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The award for “person at one of my book events who I hadn’t seen in the longest time” goes to Miss Ianetti, who last taught me 30 years ago. Back in the day she had that perfect long, straight seventies hair and FANTASTIC frosted eyeshadow. Now she looks like she hasn’t aged at all, just updated through the decades.

Or maybe now that I’ve aged myself, I see the fact that we’ve all aged the same amount as not having aged at all.

What do you think?


...and 17 years later, at Words in New Jersey

At Vroman's last month

...27 years ago

...18 years ago

...24 years ago

In 1976...


2010 at The Learned Owl in Ohio

Fab 1987 hair!

...and now, at book club in Portland Maine

I'm hugely embarrassed that I don't have a 'before' picture for this dear friend, whose older brother was best friends with my older brother, and with whom I shared many childish memories, such as experimenting with microwave cooking when microwaves were new, and spinning in my dad's desk chair until we felt sick. How can this be?? But I really like this 'now' picture, taken at a book party!


I can’t say enough how strange and wonderful it was to connect with so many different relationships from my past. A grade school teacher, high school English teacher, a mom I used to babysit for, childhood friends, teenage friends, friends from college, grad school, work, the baby years–even summer camp! All those phases of my life are disconnected from each other, and seeing those people together, touching this present part of my life, blew my mind. It was also a special honor meeting people I *didn’t* know, coming out for the book. Sincere thanks to *everyone*!!

This is my first published book. I’m so tickled by that fact that I snapped lots of photos of it in the wild. Look! On the shelf! In that stack over there! Even, sometimes, on the front table or in the window! Every time I enter a bookstore it’s a “Where’s Waldo” to find it. Do you get how fun this is??

What I should feel when I see lots of copies of The Whole World in a bookstore:

Yay! Distribution!

What I do feel when I see lots of copies of The Whole World in a bookstore:

Oh no! Why are there so many? Is no one buying them??

From “Envoy” by Billy Collins, a message to his just-published book:

"stay out as late as you like,
don't bother to call or write,
and talk to as many strangers as you can."