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August 29, 2012

sunny, mild, temps 75

Thank you for all your kind thoughts yesterday when THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY was launched!!!

Here's a photo of the event in Naperville (just outside Chicago). It was put on by Anderson's Books, but they moved it to a larger location - the university theatre. SO much fun!!

Hopping a flight this morning to Cincinnati. Will be at Joseph-Beth books at 7 tonight. Hope to see you there. Onward....
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Published on August 29, 2012 04:33 • 126 views

August 28, 2012

Chicago - sunny - beautiful day - temps 80
Great flight from Burlington, VT to Chicago.
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY is finally published....this is launch day!!!! Yippeee. Feels like I've been waiting forever.
I so hope you like this book.
Off to Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville - just outside Chicago - for 7pm offical world launch. Hope you can join us.
If not, I carry you in my heart....where you've been all along. What great company you are.

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Published on August 28, 2012 10:14 • 151 views

August 26, 2012

Sunny, warm, temps 26 today

heading off on the official tour tomorrow....flying to Chicago.

But we had a wonderful pre-launch event in Knowlton yesterday! Here's what it looked like from my perspective.

Given the theme of the book, I just love that shaft of light. As well as, of course, the glorious people. Had SO much fun. Danny and Lucy wrote and performed a plain chant, using Three Pines as the theme. it was hilarious. Then I spoke, and did a couple of readings, and answered question (my favorite part of any event).

Exhausting and exhilarating. Thank you all for coming. Thank you Danny and Lucy and Brome Lake Books. Thank you Lucy's mom Sarah and Dad John for all their musical help. Thank you My Assistant Lise for being there on a day off, and working so hard.

I feel filled-up for the tour ahead. Now so looking forward to meeting more of you, and having you meet THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY.
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Published on August 26, 2012 05:12 • 185 views

August 25, 2012

sunny, mild, temps 19 - but heading for a high of 26.
Three days to go before THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY is out!

Such an important day - we have the pre-launch of THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY. This is a party Danny and Lucy from Brome Lake Books host locally, so that friends and neighbours get first crack at the new release. This year it's at the Knowlton community centre, which holds 200 - and is now 'standing room only' for the event - at 2pm today.
Had some amazing news yesterday!!!
People Magazine has made THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY its lead review, the Editor's Pick and given it four out of four stars!
Among other things, their reveiw says: "With enormous empathy for the troubled human soul—and an ending that makes your blood race and your heart break—Penny continues to raise the bar of her splendid series.”
This is in the edition of People just on the stands (with Princess Kate on the cover). Yipppeee! So much celebrating around here. And just four more days before THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY is launched.
One week from today I'll be in San Francisco for an event at Book Passage, in Corte Madera - at 4pm. If you'd like more information on my tour schedule just go to the events page on my website:http://www.louisepenny.com/events.htm
See you there!
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Published on August 25, 2012 05:30 • 149 views

August 21, 2012

Sunny, cool, temps 14
A chilly morning here in southern Quebec - can begin to feel autumn in the air.
One week from today THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY will be published! I'll be in Naperville, Illinois, (not far from Chicago), at Anderson's Bookshop, for the official launch. Love to see you there, on August 28th - 7pm. And, in celebration and anticipation, we have the last excerpt from the previous books in the Gamache series....today, A TRICK OF THE LIGHT....and once again, I've chosen two short quotes from the book -
"Not for the first time Three Pines struck Myrna as the equivalent of the Humane Society. Taking in the wounded, the unwanted. The mad, the sore. This was a shelter. Though, clearly, not a no-kill shelter.”
And, later in A TRICK OF THE LIGHT -
“She sat forward, curious to see how Clara would handle this attack. Because that was what it was. Civil and subtle and said with a smile. A sort of social neutron bomb. Meant to keep the structures of polite conversation standing, while slaying the person.”
One more week to THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY - Wow, suddenly it seems so soon.
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Published on August 21, 2012 03:57 • 140 views

August 13, 2012

overcast, humid, temp 25
Off to Montreal today. Am taping an interview tomorrow with Sunday Edition - a big CBC Radio national programme - talking about THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY. Set my alarm to get up early, to get a few hours editing in before driving in to the city.
Olympics are over (and were fabulous - congratulations London and all of the UK!!!)- my second draft is underway - feels like another stage of life is unfolding.
I realize this might be a little confusing to some who've arrived to these posts late. What I talk about editing the next book, I don't mean THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY. That's all done - edited,printed, bound and ready for the August 28th launch. The book I'm writing/editing is the next one. Hoping to have the second draft done before going on tour. But in anticipation, and celebration, of the launch of THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY, I've been looking back at the previous Gamache novels, and pulling some favorite quotes. Today - BURY YOUR DEAD, and two excerpts -
“Gamache walked toward the Château, past the large statue in the middle of the small park. The Monument de la Foi. A monument to Faith. For Québec had been built on Faith. And fur. But the city fathers preferred to raise a statue to martyrs than to a beaver.”
“He yanked open the heavy wooden door and entered the Literary and Historical Society, where the Anglos kept and filed and numbered all their ghosts.”
Two weeks from now I'll be on a flight to Chicago, for the official launch, August 28th, of the next book - THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY. Yay!
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Published on August 13, 2012 04:14 • 152 views

August 7, 2012

sunny, fresher....no storms, but humidity has broken.
Family reunion is over....always so sad to see them go. Sad, too, to contemplate the mountain of laundry!
Getting closer and closer to launch date (Aug 28th) and tour for THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY! One month from today I'll be traveling from RJ Julia bookstore in Madison, CT to Odyssey bookstore in South Hadley, MA. Today, in anticipation of Book 8 coming out, I'm continuing the look back at previous books. We're up to book 5 - THE BRUTAL TELLING. Here's a scene from the cabin in the woods -
“A glittering caught his attention. Up high. In the farthest corner of the cabin. Was it eyes? Picking up his piece of wood Agent Morin crept closer, crouching down. As he approached the corner the glitter began to form a pattern. It was a spider’s web, just catching the soft glow of the lamp. But there was something different about it. As his eyes adjusted the hair on the back of his neck rose.A word had been woven into the web. ‘Woe.’”
So fun looking back - and fun looking forward. And wonderful being right here, right now. Preparing to start the second draft of the next book after a month 'off'. Hope you're enjoying your summer! Thank you for your company.
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Published on August 07, 2012 08:30 • 144 views

July 30, 2012

sunny, hot, humid - temps 30 C
A beautiful day! Sunny and not. Spoke to my UK editor on the phone, took Trudy for all sorts of walks, got the place ready (or partly ready) for the family reunion later this week. pennys tumbling in from all over. VERY fun. Some arriving from Edmonton and Regina on Thursday afternoon - the rest driving from Toronto. Brian gets back from Spain just in time. We expect (and hope) that he'll be insufferable. Salads, barbeques, swims, concerts, trips to Burlington, VT, golf all planned and discussed. But mostly we end up by the pool, eating and getting caught up.
After our mother died we realized there was a danger we'd drift apart. She tended to be the gravitational centre of the family....we'd all meet at Mom's, for special occasions. But without her?
So we made a solemn pact that we'd make sure we got together once a year, at least. The three central siblings (Rob in Regina, Doug in Toronto, and me in Quebec) - and whatever spouses and children could make it. The numbers go up and down - especially when the kids were younger and going to camp...but the siblings all moved heaven and earth to make it. I once had to interrupt a booktour to get to Regina. But we all know what's most important.
This year we'll be 11! Almost all the kids can come. Just Sarah and Roslyn left behind with other commitments - but next year!
I'm also really looking forward to the launch of THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY! Almost there - less than a month now. Hard to believe - I've waited so long, and I know many of you are anxious too (so happy to hear that!).
In anticipation, and celebration, I'm picking quotes from previous Gamache novels....today it's A RULE AGAINST MURDER/THE MURDER STONE. In fact, today I'm cheating and choosing two very short quotes from book 5 in the series:
“She was about to be devoured by Ruth Zardo, who ground up good people and turned them into poetry.”
And -
“But you want murderous feelings? Hang around librarians,” confided Gamache. “All that silence. Gives them ideas.”
I'm having so much fun going back over the previous Gamache books - with the help of Jeanne-Marie at St Martins Press. Hope you're enjoying it too! 25 days and counting to the launch of book 8 - THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY.
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Published on July 30, 2012 14:32 • 144 views

July 22, 2012

Mainly sunny, warm, temps 27
Woke up to cool morning - very refreshing. Kirkus Review in the US - a notoriously picky and critical publication - has a fabulous review of THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY! Here's an excerpt:
...remarkably penetrating and humane. The most illuminating analogies are not to other contemporary detective fiction but to The Name of the Rose and Murder in the Cathedral.
Just over a month before the book is launched. Feels like Christmas (though a little scarier than Christmas....always nervous when a new book comes out - perhaps a marriage of christmas and halloween. Christeen.)
Am interviewing Shelagh Rogers, of CBC's The Last Chapter, at the Knowlton literary festival this afternoon. Turning the tables on her. Having lunch together first.
Had my hair done a couple days ago in Montreal - always a relief. I tried a new hairdresser - quite odd guy....kept whipping me in the face with my own wet hair. Had to close my eyes, so am presuming (hoping) it was my own hair. But the cut was fabulous - so will happily go back. Hope you're having a good weekend.
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Published on July 22, 2012 14:49 • 177 views

July 18, 2012

partly cloudy, humid, temps 28
Lots of thunderstorms and heavy rain in last couple of days - we needed the rain!
I can't overstate how important music is to me when I'm writing, or planning, a book. Now, when I'm actually sitting at the laptop writing, I don't listen to music. I don't listen to anything, including, as Michael will tell you, him. Bu...t one of my favorite things to do when away from the computer, but still immersed in the story, is go for a drive and put my playlist into the CD player. Or, when I'm on a flight, I plug into my iPod, stare out the window, and clear my mind. I'm convinced the best ideas come in those moments. Music seems to open a channel, help make connections I wouldn't normally see. Music makes me a better writer than I actually am, and creates a better book than I could possibly write without it.
Each of the Gamache books has its own playlist, though some songs repeat from book to book.
When I was writing and thinking about THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY music became even more important, since the power of music is one of the themes, and indeed, one of the central mysteries. How music can inspire creativity, courage, can trigger memories, emotions. And music works on the brain - its remarkable resemblance to narcotics.
Well, music is definitely my drug of choice.
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY is set in a remote and forgotten monastery in Quebec. A place of quite contemplation and plain chant, singing the words of God in the voice of God. And what happens when that harmony is shattered by murder.
Of course, while writing and considering the book, I listened to Gregorian Chants. The classic chants, but also some remarkable re-imagining of them. But I also listened to a lot of modern music.
If you have Spotify, click through the link (http://spoti.fi/PYOe5D). If not, have a look at the playlist here:
*Requiem for a Tower - performed by the London Symphony - written by Clint Mansell*The Pretender - Foo Fighters*Fallin' - Alicia Keys*An American Trilogy - Elvis Presley*Ali in the Jungle - The Hours*À distance Andrée Watters*Crime of the Century - Supertramp*Iam Christus - Dom Minier & La Schola - Splendour (monks of St-Benoit-du-Lac, Quebec - an updating of traditional Gregorian Chants)*An American Theme - Irish Film Orchestra - Long Journey Home*Love the Way You Lie - Eminem*Not Afraid - Eminem*PAX - Gregorian Chants on the Theme of Peace - Monks of St-Benoit-du-Lac*Chant - The Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos*Someone Like You – Adele
since Spotify is not available all over the world, the wonderful Lauren at Minotaur Books in the US (with St Martin's Press) has made a playlist on YouTube - you can try that. Here's that link...
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...
What music transports you? I'd love to hear about your favorite pieces of music.
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Published on July 18, 2012 05:00 • 171 views

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