Goodreads Results!

Hi all, the Goodreads results came out today. The World’s Strongest Librarian came in third in the voting, so thank you for the support! My book–and all the other memoirs–got absolutely stomped by I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban. Malala had over 32,000 votes. The […]

December 3, 2013 READ MORE →

Elevators Of Fury! AKA: An Adorable Fistfight

Warning: Details have been changed to ensure maximum hilarity. This may have actually happened. I can’t be sure. But I wrote this bit of semi-fiction down just in case. The noises of fussing began twenty feet below me, then louder, louder, until the elevator doors opened and here they were, two man-sized creatures doing their […]

December 2, 2013 READ MORE →

Perhaps The Best Tourette’s Question Yet

This Sunday past, I was taking a cab home from the airport at 1 AM. The driver asked for my address, shook my hand, and told me that he was from Pakistan. He likes driving a cab here, because the roads are so nice compared to Pakistan. As we talked, I was having small tics. […]

November 30, 2013 READ MORE →

First Bookless Library Opens In San Antonio: A Few Thoughts

Some Background on this piece: I heard about the Bexar County Digital Library earlier this year and wrote the following, which I never published. Now the library has actually opened, which you can read about here. Someone on Twitter asked what I thought about it, so I thought I’d go ahead and just publish the […]

November 27, 2013 READ MORE →

A Poignant Response To Books Vs E-books, Courtesy of Will Schwalbe

On Sunday I was on a panel called The Power of Books at the Miami Book Fair. My co-panelists were Will Schwalbe, author of The End Of Your Life Book Club, and Dani Shapiro, who has written too many wonderful things to list. Her most recent is Still Writing: The Pleasures And Perils of a Creative Life.  Will […]

November 26, 2013 READ MORE →

Dancing With Brian Boitano! Spanked by Amy Tan! Taken Down A Notch by Dave Barry! Rock Bottom Remainders Recap.

I spent last week in Miami at the book fair. The highlight, which will surprise no one who reads this blog, was that I got to perform on stage with the Rock Bottom Remainders. RBR is an all-author band. When I started writing seriously about ten years ago, I made a goal. It wasn’t money, […]

November 25, 2013 READ MORE →

Final Round of Goodreads Voting and Music Video

Hi all, I’m in Miami. This place is super weird. In between book fair things, I’m just hanging out in my hotel room, reading, writing, and napping. The World’s Strongest Librarian has made it to the final of the Goodreads Reader’s Choice awards for 2013, so thank you if you have voted so far. This […]

November 21, 2013 READ MORE →

“Utterly Aseductive.”

something that may have happened: Winter is officially here, which means everyone is stacked on top of one another in the library. Everywhere I look, someone is draped over something, not seductively. When I said this to a co-worker, she said: “No, it’s utterly aseductive.” At that very moment, a couple walked in front of […]

November 16, 2013 READ MORE →

Miami Book Fair

Hi all, I’ll be on the road this next week, but will be popping in with updates from the Miami Book Fair. By far what I am most excited for is a panel I get to be on with Will Schwalbe, author of The End Of Your Life Book Club (read it!), and Dani Shapiro, author […]

November 16, 2013 READ MORE →