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December 6, 2013

The Vacationers!



Eeeek! It’s here! It’s here! This is the gorgeous face that Riverhead has given my book. I am in love with it. Out 5/29.

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Published on December 06, 2013 07:47

October 10, 2013

Yee Haw!


This spring is going to be an exciting one. My new novel, THE VACATIONERS, will be out in June, and there are sure to be lots and lots and lots of really fun events surrounding the book’s publication. Before that happens, though, my husband, baby and I will be practicing our boot-scootin’ boogies down in Nashville.

That’s right! This spring, I’ll be teaching a workshop at the venerable Vanderbilt University. My beloved friend and mentor Lorrie Moore starts teaching there in the spring after two and a half decades in Madison, Wisconsin, and I feel very lucky that she thought of me when this gig came up. Please tell me where the good brownies are. And the fried chicken. And the babysitters. We’ll be in Nashville from the beginning of January to the end of April, and the whole thing sounds like a great adventure. If the baby could talk, he’d say, y’all, I can’t wait. Connie Britton and Ann Patchett, look out! We’re about to be best friends.

love and grits,


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Published on October 10, 2013 09:40

September 29, 2013

Anthologies Galore!

This week marks the publication of two fabulous anthologies in which I have pieces, XO ORPHEUS and GOODBYE TO ALL THAT. Allow me to tell you about them won’t you?

XO ORPHEUS is an anthology of new myths edited by Kate Bernheimer, who also edited the incredible My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me. My father and I wrote a story together, and it’s thrilling to be in the book alongside writers like Aimee Bender and Maile Meloy and Owen King and Kelly Braffet and lots and lots of others. This Wednesday, my dad and I will be reading together at WORD in celebration of the book. 7pm! Come!

GOODBYE TO ALL THAT is a collection of essays about leaving New York City. Writing this from my living room in–ahem–New York City, I have clearly failed to leave, but I did live in Wisconsin for a few years, and I wrote about that. The book has essays by Cheryl Strayed, Dani Shapiro, and so many other amazing women I can hardly believe it.

Also, speaking as the mother of a five week old baby, both of these sound wonderful to me as a reader because the stories and essays are short enough to read by lamplight at 3am. Whew.






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Published on September 29, 2013 07:12

July 12, 2013

Links Galore

Yesterday, a whole slew of my stuff hit the internet, and so I thought it would be good to gather all the links here.

On The Millions, I wrote about miscarriage and success happening simultaneously.

On Rookie, I wrote about The Bachelorette.

On Tin House, I published my foreward for Pamela Moore’s Chocolates for Breakfast, just reissued.

On The Hairpin, Laura Moriarty and I were interviewed by the fabulous Anne Helen Peterson. 

Whew! It was a busy day. Today I plan to do nothing but watch the excellent Orange is the New Black, now streaming on Netflix.

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Published on July 12, 2013 05:35

June 14, 2013

Everyone Loves Getting Presents

Riverhead sent me a giant box full of my paperback. As you can see below, it’s too gorgeous not to share.

So I’m sharing! Ten people who reply to this post will win a signed copy of Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures! Just reply and tell me who your favorite movie star is, and I’ll pick ten winners at random. Reply via Twitter or FB comment, please.

Good luck! Summer reading for all!





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Published on June 14, 2013 06:15

June 4, 2013

Laura’s New Look




Voila! Here she is, the paperback jacket for Laura Lamont! I couldn’t love it more. The paperback is out on July 2, a little less than a month away, and I’ve got some cool events cooking too. Details soon! In the meantime, though, how amazing is that yellow dress?

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Published on June 04, 2013 05:49

March 23, 2013

Springtime Funtime

While I’m mostly spending this spring trying to finish my new novel (due out from Riverhead in the summer of 2014), I’ve also got some very cool things on the docket. For example:

-I’m teaching a fiction workshop at the Center for Fiction, Manhattan’s only free-standing monument to the art of making things up. There’s still time to sign up! Please join us if you’re so inclined. Here’s more info about the Center, and here’s the link to sign up. 

-If you’re like me, you spent approximately every day of your youth glued to the pages of the latest installment of the Babysitters Club. I am so excited to be on a panel with Ann M. Martin this April, at Smith College. Swoon.

-Grub Street’s Muse and the Marketplace! Another super cool one! I’ve heard such good things about it, and I’m excited to participate. Live in Boston, or traveling for the conference? Sign up here!

I’ve also got a gorgeous new jacket for the paperback of Laura Lamont, which I will share as soon as I can. Now, let’s all go back to cleaning out our closets and baking carrot cake. (What else were you doing this weekend?)



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Published on March 23, 2013 11:00

January 14, 2013

BookTalk Nation

What are you doing tonight at 7pm EST? Do you secretly not like to leave the house? Me neither! I have the perfect event tonight. Lauren Groff and I will chat on the phone, and you can listen in from the comfort of your own couch/bed/bathtub/yacht.

Call us! It’s like a party line, I think. We’ll talk about Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures and lots of other stuff, too.

(Round two of this chat, in which I grill Lauren about her excellent, excellent novel Arcadia, is on February 6th.)

Hope to chat with you later tonight!


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Published on January 14, 2013 07:04

December 3, 2012

Emma’s Super Awesome Gift Guide

There is little in life that I love more than giving presents. It is so much fun to shop for someone you love, and then to wrap it up and write them a little note and hand it over, feeling both sheepish and excited. It’s also exciting to know people who have produced truly excellent things this year, and to help them find good homes. So! Emma’s Super Awesome Gift Guide, below.

1. MONDAYS handmade ceramics: Because those plates from Ikea really aren’t good enough anymore.

2. The Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount and Thessaly LaForce: Because it’s a lot easier than breaking into Michael Chabon’s house to see what’s on his nightstand.

3. Unusual Creatures by Michael Hearst: Because you know an 8-12 yr old boy and have no idea what to buy him, but do know that he would be super into reading about wombat poop.

4. Arc of LA’s hand-printed bags: Because it’s embarrassing to still keep your makeup in a ziploc baggie under your sink. (I am talking about myself here. I bought myself one of these yesterday and am NEVER LOOKING BACK.)

5. Field Guide Design’s Necklace with Healing Powers: Because it looks cute and is keeping my aura calm, or something.

6. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple and Arcadia by Lauren Groff, my two favorite novels of the year. The former is hilarious and the latter is heart-walloping. Get both.

7. Ban.do’s Bobbi Pin with Crystals: Because everything is more fun when you have this on.

8. Shake Shack Bucks: Because maybe they, like me, always want a hamburger.

9. A Satin Eye Mask Shaped Like a Cat: Because naps are important.

10. A Donation in Their Name: Because philanthropy always fits. I recommend Girls Write Now and any Hurricane Sandy efforts.

Happy Holidays!


p.s. 11. A signed copy of Laura Lamont! Call BookCourt or WORD and they will hook you up.


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Published on December 03, 2012 11:12

November 20, 2012

Que Sera Sera

I’ve just returned from my book tour–what a beautiful country this is, with vintage dress shops and wild animals and bookstores and cellists and wine and friends. I’ve posted pictures throughout over on my Tumblr, which you can see here, and below I will paste a video of me singing ‘Que Sera Sera’ with the Magnetic Fields, as we did on stage every night this week. It was a pleasure, as always.

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Published on November 20, 2012 14:09