Young American Novelists. While some of us may take issue with the word "young" --young at heart should count, right?--we're very pleased by this news. Congratulations.
Next a note from Terese Svoboda who has been "walking on air for a week" since learning she won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. Graywolf will be publishing "Black Glasses Like Clark Kent" Svoboda's memoir in 2008. We are looking forward to it.
And finally, we bring you a little love from the ever-fabulous Lauren Cerand. Remember way back to last week when we told you not to miss the launch party for Hip Tranquil Chick and you said you'd love to but the weather was shitty and cold and you offered up some lame-o excuses on why you were skipping the convivial atmosphere and happy hour drink specials? Well, never fear, Ms. Cerand is here to fill us in on all the fun stuff you missed. Though we still have to ask: When will DC-based author Kimberly Wilson be partying here, in DC. ?? That is one party we're not going to want to miss. But for now, we're all going to live vicariously through a FotHB Report and wait for our DC invitation...
FotHB Report by Lauren Cerand
Winter was determined to bring March in like a lion (and threatening to keep partygoers at home curled up with their Netflix) but I am happy to report it was a stellar event! Nearly forty "hip tranquil chicks" and their friends mingled over well-mixed drinks and sparkling conversation in Lolita's cozy downstairs lounge despite the appalling cold outside, and Mallory from New York's favorite independent feminist bookstore, Bluestockings, was on-site to sell copies of Hip Tranquil Chick (her magenta-hued hair, I am assured, was unintentionally complementary).
Author Kimberly Wilson read a short section from the introduction and spoke briefly about how growing up in the Midwest with an author father, obtaining her master's degree in women's studies and starting her own thriving yoga studio in Washington, D.C. (plus related clothing line and foundation to support worthy local and national causes) inspired her to put pen to paper and write a conscientiously chic "yoga lifestyle" book for women like herself and her students and friends. Her agent, ZSH Literary's Jennifer Gates (who also represents heavy hitters such as feminine power guru Regena Thomashauer aka "Mama Gena" and Chris Gardner, author of the memoir The Pursuit of Happyness, which was recently made into a film starring Will Smith) was on hand to join the fun as well.All in all, a terrific evening.