February 16, 2005

Somewhere in my Youth or Childhood...

...I must have cut off my hair, heard the voice of God speaking directly to me, borrowed some boy clothes, climbed on a palfrey and SAVED ALL OF FRANCE! Or perhaps I played a flute and lead all the filthy rats out of medieval London and then personally STAMPED them to death one by one---EVEN THOUGH I WAS BAREFOOT---ending the inexorable march of the black plague. I MUST have discovered the polio vaccine or given birth to Abraham Lincoln or breathed on a butterfly who flapped his wings in my garden, thus stopping a deadly earthquake from wiping out all of Nepal.

I do not know what it was, I am WRACKING my brain, but I must have done SOMETHING good. I mean BIG good. So So SO Good.

I must have done SOMETHING, because I JUST HEARD that gods in Alabama is the NUMBER ONE Book Sense pick for April. Book Sense, GOD LOVE THEM, has now pulled a Southern author HAT TRICK. Their February #1 pick is THE SAME SWEET GIRLS, Cassandra King’s third book (a big-hearted, gorgeous book that has “break out” written all over it). And their March pick is the debut novel of Dallas Hudgens who writes like the roof, the roof, the roof is ON FI-AH, and if you have not yet read DRIVE LIKE HELL, then a) What is wrong with you??!?! and b)Why are you still sitting here? Go GET it, and OH! What pleasures await you!

Anyway, it’s a HUGE honor. Huge. I’m just FLOORED.

Book Sense, for those not in the know, is the ABA’s way to BAND TOGETHER the country’s independent bookstores into a collective, national presence. If you follow the link to Book Sense, you will SEE Cassandra King’s book RIGHT THERE on the splash, ALL FANCY! And you can just CLICK ON IT to buy it from your local indie. And next month Dallas Hudgen’s book will be there…and then…in April…Let me just stop here and prance around the room. Back in a sec.

OKAY, onwards---Book Sense is like… the last bastion of those literary heroes, the HANDSELLERS, the folks who do it all for love, and if you cut them, they bleed black ink because they are book people squared, book people CUBED, Capital B Book People to the nth power. Book sense is Robert Gray at Northshire, and it's A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books. It's Powell's and The Alabama Booksmith and The Tattered Cover and SO MANY MORE, and today, oh lovely today, it certainly appears that…THEY. LIKE. MY. BOOK.

I am all up ons, and I have to say the following:

OH! BOOK SENSE MEMBERS! THANK YOU! I want to get in a car and criss-cross the country and come to your stores and kiss you, every single one of you, RIGHT ON YOUR MOUTHS. Not to scare you, BUT HECK! MAYBE I WILL… just as soon I wash all this rat off my feet.

Posted by joshilyn at February 16, 2005 8:48 AM
Comments

Of course they picked it! There name even says "Book Sense" and anyone with one IOTA (I love that word) would know that it should be #1. I'm proud of you pluff and I appreciate you wiping out that plague and stuff grins...will send you a gift certificate for a pedicure so that the toes are all clean. Hugs and hope the little ones are well.

Posted by: Gabi at February 16, 2005 8:57 AM

It should be THEIR name, not there...oh the English majors are rolling.....goes back to 3rd grade to learn parts of speech and how to proof before I hit post, or maybe just more coffee......

Posted by: Gabi at February 16, 2005 8:59 AM

congratulations! :)

Posted by: Jensgalore at February 16, 2005 10:00 AM

Awesome! That is so so so great.

Posted by: DLFP at February 16, 2005 10:32 AM

Congratulations!

Posted by: Katie at February 16, 2005 11:19 AM

I AM SO EXCITED!! I DANCED AROUND WHEN I READ THIS. MAYBE YOU DID SOMETHING REALLY BAD IN YOUR PAST LIFE LIKE STOMP ON KITTENS OR SELL GLADIATORS AT A MORACCAN BIZARRE...WHATEVER...BOOK SENSE!!! I AM SO PROUD I'M ABOUT TO BUST. I'M CALLING YO RIGHT NOW!!

Posted by: Waylon at February 16, 2005 3:33 PM

I'm pretty sure the BIG! SOMETHING! GOOD! you did was writing a book. Just a thought from a fellow squirrel.

Posted by: Amanda at February 16, 2005 5:36 PM

I am embarrassed to admit that I was Googling "Yoga Booty Ballet" when I came upon your site. And now it's all your fault that I have stayed up way too late reading your past blog entries and laughing out loud like a crazy woman, causing my dog to give me worried looks.

But it's okay, because I'm a hardcore bibliophile and aspiring novelist and nothing makes me happier than finding a new writer. I cannot WAIT to read your book, and I'm about to make your Amazon ranking go up a tiny bit. Congrats on the Book Sense coup! I'm really looking forward to reading more, but I have to go to bed now. (Yoga Booty Ballet crisis averted!)

Posted by: Denise at February 17, 2005 12:57 AM

Happiness and Joy!! But I'm not surprised. Your youth and childhood notwithstanding, the book is JUST. THAT. GOOD. Congratulations, Tulip!

Posted by: Amy at February 17, 2005 9:47 AM

Congratulations! And it tickled me that you included two of my favorite bookstores in that post. Our only bookstore here in the tropics is an independent. Independent bookstores ROCK.

Posted by: Marilyn at February 17, 2005 6:24 PM

Hey, Book Sense is SMAHT! ;)

Posted by: Mir at February 18, 2005 6:20 AM